The Christian Response
Regardless of your views on soon-to-be President Trump, all of us Christians have explicit commands and expectations for the next four years.
Please do not accuse any Christians who deeply care about the election of not believing in the sovereignty of God. A Christian can greatly care about the government he is under without having to be accused of denying the Kingship of Jesus. 1 Timothy 2: 1-2 says,
“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”
Notice why Paul commands us to pray for national leaders: so that we can live peaceful lives. Paul says we ought to care about who leads our nations. It is commanded that we desire and ask for a country we can raise Christian children in comfortably. Paul never insinuated that desiring good leaders is somehow an attack upon the sovereignty of God.
See the verse from 1 Timothy above. Praying is a command. Our feelings about our elected and unelected officials is irrelevant. We are to pray for and love them. Pray for Donald Trump.
Romans 13: 1,
“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.”
The Bible is clear: we are not free to be disobedient because we do not like our government. This is why Paul told one of his anointed pastors to teach this in Titus 3:1,
“Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work…”.
Now, Peter is explicit that we obey God over man every time (Acts 5: 29). This is not a blind, unbreakable obedience. But overall, we must obey the laws of our nations. The same Peter who spoke in Acts 5 said this,
1 Peter 2: 13-16, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.”
Peter did not stop at obedience and submission. Peter also said to “honor the Emperor.” Do some research on who that Emperor was and what he was doing to Christians. I promise, he was worse than Trump or Clinton. Yet, Peter commanded honor.
Yes, honoring is obedience, but it goes further than that. Sin never permissible. Hatred, gossip, malice, envy, etc. may not be directed toward Donald Trump. Love your neighbor, even your presidential one, and remain faithful to God’s Word, no matter the consequences.