These last few days has been very emotional for everyone. To some, it has been joyous while for others it seems like the end of the world. I understand for those who are not in the safety of God who feel angry or even uncertain about the future but what surprises me is how many Christians are reacting towards the inauguration. Some feel like boisterous winners and are blatantly trying to make others feel bad about the results while others are being disrespectful to not only voters who voted for Trump but also to the new President.
I understand that a few years ago that many people who are yelling for others to accept Trump as President and to respect him did not do the same to former President Obama. Instead, they criticized his every move and even refused to call him President Obama. However, treating President Trump the same way that those same voters did years ago does not make you any better than them.
In Matthew 5 Jesus said,
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth… But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also…But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you… For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?…And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?”
Instead of being hateful, especially Christians, should be the ones that the world should look up to at these times and show the love of God to others. Instead of liberals vs. conservatives, democrats vs. republicans, white vs. black, and Trump voters vs. Hillary voters we as the Body of Christ need to come together and become the hope for those who feel hopeless and terrified about the future. But how can they look at the Body of Christ if we are debating with each other? There are people who love God with all of their hearts who voted for Hilary, and there are people who love God with all of their hearts who voted for Trump. There are preachers, parents, grandparents, lawyers, teachers, etc. who voted for Trump and vice versa who voted for Hillary. Just because a person voted a certain way does not make them a despicable person.
Even though I did not vote for Trump, I will still accept him as president even though it hurts me in my heart knowing that those same people who I looked up to years ago would not do the same for former President Obama. However, I refuse to be bitter and loathsome but instead optimistic about the future! It does not matter who the President may be, but God always has things under control. So I am not mad about what happened in the election or refusing to accept the presidency because God has always been my king since I accepted Him in my life.
If you are in the Body of Christ, you should not worry about the future. God told us in Proverbs 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart
s and your minds in Christ Jesus.
A few days ago at church when I was at the altar praying to God, I could feel Him giving me a wave of peace that I cannot even describe into words. I did not even know that I needed His peace at the moment until when I went back to school and saw how so many of my classmates and friends were upset. However, instead of feeling down with them I still had the peace of God in my heart, and He allowed me even to be a light for others so that they would not feel depressed.
People are looking for a new president to change this nation, but a man cannot do that. People make a mistake every election believing that a man will take care of their problems. However, instead of looking to man or the government, we need to look at God.
We should be praying instead arguing. God tells us to pray for our leaders instead of
critiquing them. Of course, we are not always are going to agree with the President, and even with each other, however, we should be different from the world and how they react towards these events. I am not saying to not to let your voice be heard when you see injustice being done or to not be involved in politics or social justice but remember that others are watching you in what you say and how you react to certain incidents. Romans 12:2 says,
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
While the world may be having violent protests or angry rants, Christians should not follow that behavior. We need to forge our way in dealing with problems in our nations. In other words, we have to be careful and prayerful in how we react. Instead of being
pessimistic we need to be a beacon of light for those who can only see darkness right now. Christians should be the happiest people in the world but if we are full of gloom why would anyone want our Jesus?
We as citizens will never understand the weight upon a person’s shoulders when they accept the presidency. For those who criticized harshly former President Obama will never know what he had to deal with every single day and night so that he could help the nation any way he could. We will never understand what President Trump now faces as the new president, but instead of criticizing him as like with former presidents–PRAY! Only God can turn a man’s heart around. Prayer can do much more than what protesting, angry posts, and debating cannot. Prayer will change our nation. Prayer will help us to become hopeful even when we want to feel down. Prayer will make the people cry out once more to God. But that is only if we pray.
Proverbs 21:1. The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
The presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was; and no matter how big, not big enough for its demands. ~
Lyndon B. Johnson