• Evangelist Genikwa Williams

On the Trump Win...

I believe that I and many others awoke this morning feeling like Job in the Bible: "What we feared most has come upon us" (see Job 3:25 in context). I’m still in shock! It's unfathomable to me how someone who spewed out so much hatred, bigotry, and misogyny could actually come in as strong as Trump did to win the presidency of the United States of America. But it has happened. When President Obama was elected as this country's first black president, we celebrated because the win demonstrated victory over years of systemic evil and widespread racial division. It was, in many minds, the fulfillment of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's dream that his kids would eventually "not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Today, we see another man who has presumably not been judged by the color of his skin but by the content of his "character." To me, Trump’s "character" is one of darkness, for as the Lord admonishes, "out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks" (see Matt. 12:34; Luke 6:45). And even though those who voted him in may not fully support Trump's policies or share his views and feelings about various people groups, it’s still the case that someone of his "character" has won over the people of America and is headed to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This outcome is certainly a wake-up call to the real state of our union. For those of us who call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is also a clear mandate to step up our game. Trump may be our president, but Jesus Christ is our Lord and King, and the Lord has commanded us to go into all the world and make disciples of people everywhere (see Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15). An encounter with the Risen Savior is what is needed to change people's hearts, minds, and characters. We are the ones to help people have such encounters by spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and actively changing our culture from the poorhouse and whorehouse to the White House. Ultimately, Job came to realize that he is nothing and knows nothing apart from an all-seeing, all-knowing God. And we, too, must realize that even though we've experienced the worst, those of us who call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, will be restored through our faith. But we can’t only be concerned with ourselves. Restoration for others is going to come through our repentance, prayer, and godly activity, just as it did for Job's friends in the Bible (see Job 42; also, see 2 Chron. 7:14). Four years with Trump may seem like an impossible fate, but we know that all things work together for good for God's children (see Rom. 8:28). So let's really start being the salt and light that Jesus told us to be (see Matt. 5:13-16). Let's pray more, but let’s also engage this society at every level, so that we can influence people and systems for Christ. Firmly in His grip, Evangelist Genikwa Williams Thanking God for strength for today and trusting Him for bright hope for tomorrow...


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