This brings me to a pre-election dinner I had with three Austin millennial evangelicals who volunteered long hours to make a statement they thought would glorify God. Regardless of your politics, I hope you’ll appreciate their concern for Christian witness in our country.
The three—Paul Hastings, 26; Alex Lerma, 24; and Nathan Webster, 31—were all homeschooled. They are now business consultants and filmmakers. Four weeks before Election Day they used vacation days from work and gathered a team of volunteer animators, logo designers, web developers, and attorneys. Their goal: to create a website, Faith Trumps Fear, and a video they shot in Alex’s brother’s living room.
Their key theological point: “We are called to holiness. God and God alone will save our country, and we should never cast a vote out of fear unless it is the fear of God.” Two weeks before Election Day the video went live, then viral on Facebook, reaching 1.2 million people in all.
“Viral” these days does not mean just happening, with no marketing work involved. The three musketeers emailed friends who emailed their friends. Once the number of page views started growing, they emailed influential conservatives. They also understood how Facebook algorithms work—posts that users share or comment about get improved placement.
All three said their homeschool backgrounds helped: They had learned how to teach themselves, say what they think is right, and not fear how others react. Again, their political judgment may have been right, or wrong, but I’m impressed that they—after growing up amid the biggest entertainment-industrial complex in history, and its corrosive irony and sarcasm—still wanted to rely on God.
Their attitude is very different from that of the millennials who after the election went on rampages or fell into crying sessions. Hastings, postelection, told me he and his associates know that “no matter what may come, God is still in control and we are His people. If we are His people, let us live like we are.” They are praying for President-elect Trump, as should all of us.
In late December many people make New Year’s resolutions, but few keep them more than a week. Chapter 5 of Ecclesiastes says, “Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.”
For Christians, only one resolution is crucial: to desire, through God’s grace, to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever. That means being a branch, as Christ says in John 15: “I am the vine; you are the branches … for apart from me you can do nothing.”