For the last little while I have been studying the book of Jeremiah and sharing my insights here. Jeremiah was a prophet who lived during Daniel's time and he was charged by God to warn the people of their impending destruction if they didn't repent and turn back to God. They refused to heed Jeremiah's warnings from God and their eventual destruction came at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, a man who did not acknowledge God at all, yet God used him for His own purposes. God sent Jeremiah to warn the people of what was going to happen to them if they didn't repent and turn from their sins, but they did not listen. We have not had a Jeremiah sounding an alarm of God's impending judgment, but we have been hearing the cry of Jesus' return and God's ultimate judgment for years. The warnings have always been there.
Which brings me to Donald Trump and his unexpected win as the next President. Christians are saying God put Him in power. Which is true. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power (Daniel 4:17; Daniel 2:21; Romans 13:1). He put Obama in power and unfortunately, He has also put Donald Trump in power.
During the last election, when Obama won Christians on the right wondered aloud why God didn't answer their prayers, while those on the left were thrilled that their prayers had been answered. This time however, the situation is reversed. The Democrats did not get their candidate elected and they are not accepting defeat gracefully, nor are they acknowledging the electoral process. Instead, they are behaving like children who, because they didn't get what they wanted, are throwing the biggest temper tantrum the world has ever seen before. How could God let someone like Donald Trump become President? Did God not hear the prayers of the Democrats or does He perhaps have something else in mind?
There is no question that Donald Trump is an arrogant man. In fact, many compare his attitude to that of King Nebuchadnezzar who bragged about how great he was (Daniel 4:28-30). Trump's rhetoric and election tactics are eerily similar to those of Hitler and there is a legitimate fear among Americans that Trump will run his government in much the same way that Hitler did. This is frightening to imagine, but I think we are forgetting something very important - as hard as it is to accept, even evil governments are put there by God (Romans 13:1). It may not be apparent why God appoints them, but appoint them He does. One hundred and fifty years before the birth of Cyrus the Great, God was already calling him by name and promising to set him on the throne of Persia (Isaiah 45:13). Cyrus was a pagan king who did not acknowledge God at all. Yet God’s sovereign plan included pagan kings like Nebuchadnezzar and Cyrus. One king would destroy the Jews' homeland and temple, and take them captive for seventy years. And the other would restore the Jews to their homeland and temple. Each had a purpose that God used them for to carry out His plans, despite whether they believed in God or not. And yes, God's plan even included evil kings like Herod the Great and Nero. In Romans 13:1 Paul said, "There is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God." This is an incredible statement when you realize that at the time Romans was written, Nero was rounding up Christians and lighting them up as torches for his garden. Yet Paul insisted God put Nero on his throne. This is a hard thought to digest. What good would God possibly have in giving such an evil man that kind of authority?
Well, for starters, Nero's persecution of Christians resulted in Christians being scattered and the gospel being spread. If there had been no persecution of Christians whatsoever, we would never have known about Jesus because the impact of any message about Him would have been lost. What about people like Hitler? How could someone who killed millions of people be part of God's plan? I think the better question to ask is, how can God turn evil that He knew was going to happen, into good? Why didn't he stop Hitler BEFORE he killed six million Jews? I don't know the answer to that, I only see the end result. Hitler's persecution of Jews ultimately resulted in them returning to their homeland and Israel becoming a nation again after more than 2000 years. Yes, these men were evil and at the time of their reign no one could fathom why or how God could place them in power. Nevertheless, God used their wickedness for His purposes.
In my book Unlocking the Truth of Daniel I take you throughout history to see how God's plan unfolded for the Jewish people. Prophecies made were fulfilled and yes, evil people brought destruction in their wake, but ultimately it would result in the birth of Jesus and redemption for mankind.
Which brings me back again to Donald Trump. There is one constant in the universe that we can cling to during these tumultuous times. God has a plan. He is still in control and Jesus is coming back. So how should Christians behave during these uncertain times? We must trust in God and accept the fact that He has placed Trump in power (for now) and God will use him for His purposes. Only time will tell what that will mean for the world.