For these past two weeks, Donald John Trump has officially been President of the United States of America and Michael Pence has been Vice President. This came from enormous effort by Mr. Trump himself and many supporters. I believe it also shows intervention by God in answer to prayer by Christians saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Not only has Mr. Trump overcome repeated predictions of failure, in the process he repeatedly set milestones of voter registration and participation which were called "unprecedented." It was predicted that he was not a serious candidate and would withdraw. It was predicted that he would fail to become the Republican nominee and would instead run independently and ruin Republican chances of achieving the White House or Congressional majorities. It was predicted that he could "never" defeat Hillary Clinton. We see what has come of those predictions.
The predictions of failure and the obstructive efforts of his political opponents continue. We need to continue to pray for our President and for all those in the many positions of authority at multiple levels who together govern our nation.
His executive order to temporarily limit immigration from seven countries involved in the conflict with Islamic State radicalism has been blocked by a federal judge in Washington state and called "illegal" and "unconstitutional," at least in part because it affects Muslim-majority countries. What we need to bear in mind is that the true religious hate and religious discrimination is in the aims of the Islamic State organization to set up a Caliphate to carry forward their goal of attacking and killing or subjugating whoever is not a Muslim or a sufficiently dedicated one. The fact that the Muslim religion itself is having internal problems between these Sunni radicals and the Shi'ites does not lessen the focus which Islamic State itself has put upon making their conflict religious. Some may call it "childish" to say that, "They started it," but they did.
Much of what we face now is the "legacy" of a President who for eight years gave every conceivable advantage to Muslims whenever he could. Whenever there was a choice between one or more Muslims benefiting or somebody else, it was always the Muslims whom he favored. (If there are exceptions, they are few.) The establishment and existence of the Islamic State movement can be attributed to how we handled our withdrawal of troops from Iraq by announcing it well in advance and then leaving exactly when we said. The existence of arguments against whether we should have been there in the first place, or whether we still should be there, did not make certain basic principles of military strategy go away. We neglected to observe them and they held true whether we wanted them to or not.
I do not have the academic or political credentials to prove that the present situation can ultimately be blamed on how the League of Nations handled the breakup of the Ottoman Empire, early in the twentieth century. I can point out that the idea of making one country out of Iraq with its bitterly opposed factions of Sunnis and Shi'ites and Kurds came from the League of Nations, which placed it under the United Kingdom's authority as the British Mandate of Mesopotamia. Sir Winston Churchill, in his early government career, was involved in this Mesopotamian mess and was known to have asked when Britain would be getting out of the "quagmire." One reason Saddam Hussein came to power was that Western governments decided he had the strong hand needed to bring things under control and supported him. Once we overthrew him, things became a quagmire again.
As a nation, we now face an enemy which has stated its plans to infiltrate us and wage a campaign of terror from within. They are not fighting by "our" rules. They have made the rules of this conflict and one of those rules is that their quarrel with the United States, and other countries, is religious. We cannot avoid this as a factor in trying to screen out their efforts at infiltration. We have to deal with it. President Trump has tried to do that and been obstructed.
While I believe that being a Christian and trusting in Scripture involves seeing things certain ways, I must still acknowledge that seeing things differently does not mean someone is not a Christian. Whatever our views and opinions of how Trump should govern the nation, all of us who put our faith in Christ should obey what the Word of God says in [I Timothy 2]. Our prayers may not agree. That is no surprise to God. He can deal with it. But we need to pray for President Trump and the Cabinet Secretaries and Congress. If we feel we need to pray for God to restrain and redirect the President or others, we should do so. But we should genuinely recognize God as the answer to our problems.
President Trump has shown that he has a way of disproving the pundits who criticize him. He may well keep doing so. The important thing is whether God hears our prayers to give him wisdom and perseverance. Paul said that the blessing which comes from praying diligently for those in authority is the ability to live peaceable lives in "all godliness and honesty." Few of us would disagree that we want that. We need to labor in prayer if we want it to happen. Whatever our views.
A Christian man living in Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA. Came under conviction in 1978 or 1979 to begin believing the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Came to saving faith in Christ in October 1982 by confessing I was a sinner by nature and only Christ could save me.