where are we going?

I am not quite sure what to think of the current state of politics within our country. While, as a pastor, I do not strongly impress my views on others. Whether I vote Republican, Democrat, or even Independent should not truly matter. As we approach Christ the King Sunday, I am reminded that it does not matter who is in charge in our government, it is Christ who is the King.

However, there are also times that as Christians our voices must be heard and if we remain silent we stand in support of those things that we disagree with. We might as well cast our vote in favor of the opposition in this case. Following the attacks in Paris, Beirut, and many other places, the case of immigration and settling refugees in the United States has came into question. The United States already has a strong process in place to accept these refugees and there is nothing to fear other than the hateful rhetoric of those opposing the acceptance of refugees. France has even agreed to follow through with their agreement to settle 30,000 Syrian refugees over the next two years.

Some of the current Republican candidates for President, as well as many state governors,  are trying to instill fear in people of these refugees, especially the fact that many of them are Muslim. This should not even be a factor in the acceptance of refugees. Unfortunately, the radical extremists that say they are Muslim are giving all Muslims a bad reputation, even though they account for a very small percentage.

What about the radical Christian extremists that are responsible for the majority of mass shootings and deaths within the United States? One’s faith should not play a factor into their acceptance into our society and culture.

The most appalling thing was said by Donald Trump in the last day. Is this guy a joke? Maybe perhaps he is somehow related to Adolph Hitler. Even mentioning the fact that Muslims should be registered and carry identification on themselves within the United States seems just a little too reminiscent of the Jewish Holocaust.

As Christians we can not stand for this and we must raise our voices up to say that this is not the way that Christ would act. The words and actions of many of the people hoping to possibly lead this country are ones of exclusion and fear.

Love must abound as we welcome those that are our brothers and sisters of different faiths.


By Alex Steward

I am a husband, father, and pastor within the ELCA. I did not grow up in the church and thus come at this pastoring thing with an unique perspective.

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