Max Lucado, famous Christian author and pastor, wrote a piece last week that struck a nerve. Entitled, "Decency for President," Lucado summed up his piece in his latest op-ed in the Christian Post.
"Shouldn't a presidential candidate who claims to be Christian talk like one? When a candidate waves a Bible in one speech and calls a reporter "bimbo" in the next, isn't something awry? Specifically, when Donald Trump insists that he is a Christian ("a good Christian" to use his descriptor) and then blasts, belittles, and denigrates everyone from Barbara Bush to John McCain to Megyn Kelly, shouldn't we speak up?"
His piece was shared thousands of times over, drawing very strong reactions. Some wholeheartedly agreed, while others, as Lucado shared, told him to "stick to the pulpit." But Lucado has graciously heard the reactions, and as a good communicator, shares back with his listeners what he hears them saying:
"I detected a few themes.
You have a deep sense of love for our country. Patriotism oozed through your words. You cherish the uniqueness and wonder of the USA. You have varying opinions regarding leadership style, role of government, and political strategy. But when it comes to loving the country, you are unanimously off the charts.
You have an allergy to "convenient" Christians. You resist people who don the Christian title at convenient opportunities (i.e., presidential campaigns). You would prefer the candidate make no mention of faith rather than leave the appearance of a borrowed faith that will be returned to the lender after the election.
You are concerned, profoundly concerned, about the future of our country. The debt. Immorality. National security. The role of the Supreme Court. Immigration. Religious liberty. The list is as long as the worries are deep.
So where does this leave us? When a person treasures the country, but has trepidation about its future, what is the best course of action?"
Lucado then gives the story of Elijah, who served God under very corrupt leadership. Lucado relays the story of Elijah first foretelling a drought, then praying for God to put a fire on his altar in the presence of all the people.
"Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, 'The LORD — he is God! The LORD — he is God!'" (1 Kings 18:38-39).
Lucado uses this story to encourage Christians that we can--and must--do the same. "Let's start a fire, shall we?" he writes. He leads us in this passionate prayer:
You outrank any leader. You hold sway over every office. Greater is the occupant of Heaven's throne than the occupant of the White House.
You have been good to this country. You have blessed us in spite of our sin and guarded us in spite of our rebellion.
We unite our hearts in one prayer. Let your kingdom come. Let your will be done. Please, speak through the electoral process to reveal your leader.
This we pray in the name of Jesus,
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