The Moment the Church Has Been Working For

Amy Butler has a challenge for ministers, preachers, pastors, and prophets of the church: now that the election is over, it’s time to stop being silent from the pulpit. Though Pastors are prohibited from stumping for candidates during worship, Rev. Butler reminds us that they are not prohibited from speaking truth to or about power — and that includes President-Elect Trump.

We ministers are on the front lines, triaging the trickle down impacts of our national policies. This means, yes, we must make the hospital visit when a congregant is beaten up on the side of the road. But are we really doing our jobs if at some point we don’t also stand up and call for safer roads to keep our people from being assaulted in the first place?

For too long we’ve allowed polite dissension and fear of offending to dilute the religious voice, almost to the point that is has no significance in any national conversation. And if you’re wondering why the institutional church is in decline, maybe it has something to do with the fact that what people are hearing in the pulpit has nothing to do with what’s going on in the rest of their lives. The time for complacency is over.

She also reminds all of us who claim to be followers of Christ, we are Christians before we are Republicans or Democrats. Whatever opinions we may have on the intricacies of US Foreign and Domestic policy, we have pledged to certain values that (still) should unite us all. Because of current events and the moves the President-elect seems to be taking, she cites three: love and advocacy for the poor, love of all our neighbors (whoever they may be), and a refusal to accept misogyny as the new law of the land.

These values may be tested in coming days, and it is our duty, following the example Christ set for us, to live up to them.

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