In a political environment where one’s principles are all-too-often defined by fidelity or opposition to a single individual, I firmly believe the following two sentiments are true:
- God showed immense grace to the United States of America in November of 2016 when Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton. Despite leading a largely immoral lifestyle for most of his years, the argument can certainly be made that President Trump has done more to stem the tide against the radical anti-family agenda of the Left than any other president. Praise God!
- While we can be thankful for numerous Trump Administration policies, the Church is nonetheless called to denounce his rhetoric and actions when they run counter to the Gospel. It is biblical for believers to speak truth to power, hold leaders accountable, and place the cause of Christ at a place of preeminence. When President Trump, whom many of us support, undermines the advancement of the Gospel, it is our duty to uphold our Christian witness.
Such an instance occurred this week when President Trump referred to former staff member Omarosa Manigault Newman as a “dog.” This is both unacceptable and indefensible, and, as believers, it damages our witness if we back away from condemning such rhetoric.
Well, when we support the right to life, we do so because we believe that all human beings are made in the image of God, have dignity, and are worth defending. How significantly does it undermine our argument if we hesitate to condemn derogatory statements? Can we uphold the Family Policy Alliance vision of a nation where “life is cherished” if we shy away from being critical of a political ally who demeans another human being?
Now, let me be clear, Omarosa seems to be far from trustworthy and appears to be a deceptive and vindictive individual aiming to soak up the spotlight and make money while achieving some sort of revenge against the White House. Truth about her words and motivations can and should be spoken. But, she remains someone who possesses the image of our Creator, worthy of dignity, and deserving of civility.
So, how do we move forward?
To varying degrees, I imagine that most receiving this email are supportive of President Trump- or at least the pro-family policies that have emerged from this administration. My encouragement to each of you is to review your public persona- your social media accounts and what you say publicly- to determine if your unsaved friends and colleagues would identify you more as someone that is a “Trump supporter who will stand by the president no matter what” or a “Christ follower who is engaged culturally because of a sincere belief that all people are made in the image of God.” My hope is that all of us will advance the Gospel through the latter.
This distinction matters, and it applies to us right here in Georgia. Over the coming months, we will forcefully stand with conservative candidates and oppose the liberal agenda seeking to take over our state. Among the opposition are candidates who are “radical,” “anti-life,” “anti-family,” “anti-God,” “leftist,” “socialist,” and many other descriptors that would do great harm to our state. Those descriptions- grounded in policy and actions- are fair and important. We won’t shy away from speaking the truth, and we can’t seek to disarm the church by seeking to be “nice and fluffy” with our campaigns.
There are, however, no “dogs” and no one running that is not deserving of our compassion and Christ-like love. Even those whose lifestyle or belief system are most opposed to our King are nonetheless made in His image and possessing every ounce of dignity of those of us who know the truth. While we will not hesitate to be forceful in our opposition, we must do so with God-glorifying civility.
May our winsome engagement reflect this truth and point others to our Creator!
For His Glory,
President and Executive Direector