Besides bringing about an impressive showing at the polls, the 2016 Presidential Election resulted in an unprecedented division of Americans along political, religious, racial and economic lines – a division that faith leaders say Christians can work to bring back together.
Providing evidence that the election incited a larger rift between Americans, a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that 15 percent of those participating in the survey indicated that they no longer speak with a family member or close friend because of disagreements over Tuesday’s election
It was also maintained by 14 percent of respondents that because of differences and conflicts over the election, they blocked a family member or close friend from their social media accounts.
Let the healing begin
Family Research Council (FRC) president Tony Perkins was one of the many Christian leaders who backed Donald Trump’s run for the White House, arguing that between him and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, he was the only candidate with a godly plan to truly “make America great again” – especially with his pro-family platform that champions religious freedom and the sanctity of human life.
"Donald Trump's victory provides a much-needed opportunity to get America back on track again," tweeted Perkins, who also stands by Trump on a number of other hot-button issues, including gun rights, military strength and Supreme Court appointees.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the political spectrum, Michael Wear, who led President Barack Obama’s so-called “faith outreach,” said he sympathized with Americans who had fears about what to expect over the next four years with a new commander-in-chief presiding in the Oval Office.
"I am sad for my country and for those who went to bed scared last night," Wear told Christian Today – without addressing the outbreak of racial tensions that have erupted during the Obama administration, which many say have fueled America’s disunity since his first day in office back in January 2009.
The power of prayer
Evangelist and daughter of iconic world evangelist, Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz insisted that there is much that the Church can do to mend a broken nation.
"When God's people will pray with a humble heart – repenting of our sins – then God promises He will hear our prayer,” Lotz told CBN News. “He will forgive our sin. And the third element is that He will heal our land."
Lotz, who heads Angel Ministries, outlines three steps that all Christians should take to please God, bring harmony and therefore truly make America great again.
"I think the most critical thing that God's people can do is -- one is to pray," Lotz shared. "Two is to repent of our sin, and three is to keep our focus on God."
She reminded believers that leaders, initiatives, movements and organizations are not the true agents of change – just God.
"God is the one who will bring healing,” the Christian leader stressed. “It's not a political party or one particular person. Our faith has to be in God."
The North Carolina native impressed that it was Americans’ prayers – not campaigning – that won the election for Trump, who vowed to champion the Christian values held dear by the Church, leading to 81 percent of white, born-again/evangelicals voting for him.
"God's people have poured out in prayer for this election a thing that is determined – as Mr. Trump said in his acceptance speech – the destiny of America," Lotz continued.
She ended by exhorting Christians across America to continue praying for everyone in the nation – regardless of their political persuasions, ethnic origins, religious beliefs or socioeconomic status.
"I see what happened in this election as being a tremendous movement of God in answer to prayer,” Lotz concluded. “So now my challenge is that God's people would not stop praying.”