The world may be freaking out to the news that Mr. Trump is America’s president-elect. I’m feeling pretty phlegmatic about it. Of course, that does not mean that this is not earth-shaking news. I can emphathise with people who sense either great dread or great elation (depending on whose camp you are on). A Trump presidency has global ramifications.
And yet. When it comes to the Christian, there is an unshakable truth we need to remember. God is sovereign. He is sovereign, in control, ruling. Over kings and presidents. Over kingdoms and nations. Over the affairs of man. Over world history. No event occurs without His divine hand guiding or granting. But I would go further than that. He is actively shaping these events, and in so doing, moving world history towards its climax in His redemptive plan.
I have read several Christians mentioning the phrase “Maranatha, come Lord Jesus” and again, I can understand that sentiment. And it is right. We ought to look to the coming of our Lord. But at the same time, it should not be with a sense that all is lost and we want to escape this world. Because there still remains a mission. His Great Commission to be precise.
This pivotal moment in world history can be both a challenge and an opportunity for the Christian, because we know that our ultimate hope it not in this world, nor the kingdoms of this world. They will come and go. But, there is a coming Kingdom and a coming King. And this Kingdom and this King is everlasting, eternal.
While we journey as pilgrims on planet earth, we ought to be ambassadors of His kingdom. We point people to this great hope of humanity. Jesus. Therefore, in the coming uncertain days, let us be that kind of people, heeding the apostle Paul’s directive in 1 Timothy 2:1-4
“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. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
ps: On a human level, for those who are questioning how on earth Donald Trump won, this article is insightful.