Let me preface, if you will, that although I mention Trump, this in fact has nothing to do with Trump nor politics AT ALL. It just happens to be the incident by which a valuable lesson may be learned, so here we go…
An older gentleman I know and had the extreme pleasure to have spent a year in the daily presence of he and his family’s life, posted on FB….
Anyone else notice that it was Trump that brought God, the Bible, prayer, and love of our country back into the White House?
I’ll call him, Bob. As I’ve said, I know Bob and his immediate family and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who is kinder hearted, loving, God fearing, Christian living example, than Bob and his wife. Furthermore, Bob was also one of the first responding to the Oklahoma City bombing which broke his gentle spirit in many ways with an abiding grief.
I was taken aback…not by Bob’s statement but a comment left on his post for all to see, from his nephew! I was generous to use the term “comment”, it was a scathing rant that was a virtual “How Dare You!” He questioned how Bob could, of all people, think Christ would have anything to do with Trump, would’ve chose him, in what way could Trump ever be seen as Christ like in any way then launched into a laundry list of the number of times Trump has been married, his foul language, infidelity blah blah.
I have no problem with people having differing opinions. What I do have a problem with is being disrespectful because of it. Call me old fashioned but I still believe in being respectful to one another, especially our elders. But, what he wrote did give me pause to think and here was my reply.
In response to the rantings of those who scour Trumps (and well every and anyone’s past for dirt, siting everything from language to infidelity.) and with rancor ask how as Christian’s, anyone could support him, could believe God would choose him…etc.
My friends, like I said, this post is NOT about Trump. Trump is not the first disliked president, nor will he have been the last. It’s been this way, well, since always! No, it’s most aptly stated that it is much more about malice itself. Malice in itself is a cancer that has spread throughout the world like a wildfire and has become to epitomize “The New Normal”.
And, malice….is a sin. Sadly, it’s even infected the household of faith. Oh yes, that harmless bit of gossip, that sharing of negative information about others to others under the guise of well doing & warning, defaming and character assassinating our brothers & sisters. SIN.
Who are we to assume to know the mind of God, what work He is performing in others or what His purpose is for their lives? Or, that He needs our intervention or help? Better, is that we revisit our own failings, our sins, sinfulness AND recall the mighty redemptive work that HE has performed in us. It’ll humble you and lead to a greater grace and mercy for others.
This is what I have to say about that…
Every answer you need is right there in The Book…crack it!
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
Let’s begin with David.
David, an adulterer who impregnated his friends wife, a friend so devoted that he slept at David’s door. Fearing his deed would come to light, orchestrated the death of his friend thereby becoming a murderer.
What of God? God not only chose David as the king of Israel, the lineage through which He’d place His Son but called David “a man after His own heart.”
A man given to violence, with a sailors mouth, denied Christ not once but 3 times and to whom Christ once said ” get behind me, Satan.” But God chose Peter….”upon this rock I will build my church.”
Rahab the harlot-
A canaanite prostitute..nuff said there right? But, for her faith, she hid the Israelite spies in Jericho and was not only saved but was absorbed by the hebrews, married one of the spies and became one of only 4 women mentioned in the genealogy of Christ. God chose Rehab.
The story of Daniel who served under 3 kings, exemplifies how God used even the most terrible of kings to fulfill His own purpose.
And, let us not forget Paul who was one of the greatest persecutors of Christ followers who not only was at the stoning of Stephan, the first martyred but approved it and vowed to destroy the church!
God chose Paul who would become one of the most prolific writers having written 12 epistles of grace.
The bible is absolutely full of the most unlikely of characters with every shortcoming, flaw and failure imaginable and yet these are who God called for his purpose?
If there are lessons we can learn from the Bible, it’s this:
God knows what He is doing and He is in control.
God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips those He calls.
And, that regardless of where you are in life or where you have been, in Him there is hope for us all.
God chooses the base things of the world to confound the wise and shame the proud so that no man may boast of themselves but glorify God.
1 Corinthians 1:27
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.
Always With Love & respectfully yours – Laura 💕