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Executive pastor of New Hope Covenant Church in Oakland, California

“Evangelical identity is rooted in Scripture. Scripture shapes our worldview, beliefs, and ethics. However, 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump, whose campaign and lifestyle is antithetical to Scripture and the Kingdom of God. While Hillary was undoubtedly a flawed candidate, white evangelicals' unprecedented supported of Trump—despite his racism, misogyny, and ethnocentrism—is revelatory, and deplorable. Did this bear witness to whiteness rather than the Gospel? What did this communicate to the world about our God?”

Al Hsu: “I have to have hope”

Author of Grieving a Suicide and The Suburban Christian

“As a person of color, I’m feeling nervous and vulnerable. I am alarmed that ethnic minorities are already experiencing threats and abuse; even young children (who are American citizens) are being harassed and told to leave the country. Fear is so present. Yet I cling to this word: ‘Be not afraid.’ I have to have hope that the body of Christ will disavow hate, defend the vulnerable, and work together for the common good.”

Peter Leithart: “Surprised to find myself relieved, grateful”

President of the Theopolis Institute

“What will Trump do? No one’s sure, including the president-elect. Those who fear a hard-right presidency can relax. The problem is different: Deal-master Trump may prove a chameleon, core-less rather than hardcore. More important is what he won’t do. Obama intended to arm the bureaucracy so Clinton could enforce the sexual revolution. Trump is sexually immoral, but he’ll probably guard religious freedom. For that, I woke up on November 9 surprised to find myself relieved, grateful.”

Richard J. Mouw: “How do we talk together now?”

President emeritus and professor of faith and public life, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California

“Given my political preferences, my feelings right now border on despair. But I also know that people whom I admire—even love—voted for Mr. Trump. How do we talk together now about the deeper issues without mutual accusations? What hopes and fears accompanied us into the voting booths? How do we love each other in continuing to work together in the service of the only true and righteous King?”

Trillia Newbell: “This is our calling—to pray and to love our neighbors as ourselves​”

Director of Community Outreach, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission​ (ERLC)

“My heart is concerned for those who are marginalized in our society. I am praying that the church would prove to be uniquely different, a true city on a hill, in the coming days. I also pray that we will be united in prayer for our president-elect. This is our calling—to pray and to love our neighbors as ourselves.”

Karen Swallow Prior: “The echo chamber won”

Professor of English at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia

“This election was a referendum on the echo chamber, and the echo chamber won. We can choose now to retreat once again into those echo chambers or begin to listen more attentively to one another—to love our neighbors by learning about them and their needs and perspectives whether black, white, Asian, or Latino/a; whether Christian, Muslim, or none; whether upper, middle, or working class; whether voter or one of the nearly half of eligible voters that sat out this election. Following this election, I’m convinced that we don’t know our neighbors well enough to begin to truly love them.”

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