It is a new day, and the United States of America, the most powerful nation in the free world, has elected a new leader.
After what has arguably been one of the most rancorous, mean-spirited, and difficult presidential races in recent memory, our nation has again started on a new path with a new commander-in-chief.
In his acceptance speech, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump promised to unify the country, despite his clearly divisive campaign rhetoric on issues of race, gender, ability, and nationality. And it is the job of citizens of the United States—particularly those who call ourselves Christians—to hold him to this promise.
As with the 44 U.S. presidential races that have gone before, some voters are celebrating their candidate’s triumph, while others are mourning their candidate’s defeat. Regardless of our political leanings, though, our first allegiance as people who follow Jesus Christ is to embody and uphold the values of honor, love, respect, justice, and equity, which are hallmarks of the Gospel message. We embody these values in what we do and say, how we vote and act, and in the ways that we hold our elected officials accountable.
Diverse as we are in this church, the people called by God are not bound by partisan politics, but rather we are marked through our baptism as Christian citizens who live out what we preach. As such, we must pray daily for our community, civic, and political leaders. We must work for justice and reconciliation. And, even in our disagreements about politics and ideology, we must remember that our goal is that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We must honor our relationships to each other as children of God and forge new understandings.
It’s called, “being the church, at our best.” And it is what the world needs today and everyday.
The General Commission on Religion and Race stands ready to assist any who are in need of support in the work of bringing unity in the face of diversity, creating just and equitable systems, or holding vital conversations for healing and empowerment. We thank God for the opportunity to walk together.