A Pastoral Letter Concerning the 2016 Election

A Pastoral Letter Concerning the 2016 Election

 

To the Incarnation Family:

 

A member of the congregation in his thirties recently told me that he felt the recent presidential election was one of the worst things that has happened to America in his lifeline, equal to the attacks of 9/11. I can’t myself remember receiving so many emails and personal expressions of worry and outrage.

 

Since I have avoided talking politics from the pulpit, and I have kept my own ballot choice to myself, I have received comments from supporters of both candidates. While supporters of Hillary Clinton are the most outspoken in their fears for the future, I have also received confidential comments from supporters Donald Trump that are also apprehensive about what will happen to our country.

 

In most cases, supporters of one candidate can’t comprehend how any Christian could possibly support the other candidate. Many people have contended that the Church should take sides—as the Episcopal Church supported the civil rights movement of the 1960’s and as it continues to denounce racism in our society today.

 

We can all agree that racism, misogyny, and xenophobia are social evils. We can also agree that the President-elect cannot be charged with these evils until he has been inaugurated and begun to exercise his power. So we are really concerned now that no decisions be made for the future that will make it hard later for the new government to govern justly for all the American people.

 

A number of Christians have marched or otherwise protested the election results; that’s probably not a bad thing, as it reminds those coming into power that a lot of people didn’t vote for them—holding their feet to the fire, as it were.

 

In the meantime, I believe it’s important for everyone to realize that there are decent and honorable Christians on both sides of this election. And it’s the responsibility of all of us to ensure that the new government upholds the ideals upon which our nation was founded.

 

Finally, we can all pray that God will bless America.

 

Yours faithfully,

The Rev. J. Douglas Ousley

Rector

Church of the Incarnation

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3 Responses to “A Pastoral Letter Concerning the 2016 Election”

  1. melissa gordon says:

    Doug:
    I actually agree with you and think that some of T’s flaws ie an extreme need to be loved may save us.

    In the meantime this now angry nasty woman will be working toward future elections and fighting to ensure that women are properly represented.

    m

  2. apples says:

    THANK GOD America has Donald Trump as President!! I am elated to have voted him + respect who he is NOW + forgiven his wackiness from the past — WHO among us has not done or said wacky stuff? As for defending our Christian faith — I lost all respect for Democrat party when Hollywood took over + trashed our Lord repeatedly + no sign of stopping — they also glorify Sin – it has turned Demonic since Bill Clinton took office + degraded the WH. GO TRUMP!!

  3. apples says:

    GO TRUMP!! At last a Real Man will occupy the White House + make us proud to be Americans. Obama failed miserably — he was most DIVISIVE President ever.

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