An Open Letter to Pastors about President Trump
We live in an age of golden opportunity to advance the Kingdom of God and you are blowing it.
People, both Republican and Democrat, are looking to you for an example of how to lead in love. They long for you to foster unity. They miss the days when you, if no one else, would be the voice of Jesus calling on your congregation to “love your enemies.” They need a pastor not a political commentator.
Don’’t you realize that when you call Nancy Pelosi a “hag” and share Photoshopped pictures of her as the Death Angel on Facebook that you are causing division in your own church? Some of you suggest Democrats are going to hell because they support a party that believes in abortion. If that’s true, why wouldn’t you reach out to them instead of antagonize them? Why would you use anger instead of love to evangelize them?
In these last several days I’ve seen too many of you, my pastoral colleagues, stoop to name calling. It appears your priority is the Kingdom of America over the Kingdom of God. Have you forgotten that you are called to eternal things and not temporal things?
As we move forward into this election cycle I offer three pieces of advice.
1. If you must talk about politics, please focus on policies and not people. When you mention names you instantly polarize people. Your ministerial call is not to promote or demote a political figure. If you insist on naming names then let it be the name of Jesus Christ.
2. Please view Facebook as a mission field instead of your personal political bully pulpit. As a minister of the Gospel you cheapen your calling by being mean-spirited and disrespectful to those who disagree with you. Facebook interaction is a place to spread the love of Jesus Christ. This is hard to do when you are bashing people and political parties.
3. Never lose sight of the priority of the Kingdom of God. All governments will fade away. Someday the United States will no longer exist. The White House will fall to the ground. The ONLY Kingdom that will stretch out into eternity is the Kingdom of God. Doesn’t it make sense to prioritize your passion and energy on building that Kingdom?
Here’s a bonus thought. What would happen, as ministers of the Gospel, if we spent more time searching the Bible instead of Google for how to respond to people of the other party? Start with a close reading of the Sermon on the Mount.
Do you want to know a secret? I wrote this letter more to myself than you.
May God help us to be what He has called us to be.
In Love and Concern,
Pastor Randy Hartman