"Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves."
On Friday January 21, 2017 we the people of the United States of America underwent a transition of power in the White House. Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. The inauguration of Trump marked commencement of his initial four-year term, with Mike Pence as Vice President. Unlike the first inauguration of previous president Barack Obama, this inauguration failed to set a record attendance for any event held in Washington, D.C. Many people and organizations boycotted the inauguration, in order to demonstrate their disfavor of Mr. Trump taking office. On the day of the inauguration, social media was abuzz with political posts of all varieties, going into great detail as to the pulse of at least that portion of the nation.
In passing I have overheard several Christians quote Romans 13:1-2 as justification for their acceptance of the new president. Along with accepting him, the same individuals suggest that we give him a chance. I would suggest that this type of logic illustrates a huge gap in the theology and belief systems of man who call themselves Christians. The problem that I have with giving Donald Trump a chance is many people in America are starving, homeless, living in poverty and jobless, and the man is talking about constructing a multibillion-dollar wall on the US's southern border. Granted, he inherited these issues from his predecessor, he seems to place these problems on the veritable back-burner.
My concern with giving him a chance is he speaks negatively about women and seems to have little to no respect or regard for minorities. Regretfully, I feel that his meeting with an African American rapper, football player and a comedian does not move me. The meetings don't move me, nor am I convinced that this president will create jobs and programs for minorities. He has a track record of being only concerned about himself and his business interests. He refuses to release his taxes, and has yet to create a piece of legislation that proves to be beneficial for the majority of Americans. Trump ran a campaign where he disrespected the president at the time, former presidents and those he was running against.
I believe it is Christian to love everyone and see the good in everyone even if in this case it is very hard to see that good. Christians will say, "give him a chance" but what chance is he giving the people? In addition to people saying, "give him a chance," I have also heard people say, "God is still on the throne." I believe, and know wholeheartedly that God is still on the throne, but as Christian people, we need to take action, roll up our sleeves and get involved. In order to make it with the new administration over the next four years we must take action and get involved, at local and national levels. As a citizen, you must decide what getting involved means for you. As a Christian you must decide what rolling up your sleeves and taking action looks like for YOU! This is not a time to say "God got it," and walk away. Continue to trust in the Lord but now is the time for you to live out Matthew 10:16, "Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves; therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves."
Should President Trump be given a chance?
What are you doing as a Christian under this new administration?
What is it you believe Jesus would have you do?