I’ve grown weary, worn out, and frustrated with all the Facebook posts, tweets, articles and blogs about this upcoming presidential election. I’m disgusted hearing about HIllary’s full term abortion policy. I’m grossed out by Trump’s vulgar language. And I’m tired of folks trying to convince me that if I vote for Trump, I would be a bad Christian.
Anyone else feeling the same way?
We know that either Hillary or Trump will win. One of them will become president….like it or not. The question we need to ask ourselves as Christians is this…
What is my responsibility when Trump or Hillary becomes president? What would be our responsibility even if Nebuchadnezzar became president of the United States?
Do you know about Nebuchadnezzar?
He was the king of Babylon who seiged Jerusalem, took the Israelites into captivity and took the vessels from the temple of the Lord for himself. He is the guy that put three Israelite men into a fiery furnace for refusing to worship a gold idol he created. You can read more about him in Daniel chapters 1-4.
So what should Christians do if Nebuchadnezzar becomes president of the United Stated? Here are a few thoughts
- Pray for the welfare of our nation and our president – God told the people of Isreal to pray for the welfare of Babylon because in it is their welfare as well. “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” (Jer. 29:7)
- Stand strong in our convictions – The three Hebrew men were willing to be burned alive rather than bow to an image. (Dan. 3:16-18)
- Respect the authority that God has placed over us and let God work in the heart of our president – When Daniel walked into the courts of the king, he did so with great respect to him and those he appointed (Daniel 2). He was not arrogant or prideful when he walked into the king’s palace to interpret the kings dreams. And God eventually humbled Nebuchadnezzar in His own time and in His own way. (Dan. 4:34-37)
God will humble his leaders. He will deal with the hearts of kings, He will move in their hearts to bring about His ultimate purpose for His Glory. But we as Christians have a responsibility. The way we respond will be a witness to our Savior and King. This is what He tells us in Romans 13:1-7…
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore, one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.” Romans 13:1-6 ESV
In most countries, they do not have the same privileges we have in the US. We get to vote a president in office. After that, we respect the vote of the majority, we pray for our president and our nation, and we hold strong to our convictions at all cost. That’s what a good Christian citizen will do when Nebuchadnezzar becomes president of the United States….