Well, I am going to do it again! Even though, I promised, and admonished, myself that I would not. Ever since the mid to late 1980’s, I have been moving toward a modified position of David Lipscomb’s view toward government and the Christian. I doubt that I every totally accept it, but there are parts that I do agree with. It has been over 25 years since I cared about a national election, but this one drew my attention.
Understand, I was not FOR either candidate. In fact, on Facebook several times I wrote about what I viewed as problems with both of them. It shocked me, that either one of them was nominated by their political parties — feeling like that there really was not much of a choice for those who did vote. But a choice was made. The people through our republic form of government, chose the one they wanted. Since the election. there are MANY that are not happy, and the campaign rhetoric has changed to post-election rhetoric. So now, what in the world is the Christian to think and do?
Do you remember Solomon? David’s son that was chosen by David (and God) to be his heir. Solomon’s brother, Adonijah, and some of David’s trusted advisors, made plans to put him on the throne. Adonijah’s plan did not work, and his goal did not happen.
It was not long after that, that the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream, and offered Solomon anything that he wanted. Here is what Solomon asked:
“Now, O Lord my God, you have made me king instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted! Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” (I Kings 3:7-9, NLT)
Now I know that because of God blessing him, Solomon became wealthy, powerful, and very smart; BUT, what he asked for was the wisdom to govern and rule the nation. It just makes sense to me, that if we want to know what a “ruler” should do, Solomon might be a good one to listen to!
I want to share a few verses, from one of the chapters in my reading this morning — there will be very little, if any comment on them.
“Give your love of justice to the king, O God,
and righteousness to the king’s son.
Help him judge your people in the right way;
let the poor always be treated fairly.
May the mountains yield prosperity for all,
and may the hills be fruitful.
Help him to defend the poor,
to rescue the children of the needy,
and to crush their oppressors.”
(Psalm 72:1-3, NLT)
“May the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass,
like the showers that water the earth.
May all the godly flourish during his reign.
May there be abundant prosperity until the moon is no more.”
(Psalm 72:6-7, NLT)
“He will rescue the poor when they cry to him;
he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.
He feels pity for the weak and the needy,
and he will rescue them.
He will redeem them from oppression and violence,
for their lives are precious to him.”
(Psalm 72:12-14, NLT)
“…May the people always pray for him
and bless him all day long.
May their be abundant grain throughout the land,
flourishing even on the hilltops.
May the fruit trees flourish like the trees of Lebanon,
and may the people thrive like grass in a field.”
(Psalm 72:15-16, NLT)
First, I hope that Donald Trump would be wise enough to offer up Solomon’s prayer concerning his presidency. But here Is what I am going to do. In the days, months, and years ahead, I am going to pray for President-elect Trump; just like I did for President Obama. When people “bad-mouth” President Trump, I am going to ask them if they are going to pray for him that night; just like I did when they “bad-mouthed” President Obama. I am going to pray that our new president cares about all people, particularly the poor, the children, the oppressed, and the weak. I am going to pray that this will be a time of unparalleled prosperity.
I know that this will not be good enough for some, but it is where I am. I also believe, that it is where God wants me to be.
I know that this is too long, but it took it to say what I wanted to say.