So What if People Hate President Trump

Posted on January 31, 2020

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By David Ettinger

The Reality
Let’s face it, about half the country hates President Trump. Okay, now what? We’ve been living with this reality for the past 3+ years. It’s only going to get worse.

With the hatred, exhibiting this hatred has been getting more excessive, particularly on social media and TV, where liberal news stations love mocking the President and his followers.

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I find these displays of animosity amusing, and don’t give them much heed. People in America are allowed to express their opinions, and no one should be surprised when those with opposing views criticize, and even hate, officials on the other side of the political spectrum.

Christian Venting
What does bother me, however, is seeing my social-media friends getting so upset about it. I can’t understand why people I know to be evangelical Christians who truly love the Lord Jesus Christ get so worked up over anti-President Trump remarks.

In the same vein, I couldn’t understand why these same believers would sling so much venom at his predecessor, Barack Obama. Yes, I too was against the great majority of his policies, but rather than condemn, I chose to obey Scripture, that believers should be praying for their political leaders, no matter who they are.

Here are three verses in particular:

  • “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
  • “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor” (1 Peter 2:17).
  • “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God” (Romans 13:1).

Please be aware that the ruling power at the time these verses were written was Rome, which was killing Christians. I took these verses to heart and made the very active decision to pray for then-President Obama rather than hurl fury and hatred at him. I chose to pray for his salvation and leave it at that. It saved me a lot of churning in my stomach. And besides, President Obama wasn’t killing Christians.

Missing the Point
Now three years into his presidency, President Trump continues to receive the same kind of vitriol from unbelievers which many Christians heaped upon President Obama. And it’s all so senseless. Why is it so senseless? Because it’s politics. Nothing more. Politics is “nothing more” because politics can’t save the souls of lost human beings.

And this is where Christians are missing the point. Because life is eternal – that is, extending everlastingly following this short time of Earth – we are to be thinking eternally, especially when it comes to the souls of men and women.

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What does it matter if you win arguments against liberals and convince them that conservatism is right, abortion and the gay lifestyle are wrong, and that the Republican way of spending is much more fiscally sound, but never touch issues of the soul?

So what if you can turn every unbeliever you know into a supporter of President Trump while at the same time never delving into spiritual issues. If this is the case, you’ve accomplished nothing.

What it’s All About
For believers, it’s all about salvation – that is, telling a lost and dying world that though they are perishing in their sins, there is a way out, a way of salvation. God the Father sent God the Son – the Lord Jesus Christ – into the world to die for their sins. If they accept Jesus’ atonement for their sin, they will have eternal life in paradise. If not, they will have eternal existence in flames.

It’s that simple. So what, Christian, if people hate President Trump. This does not affect their souls. Hating or loving the Lord Jesus Christ – that’s what it’s all about!

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