On the Divine Appointment of the President

trump-bible1I’ve seen an article floating around social media in regard to Christians potentially “missing the boat” when it comes to God’s plan to use Donald Trump as President to save the USA. I appreciate RC Sproul Jr’s analysis of this attitude (emphasis is mine):

But here’s what happens, here’s what I’m hearing from people whose perspective is almost like this: Well because Donald Trump is the best option among viable candidates, this must somehow mean that he is God’s man for the hour. Have you heard this language? It seems to say “Well, he says bad things, we don’t like this or that about him, but maybe this is God bringing us this dark horse who would have been laughed off the stage two years ago, and now look where he is. Surely this is a sign of God’s favor, that God must be at work.” Well yes and no. You know who else God put in office? Barack Obama. You know who else God might put in office? Hillary Rodham Clinton.

While we definitely ought to take seriously our right and responsibility to vote for the individual who holds the highest leadership position in our country, we should also take seriously what Paul wrote in 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.

As Sproul points out, the truth of the matter is that every President who ever held the office was granted it by God. From the past Presidents you loathed or loved to the current candidates whose potential makes you cheer or shudder, every single one of them rose to the position because it was the will of God they be there. So we don’t need to worry that we might “miss the boat” in God’s plan for our government and our nation by casting the wrong ballot.

Depending on your side of the fence, you may look at either Trump or Clinton (or maybe both) and say “How can God put this unqualified/selfish/immoral/evil person in that great position of power?”  Sproul says:

Sometimes [the leader is] chosen by God as judgement. Sometimes it’s mercy. And most of the time it’s both.

Maybe God’s plan is to grant our nation prosperity.  Maybe it’s calamity. As Christians we can rest assured that whoever ultimately ends up with the Presidency is there because God put them there. And God knows what our nation and the whole world needs in the President at this moment, whether it be a savior or a tyrant.

We as Christians can also be assured that, though someone completely unqualified or downright evil may ascend Oval Office, though our economy may collapse, though all the world may turn against our country, and though the USA may crumble, “all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) And “all things” includes who holds the Presidency.