God Bless Donald Trump

(This article was featured in the January 2017 edition of the Forward in Christ Magazine.)

This Friday, Donald John Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. After a long, contentious, circus-like presidential election, the eccentric real estate tycoon came out on top. The American electorate has spoken.

So I say, “God bless Donald Trump!”

I don’t say that because of any political preference, however. My prayer for President Trump has nothing to do with politics.

I pray for President Trump because my Savior God wants me to. Paul wrote, “I urge, then first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness” (1 Timothy 2:1,2).

Do you struggle to say those words – “God bless Donald Trump”? Maybe you didn’t vote for him. Maybe you consider him insincere or misogynistic. Maybe you differ with him ideologically over foreign policy or the economy. I hope and pray you disagree with the crude and rude way he often speaks of other people.

Yet God wants you to pray for President Trump – to pray that God bless him, to pray that he help him govern wisely, to pray that his time in office be a blessing to us and others. God wants you to pray for President Trump.

And he wants you to mean it.

God wants you to love Donald Trump as you love yourself (Matthew 22:39). He wants you to honor and obey him as the person he has placed in authority over you (Romans 13:1,2).

That doesn’t mean you have to agree with everything he says and does. That doesn’t mean you should sit idly by if you believe he is leading our country poorly or immorally. God has given us the unique privilege of living in a country where we are free to speak out with our voice and vote.

But do so respectfully. Do so out of love for President Trump and your God. Sadly, our modern world has lost the ability to disagree respectfully. After such a contentious election, filled with vitriol and venom, you may be seething in anger against our new president

Consider how you speak about him in private conversations or on Facebook. Do you find yourself referring to him as “Trump” with disdain dripping from your lips? Do you add a derogatory adjective before his name? As Christians, we do not refer to our leaders in such a way. Even when we disagree with him – even if he does something of which God does not approve – he is still President Trump, the authority which God has established.

God does not hate President Trump, nor should you. Forgive him, love him and pray for him, just as Jesus forgives, loves and intercedes for you. Accept God’s will that he be our president.

Yes, the American voters chose him, but it was God who made him our president. God placed President Trump over us for our good (Romans 13:4). So trust God. Trust that he has a plan for us and our country. Trust that he is working all things for our good.

Trust that no matter who sits in the Oval Office, our God still reigns supreme.

That is why I will continue to pray for President Trump. That is why I love him. That is why you should as well.

God bless President Donald Trump and God bless America.

  14 comments for “God Bless Donald Trump

  1. January 17, 2017 at 8:51 am

    I remember when I was in high school and President Nixon was being raked over the coals for his antics. One of the teachers in our Lutheran high school noted how even the reporters on TV were now referring to the President by only his last name. I had not paid attention prior to that but since then have been aware of such. I shall admit this most recent president made it difficult to be respectful at all times. This next one might also challenge my otherwise respectful nature, but I will most assuredly give it all I’ve got.

    • Howard Pontiac
      January 18, 2017 at 6:28 am

      Of the many differences left and right, I’ve never wished harm to or not wished Obama the best. And I believe he’s the anti Christ of presidents. God delivers what we need when we need it. Obama was a blessing because now we know how terrible it was having him and mooochele destroying and yakking constantly.

  2. Darcy Rahjes
    January 17, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I wish this article could be printed in the Washington Post and shared all over the media. Our country needs to be reminded of God’s plan of respect for leadership. I am so disheartened((and outraged) by the unbelievable disrespect by other government officials as well as others in the lime light and the general population that has been displayed over the out come of this election. It is just all so wrong. Thank you for putting into words the feelings many of us have toward God’s plan. May God continue to bless your work in His name.

  3. Father Frank Lenz
    January 17, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I believe he is to be the 45th president right and not the 44th?

    • schroera
      January 17, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      Yes. I made the correction. Thanks!!!

    • Marylou
      January 17, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      Don’t know if I agree with that, but I bet he can at least prove he wasn’t born in Kenya.
      (I know you didn’t mean it that way, but I do, and I bet we’ll see some verification of it within our natural lifetimes on earth.)

  4. doug rose
    January 18, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Well Said.
    Poet Doug’s Daily #HAIKU:
    Make America Great Again
    Let’s all pray for Trump-Pence
    God Bless America
    2017 by DRR
    Member Academy of American Poets

  5. Joyce
    January 19, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Awesome devotion. I have been and will continue to pray God works for the betterment of this great USA through this manew, President Trump

  6. Katrina Vowell
    January 21, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    This is very nice about praying for Donald Trump, Andy, but Paul was writing specifically to the Romans. Why would we apply that to our country? I, too, will pray for President Trump, but I will follow this: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, Philippians 3:4. Because the God of my Bible talks more about loving, respecting one another and humility. How my Christian family and friends could have voted for this person sits hard in my soul. I thought we all believed in love one another. “One command I give you,” says Jesus, “Love one another.”

    • schroera
      January 24, 2017 at 5:26 pm

      Katrina, thank you for your comments. In Romans 13, Paul first starts with a general principle: “There is no authority except that which God has established.” It does not simply say, “The authority over you has been established by God.” It says there is no authority anywhere except that which God has established. That can be troubling for some. Why would God allow evil or incompetent rulers? It’s all a part of his plan of love for us.

      God allowed pagan kings to rise up in Egypt, Babylon and Assyria to form a part of his plan of bringing salvation into the world. Jesus himself told wicked and inept Pontius Pilate, “You would have no power over me if it were not given you from above.” All authority belongs to God and he is the one who establishes earthly authorities here on earth for our good (even when we have to suffer under inept or wicked rulers).

      • Katrina Vowell
        January 25, 2017 at 12:27 pm

        But then, who overthrew the wicked kings?

        • schroera
          January 27, 2017 at 11:17 am

          Katrina, God overthrew the wicked kings through divine intervention and through divine mandates. God has not directed us to overthrow any wicked kings. In fact, he has called us to honor and obey. The only exception he gives is what it says in Acts 5:29. When any authority commands us to do something contrary to God’s will, we must obey God rather than men. But in everything else, God calls us to honor and obey.

  7. Katrina Vowell
    January 29, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Andy, first and foremost I would like to tell you I ask these questions out of respect for your answers. You have earned my respect because the earthly father who raised you, raised me, too! And your dad was patient and cared about answering my simple questions. Having said that, I hope you can know my spirit comes from love and not the need to debate. It is the need to understand. If you don’t mind… What about David’s charge to Solomon in I Kings 2:5-9? And thank you for taking the time to answer the other two questions.

  8. Katrina Vowell
    January 29, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Andy, forget that question. I get that. But the rest holds true, about the respect and thanks. God bless you. ?✌️

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