What’s Next for Christians in an Election That Won’t End?

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As we await the final results of the 2020 election, I have written this article for TGC about how Christians should be thinking about things right now.

Here’s an excerpt:

Several weeks ago, an evangelical pastor told me, “At this point, I don’t have any idea who the next president is; I am just praying it will not be a close call.” What he meant was that he was hoping that the election would bring some sort of clarity, one way or the other, to the division he saw all over the country—and in the pews of his church. The day after the election, unsure of who the next president is or when we will know, we now see that pastor’s prayer was not answered. 

So what now for Christians? 

First of all, perhaps it’s time to see that the assumptions behind this pastor’s hope—one shared by people all across the political spectrum—is just not possible in the cultural ecosystem of this time in the United States. What many expected—again one way or the other—was an election as a kind of narrative resolution. Those who support President Trump hoped—with (some, it turns out, well-founded suspicion of the polls)—that there would be a clear come-from-behind affirmation of the president on election night. Those who oppose President Trump hoped—and many even expected—that there would be a national repudiation of Trump. Some wanted a “blue tsunami,” and some a “red sea.

You can read the whole article here.

We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.