There has been a lot of talk on both sides of the political aisle as to why Christians shouldn’t support Donald Trump. Unfortunately, “political” Christians often don’t support their argument with spiritual evidence.
With that in mind, we wanted to go straight to the Source to find the truth. The following five bible verses illustrate why it’s important to pray for and support the president whether you agree with him or not.
Let’s begin with the Book of Daniel
We may live in a representative democracy, but it is God’s authority that determines our leaders.
“He changes times and seasons-he removes kings and sets up kings-he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”
Whether he anointed Trump to be president or simply allowed it, all is according to His purpose. And as the next verse teaches, Christians are to respect their leaders.
The utter lack of respect for President Trump is a perfect example of political Christianity. Faith is a way of life, not a tool to bolster egos or disparage enemies.
“Give to everyone what you owe them. If you owe taxes, pay taxes, if revenue, then revenue, if respect, then respect, if honor, then honor.”
In other words, you don’t have to like or agree with Trump. Nevertheless, he is the president and therefore deserves respect. In another passage from Romans, Christians learn about obedience to government authority.
Similar to the previous verse, this passage teaches that to show respect believers must not be willfully resistant.
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad.”
Another thing the Bible calls Christians to do for their leaders in government is to pray for them.
1 Timothy 2:1-2
No man or woman, regardless of their job title, is perfect. Far too often people expect their government officials to be flawless.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”
Rather than ridiculing and pointing fingers, God encourages His children to pray for the change they desire. Yes, sometimes authority is unjust. And yet, the Bible teaches that Christians still must be obedient.
1 Peter 2:18-21
In the context of discussing President Trump, this verse is a lesson for both those who like him and those who don’t.
“You who are slaves must submit to your masters with all respect. Do what they tell you—not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are cruel. For God is pleased when, conscious of his will, you patiently endure unjust treatment.”
To sum it up, scripture teaches that Christians are to acknowledge that God puts people in power according to His plan.
To show respect for President Trump by submitting to his authority (decisions), praying for his success, and enduring his mistakes, is to be a faithful servant of the Lord.