Friday, January 27, 2017

Not by might, nor by power...

John Piper has written this fine article on how Christians should react to living in a nation with a morally unqualified president.

Donald Trump is unqualified in other ways, too. In fact, he's unqualified in just about every way I can think of. But it's good to be reminded that Christianity began under rulers who were far worse than Donald Trump and that the witness of the Church thrives not on power, but on weakness.

The real danger comes from Christians who think that power is the goal, and who are under the impression that in President Trump the Church has achieved it.

Within the next week, the president is expected to announce a pro-life choice to replace the late, great Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Anthony Kennedy is expected to retire in the next year or so. The one positive in the election of Donald Trump is that it may well transform the Court and give the Constitution as written a fighting chance to survive the attempts of the Left to continue its pattern of amending it by judicial fiat. We should be grateful for that and praise Mr. Trump when he does something praiseworthy just as we criticize and oppose him when he does the opposite.

And we should pray for him. He frightens the living daylights out of me. But that's all the more reason why I need to pray for him, just as Paul urged the Christians of his day to pray for Nero, who didn't even have Mr. Trump's upside.

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