Friday, November 11, 2016

With Trump as President, Now What?

With this crazy election over, now what?  People’s reactions vary from depression to rioting to celebrating.   It has been a long time since our nation has been so divided.  Here is my perspective:

1.    God is still on His throne and in total control! 
He has not become any less sovereign!  He raises up one and puts down another.  He ultimately decides the election results, and we may or may not know the reasons.  We are responsible now for how we respond, and not for who is in office.
2.    We are not commanded to like who is in office, but we are commanded to pray for those in office. 
I have already been praying for President-elect Trump to have wisdom in selecting his cabinet, and for his salvation.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if he became a devoted Christ-follower, exhibited by true humility and dependence on God?  The whole world would see the difference in his life!!
3.    I am actually hopeful for our nation for the following reasons, and bear with me here because I know some of you don’t like Trump. 
Let me say this loud and clear:  I have major concerns about Trump’s character and the Bible is clear that “pride comes before the fall” so I really hope he doesn’t fall due to his obvious pride.  However, here is what I am encouraged about:
a.     Trump seems to be surrounding himself with some really good people, such as his running mate Pence, Dr. Ben Carson, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, etc.  I am hopeful these people will help to keep him in check and provide biblically sound input.
b.     Trump has said he will appoint strong constitutionalists to the Supreme Court, and pro-lifers!  The Bible says “righteousness exalts a nation” and we have definitely been walking in unrighteousness by killing so many babies through abortion.  I realize you cannot ultimate legislate individual morality, but we most certainly should have legislation that aligns with biblical morals, and abortion is murder.   We have been worthy of God’s judgment for years for the sin of abortion, and if we can turn that one around, it would please God.  No doubt in my mind about this.  Personally I could not vote for Hillary for the abortion reason alone, though there were many other concerns as well.
c.      Trump has said he will protect religious liberty, and this is long overdue.  Our religious freedoms have been under attack for years, and hopefully we will begin to get back to what our Founding Fathers wanted for this great nation, and that is the freedom to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The whole “separation of church and state” has been twisted to mean something it was never intended to mean.  It was to keep the state out of the church, and never meant to keep the church out of the state.  The Founders wanted biblical values and prayer in the state.
d.     Trump has said he will aggressively go after the evil of ISIS.  He is not afraid to call it what it is: “Radical Islamic Terrorism.”  The role of government is to punish evil and reward good (see Romans 13).  It is time we do that with ISIS, and the entire world will thank us, like they did in WW2 when the evil of Hitler was defeated, largely by the U.S.

The bottom line for me is that though I am optimistic with Trump, my hope and faith and trust is in Jesus.  No matter who is in office and not matter what happens, my ultimately allegiance is to Jesus.  I will love, trust and follow Him no matter what.  I invite you to do the same!