THE RISE AND FALL OF DONALD TRUMP
I have been trying to process what has been occurring this past week, in fact these past couple months. I have been reluctant to respond to comments being made by some, especially now that President Trump is down and almost out. To the degree that you might care what I think, here goes.
What I have to say is going to be primarily for the benefit of those who have stepped up their claims that Christians should not have supported this President, and by doing so, we have compromised our ability to witness and to declare our “spirituality.” That is to say, supporting such a vile man calls into question our spiritual standing. Let me just say that no one denies Trump was (is) a flawed individual. But the reality is, the Bible is full of occasions where God used flawed individuals to exact His will. The only Person God used that was not flawed was His own Son. Everyone else? Flawed! Abraham; flawed. Moses; flawed. David; flawed. Solomon; flawed. Paul; flawed. Peter; flawed. Probably every President we have ever had has been flawed in some way. One President of recent memory used the very Oval Office for his own personal sexual gratification outside of his marriage.
So, here is the reality. Christians, and I am one of them, decided that supporting such an individual, flawed as he is, had to be based upon the policies that he brought to the table. It had to be about policy and not about personality. I know many of you will balk at that, but again, there is biblical precedent for it. For those of us who embrace conservative principles that relate, not only to our faith, but to our citizenship, Trump’s Make America Great Again was a godsend.
Yes, you heard me right. Godsend. I never thought that I would see in my lifetime an American President sit down and negotiate with the leader of North Korea. I never thought that I would see in my lifetime, an American President finally move the American Embassy out of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. Previous administrations all agreed it should be done (Republican and Democrat), but Trump was the only President who had the courage to deliver on his promise to do so. He has been unswervingly Pro-Life, Pro-family, Pro-church, Pro-Israel, Pro-military, Pro-law enforcement and Pro-immigration, as long as it is done legally! (Imagine his great sin in the eyes of the radical left; he wants people to enter our country legally. How dare he.) And in spite of all that, and more, you were offended because he was offensive?
Now here is a thought for those of you who believe it is God’s will that he has been defeated, finally! I do not doubt for a moment that what has happened is God’s will. He refused to humble himself. He refused the good and godly counsel of good and godly advisors. His pride and hubris have been stunning and inexcusable. I see all of that. But I also acknowledge something else. (Please listen carefully those of you who question how other Christians could support this man.) If it is now God’s will that he will be gone, it was ALSO God’s will that he came to that office in the first place!
Now, what are you going to do with that? If you claim you believe the Bible, this is what the Scripture says: “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God” (Romans 13:1). Daniel said, “He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings” (Daniel 2:21).
Do you understand the dilemma you have created for yourself? You cry out, how could a Christian in good conscience support this flawed man? Okay, you mean the one God put in that position in the first place!? Do you see that in condemning his lack of righteousness, you reveal a level of self-righteousness, and then don’t realize that you have actually denied the Sovereignty of God! Why did God put him there? I don’t know, but if I am going to believe the Bible, it tells me God did so.
Listen. I freely admit, I am actually relieved that Trump will no longer be our President, even though I am greatly concerned at what the new administration will bring as the Democratic party continues its slide into socialism. But again, so be it. God is in control. I will continue to minister and to love my family and my church and the students I have the honor of teaching at my school. I am glad I will be free from having to watch FOX news defend this man every night from the incessant attacks leveled at him by the mainstream news media (which, let’s face it, have lost all creditability). I am glad I will no longer have to justify trying to support such a flawed man do a job that only he was willing to do (and took no salary for it). I am, however, disappointed that we will, once again, have a career politician in the White House. It was intriguing to finally have an executive in the branch of government that is called the Executive branch. I just wish he could have done it with some humility and graciousness and godliness. His vision for America was great, but unfortunately his ego was greater. Solomon had something to say to him (Proverbs 16:18).
That I still supported him even though he failed at that does not mean I failed as a spirit-filled Christian. It means I honored the sovereignty of God, prayed for the man He placed in that position, wished him well, was grieved when he failed, rejoiced when he succeeded, and stood my ground. And I will do the same for Joe Biden, yet another flawed man put in an impossible job.