We Need to be Praying for Trump Rather Than Constantly Criticizing Him
I think one of the major problems with modern Christianity in America is our quick reaction to criticize someone rather than praying for them. Most Americans don’t know and will likely never personally meet President Trump, yet so many are quick to judge him solely because of what the media filers to our TVs, smart phones, and social media newsfeeds. I dare say, we need to be praying for Trump rather than constantly criticizing him.
The Bible says in Romans 13:1b, “for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” The Apostle Paul, who wrote the Book of Romans, also writes in 1 Timothy 2:1–2, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
When was the last time you prayed for Trump, interceded for Trump, or thanked God for Trump? You don’t have to align with everything President Trump believes or does. The Bible doesn’t say to not pray for your leader if they don’t believe exactly the way that you do. Scripture says to pray for them, to intercede for them, and to be thankful for them.
I know it would be harder to do so if President Trump was like North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un. But, let’s be honest, he’s not. Trump isn’t a ruthless ruler bent on being a dictator or making Americans hate living in the United States of America. I’m not going to go into detail about what to do if your leader is like, for example, Kim Jong-un, because that’s not the reason for this article. I only bring Kim Jong-un up to make a statement: Trump isn’t a ruthless dictator. Regardless of who you voted for, Trump was elected as the 45thPresident of the United States of America. And he’s going to be our President for the next four years. Is Trump perfect? Absolutely not. Are you and I? Far from it. Let’s stop judging President Trump as if he’s the worst sinner on planet earth.
The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Timothy 1:15b, “…Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the worst.” Until we come to the realization that we are the worst sinner we know we won’t stop judging Trump as if he’s worse…