Last night as I watched Donald Trump’s stunning victory tallying up,
shell-shocked political commentators called it
the greatest upset ever of historical proportions.
So now think 2016 not 1948 and
to the T-R-U-M, add on not A-N but P!
This time at 3 a.m. Trump was on a bigger stage than tweeting!
Probably the only one not shocked by last night’s election was the one who says He made it happen. “The Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses” (Dan. 4:25). “He removes kings and raises up kings” (Dan. 2:21). “For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Rom. 13:1).
God’s challenge for His new President:
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice” (Prov. 29:2)
This is key rather than just wearing purple to symbolize blending red and blue.
“So what’s righteousness?” hopefully a new leader will want to know.
It’s interesting that a commentator after Hillary Clinton’s concession speech this morning lamented that for her supporters it all boiled down to wanting right versus wrong. Trouble is for our deeply divided country, Trump’s supporters would agree!
If only a new leader lets God define righteousness: “For all Your commandments are righteousness” (Psa. 119:172). If America really wants His blessing, as we keep intoning, God says why don’t we listen.
David, a righteous leader, gave his experienced advice: “He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God” (2 Sam. 23:3).
Hopefully a new leader will ask like Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived: “Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” (1 Kings 3:9). God loved it that Solomon as a new leader was little in his own eyes (verse 7).
In the case of Israel’s first king, though the people clamored for Saul partly because he was head and shoulders taller than others (1 Sam. 9:2), this disobedient leader got God’s prophet Samuel’s dandruff up: “When you were little in your own eyes, were you not head of the tribes of Israel? And did not the Lord anoint you king over Israel?” (1 Sam. 15:17). Humility trumps physical attributes good or flaky.
May the new President-Elect heed the Bible’s advice. We should pray so for our country and new leader as 1 Timothy 2:2 directs.
But listen up
Each one of us who want to become leaders in Jesus Christ’s coming Kingdom on earth, which is not of this world (John 18:36). We are responsible to listen to God’s advice. And each of us must elect to do it.
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