Post Election Thoughts from our Pastoral & Elder Team
It is a tremendous joy and a worthwhile challenge to spiritually lead a congregation made up of multiple generations, manifold ethnicities, and wide-ranging political opinions.
In our nation, the recent elections have exposed deep tensions and divisions along these demographic lines. Our multi-ethnic church leadership and eldership team is certainly cognizant of this, as well as the acts of prejudice that have arisen from people wrongly emboldened towards minorities, women, and people of other religions and political parties.
The pastors on our team want to affirm and empathize with the real pain, fear and suffering many minorities have experienced in our country. We also recognize the pain caused by the objectification of women. For many, these pains have been aggravated in the last several months leading up to the election and the days after. Needless to say we are praying for our nation.
We as Christian leaders believe God has condemned all forms of ethnic superiority. We affirm that there is one race, the human race, yet many ethnicities. We affirm the dignity and equal value of women and men as being created in the image of God. We emphatically reject and denounce as sin every form of racism, violence or hatred against any ethnicity or gender.
Our hopes are that all of our congregations will be edifying and life-giving for everyone. After all, our Savior died and rose for all!
The real enemy during this election cycle has neither been Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump, though both are imperfect human beings as are we. As Scripture mandates, we will pray often for President-elect Donald Trump, just as we have prayed for President Barack Obama. Our enemy has always been Satan, the deceiver and accuser of mankind, the divider of families, the enemy of our well-being. Let us now overcome him by showing the greatest display of solidarity, unity and brotherly kindness, regardless of our ethnicity or political persuasion.
As a church in NYC, we are called to the ministry of reconciliation, presenting the good news of both grace and truth to our world. While we cannot change the hearts of all people in the world, or control their actions, we can love one another. Our congregations model and pursue reconciliation through true unmasked friendship, prayer, and worshiping together the One that has an answer to these issues – Jesus Christ upon whom the true government rests! We believe that as a multi-ethnic church we have a unique role in the City to counteract racism and violence with reconciliation and love.
For this reason, we urge everyone to listen before speaking, mourn with those who mourn, and bear one another’s burdens according to the Scripture (James 1:19, Galatians 6:2, Romans 12:15). As Christians, we should not lack concern for our brothers and sisters. As pastors, we appeal for discretion and wisdom before addressing those who are concerned or grieving. This principle should be honored both in social media and in face to face interactions. Taking time to listen to your brother or sister in pain before attempting to explain personal positions is honorable. As Ecclesiastes 3 tells us, there is “a time to be silent, and a time to speak.” These are moments that call for prayers and much empathy.
Finally, as always, we welcome our church family to come to us during these challenging times and pray for God to bless the work of our hands, transforming the City, one life at a time.
We all wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Every Nation NYC Pastoral & Elder Team