Last week I shared a video titled “How to be a Christian in the Trump Era.” It sparked a lot
of dialogue and prompted thousands of shares and responses. Clearly this is
an important subject, and I realize that it triggers high emotions for
various reasons. It was encouraging to learn that many of you found the
message to be helpful, and I know that some of you still have some
questions. I want to thank each of you who responded by boldly sharing your
opinions, concerns and even criticisms.
As much as it was my aim for my video message to be apolitical, I recognize
in retrospect that in our current climate, it’s difficult for anything to
NOT be viewed through a political lens. If you watched the
8-minute segment, I hope that you’re able to see that there was truly no
leaning for or against President Trump (or any other party/political
figure). Rather, the intention of the message was to address something far
more personal to me:
“How should we as Christians engage each other during
As believers, there are certain issues that require us to stand on the
truth of Scripture:
The Bible and science are clear on the point at which life begins.
- Scripture is absolutely clear about family and relationships.
- There is a time and place to defend our liberties.
The heart of my message was not about WHAT we stand for, but about HOW
we should take these stands as followers of Jesus.
Why? Because how we engage with those who don’t share the same beliefs
affects our credibility and our testimony. Our ability to take a stand in
ways that doesn’t condemn and alienate others is something that matters to
In Ephesians 4:29, the Apostle Paul says
“Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is
helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it
may benefit those who listen.”
In other words – we should attack problems and issues, not people.
Right now, I’m sure that many Christians in America feel overwhelmed with
fear, anger and frustration. But I believe that God is good, powerful, all
knowing and holds history in His hands. If I trust in Him, then I must rest in that. In this truth there is peace that allows
us to move forward toward what’s right and take a strong stance even when
it’s necessary to make great sacrifices to do so. These things are
It’s also more important than ever that we don’t sacrifice the HOW for the
WHAT right now – because God cares greatly about both.
I appeal to you all – let’s remain diligent to communicate in ways that
reflect Ephesians 4:29, whether that’s face-to-face, on social media or
anywhere else. When we are called to take a stand, God equips us to do so
in a way that doesn’t attack, demean or dishonor people we disagree with.
In spite of our differences, we must continue to treat others with respect
So friends, let’s resist the desire to shut people down and instead be part
of the healing process. Let’s be agents of light, not heat, and remain
dedicated to making a difference together. God bless you, and thanks again
for joining me in this important discussion.