After Donald Trump won the election to become the 45th president of the United States Tuesday night, a number of people in the black community expressed their concerns, outrage and disappointment. However, some high-profile Christians in that community are using their faith to encourage people who are struggling to come to grips with the results of the 2016 election.
Four of the Christian celebrities who are sharing their faith in the midst of post-election tensions are featured below:
Michelle Williams, the gospel singer-songwriter who supported Hillary Clinton and attended a number of her fundraisers, isn't hiding the fact that she's disappointed with the outcome of the election.
Instead of publicly dwelling on her negative feelings concerning the election results, Williams is standing strong on her faith.
"It feels very weird today. What I'm about to say is what I BELIEVE," she wrote on Instagram Wednesday. "My faith doesn't change, it just got stronger. My purpose doesn't change, it just became clearer! And yes. ... I STILL BELIEVE IN GOD!"
The singer, who's best-known by many for being one-third of the R&B group Destiny's Child, cautioned people against speaking negatively about the country. Instead, she encouraged people to lean on their faith.
"I know comment sections are free speech, but if what you have to say isn't about to ease people's minds and hearts, keep it to yourself. I was speaking to someone last night whose child really believes her friends of other races have to leave the USA. There are heavy hearts, troubled spirits but we have to give it to the one who is really in control. ... GOD. Keep the faith!"
Bishop Marvin Sapp
In the midst of protests and social media outrage over Trump becoming the next president, gospel singer Bishop Sapp decided to share a prayer for the nation on social media.
"Father, Today I ask that you would heal this nation, because it's clear that we are divided and that racism is no longer asleep in our country but has (awakened) and is alive and well. Cause our new president to understand the pain that words have caused, and use words to repair the breach quickly," Sapp wrote Wednesday.
"Allow those who are feeling disenfranchised and fearful after last evening's results to hold fast to Jeremiah 30:17 CEB which declares I will restore your health, and I will heal your wounds, declares the Lord, because you were labeled an outcast, 'Zion, the lost cause.' In Jesus name #Restoration2017 #Prepare4It."
DeVon Franklin, the "Miracles From Heaven" Hollywood film producer, minister and author who's married to actress Meagan Good, has been known to participate in Black Lives Matter protests with his wife. Amid international protests sparked by Donald Trump being elected into office, Franklin took to social media to offer some spiritual encouragement.
While sharing a text image for John 14:1–4, Franklin reminded people to lean on their faith.
"There are many heavy hearts today — remember where our true hope resides," Franklin wrote. "This is where our faith kicks in. God loves you and so do I."
He went on to share Galatians 6: 9 on Instagram, reminding people that their good works were not being done in vain.
"I have no doubt that no matter what happens politically we will reap the blessing of the seed of goodness we've planted," he wrote. "And there's no force on this Earth that can stop the fullness of the blessings God has planned for you!"
Right before the results of the 2016 election were announced, the author, daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes and first lady of One Church International in Los Angeles, California, prayed that people would show love in the midst of a divisive time.
"This has been one of the most divisive elections of our time, but today will mark the beginning of a new era. Regardless of the outcome I've committed to doing what I can to promote unity, love, and grace to all whom I encounter," she wrote in an Instagram message.
"I pray you'll commit to doing the same. Together our kindness can change the narrative. Make your voice count, not just today, but each day that you have the chance to show love instead of hate."