American Christians have this weird habit of putting their trust in their presidential candidates. It’s as if they forget that God is the real King and instead say, “Our only hope is this candidate.” I have heard people on both sides putting their future in the hands of Donald Trump, our next president. People against Trump are afraid, depressed, and angry, saying, “Trump is going to attack muslims, gays, Hispanics, etc… it’s the end. We’re all going to suffer for this.” And then I turn around and hear pro-Trump people say, “Now that Trump is in the White House, the world can go back to the way it should be. Trump will fix everything. Trump will raise the economy. Trump will make my life better.”Do you not know that Donald Trump is only in office because GOD ALMIGHTY, the Creator and King of the Universe, wanted him to be there? The only reason we are in the position we are in is because God wanted it to be this way. So for you to say that everything rests on our presidential nominee shows a lack of faith in who really is in control of everything.
I was watching a video that I’m going to link to at the end of this blog post, because it was the inspiration for this post—and the youtuber, Jordan, said “If you need to pledge allegiance to a country for your safety and security, your god isn’t big enough.” I didn’t capitalize the word god because he isn’t referring to the one true God, but to the imaginary god that we all make up in our minds to suit our own needs. But anyways, I thought he made a very powerful point with that statement. I think a lot of Christians today place all their hope in the government, saying “If the government goes democratic, we’re going to face intense persecution, and life is going to be awful.” First of all, however, when did Jesus promise an easy life? Go see if you can find a passage anywhere in the Bible in which Jesus promises us an easy life—go ahead, I’ll wait. Can’t find one? That’s because it isn’t there. In fact, Jesus says in Matthew 10:22, 24-25
And you will be hated by all for my names sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved… A disciple is not above his master. It is enough for a disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.
See, Jesus doesn’t promise an easy life, but a hard one. He says a couple verses after the ones above, Matthew 10:34 that “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” So for those who are terrified of persecution, please remember that we were never promised a life free from persecution, but a life full of it. However, we were also promised a peace beyond understanding. Jesus said in the same chapter I’ve been quoting this entire time, in versus 29-31,
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than the sparrows.
If God takes care of the sparrows, won’t he also take care of us? So even if persecution does come, we need to trust that, no matter what, God is in control, and while He didn’t promise an easy life, he promised that he cares for us, and will be with us even in the midst of our suffering. In Jesus’ words from John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
And to those who are terrified and disappointed because Trump is our candidate, I would say that God is sovereign, and while I understand why you’re disappointed by this whole election cycle (trust me, I am too), I think we need to remember that all of this happened because God wanted it to happen. If not a hair falls from our head without it being in Gods plan, isn’t this too in his plan? Psalm 22:28 says “For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations.” So God is in control of the rulers of the earth—nothing happens that God did not want to happen. So, while I do not discourage you from mourning over the moral state of our country, I would encourage you to remember that both candidates were placed there by God, and God is planning to use Donald Trump for whatever His plan requires for us. Don’t lose hope, because while our candidates are certainly lacking in morality and character, God can still use them in ways that we won’t quite understand. Besides, we survived 8 years of Obama, right?
All I’m saying is that we get so worked up over politics, as Christians, and I personally don’t think that’s wise. It is interesting to observe, however, how much hope and trust American Christians put in politics, even as they claim that their trust is in God over the politicians in control.
I grew up under 2 Presidents: George Bush Jr, and Obama. Both of these presidents were controversial in their own ways, and I always heard people complaining because the president wasn’t doing what they wanted him to do. This has been especially prevalent under President Obama. I made sure to include his title when I referred to him—why would I do that? Because PRESIDENT Obama was the man who God put in charge of this nation-and I’m sure God had a reason for putting him there. Something that has really frustrated me, however, during the entirety of Obama’s presidency, is Republicans, especially Republican Christian’s lack of respect for Obama. When the 10 Commandments say to “Honor your father and your mother,” they aren’t just talking about honoring one’s parents, but everyone in authority. I’m going to quote three different verses that support my claim.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says “First of all, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
Titus 3:1-2 says “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”
1 Peter 2:13-15 says “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperors as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.”
All these verses talk about being respectful towards our authorities, praying for them, and honoring them. So first of all, I would say that we as Christians were very lax in praying and honoring President Obama. We don’t have to agree with a president to honor him. Jesus came to earth when the Caesars were in control, and let me tell you, they were not good people. Yet Jesus still taught that we are to honor our authorities, and “give to Caesar what is Caesars.” We really failed there. I heard far too many people spewing hate our president’s way and not showing him love and respect. Every President, regardless of our opinion of him, deserves our respect as the person God chose to lead us. So let’s not do that again-not that I think we’ll have that problem, as a lot of Christians love Trump, so it won’t be too hard to pray for him. But please, for all the Christians in this country, we need to make sure we show honor and respect for our authority, and pray for those in authority, not just the authority we like, but those we don’t like too.
But enough of my rambling. In closing, remember: God is in control, don’t mourn, don’t gloat, and please, respect our authority figures. Please. I know this was an extremely divisive election, and that breaks my heart—but we need to move past that and realize that God has called us to love and kindness.
Oh, and here’s the video that sparked this really long rant about politics and Christians. Enjoy!
Unedited Rambling added 11/11/2016 at 10:00 AM: in light of the protests and riots around the country, I want to do a paragraph or so on love. See, I understand that people are afraid and upset, but riots are not the way we as Christians are called to handle this situation. See, many view Donald Trump as their enemy. But if he is your enemy, I think you need to hear this verse from Matthew 5:43-44, 46, which says
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
So if we are called to love our enemies, how about showing love to Donald Trump and his supporters. if you want him to show you love, maybe show him and his supporters that you are capable of showing love and kindness to them, even though you don’t agree with them. Besides, as I’ve said above, we are called to show honor and respect to our authorities, and Donald Trump is our future president. Let’s start showing him the respect that God has called us to give him. Even if he doesn’t show you the same respect you show him. Besides, God has promised us a peace beyond understanding. John 14:27 says
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
so be at peace, and know that God is in control. Do not panic, do not worry, do not riot and act irrationally out of anger and fear–God is in control, and we can have peace with him.
And to Trump Supporters-please be understanding and kind to the people who are afraid and angry. Please show them love instead of animosity. Please don’t gloat or rub this in their faces. Please, demonstrate to them the love that Christ showed to you. God has called us to love and compassion-please show that to those who are struggling with the results of the election.