The United States is at an interesting juncture in its history. For what may be the first time in our history, we no longer feel as strong and invincible as we once did. Many of us, who call ourselves Christians, feel especially threatened, as our nation becomes more and more sinful, and rejects Christ, and all that He, and therefore, we, stand for. Because of this, many Christians, fearful of living in a nation that seems to have turned against us, are looking for a leader to rise up and fight for us, much like Israel did, when they wanted a king to rule over them, rather than the prophets and judges, whom God had chosen…
As Samuel grew old, he appointed his sons to be judges over Israel. 2 Joel and Abijah, his oldest sons, held court in Beersheba. 3 But they were not like their father, for they were greedy for money. They accepted bribes and perverted justice.
4 Finally, all the elders of Israel met at Ramah to discuss the matter with Samuel. 5 “Look,” they told him, “you are now old, and your sons are not like you. Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.”
Doesn’t this sound like our current state? Things are pretty bad, as many who are currently in office, are greedy for money and power, and have perverted justice. When we look at President Obama’s current administration, there has been deceit since day one. Not only that, marriage laws, between one man and one woman, have now been abolished, in favor of same sex marriage. Parents are no longer only one mommy and one daddy. Now, children may have two mommies or two daddies. Then, as President Obama nears the end of his term in office, we are faced with the possibility that either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders could be our next President, neither of whom are friends of Christ.
Therefore, many of the people of God, out of fear, are looking for someone to rescue us from sinful liberals, so they have looked to the Republican party for a hero, who will fight for our rights… And it seems they have found an unlikely hero in Donald Trump. Perhaps hero is the wrong word… how about fighter? Donald Trump is indeed a fighter. If you don’t agree with him, or if someone questions him or his motives, he comes out swinging, often lacerating people with his tongue.
Now, before I continue talking about Donald Trump, let’s look back at what happened to Israel, when they said they wanted a king…
10 So Samuel passed on the Lord’s warning to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 “This is how a king will reign over you,” Samuel said. “The king will draft your sons and assign them to his chariots and his charioteers, making them run before his chariots. 12 Some will be generals and captains in his army, some will be forced to plow in his fields and harvest his crops, and some will make his weapons and chariot equipment. 13 The king will take your daughters from you and force them to cook and bake and make perfumes for him. 14 He will take away the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his own officials. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and your grape harvest and distribute it among his officers and attendants. 16 He will take your male and female slaves and demand the finest of your cattle and donkeys for his own use. 17 He will demand a tenth of your flocks, and you will be his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will beg for relief from this king you are demanding, but then the Lord will not help you.”
19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel’s warning. “Even so, we still want a king,” they said. 20 “We want to be like the nations around us. Our king will judge us and lead us into battle.”
21 So Samuel repeated to the Lord what the people had said, 22 and the Lord replied, “Do as they say, and give them a king.” Then Samuel agreed and sent the people home.
Beloved readers, what kind of a king are you asking for? A wise and kind king? Or a king who is cruel and harsh? Are you looking for a man after God’s own heart? Or are you looking for someone else?
Have you ever been bullied? I have, and being bullied is something that no one wants to experience. Bullies cause damage that can last a lifetime, and if you vote for Donald Trump, you are voting for a bully. I’ve seen how “The Donald” bullies those he dislikes, and I also remember that he claims to be a Christian, and has even been seen holding a bible recently, for all to see. The thing is, just because someone waves a bible and says, “I’m a Christian,” doesn’t make him one. And for the record, the pope was not out of line, when he said, “And then, a person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the gospel…”
Look at Trump’s history, as well as his current behavior. If someone disagrees with him, he resorts to bullying and name-calling. Instead of sounding like a grown man, full of wisdom and capable of leading an entire nation, he sounds like a petulant child on the playground, bullying the weaker children. In fact, if he were my child, I would likely spank him, and ground him.
Believers, yes, Donald Trump is a fighter, but so is our GOD! He is a Mighty Warrior, and HE is our protector. Do not look to someone like Trump to defend us, because he cannot protect us by using evil tactics.
Do you really want to be responsible for putting a bully into office? As believers, we are responsible for our actions. If I vote for someone who calls women or anyone else, “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals,” I’m implying that I am in agreement with him, and you know what Jesus said about name-calling…
21 “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ 22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.”
Beloved followers of Christ, have you forgotten who your true King is?
20 Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, 21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Have you forgotten Who truly provides for you?
19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Beloved believers, why would you vote for someone who constantly spouts evil? Can you truly picture Donald Trump as the head of state? With his temper, and the wicked things that come out of his mouth, if he becomes our President, he could very well insult the leaders of other governments, and lead us into war.
What about our freedom of speech? This is a man who wants to sue anyone who says anything in disagreement with him. How about freedom of press? Under Donald Trump’s reign, only those things that he approves of will be allowed. Do you think I exaggerate? Be careful who you cast your vote for, or God may very well give you what you’re asking for. Do you think Obama’s reign has been horrible for our country? Just wait and see what life under Donald Trump will be.
Do you know what the Lord said to Samuel, when Samuel told Him that the people wanted a king?
6 Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the Lord for guidance. 7 “Do everything they say to you,” the Lord replied, “for they are rejecting Me, not you. They don’t want Me to be their king any longer. 8 Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually abandoned Me and followed other gods. And now they are giving you the same treatment. 9 Do as they ask, but solemnly warn them about the way a king will reign over them.”
Beloved believers, if you are looking to Donald Trump to lead you, because you fear what Hilary Clinton or Bernie Sanders will do, then I must ask you this question. Have you lost your faith in God?
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek His will in all you do,
and He will show you which path to take.
We’re still in the midst of the primaries. The Republican candidate who will run for the presidency has not been chosen yet. Look at the other candidates. Look at what they stand for. Examine their lives. There is one, Ben Carson, who is still in the running, though his polls are way down, who has always claimed to be a Christian. This man has not joined in with the others in name calling and hatefulness. His plans to help our nation make sense. I would much rather vote for a man, who has shown himself to be wise and kind, than one who has shown himself to be hateful.
Perhaps Dr. Carson won’t be elected, but at least when I lay my head down at night, I will know that I did what I could for our country, and that ultimately, I have chosen to trust the King of kings and Lord of lords to care for me and protect me, and not someone who is filled with hatred and anger.
Beloved Christian readers, in the end, whomever you choose to vote for, let’s remember that in the end, President Barak Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, nor Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Ben Carson are our enemies. We are not at war against them, nor with any other man.
12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Cheryl A. Showers