So, Donald Trump is going to be the next US president and judging by my Facebook news feed this morning, his win has provoked some extreme panic and despair for many people.
I’ve been reflecting on this today and it occurred to me that the church has become a place where we want everything to be easy. We would like nice sympathetic governments who lead with Christian values which transform our society into a better place.
In other words, we are looking for governments who will do the job of the church so that we can have it easy.
I find so much of what Donald Trump appears to stand for deeply disturbing and he would definitely not be my choice for President but if I was a Christian in America I wouldn’t be afraid either.
I would be beginning to pray passionately because I believe that God is calling the church to fulfill its calling of caring for and standing up for the poor and marginalized even though this may not be popular. I would be getting ready to speak up for equality and to promote respect for women and call for justice for all even if that is not the President’s priority. I would be realizing that the light shines the brightest in the darkest of places and that it is time to bring God’s hope to the nation.
I do not think that Donald Trump being president will be be good for the USA or the world but I do think that God wants to be at work in every situation and he is crying out for a church to join him in his work.
I don’t accept that everything that happens in this world is God’s will but I do believe that God is at work in every situation wanting to bring his good news, peace and joy into everyday life.
So, if you are a follower of Jesus and you are overwhelmed with despair today then you need to stop and ask yourself when you lost confidence in God. Will you continue to wallow or will you bring God your pain and frustration and look to him with confidence?
To serve and follow Jesus may become more difficult but why should that stop us as we seek to bring and share the good news with people? God longs to transform people, places and countries and we have the opportunity to work with him to bring his light to a world desperately in need.
I am deeply concerned about Donald Trump being president but I am delighted that God is reigning in heaven and that he longs for his kingdom to come and his will to be done here on earth as well.
Can God count you in? Will we join him in his work to bring his love and hope to a world that is desperately in need?
Let’s have confidence in God and join him in what he is doing.
I haven’t lost my confidence in God, but my confidence in the Church is badly shaken. 81% of white Evangelicals voted for Trump. Many influential Christian leaders stood up and advocated for him, often using rhetoric that risked causing Christians who weren’t voting for Trump to doubt their salvation. One of the saddest things is that if I ever had cause to emigrate to the USA, I wouldn’t feel able to worship in an Evangelical Church that had tolerated – let alone advocated for Donald Trump. Because Trump stand against absolutely everything I believe Christianity to mean. So, it would leave us spiritually homeless. I’m sure there are many US Christians who feel as alienated as I would feel from my spiritual home.
I understand your frustration and I’m as confused as you are by the Evangelicals who supported Trump.