The 2016 presidential election was totally nuts. We all know it. Whether you love everyone who ran or hated them all, it was just about the most bizarre and hotly contested presidential race in recent memory. But in the end, Donald Trump won, and Inauguration Day is now upon us.
As I wrote in October, I voted, despite being among those who consider themselves “awake”, and having for many years thought that presidents were selected, not elected, and voting didn’t matter. You can read my reasoning there, but in short, I did vote for Donald Trump, for a number of reasons, and yes, I do feel tentatively hopeful that he might actually fulfill the campaign promises I was in favor of. Such as:
- Nominating pro-life Supreme Court Justices
- National reciprocity for CCLs
- Nationwide constitutional carry
- Repealing the Affordable Care Act
Pro-life and gun-rights issues are the most important issues to me, and at the end of the day, my husband and I were perfectly happy to vote for someone who might protect the sanctity of life and our natural rights to defend ourselves.
Whether or not he will actually do these things remains to be seen. The thing is, either way, my faith is in Christ. So I have no problem entertaining a little hope in a certain presidential administration.
I know a lot of very faithful, Christ-centered people out there who place absolutely no faith in Donald Trump, and I don’t blame them or hold it against them. Where I do have an issue, however, is trying to paint all his supporters with the broad brush of idolaters simply for voting for him.
There are many different types of Trump supporters, and there are certainly many who are placing a dangerous amount of faith in him. But my guess would also be that these people place their faith in man and material things in their day-to-day life, perhaps not as a rule, but as a trend. I know there are many Christians out there who see him as a literal Godsend, and of course, I don’t doubt that God had something to do with his election, just as He would have had something to do with Hillary Clinton’s election.
The thing is, ultimately, everything is in His hands. Because He is always in control. My hope is placed in His coming and in His Kingdom, and I have peace with all things that will happen on this earth. That is the purpose of this blog, and the doom-and-gloom mentality towards the end times is exactly what I think is dangerous in our community.
What I mean by this is, if we place our faith in Jesus Christ ultimately, it doesn’t necessarily negate that faith to be hopeful that a fallible elected official might do some temporarily temporal improvements to the governing powers of our country. Just as you will hope you get a good job, or a better housing situation, or vaccines don’t become mandatory, or GMOs become labeled, or what have you, if you know full well that the ultimate result of whatever happens is God’s plan and that He will never leave you or forsake you either way. That is faith.
Proverbs 19:21 (KJV) says, “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.” We might have many desires for how life will turn out for us while we are on this earth, but ultimately it is always His plan that will stand.
Jesus Himself desired to not have to suffer, praying to God in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42 KJV) This was the sort of prayer I had to pray while faced with the possibility of someone like Hillary Clinton being elected. I knew that if she was elected, it would probably tailspin us right towards the fascistic NWO we’ve all been predicting for years, but that it would be God’s will.
God doesn’t need our help to bring about the fulfillment of end times prophecy. And He doesn’t need our help to keep evil men out of power. But that doesn’t mean it is sinful to hope for things to be peaceful for us if our prayers always end with an acceptance of His will.
So if you are flirting with the idea of feeling hopeful and excited about the Inauguration tomorrow, don’t let legalistic anti-government Christians tell you you can’t be. If your ultimate faith is placed in God, you can have a reasonable, peaceful hope that Trump might do a little bit of good in our country for a short time. Even if he is a sinful man himself, and ingenuine, we can still appreciate something he might do to protect the life of the unborn or maintain our rights in a country that is very, very accommodating to our faith as Christians.
Nebuchadnezzar was an open pagan, who still acknowledged the power of Yahweh and respected those who served Him, and so Donald Trump might just manage to protect the rights of His followers today, who knows. Either way, we all know Daniel and his cohorts faith was placed in their God even as they worked for the Babylonian government, so I feel completely comfortable feeling slightly hopeful that our government might have a little order restored to it in the next four to eight years. I won’t be shocked if it doesn’t, believe me, but I don’t mind hoping.
We know how the Good Book ends, and there is nothing we need to fear in this life. Hillary Clinton’s election wasn’t going to stop God’s plan and neither will Trump’s presidency. God will use him however He sees fit, and we can trust in that, even if it is as a complete phony NWO shill.
Ultimately, placing your complete trust and faith in the Lord will eliminate all possibility of misplaced trust in a man, so whether you are dreading tomorrow or looking forward to it, turn to the Lord first, and set your heart on desiring His will.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (KJV)