I haven’t participated in Five Minute Friday with Kate Motaung in ages. I needed to do some decluttering in my life – not only of my things, but of my thoughts, my wishes, my dreams. It is easy for me to get caught up in all of my big ideas and have too many that it is unable to keep up with any of them. Can you relate? Anyway, writing is sticking around. So without further ado, here is my first FMF post of 2017.
This week’s prompt: Refine
I’m not going to beat around the bush. I did not vote for Donald Trump. Frankly, I sometimes used the hashtag #neverTrump. But I don’t want to talk about that here. Not really. I just need you to know where I’m coming from.
After the election, a friend sent me a petition to sign. I assumed it was a request to Trump to step down, because what else could be circulating after such a divisive election? I was wrong.
It was a promise to pray for President Trump. A promise to pray regularly for him that he would use his power to promote justice, peace, and goodness. That he would come to God in a spirit of humility and repentance. That he would be blessed.
It was the exact opposite of what I anticipated. I signed.
Weeks went by and then Psalm 72 popped up in my devotional reading. It says,
Endow the king with your justice, O God,
the royal son with your righteousness.
May he judge your people in righteousness,
your afflicted ones with justice…
For he will deliver the needy who cry out,
the afflicted who have no one to help.
He will take pity on the weak and the needy
and save the needy from death.
He will rescue them from oppression and violence,
for precious is their blood in his sight.
(Psalm 72:1-2, 12-14, emphasis mine)
My heart cried out, Yes!
Yes, may President Trump be a man who does not seek merely the good of the wealthy, the white, the powerful, but may he care for the needy. May he bring justice to the ones who are afflicted. May he rescue them from oppression. From violence. From unrighteousness.
These evils stem from many places in this world. May our president stand up to them and lift the poor with him.
And may we be refined as we pray for him. May our hearts which may be bitter against him or other political rulers, learn not to be hardened in hatred, but skim away the hatred, Lord, so that we can love well. So that we can be agents of Good.
And above all – and here is where I trust all Christians must turn to – we recognize that no ruler was ever meant to rule the whole world. But rather Jesus came in humility to bring about justice and to save all people from this fallen world.
So, yes, bless President Trump, God. With your wisdom. Your justice. Your love. Your grace. Have mercy on us, Lord.
And may “all nations be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed” – both our President, but ultimately our God-King Jesus Christ. (Psalm 72:17)