All eyes are on the West, specially the USA.
Even the country’s frenemy, Russia is looking to the West at the extraordinary event that has unfolded. Extraordinary in that no one could actually believe that a reality TV show host has managed to become President of the USA. Especially on the heels of a political campaign that was less about life-changing policies to bring unity within a divided nation, but more about shaming and throwing as many salacious and slanderous promises one could as if it was target practice.
Today is the one day that it seems bloggers, journalists, politicians, celebrities, basically everyone has been ferociously typing, texting and vocalising their opinion on today’s result.
Whelp. Donald Trump is president and chances are that the person sitting next to you on the L-train; standing next to you at Starbucks ordering a Chai latte; your colleague who also moonlights as your bathroom buddy; and even someone in your family (distant relatives included) voted for Mr Donald Trump.
It is easy to get hung up on the betrayal of your fellow Americans and I will now stop with this last sentence feeding into the chaos that is Election Day.
1 Timothy 2:1
1I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.
Verse 1 – Donald Trump is a person (some people think otherwise). The Word clearly states that we must pray for all people/persons, which includes Donald Trump. Because he is a person.
- This verse calls us to intercede on Trump’s behalf. Interceding does not mean that we take a position of defence on who Trump is, the ideals he stands up for or the things he will do in the office. When we pray for our enemies as Matthew 5:44 calls us to do, we are interceding on their behalf.
- How you chose to intercede is up to you but I would generally hope that it would be along the lines of asking God to touch his heart and bring Trump as a captive to God’s Kingdom so that Trump will do God’s will, especially with his new position of power.
- Giving thanks for them – this is defiantly hard for me to comprehend so I am not leaning on my own understanding but on God’s from His Word. I am praying that He will help me to obey this instruction.
- If you cannot fathom giving thanks for Donald Trump, I urge you now do not bother trying to on your own. But just be open to the Holy Spirit to help you with this. Even if you whisper, “help me Holy Spirit”, He has still heard you.
- Remember we are not giving thanks to Trump but for him. i.e. You can give thanks to God for Trump in that it has opened people’s eyes to the chaos that is this world right now and that God is needed more today than people thought yesterday.
1 Timothy 2:2
2Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.
Verse 2 – Trump qualifies as someone who is in authority as he is now the President of The United States.
- So the scripture gives us the go-ahead to pray for him. This is especially for those of us who were and still are fighting the urge to commit our precious prayers on Trump. This scripture reminds us that our prayers should not just be for the people we like, the populars.
1 Timothy 2: 3-4
3This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.
Verse 3 & 4 – God wants everyone to be saved. This includes Donald Trump.
- It is that simple. God wants everyone to understand the truth. This includes Donald Trump. The truth is revealed in the next verse but we should pray that God will bring Trump to the realisation of the truth
1 Timothy 2: 5-6
5For there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity – the Man Christ Jesus. 6He gave His life to purchase freedom for everyone.
Verse 5 & 6 – Jesus did not just die for you. You are special, yes. But He came for us all.
- For everyoneeeeeee.
Trump must accept Jesus as his true mediator between himself and God. But instead of wishing for his downfall, we can pray that as he is in a position of authority, and that his campaign has been about fear-mongering and ridiculing several minorities, that God will touch his heart NOW. That our God who drew us near to Him before we could even realise, will bring Trump near to him with a quickness that will shock us all, so that he will do the will of God within his position as the 45th President of The USA.
Praying for everyone means everyone, including those who are currently in positions of authority and those have been elected, especially those with a record of unjustifiable actions.
Because God’s INTENTION is for ALL men to be saved through the Mediator that is Jesus Christ.
God did not come for those who are healed (or perceive themselves to be healed) but for the sick.
We can pick and choose whom we like but as children of God, He doesn’t call us to pick and choose who deserves our prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving of their authority (that last one is still tough for me to type, let alone fathom).
Thank God that we can rely on Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Him for strength and help, today and forevermore.
We can rely on the Godhead (Father, Son and The Holy Spirit) whether Donald Duck or the Tasmania devil becomes President or Prime Minister.
We can rely on them especially to get us out of our funk and stubborn resistance to pray for Trump. (Just do not be proud of your stubbornness.)
The main take away is that no matter where you live, what country you are from etc. that God wants His children, you and I, to pray for those in influential positions around the world. If we believe by faith and even from experiences, that prayer can heal the sick, break strongholds, addictions, bondage, crumble mountains, release grace upon our darkest burdens, and release miracles from Heaven, then we must also believe that out God, the same God of Abraham, Moses and David, can and will use those in authority for His Glory.
We as children of God must always seek for His Will to be done and pray on all occasions that His name should be glorified. In this case, pray that leaders around the world, in our countries and communities will use their power for that which pleases God. It will be a battle but if we cannot even simply pray for our enemy or those in power then we cannot even step on the battlefield.
Here are just a couple of examples of people in authority who God touched.
Paul, previously Saul, was a murderer, killing Christians left, right and centre.
“Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers”
However, an encounter with God brought this man of power to his knees to kneel before God and give his life to Christ Jesus. (Read about Saul’s conversion in Acts 9)
Acts 9: 18
“Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.”
Esther, a Jewish virgin petitioned King Xerxes decree that all Jewish people including her uncle Mordecai should be killed based on their faith.
Mordecai led the Jewish people to petition God for help. Esther 4: 3 “They fasted, wept, and wailed, and many people lay in burlap and ashes.”
While Esther petitioned the King for his heart to change towards the Jewish people and to overturn his royal decree.
Esther 7: 3
“3If I have found favour with the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my request, I ask that my life and the life of my people will be spared. 4For my people and I have been sold to those who would kill, slaughter, and annihilate us.”
In the case of Esther and King Xerxes, God used her to influence a King and how he used his power. This is what we should be praying for that God will raise people who will influence decision makers, those in authority for His will. Those around Trump and those who He will bring to influence Trump’s use of power.
God has brought kings to kneel before His great power. So why can it not be the same for Trump.
We need to overcome our demonisation of Trump and focus on the bigger task at hand – petitioning God to touch his heart for the sake of the American people including the people who have to live under his authority.
But do not be mistaken; God’s authority is ultimate. And never forget before you are an American, Black, White, Asian or Latino….
You are a Child of God first.
Disclaimer: I had several Trump innuendos lined up but had to delete after reading 1st Peter 3:9
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
This was definitely not by chance and very befitting for those of us on social media. It pained me to delete them but I would rather obey God’s word for a couple of punchlines.
I also tried to look for a decent photo….