Yesterday, on January 20, 2017, a business man and former reality TV star became president of the United States of America. Nobody saw it coming. Ever since Donald J. Trump announced his candidacy on June 16, 2015, the USA, and especially the GOP, has experienced many conflicting feelings. When he announced his candidacy, most thought it was a publicity stunt. Throughout the primaries and even when he became the Republican nominee, he was constantly derided. As November 8 came closer, the GOP slowly began accepting him despite many incriminating allegations. By the time he won the election, two contrasting reactions swept over the nation. Democrat protesters gathered around Trump Tower in an act of defiance. Republican supporters cheered still not believing they won.
So I think it's safe to say that Donald Trump is divisive. Extremely divisive. Democrats have always seen him as a scourge. Republicans, though they rejected him before, now see him as a new hope. Everyone has a strong opinion about him. And there lies the problem.
There's so much focus on the man. Everyone is watching his every move. It came to the point that when you thought of politics in 2016 you thought of Trump. Even now, news websites have been criticizing his every move from his cabinet choices to his tweets. It's no wonder that he seemed very serious, even humbled, during the days between his election and inauguration. Of course, the attention is expected. The President is the most powerful man in the United States. Or is he?
Do the President's decisions actually change you as a person? Of course, he can propose or veto bills, but doesn't a series of checks and balances exist? I mean, how many people are there in Washington who are fighting to realize ideals of their own? And when you actually look at what the President can or can't do, it can be surprising. Of course, the President does have a lot of responsibilities. And he does have a lot of power. But can we actually call him the hope (or scourge) of the free world? Is it even right to put our hope in one man?
The Bible says in Psalm 37:39-40, "But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him." Doesn't God sound like someone who you can hope in? Doesn't He sound a bit more infallible than a former reality TV star? This is the God of the universe you're talking about. He made everything (Genesis 1:1). He is sovereign over all (Jeremiah 32:17). Even over the actions of a business magnate turned United States President. So whether you love or hate President Donald J. Trump, remember this: Don't put your hope in men. Put your hope in God.