I’m not sure how liberal Christians interpret Romans chapter 13 in the Bible, but I’ll tell you how I interpret it, based on the English Standard Version: God decides who is in authority and who is not. He places those in positions of authority for our benefit. Our job is to submit to them, pray for them and show them respect. That’s it. It says that those who resist them resist what God has appointed and will incur God’s judgment as a result, and that the only people who need be afraid of someone in authority are those who plan on doing wrong.
That means that God chose Donald Trump to be President, not we the voters, even though God worked through us in the process. It means that God intends to use Donald Trump for our good. Our job is to submit to Donald Trump, pray for him and show him the respect due someone who holds the office of President. It means that if we resist Donald Trump, we are going against what God intends and will receive His wrath as a result, and that the only people that need to be afraid of Donald Trump are those who plan on breaking the law.
So, let me ask you: Are the people who have been rioting in the streets of our cities and shutting down our college campuses following God’s command in Romans chapter 13? Have they been submitting to the President-elect – or at least to the will of the people who elected him – praying for him and showing him the respect due someone just elected to the office of President? Have they been respecting the police and others in authority? If not, then why are some Christians, including pastors, defending what these people have been doing?
I’ll tell you how my friends and I view the election results: God is Sovereign. If Donald Trump had not won, God would still be Sovereign. If Hillary Clinton were the new President-elect, my friends and I would not be rioting in the streets. Know why? Because we believe that God is Sovereign – that HE is in control – not to mention the fact that we have jobs to go to. We don’t need to worry. We don’t need to be afraid. And we certainly don’t need to riot.
Anyway, pretty much everything that the rioters have been saying are lies that were spread during the election. Would Donald Trump REALLY have a black woman as vice president of his company if he were against women and people of color? REALLY? Tell me how that would work. Would he REALLY have so many people of different backgrounds – Hispanics, gays, Muslims, you name it – working on his campaign, working for his company and now working on his new administration, if he were as prejudiced and Xenophobic as was claimed in the election? REALLY?
As Romans 13 says, the only people that need to fear a Trump administration are those who plan on doing wrong – i.e., those who plan on breaking the law. Aren’t those the people we WANT to be afraid – the people planning on breaking into our houses? The people planning on stealing our identities? The people planning on bombing our cities, airports and schools?
Trump will be tough on crime. For everyone else, he will help to rebuild our urban neighborhoods and infrastructure, our manufacturing, our health care system, our schools, our trade – everything that is currently failing and keeping America from being great. Isn’t that what we want? God will use Trump to carry out HIS plans – not Trump’s – as He has used so many other imperfect people in the past. As FDR, another imperfect man, very similar to Trump, and used by God for good, once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Amen.