This the third installment in my series on the President in the Age of Distinction. In previous posts, I’ve covered many of the differing views of people, mainly Christians as it relates to the president and whether he’s believed to be a present-day type of David or even an instrument of God in this nation. Today I want to share some thoughts as they relate to some of the views of those who have compared him to a modern-day Cyrus, who was a King during the days of Israel’s exile.
It is interesting to note that among the many people who have made the comparison between President Trump and the Persian King Cyrus, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is one, according to a report in The Times of Israel. If anyone would know a Cyrus type from a historical perspective, I believe that the Prime Minister of the very nation that Cyrus ruled over might have a unique one.
Historical accounts speak of King Cyrus as a pagan ruler whom God used through a divine plan to release the Jewish people back to their native land and rebuild the temple and the walls of Jerusalem. You’d think that at the very least, Christians who don’t particularly ascribe to President Trump as being a type of David, as other Christians have proposed, could at least get behind the notion of him being a Cyrus type.
Proverbs 21: states that “A king’s heart is like a channeled water in the Lord’s hand: He directs it wherever He chooses.” This verse gives great indication that God is fully capable of using anyone for His purpose. Yet, many Christians cringe at the very thought that God would use President Trump for His purpose. This seems so hypocritical when on any given Sunday it is preached across pulpits that God will use anyone or anything, “even a donkey.”
Again, in looking at Cyrus, God used him in the ultimate plan of releasing His people from Babylonian exile, to return to Israel and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem (see the Book of Nehemiah) and to restore the temple (see the Book of Ezra).
It is so amazing that people are so critical of President Trump because of his past when so many other presidents were not perfect men before, during, or after leaving office. Yet, they all hold to some degree a measure of favor and honor.
The great challenge that exists today with President Trump is that at the very least, Christians should be able to pray for the president. 1 Timothy 2:1 states that “First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made FOR EVERYONE, for KINGS and ALL in AUTHORITY… (emphasis mine).“ While we don’t have a literal king here in the United States, the phrase kings and all in authority makes it clear that it applies to everyone who has a ruling or leadership position; governmental or otherwise.
There are those who like to quote Proverbs 29:2 which says, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” There are so may who want to throw President Trump into the category of wicked because of what they’re listening to in the news, while forgetting that for decades everyone wanted to be his friend. What many Christians get stuck on is the word righteous, as though it is a word that is exclusive to only Christians or those who have professed the name of Jesus as Lord of their life.
However, righteous is defined as “acting in accord with divine or moral law” according to Merriam-Webster. A biblical view of the word righteous is “just, right, correct, or lawful as it pertains to government, one’s cause, or in relationship to one’s character and conduct” as is noted in the Strong’s Concordance. That description does not isolate or make righteousness the exclusive nature of Christians. In fact, the very first occurrence of the word righteous in the KJV Bible is in reference to Noah.
If you’ve even taken a moment’s glance to see everything that President Trump has done since he took the oath of office, it has been to ensure that the rule of law applies to all Americans equally and that justice truly is for all; including respect for the military and local, state, and federal officers and first responders. He has worked tirelessly to secure the relationship between this nation and Israel. He has also gone so far as to promote freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the securing of economic and educational freedom. These are but a few things that you would think any Christian could champion and celebrate.
The work that has gone forth in the area of freedom of religion should be enough alone to bring Christians together to now turn attention to re-building the moral fiber of the nation. So much of the church has been torn down by the abdication of her authority to be a voice of righteousness in the culture. The leaven of the Pharisaical thinking has permeated the church and caused her to not be to the nation what she was ordained and purposed to be. You may choose to see President Trump as a modern-day Cyrus or not. However, the choice the Church in America has today is to live according to scripture and pray, and be the Church as God called the Church in America to be.
Now is the time to return to our proverbial Jerusalem to rebuild the walls of faith and the temple. We are His people; walking, living epistles and temples of the Holy Spirit. It’s time to start acting like it. Let’s be the Church.
QUESTION: How are you seeing President Trump in this #AgeOfDistinction? Has it changed?