Monday, November 14, 2016

Seriously? Donald Trump??

A Yahoo News report said this about the President-elect: 

            Trump alienated immigrants, made enemies of Muslims, insulted and mocked women, and still won. He left unchallenged the belief that he had avoided paying federal income taxes for years, he faced plausible, if unproven, accusations of running a fraudulent business (his “Trump University”), and he retweeted racist and anti-Semitic images and memes — and still he won.

Yahoo News may be right about Trump, but it’s still a very good thing that he won. Before you write me off as crazy, hear me out.

The Bible is clear about what happens to nations that do not follow God.

Isaiah 60:12 – For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; those nations shall be utterly laid waste.

The Bible is also clear about what makes a nation great.

Proverbs 14:34 – Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

America was founded by people who had moral conviction and believed in the Great Creator. Were the founding fathers perfect? Of course not.  But they put stock in God’s word, and they founded this country upon biblical principles.  It is no coincidence that America eventually became the greatest nation in the world. No doubt God allowed America to flourish because the moral character of its people, and He knew His church would have a fertile place to grow.

In my opinion, America’s golden era occurred in the 1940s and 1950s.  Just ask my grandmother, and she’ll tell you why things were so great.  She would tell you that the post-war generation knew the value of hard work. They were a church-going people, and they believed in God and His word. God was part of the government, he was found in the schools, and he was at the center of the home.  Abortion was illegal, same-sex marriage was illegal, prayer was allowed and encouraged in schools, neighbors helped neighbors, and towns were safer. Things are pretty much opposite today, and our nation is in moral decline.

So why is Trump a good thing for our country?  If he holds true to his promises, he’ll appoint conservative Supreme Court Justices who are more likely to align themselves with biblical principles. A conservative Court will go a long way in putting our nation on the righteous path (remember Proverbs 14:34).

Personally, I’m not a Republican or a Democrat. I’m simply a Christian.  I didn’t vote for Trump out of party loyalty.  I don’t care much about his policies regarding healthcare reform, immigration control, or building a wall. I’m a citizen of a greater kingdom – Christ’s church, so I care more about the conservative stance Trump apparently takes on moral issues. I pray he’ll keep his word on those.  America will not perish because of political issues like healthcare reform, but it can certainly perish because of moral issues and failing to follow God’s word.

Lord willing, Trump will help make America great again, not through insults, scandal, or bigotry, but by consulting the biblical principles that made America great in the first place.