As we enter into a new presidential administration, I felt the need to address this subject briefly. I felt the need to address the topic as a result of many conversations I have heard, read, and have been a participant of myself. This will be the only time I will address the subject, so please bear with me as I share my thoughts:
It does not matter whom voted for whom. As of January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America. This is a fact. One that cannot be changed. Within society, we have witnessed the many debates and protests around the country based upon our differences in cultural, religious and political ideologies. This has transcended secular boundaries and has also caused division within the Body of Christ.
This should not be. Many may not agree with President Trump’s personal and political stance, and may attempt to justify their defiance of his presidency and administration by saying that the Bible teaches us to , “Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour…” (Rom. 13:7). However, we must remember that the Bible also teaches us that we should “…let every soul be subject unto higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation…For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid: for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake…” (Rom. 13:1,2,4,5).
In essence, what the Bible is teaching us is that although we may or may not agree with President Trump on various issues, we are responsible for respecting the office in which he now functions. As believers, we are responsible for praying for ALL leaders, and not just the ones to whom we are partial. There has to be a balance in all areas of our lives. This includes those areas which are not often considered to be spiritual. If the truth be told, everything we experience in life holds a spiritual correlation and should be treated as such.
Having said this, I will conclude with these final thoughts…we need to place all of our personal thoughts aside and assume responsibility, as the Body of Christ, in lifting up the new president and his administration in prayer…not out of fear, but out of obedience to the Word of God and respect to the Office of the President. We may not agree with everything communicated from the Office of the President, but one thing we must remember is that we will all be held accountable for our words and our actions. This includes myself, each of you, and the President himself. God Bless!