No matter your political view stick with me on this.
A little back ground first.
In my twenties I read a book that expressly says when we are looking at someone unfavorably—that is not how God see them.
At the time I was really struggling with liking my mom. I actually disdained her. That is ugly but it is true. One day she came to my door and I was seething inside. Suddenly the Holy Spirit prompted me “ How you see your mom is not how God is looking at her.” I took a few deep breaths and tried to imagine how God saw my mom. He saw her goodness and willing / loving heart for God and her family. He saw His daughter whom He loved.
I was all set to write about this experience and the quote that brought me to it. But then this idea hit me “How does God see Donald Trump?”
Could God be looking at Donald the way He looked at my mom? Seeing the good things? Not wanting anyone to perish…was God watching Donald’s moves and holding out hope for the best to happen? Is God up there letting Donald make mistakes just like He lets me make mistakes?
There are no sliding scale on sin. And there is NO sliding scale on God’s love for His children.
I want to be angry with this because I disagree with President Trump on most everything. I want to think that God sees his errors and will hold him accountable. I want to say I don’t believe Donald is a Christian and that it is all for show when he goes to church. I can’t imagine how a true believer would treat other races as vile as the words the president tweets.
But God is not looking at him like that. And it’s a good thing for Mr. Trump that I am not God. My ugliness in my heart is a reflection on me. It shows where I need to stretch and grow; where I need to show more grace. And that I am living in opposition most days of the directive to pray for our leaders.
SO…REGARDLESS of my feelings and thoughts, God sees Donald Trump as another one of those He does not want to perish. God is working out Donald’s salvation in his own way. President Trumps accountability will be at the end of times just like my own.
And if I am held to be accountable for all that I have done wrong, I have a lot of repenting still to do that should be keeping me too busy to harbor ill feelings For Mr. Trump.
I can vote anyway I want to, write letters, even protest. But harboring negative thoughts towards him only hurts me. It does not change any of the situations we are presented with.
I’ll close with this verse which backs me up:
Matthew 5:21-22 New Living Translation (NLT)
Teaching about Anger
21 “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ 22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone,] you are in danger of the fires of hell.
Until Next Time~
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