Donald Trump is our President. I’m still finding it hard to believe that this really happened. I personally believe Trump has been immoral and unqualified to be the President of the USA. I remember thinking his presidential campaign would quickly crumble. And yet, it didn’t. Trump is President and there is no escaping it.
Some people claimed they’d leave the USA, but these people are lying and being ridiculous just like they claim Trump to be. If I’m not leaving, then I guess that means I’m staying. And I’m actually really hopeful about the future.
How can I find Donald Trump offensive and unqualified, yet be hopeful about his presidency?
While I don’t have much confidence in Trump, I do have tremendous confidence in Jesus.
Trump has control as President, but Jesus controls what Trump controls. Jesus is the real One who in ultimate control.
I don’t know why Jesus allowed Trump to be President, but I do know that Jesus wants me to not forgot who really is the King.
I also know Jesus doesn’t want us to be the kind of people who speak evil about Trump. These people respond to the many evil things Trump has done and said with evil, which makes absolute no sense. While I don’t like him, I don’t join in with people who go on tirades about Trump’s ridiculous statements and lack of political experience. Jesus calls me, and all Christians, to another path.
In 1 Peter 3:9, the Apostle Peter encourages followers of Christ to not repay evil with more evil, but rather repay evil with blessings. Theologian Thomas Shreiner explained this blessing by saying it means “believers are to ask God to show his favor and grace upon those who have conferred injury upon them”.
When Donald Trump offends me, I shouldn’t immediately go after Trump, instead I should immediately go to the foot of Jesus in prayer. I should pray for God to graciously humble Trump, to help Trump with the many tasks which come being President, and to teach him to seek the face of Christ always.
And why should we do this? Because, as it says later in 1 Peter 3:9, we’re called by Jesus to do it. Jesus doesn’t want His followers to blend in with people when they get upset or outraged. He calls us to represent Him in all matters, including showing the world how to find Trump immoral and unqualified and yet be hopeful.
The reason I’m hopeful is because Jesus, not Trump, is King, and I won’t throw insults at Trump, instead I’ll throw up prayers for Trump. Why? Because the King says to do it and I’m His servant.
People get upset and feel like there is no hope when their Presidential candidate doesn’t get elected, but why? As followers of Jesus, do we really think Jesus is distracted watching reruns of Tim Tebow’s football days up in Heaven completely oblivious to what is happening on earth? All of this is under control. He’s got it covered.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t voice our opinions or be upset at the state of politics. We should be outraged and voice our opinions, but what we do with that outrage and how we voice our opinions should be completely saturated with prayer, humbleness, grace, and truth from Jesus Christ.
Only after all that, should a response happen. And I don’t often see that happening.
Imagine if Christians came together to humbly and graciously pray for God’s favor to be casted on Trump and for Trump to submit to the will of Jesus? What a beautiful picture that would be. And I know some people are doing that, but I’d wish more would.
I think people immediately voice their outrage and angrily argue about Trump because people assume real change comes through things they can do. However, if only we truly believed and realized the following:
I’m excited for the future because I know Jesus is in control and I’ll be truly praying for Trump and hoping for his presidency to a blessing to the world. I feel like God can do something really amazing through Trump. I’m excited to see what happens.