I’ll interrupt my series because something must be said about President Trump’s statements yesterday regarding immigrants from developing nations. Since the election of Donald Trump, I’ve committed myself to being guided by 1 Peter 2:17 and similar passages. I avoid criticizing the president himself because of this passage. I’m also aware that such statements tend to be seen as partisan, as if I were supporting another party or candidate.
But with all the uproar from yesterday’s vulgar remarks, I want to state a few things clearly, directing my remarks to Christians who live in the U.S.:
- If the only thing about the president’s remarks that bothers you is the fact that he used a vulgarity, then something is very wrong.
- If you’re willing to explain away the president’s remarks because you agree with his politics, something is very wrong.
- The United States is not a church and should not be expected to act like one. But we Christians are the church, 24/7, and must never forget that.
- If greatness for one country comes at the expense of other peoples, then we Christians cannot promote such greatness. We are Kingdom people first and members of some nation of this world second.
Much more could be said. Probably should be said. But it’s hard for me to say much more without violating the principles I wrote about in the first paragraph.
Pray for Africa. Pray for Haiti. Pray for all the nations of this world. May God make this world great again.