Let me start by saying this: “In your face, Liberals!” is going to win exactly zero people to Christ.
The election was brutal. Coming through this election cycle without a mental breakdown has been nothing short of a miracle for most Americans. Maybe you’re all about mudslinging and you loved every minute of it, but I personally could not be happier it’s over.
A lot has been written and will continue to be written about why the election turned out the way that it did. I, like you, have a lot of opinions on that. But that, to me, isn’t all that important right now. What’s important has nothing to do with politics. It’s all about pointing the lost to Christ.
I’ll admit: it’s easy to get caught up in “us against them”. We're told daily how polarized we are and that each side hates the other. But buying into that will only lead to more polarization.
I've realized that, for all the gloating Republicans have done since winning the election, none of it has done anything to build bridges or advance the Kingdom of Christ that we claim to care so much about.
Democrats have real fears and real doubts, the same way that Republicans do. Republicans worry about how they’re going to feed their families, the same way that Democrats do. Both sides want their kids to be more successful than they were. Both sides want to feel safe. If that isn’t common ground, I don’t know what is.
I understand, there are some issues that none of us are budging on. I make my decisions out of a desire to please a Holy God who died in my place so that I could live. If you don’t follow God, I wouldn’t expect you to make decisions that way. And to someone who does not believe that way, it may seem a little bit ridiculous.
But here’s the big point: We will never, ever, be able to share the gospel with someone on the other side if we spend all of our time talking about how much we hate Democrats.
Or posting online about how the liberals lost and we need to lock up Hillary Clinton. It will not happen. We have quietly formed two separate nations: one that does not believe in God and one that currently is not reflecting God very well.
Instead, I propose we spend our time talking about the Good News of the Gospel and let politics rest for a while. Everyone knows who won and who lost.
The simple fact is this: there is common ground to be had, it’s just a question of whether or not we want to find it. Do we want to be combative and add to the disunity of our nation? Or do we want to show people the only thing that could possibly bring us back together?
Encourage someone who thinks differently than you today. Find common ground. Share Christ. Democrat or Republican- one person can save us from our sins.