Another election is over and we are left to live with the results. Donald Trump is days away from becoming our forty-fifth President. Some are thrilled while many others are dismayed and distraught. Whatever your view of Trump, as well as of the others that won, do not forget that each result of this election happened not only with the permission of but according to the plan of the Almighty.
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. (Isaiah 46:9, 10)
Our country, The United States of America, has been given the leadership God wants it to have. That is not to say that God has given us the best leadership, but what we have is appointed by Him. Sometimes God gives us what we deserve instead of what is best for us. I believe this is one of those times.
For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. (Romans 13:1)
The attack on September 11, 2001 shocked Americans and for a few brief seconds they turned their thoughts to God. Public rallies were conducted with praying, preaching, and singing. “God bless America” bumper stickers were plastered on cars and signs of piety made a momentary show. What was missing then and what is missing now is national repentance.
In the years that President Obama has been in office many, particularly those of a more conservative mindset, have been wringing their hands about how he has turned this great republic into a socialist state. Now, as the prospect of his leaving office becomes a fulfilled reality, these same people are joyful. Our new President is going to “Make America Great Again.”
I don’t think that is going to happen. How is a godless man, going to do that? Mr. Trump is uncouth, vulgar, and vindictive. He is guided by pragmatism, not the Holy Bible. His world view is self-centered. Sure, he has agreed with Christians on certain issues dear to them. But will he follow through? I am not holding my breath.
I do hope Donald Trump does well. There are many issues that need addressing. I am glad I am not the one to do it. But I wonder, does a man who could not hold his family together,and who has gone bankrupt four times hold our country together and mend our economic woes?
Will he have the compassion to not pull the rug out from underneath people who have come to be dependent on Obamacare and other assistance from the government or will he seek out the wisdom of men and women more wise than he to make a transition to a better way of doing things?
Will he keep us out of war or will his impetuous and poorly thought-out statements bring us to the brink of destruction?
It matters not what you think of him. Be he tyrant and radical or wise and kind, he is our President — or will be in just a few days. Even if he doesn’t “deserve” your support he needs it. And you need to give it to him. His success will be your success and his failure will be your failure.
Our support of the new President does not imply acquiescence or approval. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it. And right is right no matter who does it. We have to have the attitude of Lincoln’s Secretary of State, an immigrant named Carl Schurz. He said, “My country right or wrong. If wrong, to make it right. If right to keep it right.” Just swap the word President for country.”
Ultimately, it is you and I that are responsible for the future of our country. The United States is where it is because God’s people have not taken seriously the commands of God to be holy and blameless. We have not been “salt and light.” In fact, we are no different than anyone else. We like to fall back on the “If my people who are called by my name” verse, reciting the words but not taking seriously what it says. We have not humbled ourselves, we have not sought God’s face, and we have not forsaken our wicked ways.
It is time for us who profess to know Jesus Christ as our Lord and as our Savior to live like we do. Until we do, we will never have an impact on our nation. If Daniel the prophet could live a godly life under tyrants like those that ruled the empires of his day, we can do the same under the relatively free world that we live in. If Joseph and Daniel could serve the dictatorial rulers of their nations with deference and respect, then we should be able to serve the leaders of our nation.
Sadly, we are not Josephs and Daniels. We are more like Peter the night before Christ was crucified. In order to be like Joseph and Daniel we will need to take seriously the call to humble ourselves, to seek God, and to forsake our wicked ways. We need to be like Christ.
God has chosen and determined to give us the rulers who have just been elected. They may not be the ones we would have chosen but they are the ones God wisely wanted. Perhaps he has placed them in authority so that our light might stand as a blazing contrast to their darkness. Perhaps. But only if we let our lights shine.
Parts of this post were published on November 7, 2012.