With the recent news of former Secretary Clinton’s health possibly taking a toll on her campaign, I have noticed a disturbing trend amongst Christians openly hoping that her health takes a turn for the worse.
When Twitter exploded with the news that the Mrs. Clinton had been ill, I noticed several tweets and posts indicating that the country would be better off if her health deteriorated to the point of her withdrawal from the election. I saw Bible believing Christians hoping and praying that such an event would occur.
Let me be clear: Such a wish is wrong. It is immoral. It is unbiblical.
As Christians, we are called to be the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27.) This means that our every thought and action is a reflection upon Him and His kingdom. We are to live and breathe for the glory of God.
Romans 12:2 states, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Christians are not called to be “of the world.” We are called to transform it. This means we witness to one another. That we pray for one another. Most importantly, we are to submit our actions and emotions to the will of God. We are called to love one another as Christ loved the Church.
With all of this said, it is essential to remember that wishing ill upon anyone, regardless of their thoughts, actions, or beliefs, directly contradicts the teachings of Christ.
When Jesus was on crucified on the cross, not once did he wish ill upon his enemies. In fact, he begged God to forgive them. As he was pierced, wounded, bleeding, and ding for our transgressions, he asked the Lord to forgive those responsible for his death. Luke 23:34 recordings his words as, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Christ prayed for his enemies. Christ loved his enemies. In a position with which he could have wished harm upon those who had wronged them, he chose to love and pray for them instead.
In essence, wishing ill upon anyone disobeys the word of Christ. It is a direct insult to a member of His beloved creation.
I am not voting for Secretary Clinton. I disagree with her at every turn. However, when I heard that she was ill, I immediately stopped and prayed for her.
I didn’t pray for her because I am a Republican and I wanted to look better in front of my peers. I didn’t pray for her so that I could feel better about myself. I prayed for her because she is a beloved child of God, just like myself, and I am called to love and respect her in the same way that I would my best friend.
This does not mean that I cannot criticize her. This does not mean that I must agree with everything that she has to say. It certainly doesn’t mean that I must vote her her. It does mean, however, that I must remember her position as a child of God, and respect her life in the same way that I do my own.
“Do to others as you would like them to do to you.” –Luke 6:31 (NLT)
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” –Matthew 5:44 (ESV)
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” –Romans 12:14 (ESV)
“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” –1 Corinthians 11:1 (ESV)