Respecting Donald Trump

By mid-November of last year, meetings were being held in Washington DC to plan and organize the impeachment of President Donald Trump. This fact is bizarre, given that he had just won the election that month and would not be inaugurated for another two months.

I did not vote for Donald Trump in the Republican primary election. I did not vote for Donald Trump in the general election last November. If the election was held today, I would not vote for Donald Trump. But Donald Trump is my President. He won the election last year, an election held according to the procedures mandated in the Constitution of the United States.

The apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.  Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves….Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience” (Romans 13:1-2, 5). The apostle Peter wrote, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right (I Peter 2:13-14). These apostles were not writing about democratically elected leaders or about Christian leaders. They wrote about Caesar and the Roman Senate. If first-century Christians were expected to honor and respect Caesar, then twenty-first century Christians in the United States should be expected to honor and respect President Trump.

During the campaigns before the election, many media outlets worked vigorously to find and to publish every negative fact or rumor about Donald Trump. Since he became President, the same media outlets have worked vigorously to undermine his authority and encourage his impeachment. Every appointment made by the President was publicly questioned and criticized. His speeches and other communications have been studied, searching for flaws. Nearly every action of the President has been described in the media as if it were criminal. The election itself has been treated as doubtful, as rumors persist that Russian forces somehow influenced American voters. From Presidential executive orders to the recent covfefe kerfuffle, Americans have seen our President mocked and verbally abused, not only by late-night comedians, but by trusted news reporters.

Rumors that Donald Trump entered the primaries as a publicity stunt and that he did not expect to be nominated and elected may very well be true. That does not lessen the legitimacy of his office. He was chosen by the voters to be President of the United States. In 2013, I already sensed the mood of the typical American voter. That voter wanted to get the politicians out of government and was ready to support any outsider who had a chance of winning. In the words of candidate Trump, American voters wanted to “drain the swamp.” Voters who generally support the Democratic Party because of its reputation for helping workers and defending the oppressed regularly reject Democratic candidates for the highest office, preferring Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Donald Trump. All three men have been despised by the liberal elite but embraced by American voters. All three Republicans were seen as better able to lead the United States than their Democratic opponents.

Donald Trump is a survivor. He will continue to weather the increasingly shrill accusations of his enemies in and out of politics. The media has weakened its effectiveness as a guard upon government ethics by opposing President Trump at every turn. Like the boy who cried “wolf,” the media will be ignored even if President Trump should do something truly criminal, because our ears have already tired of the voices that declare the President to be wrong in everything he does.

Meanwhile, our nation risks judgment from the Lord for the way we have allowed our leader to be mocked and despised. Other Presidents have been treated badly, but President Trump is the victim of a new low in savagery and deceit. The way we speak of our father and our mother, of our teachers, of our employers, and of our government leaders reveals our attitude toward authority in general, including God’s authority over our lives. While “we must obey God rather than men,” we also must honor and respect those who rule over us as pictures of the ultimate authority Jesus Christ has over us. When we do less, we sin against God and his kingdom. J.

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11 thoughts on “Respecting Donald Trump

  1. Amen to that! As a fellow Trump supporter said:
    “I voted for Trump and that is Donald Trump because I know Jesus hates gays and I want a wall billed to keep out Syrians climbing over and raping my cows and if Trump is Pope he can do that and yes he will do it and did and his hair must have its own show as the Muppets and a Christian beliefs and that Muslims can go back into Mordor if in the the Bible it is written which not evolution did if Jesus made dinosaurs and finally Hallellular Hallylooler Halleyleyar said the Lord and Trump will bomb them until for peace to us all A men.”

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  2. Thank you for this post. Submitting to the governing officials is not only Biblical, but part of our Constitution. I did vote for Trump, because he addressed the thoughts of millions of average Americans and had a plan to deal with them. The alternative was impossible for me to choose. Trump also has been a successful business man and I believe he knows how to get things done. He has been shot down for every appointment he’s made, every decision, every plan, but no one is offering alternatives. It makes me sad that our world has become so hateful. President Obama started his presidency slow and with lots of consternation from the public, but at least he was given a chance to prove himself. I didn’t feel he was qualified to run for president either. After eights years things haven’t changed much and in fact have gotten worse – especially for people of his race. I believe in God and His plan for us. I know that if we pray for our country, He will hear our prayers. We need to do this, rather than blowing the whistle on our current president for everything. He needs to be given a chance too.

