…. not to get political

A while back I decided I wanted to share my opinion on the US election with someone and started with “Not to get political”. Of course, it got political. Here’s the bottom line. If I was an American citizen, I would have voted Democrat.

Yes, I had read a statement from a Christian leader in the US that he heard from God that Donald Trump would be the next president. What he said he heard wasn’t enough to convince me he was right, although today I’m thinking otherwise. My personal convictions as a Christian inclined me away from Trump. In the essentially-binary system that is American politics, it means I became inclined toward Clinton.

If Trump is in fact the person God wanted to be president, then we’ll now need to wait and see what that means. Perhaps America will be great again. If ‘great’ means what Jesus said in Matthew 20:26–28, then I’m excited about what is to come. “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” To me, that didn’t seem to be the definition of ‘great’ that I saw in the election.

I have some very smart friends in the US — they said they voted for Trump. I have some very smart friends here in Canada — they said they would have voted for Trump. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. But it doesn’t have to. That’s the system. And since God created us all with free will, we’re bound to have different opinions. And besides, God’s a lot smarter than all of us. He said it himself: (Isaiah 55:8–9), “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Just because it baffles me doesn’t mean God isn’t in it.

The next four years just got a little scarier to me, and the world is scary enough. But I trust in One who is higher and bigger and smarter. If this was a mistake — God is bigger. If this is God’s plan — God is bigger.

There. That’s my opinion. I’ve gotten political.

And here’s one more opinion — the division within the church must have God grieved. When he taught us to pray, his focus was on his Kingdom, not earthly politics. Let’s pray for and work towards demonstrating God’s Kingdom on earth. Let’s pray for the unity of the saints.

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