Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
Yesterday was Inauguration Day. For the next four years, Donald Trump is now the President of the United States. I have already heard the calls, and seen the signs, for the impeachment of the recently elected president. There are many, including Christians, who are saying “Not my president”. I have news for you, he IS your president.
Sorry to break it to you, but in saying “Not my president”, you are sinning against God’s holy word.
Actually, yes. In short, you may not like Donald Trump, but he really is your president. Don’t believe me? That is fine, you can just see what the Table of Duties in the Book of Concord says:
Concerning Civil Government.
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For the power which exists anywhere is ordained of God. Whosoever resisteth the power resisteth the ordinance of God; and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For he beareth not the sword in vain; for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Rom. 13:1-4.
What Subjects Owe to the Magistrates.
Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s. Matt. 22:21. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers, etc. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For, for this cause pay ye tribute also; for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom, to whom custom; fear, to whom fear; honor, to whom honor. Rom. 13:1,5. I exhort, therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men; for kings and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 1 Tim. 2:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, etc. Titus 3:1. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether it be to the king as supreme, or unto governors as unto them that are sent by him, etc. 1 Pet. 2:13.
This really should sum it up. No matter how you try to get around it, God actually expects us to pray for our leaders, including Donald Trump. To refuse to do so, and to otherwise declare that Trump is not your president is a sin against God. I was repentantly guilty of this sin myself during the Obama administration. I openly acknowledge and repent of this sin on my part. Also, and to that end, I hereby acknowledge that though I may not like him, and I did not vote for him, Donald Trump is my president, for better or for worse. Those who refuse to acknowledge this truth, are living in unrepentant sin. It is my prayer that this truth will be acknowledged, and those who have been perpetually living in this sin will repent.
I leave you with one thought. If you live in the United States and refuse to acknowledge that Trump is your president, you are denying God’s word. If you claim to be a Christian, you must repent. Otherwise, you deny that you are a Christian. That choice is yours.
Note: I was hit by this recently during a study of the Book of Concord at my church. It is because of this that I have need to step out of hiatus and write this.
Note: I was not a supporter of Mr. Trump during his campaign, nor is this post an acknowledgement of support. Rather, it is a confession to sin, and acknowledgement that scripture declares that he is my president.