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  3. I found your post… well, a bit sad to read. Not because I agree with your thoughts about “the world” picking on Trump. I do not agree with you there. But what I found a bit sad is your very well thought out and justified belief in how you feel… without the name-calling, or profanity, or demeaning finger-pointing so prevalent among Trump supporters. It’s apparent you are comfortable believing in this but what I find sad is how disappointed you will be when your faith in Trump is tested because of his own self-destruct mechanism. I don’t hate the guy; I’ve never met him. I dislike his incompetence and inexperience to lead. I am not going to debate with you;; there’s a human part of me that doesn’t want to disappoint your belief system here.
    But, if I may… you are interpreting a portion of the Bible to somehow make a divine judgement on MY political belief. First off, you can’t compare the forms of government in early Rome to our form of government now. In those days leadership was absolute and mostly in perpetuity because of family lineage. Our form of government answers to the people under the rules set forth under the Constitution… not divine proclamation. The “rules” state the people have total control over the leadership… including the president. The office of the president is not divinity. In effect, the president serves at the pleasure of the people. Okay.. end of religion.

    Just blindly following a leader is not democracy. But just using some simple common sense here.. Trump’s supporters typically like what he said and promised in the campaign… drain the swamp, clean house, throw the bums out.. whatever phrase you want to use. He was going to make America great again by taking control away from all the D.C. “elites” and bring jobs back to middle America. People loved his maverick attitude… upsetting the apple cart. He will do it his way! People, like you, voted for him. But think for a minute… exactly how many voted for him? I think we can all agree it was something like 42-45%. That means 55% did not want him. So… by your post here you expect that 55% to just fall in line and lockstep to whatever Trump says and does. But in real life that does not happen… regardless of some divine intervention. As it turns out, that 55% does not want a grand change; they thought things were going along just fine. They don’t want apple cart flipping. They thought America has been great all along… after all, we are a world power. As of this writing his support is now 37%. Is that due to those nasty liberal elites or do you think, maybe, Trump is not doing something right? Or… are you one of those under the assumption that liberals are just meandering around wondering what to believe until the liberal press (who are just made up of regular people) keeps brainwashing them to think otherwise?

    For as faulty and misguided I think your post is… I can’t help but admire how neatly you’ve placed it in your life, without the need to become irate about it all. In a perfect world it makes sense.. but the problem you have is that Trump himself… is going to destroy himself. It will have nothing to do with those of us not wanting him as president. You voted for him for a change. His “change” is naive, ill-structured, and because of that, is floundering.

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    • Thank you for reading and commenting. I think you and I disagree less than you have assumed. First, I did not support Donald Trump or vote for him last year, nor would I vote for him if an election was held today. Second, I agree with your assessment of his “maverick” approach, which I think is more deliberate and planned than it seems. By seeming off-balance, he keeps his opposition off-balance. Third, I do not trust opinion polls. They failed to predict the last election accurately. At times I have responded to such polls, and at times I have refused to respond. When I was responding, I received many more contacts from those polls. What does that tell you about their objectivity?
      Where we disagree is the obligation of citizens to support their leaders, whether or not they agree with them. I cannot stand on the sideline and cheer for the President to self-destruct. I will respect him as best I can, pray for him, and encourage others to do the same, because that is good for the country and for all its citizens.
      Thank you again for sharing your thoughts. J.

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  4. Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    If you are worried about the role of the news media in our political system, here is a post post worth reading and thinking about.

    Note that the author describes part the problem and part of the solution. Part of the problem is the outrageous bias of the news media. Part of the solution is respecting the authority of a lawfully chosen leader.

    What is the complete solution? Each of us has a part to play. Each of us has to care enough about the welfare of our neighbors to play that part.

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  5. Thanks for writing this bold piece of truth. I did vote for Donald Trump in primary and general; therefore, I am one of those idiots and deplorables who put him there so my voice is unwelcome. I have never seen such frenzy against any man and his family. I don’t know what the future holds nor what God has in mind for America. I’m rather excited to find out. I remind myself that it is well and good that we do not look to a man for deliverance. As the Bible says our hope is not in chariots and horses but in Him. If Donald Trump were finding it easy, maybe he and his supporters would think success comes in the man not God. We sure are finding out where power lies in this country. One obscure judge in one state can stop the president in his tracks! I would never have believed it. I watched as a CNN reporter arranged her “protesters” tonight. Even pulling the little child into the group! Again, thanks for speaking up for our way of life – a blessed life under the Constitution and under God.

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    • I remember Watergate, so the hatred and despite are somewhat familiar. The difference is that Nixon gave his enemies something on which to base their attacks–by no means as evil as they made it look, but still something–while Trump is just being Trump while his enemies go fishing for something bad to say. We survived Watergate; we will survive this as well. J.

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