June 21, 2017 – Pastor Brian’s Blog
I tend to be a news junkie and if I am not careful I could become addicted to the news. Judy keeps telling me that all they do on TV is just repeat the news every 20 minutes but there is just something about sitting there watching the news that grabs me and just won’t let me go! Judy has been gone for a couple of weeks watching Heather’s children as she, Josh and Jesse are away on a mission’s trip. So…. I have been helplessly forced to remain in my seat and watch the news as I have had no one at the house to pull me away from whatever it is that forces me to stay in my seat!!
Well that is not entirely true as I have been able to fill my time while Judy is gone, but it does seem every time I do turn on the news there is always another story or a new slant on an old story concerning our president.
Mention our president’s name and you get a lot of different reactions. You have some that are passionately in favor of him and then you have some that have nothing good to say about him. You have late night “comedians” taking shots at him and other “comedians” having their picture taken with a severed head that looks like our president. Then in NYC you have actors putting on a Shakespearean play with a person looking like our president being killed.
Much of the media seems to treat him like a piñata seemingly wanting to hit him and do harm to him as well as his family. You have fake news, you have anonymous news, you have news from the Republicans, you have news from the Democrats and then it is left up to us to try and figure out what if any of that news is even correct!!
President’s Trump has been in office just a few months; he has been accused of incompetency, it has been said that he has committed crimes that exceed “Watergate,” that he hates immigrants, that he is connected at the hip with Vladimir Putin, and things that I could not even write in this blog.
So as Christians: What are we to do? How are we to respond? For me it isn’t republican or democrat, it isn’t how I feel or even what I think about the president. It doesn’t matter if I approve of everything he has done, is doing, or will do in the future. As Christians, what we do have to do is predicated by God’s Word.
I have had this conversation with other Christian friends of mine and not everyone agrees with me. Some say that we have President Trump as a consequence of the moral decay in our country or God just stepped back and allowed us to put Mr. Trump into office.
The only issue I have with that rationale is that I believe the Bible says otherwise: “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
Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. “For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience.” Romans 13:2-5
Additionally, to know that our president, or any leader for that matter, is directed by God, should help us rest very comfortably: “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.” Proverbs 21:1
So instead of living in fear of President Trump, or ridiculing our president, the first thing God says we need to do is to pray for him. “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone– for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.” 1 Timothy 2:1-3
And when we pray for our President and his family, I think it would do us well to pray with the heart of God: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
As we read the Biblical account of all the ungodly leaders God has used to accomplish His will such as Pharaoh, Cyrus, Nebuchadnezzar, Nero and Pilate; I believe that God will be able to do the same with President Trump no matter what we think of him.
So, no matter what happens this week, be encouraged: “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9