POTUS

Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States of America. I am a citizen of the United States of America and that makes Donald Trump my president, as was Barack Obama. If Hillary Clinton had been elected, I would declare the same of her and be writing the same blog.

That being said, in my opinion based on a long history of varied media reports, Donald is not qualified to serve as President of the United States of America. His reported moral character, behavior towards women, and over all apparent values do not align with the traits of who I believe should be leading the greatest nation on earth.

This is not a new phenomenon. The Christian faith was born and flourished under regimes less qualified to lead than Donald Trump. The immoral Herod and the Christian killing Nero did not hinder the spread of a faith whose King, power and charter are not of this world. The movement that Jesus Christ started when he died and rose again, does not depend on qualified human government or biblically grounded policies.  Read the biographies of past presidents. Donald Trump is not the first nor will he be the last president with questionable character, values and policies.

Still, Donald Trump is my president. What do I do when my president’s executive orders or policies are counter to my Christian faith and values? I have decided I am not going to be held hostage to every new policy or civil protest, executive order or public attempt to disorder. Here is my personal plan for navigating these tumultuous political times:

1. Remember, though I am a patriot, my ultimate allegiance is to Jesus Christ and my charter is God’s inspired Word called the Bible. (Philippians 2:8-11)

2. I will pray for God to mess up President Trump and allow him to experience the humility of amazing grace, the power of sincere repentance and saving faith. (2 Timothy 2:25)

3. Until God answers that prayer, I will trust that God’s providence, authority, ultimately rules over all earthly kings and rulers, including the United States of America.  (Psalm 47)

4. I will continue to pray that God will work behind the scenes and on the political front lines, using me if He wills, to bring America back to being one nation under God who practices the teachings of Jesus in all relationships, especially where conflict and differences of opinion abound. (I Timothy 2:1-4)

5. I will continue to examine the “plank” in my own eye before reacting to the “speck of sawdust” in my president or someone else’s eye (Matthew 7:3) and daily strive to practice the teachings of Jesus in ALL of my relationships. (Matthew 5-7)

For good or ill, I urge you to not be enslaved by or obsessed with whoever is president of the United States. Do not allow the evil one to creep into your soul under the guise of righteous indignation and allow fear, bitterness or political arrogance to take root. There are nations of people whose privileges and prosperities are vastly small compared to our own. Instead of burning over the anthill of disadvantages and mishaps because of an unqualified president, focus on the unlimited blessings we have as being a child of God, citizens of His Kingdom and America herself. Burn for what matters most, the salvation of the world through Jesus Christ.

I am praying for you. Please join me in for praying for our president and God’s blessing of America.

Rick

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