Evangelicals Decided Not to Sit This One Out
At noon, on January 20, 2017, President-Elect Donald Trump will be sworn in on the steps of the US Capitol as the 45th president of the United States. He, like so many previous presidents before him, will recite the words, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Yet, the pundits, the polls, and most of the media elites made it perfectly clear (from the get-go) that Trump had no chance at winning the presidency. Even some in the GOP had no hope in a Trump victory. And yet, Trump won. And he did so by taking Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.
A truly remarkable feat.
But even more remarkable was the large number of Evangelicals, mixed with millions of middle-class Americans, who took to the polls. From the presidency, to the Senate, and the House, these frustrated voters pulled off one of the greatest upsets in American history. And not only that, but millions of Evangelicals did this despite the mounting pressure to sit this one out. Proving that the Evangelical voting bloc is still the most powerful in America.
This definitely was an answer to prayer.
For years now, Christians have prayed for more of them to care enough to vote. Not to play partisan politics, but to get involved in voting for public officials who will uphold the law, and support policies that are good for our society.
Another answer to prayer was the tone and approach taken by Trump at his victory speech. Trump could have come out blasting everyone who opposed him. He could have attacked, mocked, and rubbed his victory in the face of Hillary Clinton. He could have pointed to the media cameras, and let them have it. But he didn’t. Instead, he came out and rallied America to unite. He displayed the kind of character and humility becoming of the presidency.
Our faith is not placed in man, but in God. Election night was not about looking to a reality-TV star billionaire to save our country. Rather, voting for Trump was a sobering recognition that God can use the most unlikely of characters to fulfill His purposes.
And so, we need to continue to pray that Trump and his transition team are unified and filled with wisdom as they select the next administration to lead our country. But for this to happen, the church must stay involved. Voting was just the beginning. We must now hold our elected officials accountable, and be there for them.
Our nation is deeply divided right now. Therefore, let’s not waste any more time. Let’s start leading by example, and help to unite (not divide) Americans from all over the country.
Jason is a worldview expert that specializes in cultural, philosophical, theological, and religious issues, and speaks on popular topics, such as: religious freedom, ISIS, Islam, same-sex marriage, America’s Christian heritage, the reliability of the Bible, biblical leadership, and many more. Jason conducts numerous interviews in the media, and has appeared on CBS Radio, the Christian Post, World Net Daily (WND), Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson, TBN’s Praise the Lord, and Sky News. Jason’s latest book, “Stand Strong America: Courage, Freedom, and Hope for Tomorrow,” coauthored with Alex McFarland, offers a vision of hope in the midst of great uncertainty and fear in America.