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Dave Margalotti “When Politics Trump Faith”

Over the past several years, we’ve seen the political divide in this country grow wider. Political discourse has become more disagreeable. Political viewpoints have become more polarizing. And in the process, we have devolved into an “us versus them” mindset that allows little room for opposing viewpoints and opinions.  That’s fine for the politicians and their respective political parties. They thrive on division and character attacks on the opposing party.  But what about those of us who have been called to ministry?

Working in ministry, specifically Christian radio, doesn’t preclude you from having strong opinions on what’s best for our country, and who should lead us.  But it does present you with a challenge, especially when it comes to what we post and share on social media, and how we respond to others who think differently from us.

There is a meme currently making its way across Facebook that compares Donald Trump to Jesus Christ since they both had to endure “sham trials”. I’ve seen this post shared multiple times by a lot of people I know, but when I saw a fellow Christian music broadcaster with a long history of posting politically divisive content sharing it, I felt compelled to say something, and here’s why.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God who became man to die on the cross, defeat death, and save us from our sins, lived a completely sinless life.  Comparing any person, living or dead, to the Risen King is offensive, especially a man like former president Trump who, like the rest of us, has lived a life that is far from sinless.  My comments weren’t about Mr. Trump. Nor were they about who should lead our country, or how anyone should vote. In fact, my reply to this post wasn’t about politics at all. It was about our faith and our role as Christians who have been called into ministry.

My comments were met with a lot of likes and a lot of support. They were also challenged by a staunch supporter of Mr. Trump, and that’s fine too.  What’s troubling though is the response I got from the person who shared the meme, a fellow believer working in radio ministry. He sent me a private message and then unfriended and blocked me before I could reply. In his message he wrote, “I see all your snarky comments on my Facebook page and I went to your profile and I am shocked to see that you work in Christian radio . how do you reconcile your progressive woke pro abortion pro LGBT politics with being a Christian. I suppose you are new to the faith? or is it just a radio gig for you that happens to be the Christian format”?  For the record, I am none of those things. In fact, as a condition of employment where I work, I am required to attest that I firmly uphold the core beliefs of our faith.

Okay, so someone on social media sent me an unkind message and made some baseless allegations about me. Big deal, right?  Well, it kind of is and here’s why.  I have seen many of my brothers and sisters in ministry putting their politics ahead of their faith.  This is a problem. We have been called by the Lord to do His work on earth and to serve Him. He has given us a position of trust and influence, one that we must never take for granted.  More importantly, we must never let God take a backseat to anyone or anything. Certainly not a politician, regardless of platform or party affiliation.

When we put our politics ahead of our faith and make it a point to publicly share those deeply held political beliefs, we run the risk of alienating people who think and vote differently than we do. When that happens, we have lost the opportunity to minister to them and help them grow in their faith, which is the very thing we are called to do. We are no longer serving the Lord and carrying out His plan for our lives. We are instead simply following our own desires and acting upon our own impulses.  It’s even worse when we lash out at people because we are failing to let others see Christ in us. Jesus said, “If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20). How we respond to ”them” is a clear indication of where we are at in our own walk with Christ.

Look, I get it. I have many serious concerns about the direction of this country, about those issues that do not align with God’s word, that oppose the teachings of Jesus, and that threaten to undermine our freedom to live out our faith. But that’s not my fight and if you have been called to serve in a Christian radio ministry, it doesn’t need to be yours either. 

 

We serve a God who is far greater than the problems we are facing in this country, and far more powerful and capable than any person seeking to hold the office of president.  We cannot serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). We called to share God’s glory among the nations and His marvelous works among all the peoples (Psalm 96:3), not to give voice to politicians and their parties. We are called to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). We are called to love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39), even if they vote and think differently than we do.  We are called to pray for our elected representatives (1 Timothy 2:1-2), even if they weren’t our choice on election day.  And in 1 Samuel 12:24, we are told to “0nly fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you”. Thank you for considering my words.  To God Be the Glory!


Since 2014, Dave has been overseeing the Christian radio outreach of Family Life Ministries, Inc. that includes 70 broadcast signals in New York and Pennsylvania, as well as multiple digital music streams and original podcasts.  Prior to joining the Family Life team, Dave spent 28 years in secular radio as a programmer and on-air host for music and talk formats in the New York City area. Dave’s passion for radio began as a child, but that was eclipsed nearly 30 years ago by his love for the Lord when God got a hold of his heart and turned his life around.  Dave and his wife, Patty followed the Lord’s leading to western NY after raising their 6 children in northern New Jersey.  Contact Dave at davemargalotti@familylife.org

5 thoughts on “Dave Margalotti “When Politics Trump Faith”

  • Thanks for sharing. You’re right: our lives are a testimony. Division is easy to come by, and Jesus repeatedly demonstrated what it looks like to be on God’s side rather than one of two earthly sides. If we call ourselves Christians, we should be Christ-followers, and live our lives leading others to Him through our words and actions.

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  • Somewhere there is Divine Order, it seems to begin with “Love one another”

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  • Politicizing faith rarely seems to work out well. I gave up religion years ago, but I respect people whose faith is a source of comfort and guidance to them. Lashing out and using faith to cloak it cheapens society for everybody.

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  • Excellent insights and perspective, Dave. Christians need to pray for courage, for God’s will to be done, and for one another to remain strong and faithful in these increasingly difficult days.

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  • Amen brother! Too often, we’re more passionate about advocating for our political views than advocating for the gospel of Jesus. And for people who consider those in the “other” political party to be their enemies, what does Jesus say about how those enemies should be treated? “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:44-45. If the words of Christ don’t matter in situations like that, when do they?

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