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A Religious Response to 2016 Presidential Election

It is not surprising that the leaders of various religions have responded to the election.  Several of them said in one form or another, we should move on and not get bogged down in the negativity of the election.  We should get on with our work, God’s work.

In the Christian Post Pastor Rick McDaniel added that as Christians our Leader is Jesus Christ.  That has not changed.  Regardless if our elected officials act or use words that are un Christ like, we must choose to follow Christ; in word and deed.

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The Pope Francis, on Twitter the morning after the election, said “May we make God’s merciful love ever more evident in our world through dialogue, mutual acceptance and fraternal cooperation”. Per the Washington Post

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Two more thoughts were that we are Christians before we are anything else and we should not let political, racial or other categories come first and divide us. Second, God can work with any President!

What was surprising was said, again by Pastor McDaniel (The Christian Post). He tells us that on October 6, 1774 Wesley wrote in his journal, “I met with those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election and advised them:

  1. To vote without fee or reward for the person they judged most worthy
  2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against
  3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”

Wise words have staying power.  Wesley’s words are still as vital today. So per God, Jesus Christ, John Wesley, Pastor McDaniel, Pope Francis and other leaders, we know what we are to do and we are to do it with FAITH and LOVE.

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