The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States was embraced by conservatives and hated by liberals. I understand the lack of respect and hatred for the man because the media propagated so many lies. But I don’t understand the haters’ actions. Do they really think violence and destroying other people’s property is the answer? Unfortunately, discord and protesting has been encouraged and promoted the last four years.
Government was instituted by our Creator God. And whether people acknowledge Him or not, He is the Supreme authority and ruler of the world. God’s plan for mankind included four kinds of government: self-government, family, church, and civil government.
Jesus said that man should not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). Thus, people are to live their lives according to the teaching of the Word of God. His words are truth and they provide the non-compromising principles for life. Jesus repeatedly told His listeners to obey Him and they would be blessed (Luke11:28).
God created male and female, and designed marriage and the family. After sin entered the world, peace was lost, but God set up a headship system that would guide and support the family unit. Love and respect is required between spouses, and children are to honor and obey their parents (Ephesians 5:33-6:3).
The apostle Paul wrote letters to Titus and Timothy, instructing them about the selection of spiritual leaders and their responsibilities in the church. The true church is made up of people who love and serve the Lord. And Jesus Christ is the author and head of the Church (Ephesians 5:23). “I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (Matthew 16:18).
God’s plans for the nations started with a promise to Abraham that was fulfilled in Israel. As Israel grew in population, God provided leaders—prophets, judges, and kings. Later, His plan of salvation through Jesus Christ was extended to all peoples and nations.
The apostles encouraged submission to those in authority; Peter advised, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king...or to governors” (1Peter 2:13-14). Of course, exceptions are made if the leaders instruct people to disobey God’s commands; then it is more important to obey God over man (Acts 5:29).
Fast forward to the rise of America with many of its founding fathers striving for a nation that offers freedom to worship the Lord. The United States has had good leaders and bad ones. Nothing is new under the sun, for Israel’s kings and queens were also described as good or evil, and who influenced the spiritual condition of the nation.
Today, it appears that wickedness has become rampant, and the prophecy has come true where good is now considered evil, and evil is deemed good. Like in the days of Noah, everyone seems to be doing what they please without any fear of God.
However, history has revealed that God is a just God; He has destroyed cities and nations for their wickedness, (Sodom and Gomorrah--Genesis19, Israel--2Kings17, Judah--2Chronicles 36:15-20; Psalm135:10). But leaders who led their nations to worship God, (like King Josiah), were blessed.
Our country needs a leader who will reverse discrimination against Christians and special privileges for immorality. President Trump resisted CAIR’s demands to remove Christianity from being represented in the inauguration ceremony. Moreover, within two inaugural prayers, God was asked to give our new President wisdom. No man can make a nation great again without God’s help and grace.
Deuteronomy 28 reveals the blessings for the nations who obey the Lord and the consequences of disobedience. “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you” (2Chronicles 20:6). King David acknowledged, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12). May our nation’s leaders fear and obey the Lord, and may God bless the U.S.A.