‘Only in America’?

Well, it’s impossible not to be aware of the news/furore/excitement/dread about the Trump Presidency. Personally, I’m appalled by some of his character, speech and actions (both before and since the election). If I lived in the U.S.A. I would not have voted for him.

Many times I have read/heard others, or said myself that I don’t understand how Christians could vote for him … but now I think I can (at least, somewhat). One of the reasons why I didn’t understand how American Christians could vote for him was, simply, that I had not made enough effort to try and understand why they did. I have now read multiple Christians express their sadness/anger/disappointment about aspects of the Obama Presidency and fear about what a Clinton Presidency could bring; they said they felt that for eight years they had had their backs against the walls and been a oppressed minority. This might be hard for us to understand, but it seems there were many American Christians who felt like this. It is true that recently the U.S.A. (like many Western countries, including Australia) has become more hostile to Christian teaching and thinking on numerous areas.

So … the truth is not simple. If you are wanting to, or at least willing to, understand what happened in America more, I recommend this article by an Australian Christian: http://thinkingofgod.org/2016/11/trump-apocalypse-invitation-reflect/

Please do pray for Donald Trump and his government — not because you necessarily would have voted for him, or agree with everything he says and does (I hope you don’t), but because God, through the Apostle Paul, says we should pray for governments. And he said this about the totalitarian Roman Empire, and some of the Emperor’s make Trump look like a warm and fuzzy pussy cat! Paul says this because the cause of the gospel is a bigger deal than even who is in government, whether it be ‘our’ side or not. So please also pray for our governments.

I urge, therefore … that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Cameron Wills

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