Here in the United States, the last few days have been chock-full of emotion and controversy. I cannot think of another season in my lifetime where I have seen the country this divided and vitriolic. More than half of the country is unhappy and concerned about the election of Donald Trump and people are up in arms on social media arguing over whether or not the women’s march was necessary. It is an interesting time for a social observer.
The one thing worth objecting to, or protesting, from a Christian’s perspective in my opinion, were the things done in the name of Christ and Christianity in the inauguration ceremony. For the inaugural prayer time, President Trump had the following representing Christianity, which he claims to be a part of: a woman “pastor” who is a prosperity gospel televangelist, a NAR false prophet, a Jewish Christ-denying rabbi, and another bishop who preaches that wealth is a sign of God’s blessing on Donald Trump. Franklin Graham, son of famous Evangelist Billy Graham, made an unwise statement that the rain that was falling during the ceremony was a sign of God’s blessing on President Trump. Pastor Gabe Hughes of WWUTT (when we understand the text) produced a 90 second video response to all of these problematic aspects to the inaugural ceremony:
The voice of objection from my fellow Christians was largely silent. Instead, the prevailing attitude was one of “well, regardless of who was speaking and the problems they present, at least a little truth got out there!” Christians, God does not need us to compromise in order to get His message out or accomplish His plans. He is not up in heaven, fretting and wringing His hands saying to Himself, “boy, I sure hope one of these false prophets says something remotely biblical! Good thing Donald Trump won or my eternal plans would be thwarted!”
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that God is okay with compromise regarding His eternal truth. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that God is dependant on the choices of human beings. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that mere men can hamper or impede the Almighty and Eternal King of heaven and earth. Nowhere.
What the Bible does say is:
- God is the one who appoints rulers Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. (Romans 13:1)
- God is not dependant on men The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation (Acts 17:24-26)
- God’s plans and purposes cannot be frustrated For the LORD of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back? (Isaiah 14:27)
- Men cannot presume to know the mind of God Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:33-36)
- We are to pray for, and obey our rulers First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,(1 Timothy 2:1-3; see also Romans 13:1-2)
I cringe when I hear Christians say that God answered prayer through the electing of Donald Trump. That is presuming to know the mind of God. The only thing we can say with confidence is that God did appoint Donald Trump, just as He appointed Barak Obama, Bill Clinton, George Bush, etc. Whether or not it is for blessing or judgement is yet to be seen. To state that Trump is God’s blessing on America is not only presumptuous and possibly false, but it misrepresents the mission of the Church. We aren’t here to win political battles, we are here to witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Using Jesus as your political mascot, and joining Him to someone like Mr. Trump, is not furthering God’s kingdom, or sharing the gospel.
If Christian’s want to be bold about something regarding the issues at hand, standing firm on revealed truth is a great start: the prosperity gospel/NAR is false and no gospel at all; hope is not found in our earthly governments or circumstances; politics and causes will not fulfill the eternal longing in our heart that was set there by God. People all around us are hurting and desperate for truth. Love your neighbors by sharing the hope you have in Jesus, and please keep your politics out of it.
Soli Deo Gloria!