I’M NOT SURE it’s a good idea to urge American Christians to remember who they are this week.
It looks like they already forgot, some say.
Christianity Today magazine has reported the results of interviews with evangelical Christians who voted in the presidential election on Tuesday. Tally: 8 out of 10 white evangelicals voted for the winning candidate—a man whose words and actions shred Jesus Christ in the Sermon on the Mount.
If we are looking for the counterpoint to the Son of God, the remaining 2 out of 10 white evangelicals might say, we have found him—and we put him in charge.
Looking at the popular vote, with the loser actually winning by a slim margin, it seems obvious that half of our nation feels miserable, while the other half probably feels buoyant.
Perhaps some of the most miserable are the 2 out of 10 white evangelicals who wonder where all those Judas’ came from, betraying Christ and the compassion he asks of his followers.
Those 20 percent include evangelicals weeping in their pews this week because they minister to souls at risk, including immigrants, refugees, and others disparaged by the man who now represents what some might call, descriptively, the Immoral Majority—Christians who favored the candidate who admitted to groping women, who was televised ridiculing the handicapped, and whose ego seems to present as clinically sociopathic, if the Mayo Clinic checklist can be trusted.
To the 20 percent who are demoralized and to the 80 percent who think they did the smart thing, just one word of advice.
It comes from a tweet I read on Tuesday from a Christian college gal who supported Hillary Clinton, and who was quoting her dad, a friend of mine:
“No matter who wins the election, remember who you are.”
“You are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26).
Take some time. And possibly Paul’s advice to Timothy: “You ought to drink a little wine for the sake of your stomach” (1 Timothy 5:23).