By now we are all tired of talking about the election. The polls and predictions prior to the election wore us out, and then the analysis and proclamations after the election have left most of us with a desire to move on. So much has been written. So much has been said. But as we move on to the reality of a Donald Trump Presidency, I wanted to say just a few quick words to Christians.
By now you’ve probably heard. Back in 2005, Donald Trump had a conversation where he talked about women in a very lewd manner. This conversation was caught on tape and released to the public last week. Mr. Trump has apologized for those comments, characterizing his vulgar remarks as “locker room talk.” After hearing the contents of the tape, people generally fall into one of three camps.
As part of the Easter Sunday sermon this year, I mentioned how the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ provides us with an opportunity to become children of God. I then pointed out how in spite of the popular sentiment often espoused that “all people in the world are children of God,” the Bible draws an important distinction about this issue. While we are all created in God’s image and all loved by God, and while God desires all people become His children, only those who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ are actually declared to be children of God.
Although I am not a Roman Catholic, there is a lot I admire about Pope Francis. His devotion to God and his love for people is inspiring. Out of that devotion and love, the Pope demonstrates a deep concern for the poor and will often speak out against systems of economic oppression that bring great harm to the poor. Much like the prophets of ancient Israel, and much like John the Baptist and Jesus, Pope Francis uses strong words and imagery to draw attention to the ongoing plight of those who dwell in poverty.