In Part 1 of this series we introduced the topic. If you check Doug‘s blog, it quickly becomes obvious that is very unhappy with President Trump. Like many in the news media these day, he tends to see every issue in terms of President Trump. He himself says: “I do not in the least believe the two can morally or ethically be separated..”
Where Is The Focus Of The Christian?
is not alone in his belief that we cannot separate the man from the issues. Even some of President Trump’s supporters see it this way.
It is rationally impossible to separate the man from the issues.
The Founding Fathers make that clear and so does the Bible.
We are led best by upright, responsible people who are guided by their moral compass.
And since Christians are ordinary human beings, asking “How should Christians vote?” is a pretty stupid, insulting question.
Good and evil affect everyone.
Does have a point? Up to a point he does. Human history is about what humans have done, but when we study history I think we make several mistakes.
- People often write history the way some write plays. This great man or woman did this, and this great man or woman did that. We end up with a small cast of characters surrounded by extras, disposable people (the ignorant masses) who seem to matter but little. How much do the extras matter? No one actually knows.
- People often write history as if only what Man does matters. Thus, the record of history concerns what men and women have done. Yet behind every deed of man, there is an unseen spiritual war. The story of man is filled with unlikely events and accidents, the significance of which we cannot know or measure. To what extent are we following a script written by the Almighty? No one actually knows.
- People often write history is if they truly know the truth of the matter. We do know something about the major events. Historians write about great conflicts, the noisy things that seem important. However, much that matters garners little notice. Is it not the little things that form the character of men and women that determine whether a society will thrive? Some historians even try to understand such matters, but they lack the data and the tools required to do so. So what is the truth of history? No one actually knows.
So what is history about? Who shapes the course of a society? Is history about great people or something else? What does the Bible say?
Each of us, because we are each a unique creation of God, tends to have our own viewpoint and opinions, but few of us think of ourselves as an actor in the unfolding drama that is the story of man. Yet in the story that God is writing, each of us has a role. That is what the Bible tells us.
The Bible points to only one great man. That is Jesus, the Son of God. The story the Bible tells is the history of our redemption by Jesus Christ.
In the Bible, we learn of the struggles of ordinary men and women to understand and obey God. We learn of ordinary people God called to Himself. Either they listened to Him, or they did not. Even Jesus demonstrated this struggle for us.
So what are each of us to do? What is our role in the unfolding drama? Consider what Jesus told the Apostle Peter.
John 21:20-22 New King James Version (NKJV)
20 Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” 21 Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?”
22 Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”
The focus for the Christian is following Jesus. Others have their calling. Others may listen to Jesus or they may not. That is their choice. Our concern must be what would Jesus have me do? As Christians we don’t devote our lives to great men or great women, enemies or foes, friends, neighbors, or loved ones. As Christians we follow Jesus. We do our best to devote our lives to following his example. We do our best to serve as His hands and feet and accomplish the good works He has prepared for us (Ephesians 2:10).
So what about President Donald Trump?
Romans 13:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
From our perspective Trump is an accident of history, but God does not have accidents. Instead of doggedly opposing President Trump just because he is Donald Trump and we don’t like him, we are suppose to pray for him.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
What if Donald Trump is a bad and awful president? Jesus calls upon us to love our neighbors. that includes being good citizens. If we can point to a specific reason for impeaching the man and removing him from office, then as good citizens we should write our congressman and demand that he or she do their job. Otherwise, as good citizens we should respect the results of a proper election.
Romans 13:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
And yes, I know this is difficult. After eight years of wondering how President Barack Obama ever got elected, many of us know that from personal experience. Yet if we are going to have a constitutional republic, we have to honor the authority of our leaders and allow them the dignity their office requires.
So will we one day see Donald Trump’s head carved on Mount Rushmore? Probably not. At the rate things are going, the iconoclasts will have destroyed that one along with the Confederate Memorials.
What is next in this series? My guess is that it will probably have something to do with how a Christian should vote.