I am one of those people who doesn’t necessarily care to watch the news. There is value in it, but as with anything, it is important to show care in how we feed ourselves with something. Still, it seems like for nearly a decade whenever I do happen to watch or read the news, there’s always some headline about the same man. Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States, and one of the most controversial men in, quite possibly, the history of the world. Sometimes the headlines are good, and other times they are bad. So rather than fight the trend, I’ve decided to look at this man from a biblical perspective and see what I can come up with.
Are there direct mentions or Mr. Trump?
The short answer is “maybe, but not likely.” Much is said about end times, and it’s quite possible this very controversial man could have some role in God’s plan, but there’s nothing I can pinpoint that makes me say, “Yeah, there he is! Right there!” That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a role to play. I mean, don’t we all fit into the big picture in some way? I don’t doubt that his actions as a politician have in many ways shaped the flow our our nation. In some ways, positive, and in other ways, not so good. Here’s the thing, I have never witnessed a perfect president. What I have always seen is a representation of humanity. Actually that is what I believe a president is supposed to be. A representation of humanity within a nation by an individual who exists as a steward of its people. Has he succeeded? I guess it comes down to who you ask.
Are there any indirect mentions of Mr. Trump?
Well yes! I believe there are indirect mentions of all of us in some way, as the Bible is inclusive as an elaborate love letter from God to mankind. It teaches us about God, His love for us, as well as His expectations.
But what about Trump? Well here are some scriptures that I believe apply to him:
Psalm 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
True to all of us, we have been fearfully and wonderfully made by God. We have been given life, and what we choose to do with that life is up to us. This includes Mr. Trump. God fearfully and wonderfully made this man, and has a purpose in his life. How this man’s life with continue to unfold is known by God, and I would have to believe there is some purpose in it. As we know, “…all things work for together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
At some point Mr. Trump was put into a position of power when he became president. We may or may not agree with his leadership, but within the scope of God’s plan, he was ordained to be there for a reason. If we look back at Jesus’ conversation with Pilate, we see a similar theme. Pilate asking Jesus, “…knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? (John 19:10). In response, “Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above:…” (John 19:11).
We can look at this from various angles. Pilate was doing something that seemed wrong and unfair, but at the same time, it was part of God’s plan for Jesus to die for us. If Pilate had not been ordained, maybe the results would have been different, but they were as God ordained. He was were he needed to be when he was supposed to be there. I believe the same has been true of Trump. He was ordained by God to be president during his time, just as Joe Biden is currently ordained to be in that position. Why? Well, I don’t fully understand, but God has a plan.
Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
Okay, I had to include this one. He had “rule” as president, and I think it would be a fair observation that Mr. Trump has at times declared his faith in God, as well as his belief in scripture. So what about the last part? Considering the end of his conversation. I think it would be a fair assessment that Trump has quite possibly been the most verbally opinionated president of all time. Maybe even the most verbally opinionated politician, and that may even be putting it softly. Good or bad? I’m not here to pass judgment on him, so I’ll let you decide.
Convincing Others “Trump” is in The Bible
With the right spin, just about anything can be made to work. So here are two scriptures you can use if you just want to find something to argue about with your friends. “Trump” has been spotted twice in the Bible, and after this, no one will be able to convince you otherwise.
1 Cor 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1 Thess 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
And there you have it! “Trump” is in the Bible twice, and when that day comes, there will certainly be plenty of noise to be heard!
God has a plan for all of us. He has had it since long before we were born. We have been beautifully crafted in the image of God. All of us! This includes those we love, and those who we dislike. It includes those who were agree with, and those who may be at odds with. The thing is, God knows what He’s doing.
As far as Mr. Trump goes. I wish God’s best for him, as with all our leaders and politicians. Even when there is disagreement, I want to be known as someone who supports those ordained by God. Supporting doesn’t always mean we must agree, but rather attempting to give our best, so as to contribute to better outcomes.
With that all being said, please remember to pray for our leaders and our nation. Pray for each other as well, as we all fit into scripture because we all exist as God’s creations, in a world created by Him, and the Bible is the book that tells that story of the Creator’s relationship with us. Thank you for reading and God bless.