Much controversy was surrounding two major candidates for the presidential office of the United States: Secretary Hillary Clinton and Mr. Donald J. Trump. There were other third party candidates, but most third parties have little funding and stand no chance, politically, to win such a high office. As far as the majority of America was concerned, the election came down to two people, and evangelicals jumped on the Trump train.
Even though Trump had made outlandish statements that were controversial (and some of them quite offensive), many Christian leaders were willing to vote for a candidate with a high level of arrogance and a temperament the size of Idaho. The majority of evangelicals were swayed as election drew nearer, driven with the argument of voting for the lesser of two evils.
Now as much as I did not like Trump and thought he should never be a president, I didn’t think Hillary was even close to a better option. As far as the election was concerned, I though both candidates were equally immoral and mirrored the corruption that the American people have come to. However, one of them was bound to win. In my mind, I was preparing myself for Hillary Clinton to win the presidency. I was surprised to wake up the next morning, look on my Apple News and see the Time Magazine headline: Donald Trump Wins the Presidency.
The nation went into a state of uproar, and it wasn’t just from liberal democrats, but also Christians. I was surprised to find how many people who called themselves Christian to be in anger that Trump won. Friends of mine who were Trump supporters were ridiculed for voting for “the president who will ruin our nation” by people who claimed to be followers of Christ and students of God’s word. I am not a fan of Trump, but I think this is the worst possible reaction to have.
What does the bible have to say about a Trump presidency? Romans 13:1 (ESV) says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” First, God states that the only one who has the power to alter a nation’s course or future is God Himself. He alone is sovereign and ruler over all. Second, anyone who is in political power has not just been elected by popular or electoral vote, but by the will of God.
As strange as it may seem, the White House is on God’s mind and He is involved. This leads us to recognize a serious fact: God elected Trump to be president. The rulers of the White House were elected by God’s own will and purpose. What does God expect from me as a follower of Christ and as a student of His word? I am to submit to Trump’s authority, salute him, and call him Mr. President. Trump indeed is the President-elect by God and I must recognize that and hold him in great respect.
Furthermore, in 1 Peter 2, God tells us to “honor the emperor”. The emperor at the time of this epistle was Nero, arguably the most immoral, corrupt, and insane emperor to have ever ruled the Roman Empire, but God told his Church to submit to their persecutor and corrupt leader. Trump is not nearly as bad as Nero, so I think we as Christians can have a more sober reaction to his presidency. I think we owe it to God to pray for Trump, that God may work in his life, and also that God may truly make His glory known through this election.
Soli Deo Gloria.