Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. – Romans 12:12
With the recent inauguration, my social media feed was a whirlwind of angry posts and I received a slew of panicky text messages. With Donald Trump becoming the United States 45th President, there was a literal “crying, weeping and gnashing” of teeth. Teeth across the nation have been clinched tightly since the Donald Trump win. This entire country has been turned upside down. The looming sense of despair has seeped over into the days following the inauguration. Some are mourning President Trump’s win and on the other side of the coin were the individuals who are mourning the departure of former President Obama. While I have to admit that I have rolled my eyes pretty hard over some of the comments I’ve read, what has interested me the most, is some of the varying Christian perspectives on the new President.
I’ll be honest. I was slightly amazed at how many professing Christians were the main ones completely emotionally cracking over this. I actually found myself becoming slightly annoyed by the frantic nature of believers. I started to question: Who do we believers have our hope in? The truth is this recent election has exposed the hearts of many. I’m not surprised that the KKK are well, to be frank, still being the KKK and spreading hate. I’m not surprised that the women’s rights groups marched against Trump’s campaign for his alleged verbal degradation of women. I’m also not surprised of all the hoopla with fake news and fake crises. I am, however, surprised at how many believers in Jesus Christ were shaking like a wet dog on a windy day just because Donald Trump became our President.
Some asked my thoughts about the country’s new leader and really my resolve was – I’m completely unbothered. Like, I am seriously unbothered. I must admit however that I am a tad confused by the number of Christians that sent text messages and comments speaking of their hopelessness. I just wanted to scream “Are you kidding me?” If Christians are becoming undone by a mere man with a title than the body of Christ is in greater trouble than we know. Bible believing Christians were having total meltdowns. If we believe that the living God is truly over our lives then why are we panicking?
God is in control of my life. I don’t say that to be cliché but it made me wonder do Christians really believe that God is in control or is God’s control dependent on who is in office? The Body of Christ has been looking, smelling and acting a whole lot like the “sugar” of the world instead of the “salt”. When the Word proclaims that God is our Rock, do we really believe that? Apostle Paul in his letter to the Corinthians during their time of confusion, despair, and persecution told his brethren on the Church to:
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. – 1 Corinthians 15:58
Are we truly being unmovable to do the work of Christ if we run around in an uproar like the rest of the world? I wonder exactly how God could possibly feel to have some many of His people run around in dismay and never look to Him for comfort and insight. Have we put all of our hope into a man with a title? Donald Trump is flesh and bone just like you and I. He nor any other ruler is the authority and finisher of our faith. One concern that I have heard is this growing fear of attacks on our soil under President Trump’s leadership. While I have no desire for us to lose even more good men and women to senseless wars, I do wonder if the Church are simply afraid of persecution. Are we afraid that Trump’s actions, will cause an uproar that would cause believers to make a decision to get uncomfortable and to truly fight the good fight of faith? Again, I have, to be honest. So many times I wanted to snatch up those dashing around in a craze and shake them until the knowledge of God returned to them.
Another aspect of this inauguration that has blown me away is that people lamented former President Obama’s departure. They hailed him as a mini savior and boasted of his great works. Again, super side eye moment. Are we mourning the wrong things? Is this perspective of those in the Body of Christ healthy? How can we mourn over a man leaving a position but not mourn the law he signed to destroy God’s prescribed structure for marriage? How can we mourn over Hillary Clinton’s loss in the election but not mourn the countless children being forced into the sex trade? How can we mourn futile material things but not mourn those who died in violence and other tragedies. We no longer mourn over sin. We celebrate fallacies because lies and illusions comfort our self-righteousness and lull us in our sin.
As believers, our hope is in Christ alone. Just like in the Bible, emperors, dictators, and democratic leaders will always change. The Word of God and the hope that is Christ has survived long past Hitler, World Wars, and compromised politics. To my fellow brothers and sisters in the faith – calm down. If you are a believer, seeking to act and live as Christ, then know that the King has always been and will always be in control. This is the time to stand up in confidence and faith in who Christ is. This is the time to show those who are panicking the true source of Hope. Do not let a heighten emotional state make you forget who your true leader is.
For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.
– 1 Timothy 4:10