O Lord, I am oppressed; be my security! Isaiah 38:14
The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. Romans 8:26
The LGBT movement is in full Chicken Little mode these days, protesting the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. They claim that he will crush their movement by his heavy-handed tactics, anti-gay policies, and hate-inspired rhetoric. The movement may fail, but it is likely not to be caused by the Trump presidency. It is more likely to fail because the LGBT agenda has succeeded in its efforts to such an extent that there will be nothing more to protest. Because the movement is a protest movement. There will likely be nothing to protest in the very near future – Trump or not.
Followers of Jesus, however, are decidedly not on the winning side of many of the culture wars today. Whether it is a baker in Northern Ireland who is fined the equivalent of $600 USD for refusing to bake a cake that included the words, “Support Gay Marriage”, to the ban on the display of manger scenes on public property, the cause of Christian morals and godliness is challenged regularly.
The Christian faith is not a protest movement – nor should it ever be one. Those who are followers of Jesus may take to the streets. But our agenda is to witness, bless, and serve. When we are oppressed, we may seek justice at the hands of human authorities, but we know our ultimate protection is from God. When we are persecuted, we may well sigh and groan. But these expressions of anguish are turned to prayers by the Holy Spirit, for our help, refuge, security, and hope is found in God.
I am not certain how to love our LGBT friends and neighbors. But I am certain we are to love them. I’m not clear on how to mend the ills of our culture, but I know we are to pray for the peace of the cities in which we live.I am not settled on my conclusions about a Trump presidency, but I am convinced that we are to pray for our leaders and those in authority. And if I am persecuted, oppressed, or challenged because of my faith and convictions, I know that I am to turn to God.
O God, help me to do so daily!