The theological considerations of the US Presidential election held yesterday are again proven.
The “pundits” stated that President-elect Trump pulled off an unprecedented upset unlike any other in political history. From a human perspective, regardless of what political party one favors, this is true. However, that statement eliminates the power of God to do what we have been declaring all along was His sole prerogative: “But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases” (Psalm 115:3). This was demonstrated in the establishment of the rule of Pharaoh - God saying that He put Him into power (Romans 9:17). It was demonstrated in the rule of Nebuchadnezzar who God called “My servant” (Jeremiah 25:9). It was demonstrated in the rule of Pontius Pilate who Jesus said had been given authority “from above” (John 19:11). And Paul declares that all governing authority is placed into position by God (Romans 13).
These are theological realities that are obvious - regardless of whether it was Secretary Clinton or President-elect Trump that “came to office.” But there are many theological considerations that would have been true regardless of which candidate won the American Presidential election. Allow me to briefly do a theological “fly-by” and point out some other realities of theology:
- Bibliology (the doctrine of Scripture): the veracity of Scripture is once again displayed in our experience - “All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of earth; and no one can ward off His hand or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’” (Daniel 4:35). This is true whether it is Trump or Clinton.
- Theology Proper (the doctrine of God): God is sovereign over all things including the rulers that exercise their authority - even evil rulers - “For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur” (Acts 4:27-28). This is true whether it is Trump or Clinton.
- Christology (the doctrine of Christ): Jesus Christ is the King - the One who will rule in righteousness and truth. All temporal, regional, earthly rulers are inferior types of the ultimate Ruler who will reign in power and glory to fulfill the Word of God in every detail - “And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:14). The superiority of Christ is true whether it is Trump or Clinton.
- Pneumatology (the doctrine of the Holy Spirit): the restraining work of the Holy Spirit determines how far a society will be allowed to stray from the righteousness of God - whether a nation is “given over” to depraved minds. Given the party platforms, it is apparent that greater restraint exists in the pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-individual responsibility tenets represented by the Republicans. However, it may actually serve to intensify the public’s hostilities to morality and result in greater reprobation. The Holy Spirit’s role of restrainer is true whether it is Trump or Clinton.
- Anthropology (the doctrine of man): The problem with human government is that it is human. Man (woman) at his (her) best remains but a man (woman). Although we are created in the image of God, we are finite, dependent, and accountable people. All people, whether great or small, rich or poor, bond or free will give an account for what we do. This is true whether it is Trump or Clinton.
- Hamartiology (the doctrine of sin): God uses sinners to accomplish His purposes. There has never been a ruler who has not struggled with sin, iniquity, and his/her own depravity. We are all plagued by the same problem of sin and all tainted in judgment, counsel, and thinking. The POTUS is no exception and needs to be saved. This is true whether it is Trump or Clinton.
- Soteriology (the doctrine of salvation): Salvation does not come through economic policy, foreign policy, domestic policy, immigration policy, and any other policy adopted by an Administration. There is only one Messiah who is able to deliver mankind from the consequences of sin - that is Jesus Christ. We must not EVER look to mere men (or women) for deliverance from social or economic ills. Christ alone saves! This is true whether it is Trump or Clinton.
- Ecclesiology (the doctrine of the church): the church is NOT better off under one administration over another. We remain strangers and outcasts who are citizens of a better country in Heaven. Our mission remains the same as it has been for thousands of years - make disciples of all nations, including the USA. This is true whether it is Trump or Clinton.
- Eschatology (the doctrine of last things): We are told that in the last days perilous times will come and we are seeing such perilous, dangerous times! The promise of God to come for His church remains the hope of the believer - and it would be true whether it is Trump or Clinton.
Throughout this blog, I have sought to demonstrate that there is one determining factor in electing people to office: God’s purpose. As a believer, my life has not changed, nor has my responsibility changed. I am doing the same thing today as I was seeking to do yesterday: bring glory to Christ to those around me so that they might know Him and love Him as I do. May our confidence in God’s choice for POTUS be one in whom we are able to trust as we pray “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven!” It is the same prayer whether it was Trump or Clinton.