As you know, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States of America last night on November 8th, 2016.
In this brief article, I’d like to answer this question: How can Christians respond now that Trump is president?
Here’s four simple ways.
1. With proper communication.
The truth is, most of us really don’t know that much about politics. And even if you do, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to speak your mind. Even with truthful statements we must be discerning on what and what not to say.
But your words can help, particularly if you’re in a leadership position of some sort. So if you feel so compelled to voice your opinion, by all means do. Just know that non-Christians are listening — especially at work and on social media.
But if what you have to say isn’t biblical, truthful, tactful, winsome, and doesn’t give grace and build up your hearers, then you probably shouldn’t say it.
Also, it goes without saying that you should go to great lengths to avoid all forms of gossip, slander, and lying. Expressing yourself in such manners will expose your immaturity and will decrease your credibility. Holiness always wins — even if it’s not popular.
2. With prayer.
The Bible commands that you pray for those who are in high places, especially rulers and kings and people of leadership positions (2 Tim. 2:1-2). And this includes Trump. Pray for our President — even if you dislike him.
While you may disagree with his political stance on certain issues, and while you may not be an advocate of his character, you’re still called to pray for him. God may even change your disposition towards Trump as a person.
After all, he is an image bearer of God.
So, pray for Donald Trump. Pray that God will give him wisdom, strength, and help to lead our country well. You may even feel inclined to pray that God will save him. Either way, every Christian should pray for their new president, regardless of if you like him or not.
3. With trust in God’s sovereignty.
God is never surprised or alarmed. He decrees all things that come to pass (Ephesians 1:11). He changes the times and seasons, and sets all leaders in their positions (Daniel 2:2). And now, we are called to be subject to those who govern and rule (Romans 13:1). Why?
Because in some sense, God has determined who will rule, and by disobeying the authorities, we disobey God. And in some sense, by disobeying the authorities, we reveal we don’t trust God’s sovereign rule over all that happens.
4. With proper preaching.
Pastor, keep the spotlight on Jesus Christ. The text that you’re preaching this week points to the King on the throne, not the man in office.
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