It is my personal opinion that Christians associating with this Q conspiracy does great harm to their witness to the world.
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Christians worry about the government or the left taking away our freedom and religious liberty. But frankly, they don’t have to do any of that. Since 2016, Christians have done the job themselves by taking away our own credibility.
It started in 2016 with Christians overwhelmingly helping to nominate Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for president. Of all the candidates available for the nomination, Trump was the last that should have been chosen by any Christian. But to me it was a testament to where the heart of many so called Christians in America really were. They didn’t want someone who accurately reflected Christian leadership and values, they wanted a bully who would work for them to name call, cuss out, demean and push around the opposition. Christianity was too soft for that job.
So it happened. Trump won the nomination and we move on. Except for some reason, every major evangelical leader wanted to attach themselves to Trump. This began to alienate people from Christianity in general. Outsiders and nonbelievers saw that Trump was a perfect reflection of the values and teachings of Christianity. If so many leaders supported him and stood up for him, how could he not be? Why else would they do it?
Then came post election time. Ok, now that he’s elected, we can move on, right? No. Christians insisted on giving Trump full vocal support. And no matter what things he said or did, Christians were unmovable in their support. But this has only stood to alienate nonbelievers in Christianity even more. They want nothing to do with Trump, but the Christian support is so strong for him (I dare say even stronger than their support for Jesus) many do not distinguish Christians from Trump. And then Christians didn’t like the opposition to Trump, so someone invited a fictitious character named Q as an insider informant, and now that nonsense has most Christians looking like a bunch of lunatics. When people here someone is a Christian in this country, they automatically associate them with supporting a terrible man and believes crazy crackpot conspiracy theories that have no basis in reality.
So now what has all this done? Well, whether you support the president or not, or even believe in Q or not, continued vocal support for Trump and Q have completely alienated Christians from anyone who isn’t a Christian Trump supporter and Q believer. This would all be perfectly fine with most Christian Trump Q supporters I suspect, except that our calling from Jesus was to go and preach the gospel and make disciples of all the nations. And now we can’t even do that with our own neighbors because we have cut ourselves off from them all in the name of supporting a man who won’t be in office after 2024 at the latest.
But thanks to the fact Christians insisted on making support for the president their top, public priority, Christianity and Trump can’t be separated. Then add on this Q conspiracy nonsense, it validates to the world that we’re just plain nuts. And is standing firm on the belief in Q and vocal support for the president through the bad to worse he says and does worth ruining our Christian testimony? No, not at all. Whether you like it or not, that’s the reality of what happened. And we need these people to hear the gospel. Trump and Q are not a part of the gospel. They can and should be pushed to the shadows, so the gospel can once again stand alone in the light to the world, as it always should have been.
No matter your beliefs, no political stance or political conspiracy theory is worth losing our Christian credibility to the world. If you disagree with that statement, you’re wrong. You’re just wrong, and it would be wrong to try and justify it. First, let this Q insanity go. It’s silly. Or at least make it a private thing. Second, Trump has and will make mistakes. Stop defending everything about him. It’s ok to say someone’s wrong and still want to vote for them. But maybe keep that support in the shadows and instead talk about the gospel, talk about the love and grace of Jesus.
If Christians can’t let Trump and Q take a backseat to the gospel, then I pray Trump will not be reelected. Maybe we will finally look to the Lord once the leader we look to is no longer in power. But it shouldn’t come to that. Stop keeping God private, and make Him first and only in our public outcries.
Christians, we should be informed on what’s going on and pray for all of our leaders in office. But we need to stop aligning to controversial issues and figures. We need to stop wasting precious time on distractions. It is the only way the gospel can be effectively preached again in America, and we desperately need it. The lost desperately need it. You might say God can make a way for it to be effective, and He can. But who wants their parents to show up and have to clean up their mess? Let’s get things in order now before it’s too late!