No matter how you feel about the soon-to-be 45th President of these United States, his inauguration is an historic event. The American public and Electoral College have elected someone who is not your typical Washington professional politician. Whether he’s capable of serving in this distinguished role has yet to be seen but, all the same, Donald Trump is soon to be our president. What can we do? Our country is at a tipping point, broiled in confusion, anger, and division…”the [country] stands on the edge of a knife, stray but a little and it will fail…to the ruin of all”. Yet as the following line poses so eloquently: “yet hope remains…”
Fellow Americans there is hope for us, hope beyond measure. It does not rest in a President or his Cabinet. It does not rest in democracy or republican values. It does not rest in free healthcare or free education or free press. Our only hope rests in believing in Jesus Christ, the Son of God who became man to take upon himself the wrath of God which we justly deserve. He fulfilled the law’s righteous demands , perfectly, and defeated sin and death on the cross. “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:5)”. But our greatest hope does not lie in a man who was killed for our sake, otherwise the victory would not be complete. No, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead for your sake, for all who would believe. That in Him we may have life in his name. The cares and worries of this life pale in comparison to the eternal hope that awaits us.
So what does this hope mean in light of today? It means we need not fear anything for God does indeed set rulers in their place and deposes them (Daniel 2:21). God is in the Heavens and does everything that he pleases (Ps 115:3). Nothing escapes his knowledge and in that we can trust. He has put Donald Trump in this office for a special reason and we must trust his judgement. So how then should we treat our new President? The Apostle Paul gives very good instruction in Romans 13:
1Let 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. 2Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.3For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. (Romans 13:1-7)
Paul also tells us to pray for our leaders:
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the mana Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. (1 Tim 2:1-6)
So let us pray for our new President that he will seek the Lord, be humble and wise in his governing, and seek to enact just laws for our good. Let us also seek to love one another, not matter how different we may be or how different our politics may be. And if you are not believing that Jesus is the One, True and Living God, that he alone can save, that he died, was buried, and was raised for you, then I urge you to repent of your sins and believe in Jesus as your Saviour.