As we begin 2017, Trump is now our President. Whether one voted for him or not, agrees with his agenda or not, or even likes him personally or not, he is still President of the United States (our President). As individuals, specifically Christians, we can choose to love him, hate him, accept him, reject him, simply tolerate him, or perhaps (better yet) pray for him. According to Scripture, we owe that to God (first), but also to our fellow man.
Paul writes in 1 Timothy 2: 1-4
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
If we would pray for our leaders, perhaps we would have better leaders. Maybe we would see them make the right choices, the best choices; perhaps even the most biblical choices. We look to a President, but think of the many minds, hands, and feet that move about to make our government, our laws, our definition of liberty. Do we find ourselves discouraged in seeing a shortage of godly men and women in public office? What then do we say of the lack of godliness in our men, women, and children of society (even Christian society)?
Erwin W. Lutzer wrote a book entitled “When A Nation Forgets God”. Within its pages, Lutzer gives the reader “7 lessons we must learn from Nazi Germany.” This book has a copyright of 2010, so please do not take it out of context in trying to apply it to the current administration. The thoughts contained herein surpasses administrations, in that it should speak to each individual of any nation.
- When God is separated from government, judgment follows.
- It’s always the economy.
- That which is legal may also be evil.
- Propaganda can change a nation.
- Parents—not the state—are responsible for a child’s training.
- Ordinary heroes can make a difference.
- We must exalt the Cross in the gather darkness.
To be (or become) a righteous, Christian nation, we must be (or become) righteous, Christian individuals before God. We cannot expect our nation to become something we are not. It must start at home.