Based on Matthew 10:16-39
I usually try to draw a line between my political musings and my weekly meditations, but a recent conversation with an old friend – who also happens to be a staunch Republican – made me lay aside that policy this week.
We shared Christmas greetings and family updates, and he then asked me what I thought about the coming Trump Presidency. When I told him, to put it mildly, that I think Trump is a dangerous, unstable, self-serving demagogue who will take our nation in the wrong direction, he said, “You may be right but he won, so I guess we’ll just have to get over it, pull together and pray for his success.”
I told him that I have no intention of simply “getting over it,” reminded him that he never really “got over” the election of President Barack Obama and told him that if Trump’s “success” meant fulfilling his ugly, damaging and divisive campaign promises, I couldn’t pray for that to happen. I told him that my prayer is that if Trump doesn’t unexpectedly and miraculously grow into his job, that God will have mercy on our nation and protect us from his plans.
My friend was taken aback and said that didn’t sound “Christian.” That gave me the chance to tell him that authentic Christianity – and authentic faith, regardless of religion – means standing against evil and injustice and standing up for those abused and cast aside by those in control.
Remember that conversation, not only as America braces for President Trump, but in the exercise of your daily faith. Many good people see Jesus solely as a mild mannered proponent of peace and love who never said a harsh word. They fail to see that the Christ of the Gospels was a relentless advocate for justice and righteousness whose ministry defied the status quo, who stood up for those at the bottom of life’s ladder and who died, in part, because His message was too liberating and revolutionary.
Walk in the footsteps of that Jesus in the coming New Year, when a new President will take control of America. Dare to be prophetic and not pragmatic, dare to speak truth to power and dare to stand your ground and push for justice in a world where many simply “go along to get along.”
You may be second guessed and criticized, but you’ll be blessed for following the Savior who challenged those who believe in Him to “take up their crosses.” You’ll also be assured that the God we serve will be there to bless you, protect you and assure you that when you walk with the Lord, even in times of uncertainty, you’ll know why those who wore the chains of American slavery first sang, “He won’t let you fall if you just lean on Him.”