Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together. ~Linda Thompson
No, this is not a political website, nor a platform for asserting social viewpoints concerning government activities…
However, on this day, I am making a bit of an exception. It is also a day when we swear in the 45th President of the United States, Mr. Donald J. Trump. Needless to say, he is not the most popular man we have ever elected to the highest office in our nation’s republic.
But this is not a unique day in American history, but yet another day in our history. Other men who have held the office of President were not popular as they took charge. Rather than list them one by one, here is a link to a handful of the “10 most hated US Presidents” in American history from a Google search done this morning…
Yet, our country grew in certain ways under their leadership. And we, as not only Christian men and women, but as citizens of the greatest nation on this earth, blessed by God and formed upon His greatest principles, we have a duty…an obligation which is not to be taken lightly.
Our mission is to set before God and other people a Christ-like example of dedication, as far as it is possible, to support the goals and policies of this new administration. We find these passages in the word of God concerning obedience to earthly authority:
“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. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same.”
“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
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.”
~1 Peter 2:13-14
“And Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at Him.”
If we serve the Lord our God first in our lives, we must do our best to serve His will on earth. If we intend to do that much, we will follow His commands concerning our government. Our role as followers of the Savior has not changed just because we have a new President, despite his popularity ratings.
Instead of protesting against Mr. Trump, we should pray to God for him, that he may conduct himself acceptably in the eyes of God and for the benefit of all people. He is our nation’s new leader, but he is not our judge, for that is God’s right as our Creator.
We may not agree with everything the President does or says, but we do not have that kind of relationship with any human being on earth, President or otherwise! And if he departs harshly from the laws of God, we are not obligated to agree with him.
But once again, let us all be reminded that we have had this very problem with past administrations concerning the advancement and protection under law of people who practice ungodly activities. It is the way of the world that these things exist, and it shall always be until our Lord puts an end to things as they are now.
Therefore, let us all adopt a willingness to follow the goodness which this new President may bring, and place all things of this new political power in God’s hands. Above all else is the fact that God has a plan for everyone and everything which takes place under the sun. Trust in the Lord even if and when things seem most dismal!
Refs: ~Google~ answers.com~ biblehub.com~ openbible.info~