I would like to begin by saying happy Thanksgiving to all of you who are reading! I have taken quite a long hiatus from writing, but I am back in the saddle again!
Now, there is plenty to talk about today, but I am going to begin with the presidential election in sight of my silence on the issue thus far. What does the election of Donald J. Trump mean for Americans and, more specifically, American Christians?
Firstly, let us discuss what this does not mean. Most importantly, this absolutely does not mean that America has just emerged from some amazing revival. This does not mean the end of civilization. This does not mean the destruction of the Church.
While the man is an infinitely better choice than Hillary Clinton, he has many disqualifying (in my mind) characteristics himself. Most disturbing is his view of marriage. Having been divorced and remarried more times than I care to look up, he has proven himself inept when it comes to the areas of covenantal relationships and commitment. He sees marriage as he sees the rest of the world, as a means to an end. This is a very good indicator of how he will approach other aspects of his life that demand commitment. With an apathetic disinterest in trying to make things come together to benefit all the involved parties. His low view of marriage also explains his unwillingness to take action to repeal the Obergefell decision. He has a track record of being a covenant breaker. This is disqualifying in my opinion.
This is not to say that his election threatens the fabric of the Church or that he will intentionally incite chaos or war. It is simply to say that I do not believe he is a strong enough person to lead a country. I may be wrong. I may be correct. Time will tell.
Now, even if you agree that he is unfit to lead, how much power does the president actually have? That is why the Constitution is in place. To keep tyrants in check.
I did say that he is better than Hillary Clinton, however, in that he is, at the very least, less pro-abortion than she is. I cannot verify that he is pro- or anti- abortion, but I do know that his is a much less staunch infanticide position and that is a step in the right direction. He also may be able to help us begin to claw our way out of debt. These things coupled together make him easily more tolerable than Clinton.
The Left has been in a panic after the election and I must say that I find myself unable to understand. Nobody is going after you, liberal person. If your candidate did not win, pull yourself together and see how you can help the effort in the next election cycle. The least likeable response to a loss is wailing and moaning and screaming about how “that’s not fair.”
To the Christian in the midst of this, rejoice! You are a child of God Almighty!
16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
We also know that we can trust him to do what is right because Ephesians 1:11 tells us that he “… works all things according to the counsel of his will.” Fret not over an election, dear brothers. Also, be careful to not cheer too much. It is possible for us to think of Trump as a savior-figure. To do such is idolatry and that always leads to disappointment. Trust in Christ and in him alone. Pray for Donald Trump.
I Timothy 2:1-2
1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
Soli Deo Gloria!