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Much has been said by all sides, both is disgust and with adulation, regarding the new administration of Donald Trump. Regardless of political affiliation, one thing is for certain, he is everyone’s President. Reminiscent of the  apprehension conservatives experienced with the election of Barack Obama, those on the liberal side of the electorate, will have…

Mar 2, 2017

Douglas Leslie

Much has been said by all sides, both is disgust and with adulation, regarding the new administration of Donald Trump. Regardless of political affiliation, one thing is for certain, he is everyone’s President.

Reminiscent of the  apprehension conservatives experienced with the election of Barack Obama, those on the liberal side of the electorate, will have to come to terms with the new President. To say with great emotion “Not my President!” accomplishes little apart from elevating your personal satisfaction by showing the world you are able to beat your chest and stand against the so-called “machine”.  But then what? Reality, though sometimes delayed, in the end is still reality. And President Trump, for all his faults, is still the President. His policies, whether good or bad, affect us all.

As Christians we are called to stand against what is wrong or unjust – but to do so without being mired in emotional tirades. We are called to stand with those afflicted with injustice, to serve them graciously and sacrificially. However, we are not called to the degrading rhetoric that fills the air or the witty, misleading memes that clog social media.  There is a radical middle to be occupied. Find it.

If western Christians continue to hitch their cultural wagons to a political philosophy, whether liberal or conservative, Christianity’s cultural influence will die a slow death as it is rolled over and left in the ruts created by the “wheels of progress” to which it pinned it’s allegiance.  When you raise your cultural banner, raise it for Jesus, not a political point of view – for the latter only degrades the beauty of the former.  

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Douglas Leslie

Douglas Leslie serves as the Founder and President of the Association of Christian Nonprofits, a nationwide membership organization focused on coming alongside local churches and faith-based ministries. In 2001 Doug left the corporate world, moving his family to Phoenix to serve as the Director of Operations for an international missions organization and later as the Executive Director of a grant-making public charity focused on skill training among the world’s poorest peoples. As a former pastor, Doug has a deep love for the local church, believing the church is God’s primary strategy for reaching their local communities and the world’s remaining unreached peoples. Doug lives with his wife and four children in the greater Phoenix area.

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