I did not like it when Mr. Obama was elected president of the United States. It was not because his race is black. The teachings of Jesus Christ leads me to respect the people of all races. Rather, it was because of his elitist liberal politics. I considered that his leadership promises “for change” would weaken the strength of our country during the course of his term.
But, I did not take to the streets in protest when he was elected for one term and then for a second term. I did not utter profane threats, such as, “…there will be casualties…someone will have to die” because he was elected. Neither did I beat up anyone because they voted for Mr. Obama. On the other hand, because of my Bible-based world-view, I yielded to the fact that Mr. Obama’s presidential election was clearly the work and will of God. Furthermore, because the Bible instructed me, I diligently prayed for him that God would work His will through Mr. Obama.
Mr. Trump has won the most recent presidential election. First of all, I was surprised that Mr. Trump won, because I thought Mrs. Clinton had the presidency promised to her by the self-anointed political and media powers-that-be. Second, however, I like it. I am glad that Mr. Trump was elected. I am cautiously optimistic about it, though, as we wait to see if he will effectively provide a more politically conservative leadership on issues important for our country.
In the meantime, however, people have taken to the streets in protest because Mr. Trump has been elected to be our country’s next president. One of the protesters shown on the TV news reports has actually said that due to Mr. Trumps election “…there will be casualties…someone will have to die.” It was also shown on TV news reports of a man who was beaten to a pulp by others simply because it was revealed that he had voted in support of Mr. Trump.
Where the water meets the wheel in any case is, like it or not, God is involved in setting up the leaders of our country. Here in the United States, I believe in the privilege we have to vote. When it comes to the election of presidents, I support the Constitution’s Electoral College process. I believe we must be good citizens when it comes to taking part in the election process. But, according to Scripture, God makes the ultimate determination as to who will lead our nation.
Take, for example, the words of Apostle Paul, “For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God.” One of the Psalmists wrote that God “is the governor among the nations.” It is in the Proverbs, “By me (that is, God) kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.” Jesus Christ told Pilate, “Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above.”
This being true concerning either Mr. Obama’s election or Mr. Trump’s election or anyone’s election for that matter, threatenings and violence are pointless.
The main point to consider is the importance of having a Bible-based world-view as it involves current events. If we would be more willing to look at circumstances through the eyes of God and His written Word, peace would rule rather than chaos. Justice would prevail rather than evil. People would not be referring to evil as good and good as evil.
While it is true that governmental leaders do not always promote the righteous will of God, it nonetheless prevails upon the people of the church to pray for our leaders, according to Scripture. It prevails upon the Church as a whole to forthrightly expouse the principles and expectations of God before our governmental leaders. There is absolutely nothing wrong and everything right that the values of God be reflected in how we react to whoever comes into authority. But, mob threatenings and violence are, oh, most certainly, out of the question because of the involvement of God in the process.
Besides, according to news reports, those arrested in the Portland protests never bothered to vote. I consider that rather naïve.
The Rev. Ron Branch is pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Mason, W.Va.