I praise God this morning for democracy. I say that not because Donald Trump won the presidency last night, but because the greatest democratic nation on earth has shown the world how it can allow its people to select how and who they will be governed by. Whether you are a fan of Trump or Hillary, I hope you are thankful today for democracy.
I want to write a few thoughts to fellow brothers and sisters – Christians on both sides of the fence. Some are “RED” and some are “BLUE” but now it is time to merge into violet and get together in the Spirit so that we will be in the will of God together. Today is the day to wear purple!
GOD ESTABLISHES AUTHORITY AND CHRISTIANS ARE TO ACCEPT AUTHORITY
I am not naïve to think there are only Christians on one side of the political fence. Many believers voted for Trump; many for Hillary. The outcome, whether you are happy or sad, is that our nation has selected a new President. This is the democratic governing system the Lord so graciously allowed each of us to be born under as Americans. While we do get a choice in the matter, we must realize that the Lord is still sovereign and scripture tells us that Trump is the leader God has allowed in the Presidency of the United States. Remember Jesus’ words to Pilate? Jesus told him, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above” (Jn 19:11). The Apostle Paul wrote to the Roman believers, “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which are established by God” (Rom 13:1). If you believe the scripture as truth you must realize that NOBODY is ultimately responsible for this election except for God – He establishes all authority. We participated in the process, but God is responsible for the outcome of placed authority. Such a truth makes it possible for us to simply say, “Ok, Lord. I trust you.”
The other key to these verses is that if we truly trust God our Father and believe the scripture to be truth, then as Christians we have a 100% obligation to respect and obey the authority placed above us. The Apostle Paul immediately wrote next, “Therefore, whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God” (Rom 13:2). Jesus Himself submitted to authority and He is our example to follow, so as believers who are called by His name we must submit to the authorities placed above us. There is no way Jesus agreed with all the policies of the leaders above Him, however, He did not rise up in an insurrection. Instead, He trusted in His Heavenly Father, prayed for His leaders, paid His taxes, and submitted to their authority (Mt 17:27, Mk 12:17).
NOW IS THE TIME TO PRAY
Many believers across our nation have been in prayer. There have been “red” prayer teams, “blue” prayer teams, and “purple” prayer teams. As mentioned above, we as believers must believe God has answered our prayers – even if you prayed opposite than the outcome that happened. I am a solid believer in prayer. I have received so many amazing answers to my prayers and have seen God do miraculous things through my petitions. He answers the prayers of His people and He has answered our request for His leader.
We find ourselves in a place in American history where we have an elected president who has never been in office, held governmental authority, or even served in the military. Some may see this as the greatest problem of his upcoming presidency. Humanly speaking, it may very well be the weakness above all weaknesses for Mr. Trump. However, that is why prayer is so necessary. No matter what issues you feel are important, you must agree that having the wisdom of Solomon is the most important thing a leader could have. James 1:5 states, “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach.” In Mark 11:24 we read Jesus saying, “I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted to you.” It is God’s will for all to operate in the spirit of wisdom. It is His desire that Donald Trump will make decisions based upon truth and love. For him to lead our nation in wisdom, we must pray for him to walk abundantly in it. The Apostle Paul wrote to young Timothy, “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1Tim 2:1-2). This is a command for us to pray for our leaders so all will go well with us! We serve others and ourselves when we pray for our leaders.
I perceive the greatest prayer need Donald Trump has right now is in choosing the leaders he will have around him. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, invested much prayer and even one whole night in prayer before choosing those who would walk with Him. I believe if the Son of God needed such time in prayer so does Donald Trump and America. President Trump is not knowledgeable on all issues so he will need excellent advisors in his camp. If God’s people pray for such advisors, I believe the correct ones will be put in place that could wisely lead Donald Trump, who will in turn, lead our country. Whatever issue you are most concerned with begin asking the Lord to put wise people around the President to advise him. I believe praying for the President’s cabinet is the most important task the church in American has at this moment in time.
WE MUST HAVE HOPE AND FAITH IN GOD’S OVERALL PLAN
Finally, I want to encourage us all to keep the faith and hope in God’s overall plan. I am reminded at how many times God used the least likely leaders to further His plans and purposes in protecting and leading His people. In Isaiah 45 we read about God’s leading of King Cyrus, a pagan king whom God had prophesied about 120 years before his arrival on scene. He was the least likely leader to help the Jewish people. He was the king of Persia not Israel! However, God moved the heart of the king to do His will and through Him the Jews were released to go back to their homeland and rebuild Jerusalem. This is miraculous! There are many other such leaders in the Bible who, in human wisdom seemed the least likely to do any good, but who did great and marvelous things. Proverbs 21:1 reads, “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes.” God can use any leader for His purposes. This should give every believer hope today because nothing is impossible with God! So, let’s have hope and put our faith in Jesus Christ, our One True King who will bless us and keep us, who will make His countenance shine upon us as we trust Him with all things. Amen!
With the Love of Christ Jesus,
Pastor Bill Kimbley