Converge Responds to the Election

by Scott Ridout, president, Converge
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It has been a week since our country elected its 45th President. This election process included some of the ugliest and most embarrassing moments for our country I've experienced in my lifetime. I grieve over the ripple effect the tactics, messages and intentional dirt-digging and mudslinging have had on our society. I grieve over the lack of a candidate with clear Christian values and priorities. I grieve as well over the picture of evangelicalism that has emerged.

Regardless of what you think of the election results, a few things are certain. First, God is still in control. We cannot let our fears overcome our faith. Second, we are told to pray for those in leadership. When Paul writes this in Romans 13 and 1 Timothy 2, he was saying this to an audience who were under unfair, even hostile, rule, which means our opinions on the quality of leadership don't exempt us. Finally, the church has a lot of work to do to repair its image and improve its ministry to the community. 

A friend sent me a link to an article Ed Stetzer wrote about this election. My friend wrote, “Ed Stetzer articulated a lot of what I’m feeling as a white evangelical, that reconciliation, unity and healing needs to be initiated by white evangelicals to our brothers and sisters of color.” While I had been thinking about writing something, after reading what Ed wrote, I felt it captured my heart's sentiments as well. I asked Ed, and he gave us permission to share the article with you. It is time for the church to engage our communities in meaningful ways, and I think Ed's thoughts are a good beginning.

 

Better Together,

Scott Ridout

President, Converge

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