In light of all the drama and high emotions, it appears President Donald Trump has caused many people like rapper Eminem to become quite vocal about their negative feelings towards him. From the political arena to elementary schools, we hear people hurling insults and criticisms at Trump without shame or regard to his position in the White House.
He’s seen by many as a man who has divided America more than any other U.S. president, and his attempts to “Make America great again” seem to be a cattle call for blatant white supremacy to step out boldly from among the shadows—seemingly with a green light from him while he boldly condemns those who stand against it. Hidden racism that was forced underground over recent decades has now been given a modern foothold.
With that said, I’ve noticed some Christians vocalize that it’s not godly to speak against the president and to pray for and support him. Americans who are against racism, classism, sexism and any other ‘ism Trump has exhibited have plenty to shout, kneel, protest and rap about in “rebuke” to him.
After all, America is all about freedom of speech, right? This is a law of our land. Yet Christians proclaim that to speak against our president is wrong. I beg to differ. Certainly we, as believers, are to practice righteousness and follow our local laws as long as they don’t offend God’s, so this would include freedom of speech.
A fellow brother in Christ of mine brought up Acts 23:1-5 in a Facebook conversation about this. In humility, Paul quotes Exodus 22:28 where he says not to curse the ruler of your people after he went off on a high priest. So some could agree that we shouldn’t be disrespectful. But also, scriptures like Psalm 10:18 and Isaiah 1:17 teach us to learn to do right; seeking justice, standing up for the fatherless, the poor and the oppressed. These scriptures tell us to defend others and take up their causes.
Men like Dr. King and those within the civil rights movement knew how to speak with respect while demanding change and holding leadership accountable. Today, people are just flat-out angry. Ephesians 4:26 says to be angry, but to not sin within that anger. When a leader seems more invested in social media battles, calling Mexicans violent drug dealers and Puerto Rico a nuisance, than the deaths and oppression of his own citizens, then it’s no surprise when voices rise against him like we have just seen with Eminem.
In Luke 19 Jesus said even the stones would cry out if His disciples stayed quiet! This account was in regard to His disciples praising Him over the miracles they’d seen. Are we so mousey that we won’t glorify God by calling out the sin of our leadership in the same Spirit as John the Baptist when he called out Herod’s sinfulness? Was John wrong? No. So is what Eminem and others say against Trump biblically offensive as many Christians believe?
Let’s take a look at 2 Samuel 16:5-14. In this biblical account, King David says that it was God who sent Shimei to hurl those curses at him:
“When King David came to Bahurim, there came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera, and as he came he cursed continually. And he threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David, and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. And Shimei said as he cursed, “Get out, get out, you man of blood, you worthless man! The Lord has avenged on you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned, and the Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. See, your evil is on you, for you are a man of blood.”
Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head.” But the king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord has said to him, “Curse David,” who then shall say, “Why have you done so?’” And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “Behold, my own son seeks my life; how much more now may this Benjaminite! Leave him alone, and let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. It may be that the Lord will look on the wrong done to me, and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing today.” So David and his men went on the road, while Shimei went along on the hillside opposite him and cursed as he went and threw stones at him and flung dust. And the king, and all the people who were with him, arrived weary at the Jordan. And there he refreshed himself.”
So what do you think after reading this passage? 1 Corinthians 10:23 tells us that everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial or edifying. Whether people believe President Trump is guilty of certain things or not, the Lord isn’t ignorant of him either way. The Lord is likely aware of every curse and may even biblically be behind some of them. I’m sure some of our readers may disagree. However, we can’t begin to know for sure what lessons the Lord is attempting to teach our leader. So yes, continue praying for Trump.
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