A young college student led our pray in Church this past Sunday. As she spoke about gratefulness, compassion and humility she uttered these nine words towards the end; “Continue to break our hearts for what breaks yours.”
What she said struck me like a thunderbolt. That is what is wrong with today’s Christians I thought, we have become desensitize to what breaks our Creators heart.
White Evangelicals voted for and continue to support Trump not because he is a morally righteous man, he has certainly proven otherwise and continues to do so everyday. No, they voted for him because he promised them two things; conservative Supreme Court Judges so that they can overturn abortion rights one day and his recognition that Christianity is the dominate religion in America and that dominance, in their opinion, should include a policy voice, rights as well as respect.
Trump was willing to give them all that they asked for their vote. Evangelicals were willing to accept Trump, warts and all, for those guarantees.
What Evangelical Christians have created is the illusion of years of oppression which fits very nicely with Trumps tirades about the Deep State that is persecuting and preventing him from Making America Great Again. The Evangelicals and Trump are a match made in heaven so to speak and when they fall, and they will fall, it will be with a Thud that will be heard around the world.
Being a Christian or acting Christ-like really isn’t that difficult or complicated. We don’t need Presidents, Politicians, laws or Judges. It begins with compassion, empathy, and perspective. It means living your life with your eyes, ears and heart open. It means reacting not with words but with action to what breaks Gods heart.
Like a great eclipse, Trump is blocking “the light of the world” from Evangelical Christians. They have become like the scribes “who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers.” And as Jesus noted “They will receive the greater condemnation.”
Continue to break our hearts for what breaks yours. Amen.