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Jonathan McReynolds is the latest entertainer to be invited to perform in President-Elect Donald Trump’s honor. He’s also the latest to decline.

The singer/songwriter penned a blog post on Sunday (January 15) describing in detail why he passed on the opportunity to sing at the main event’s after party. “Let’s marinate on that for a second,” he wrote. “I grew up a straight up nerd heading toward meteorology or computer engineering but now as a Christian [entertainer], regardless of how it happened and who the PEOTUS is, I was invited to the Inaugural Ball.”

That is definitely a big deal. But what’s bigger is standing up for what you believe in. Jon’s got that on lock (READ: Jonathan McReynolds Addresses the Complexity of the 2016 Presidential Election).

“My convictions concerning politics and President-Elect Donald Trump would have made me miserable on the flight to Washington,” he continued. “I wouldn’t feel good honoring the office of a man who (I feel) hasn’t honored it yet. Often times, honoring is not agreeing, it’s disagreeing in a respectful manner. That’s what I hope the Trump administration will do, that’s what I am doing here by respectfully declining, and that’s what I hope my community, the Church, can do as well.”

McReynolds went on to approach the moment from a biblical point of view, referencing King Nebuchadnezzer’s pride and Daniel’s faithfulness:

I declined because I simply don’t believe this opportunity was for ME. God’s people absolutely need to be there though, whether they are praying, speaking, or singing. I pray the Body of Christ NEVER gets comfortable publicly rebuking ITSELF, it’s own people, when they take meetings, take opportunities, to affect and touch leaders, especially the ones we don’t agree with. 

There was a leader much worse than anyone America has elected and his term was longer than four years, King Nebuchadnezzer. History, our redemption history, would have changed dramatically if Daniel and the three Hebrew boys didn’t toe the line between serving and bowing so well. They didn’t eat everything the King tried to feed them and they didn’t bow when it opposed what they knew was true, but they were definitely in the building. The unique power and potency in their gifts actually made the King bow and bend to them. I’m sure their fellow Hebrews were suspicious of their closeness to the King, but the King was made better because of that closeness.

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