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This guest post is written by KJ Hill, one of the Summit’s local outreach pastors. He will be joining LaToya King, Raudel Hernandez, Walter Strickland, and me (J.D.) for a panel discussion Tuesday, January 17, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Summit en Español venue of our Brier Creek campus. The panel’s topic is “Martin Luther King Jr.: Race, Church, and Culture 50 Years Later.” RSVP today and I’ll see you tomorrow!

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday.  Dr. King was born on January 15th, but the holiday would be celebrated every year on the third Monday of January. The following year, President Reagan signed a proclamation for observing Sanctity of Human Life Day on the third Sunday in January to coincide with the January 22nd date of the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion.

As a Christian, I believe both of these days are important. In fact, I think that in many ways these days represent two sides of the same coin. Unfortunately, sometimes in the church, people who are only focused on one side of the coin can feel at odds over which is of greater importance and can feel like the other group doesn’t even acknowledge their fight for justice.

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J.D. Greear and Chris Pappalardo || Updated 11:50 a.m., Nov 10, 2016

On Tuesday night, the long road toward Election Day finally ended, as Donald Trump won the office of United States president. Generally, the day after a presidential election, people are left feeling either elated (because their candidate won) or disappointed (because their candidate lost). But this has been a strange year, so the usual post-election emotions aren’t what they’ve been in years past. Clinton voters, we’ve already seen, feel angry and afraid. Many women and minorities are understandably concerned about what this means for their future in our country. And while many Trump voters are certainly excited, I know that the Christians who voted for him aren’t completely thrilled at the prospect of President Trump. They’re more relieved at avoiding President Clinton.

The purpose of this post is not to weigh in on the relative merits or dangers of President Donald Trump. Many people have already pointed out Trump’s significant deficits in the past few months, ourselves among them. This discussion should go forward in the days to come. But for now, I want to consider how Christians should respond to this new reality. Whether you voted for him or not, we need to approach this new season with gospelized lenses.

So what should Christians do in the days and weeks to come? Here are seven brief thoughts:

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