(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.