Donald J. Trump has won the American presidential election. Regardless of which candidate won this election it marks a sad day for America and the world, as either candidate (in their own ways) do not come close to espousing Christian Kingdom values. This is part of the reason so many American Christians found it difficult in good conscience to vote for either. But now Trump is president elect and we must trust a sovereign God who “changes times and seasons, removes kings and sets up kings” (Dan 2:21). While it may be hard for us to humanly comprehend our times, the Lord is still on the throne, working all things for good and for His glory. That is a helpful reminder in the times in which we find ourselves.
In light of election results it is also helpful to reflect on Paul’s political creed. Paul was actually very a-political with his primary interest in a different kingdom, the Kingdom of God. He was not, however, afraid to use his earthly citizenship when it favoured the Kingdom of God. He followed Jesus words to render to Caesar and to God respectfully (Ro 13). He lived under Caesar but called only Jesus Lord. Paul lived in the Roman Empire that stood against almost everything that Christ and His followers stood for. It was Rome which killed Christ, it was Rome that killed Paul. With that in view, Paul could still urge Christians to pray for “kings [those persecuting him] and all who are in high positions, that we [Christians] may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim 2:2–4). Pray for your leaders, primarily that peace might reign so that the Gospel may be proclaimed.
So in light of the culmination of the recent and hotly contested US election remember, God is good, God reigns, and remember to pray for those in leadership.
Some musings from election morning.
The Lord’s Sweetest Blessings,