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To Christians unhappy or critical of this year’s US presidential election result…

Donald TrumpDonald Trump’s campaign promises may indeed prove empty. Such a disappointment would certainly not be the first time in history. Or he may prove a tyrant, or instigator of war, or simply inept. He may even be the AntiChrist (though this is unlikely, for scripture hints that AntiChrist will be adored and lauded by all from his first public emergence, and the same can definitely not be said for Mr Trump). On past record, at best, or hopefully worst, he may be expected eventually to adequately fill the shoes of a hypocrite. Yet it is always preferable to be a hypocrite than an apostate, better to attempt much and fail in more, than attempt nothing, better to be a fool than a thief, better to pay lip service to God, than openly vex the saints. Thus, in the case of Trump’s election victory, a Christian must ask himself, “What then can I be thankful for, if not this?”, and assuming one prayed beforehand that God’s will would be done in the matter, “Is the outcome an answer to my prayers?”

As a Christian, my primary, indeed my only criterion in secular elections is the prolonging of freedom to preach the gospel on earth. I believe this to be the highest good and goal of mankind, and those who oppose it to be the most abominable and greatest enemies of man and God. In a more noble age we would have had presidential candidates (on either side) of a higher moral calibre, but we do not live in a noble age. Yet with Trump, if he delivers on his promises, Christians will get some of what we want and have particularly been praying for, namely a degree of protection and relief (however small) from Islam and from the politically correct forces who misguidedly seek to appease Islam and/or build a hedonistic utopia by gagging and culling Christians.

I felt as unhappy, unsafe, forsaken and scandalized living under two terms of Obama as many Christians now claim to feel under Trump, and for eight years I had to content myself with the solace of Romans 13:1-7, 1 John 5:14-15, and Mark 9:29. Thus a great many Christians, not just in America, but all around the world, and including myself, concluded that the Obama years and the attendant ascendancy and toleration of like regimes and ideologies which shamelessly promoted and protected the most hideous crimes committed against the loveliness of Christ and His Bride, were (with scriptural precedent) a divine judgment and a righteous chastisement and curse upon vapid 21st Century Christianity, and, feeling a personal failing and responsibility for that, many set about literally attending upon much prayer and fasting to a degree not seen in the church for fifty years or more. Thus these saints can now reasonably be entitled to believe that such an extraordinary (and widely predicted to be impossible) election result as the 2016 outcome is indeed either further chastisement and exhortation to further prayer and fasting (never a bad thing), or an answer consequent to their prayers, the stuff of miracles, as the raven feedeth the prophet, indeed, a reward to good and faithful servants.

On paper at least, a Trump presidency gives us, God’s saints, a respite not to be sniffed at, a new hope that the Word of the Lord may have free course and be glorified for at least the next four years, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men (2 Thess 3:1-2). It should be taken not as a license to complain, bemoan and despair, but as a challenge and opportunity for greater and higher personal service.

Overnight, on November 8th 2016, the world has been turned upside down, the mortar kicked from between the bricks, and barrier walls loosened, the deck reshuffled, the tidal flow reversed, and any perceived entrenched obstacle which may have hitherto hindered or restricted Christian ambition and activity has now (or will, following the inauguration next January) likely realign itself in the opposite direction to facilitate egress. If your yoke was hard and your burden heavy under Obama, could it honestly be more so under Trump? “But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows and saying, ‘We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented’. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He hath a devil’: The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners’. But wisdom is justified of her children. Then began Christ to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: ‘Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes” (Matthew 11:16-21).

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