I did not vote for the new US President, but I am praying for him. In this time of uncertainty and division in our nation, I pray that President Trump will humble himself and preserve God’s commandments. I pray that he will make his ear attentive to God's wisdom and incline his heart to understanding. Anything else would be a disaster. While writing this, my thoughts are veering to David from the Old Testament as I discuss similarity and contrasts.
While still a boy, David was esteemed by King Saul because David served the King with sincerity. but when David's prosperity became so extensive after slaying the giant, Saul's suspicion and mistreatment of the boy grew. David longed to serve God long before and during his reign over Israel as their Monarch. History reminds us that David was a gifted composer of Psalms prompting his greatness, but we must also remember that he was merely a man, plagued with flaws in his character. He swung between extremes. On one side, he was strong in battle, but weak at home. He was a man of triumph and then faced tragedy and failure in his reign. While still a boy, David was esteemed by King Saul because David served the King with sincerity. but when David's prosperity became so extensive, Saul's suspicion and mistreatment of the boy increased. Though David was seen as a hero, his life became difficult to endure, but through it all, he continued to serve God.
Returning back now to my thoughts of President Trump. I sincerely pray that he longs to serve God as he leads our nation. However, I have not seen any attributes of a Christian life in this new president. Instead, I hear his vulgar comments about women. The main similarity to David is that President Trump is also plagued with flaws of character, many of them. President Trump is more like a man-child who has no control over his tweeting impulses.
While campaigning, he continually speaks lowly about women, ethnic groups, status groups, etc. Whenever I listened to his rhetoric, my mind raced back to a time when I was bullied by a former spouse, so you can understand why I recognize him for what he is, a bully. Unfortunately, his thoughtless words push away the very people he should be listening to as they voice their genuine concerns. For some reason, Donald Trump has a charismatic gift of drawing a certain type of people to him with his exuberant promises. So, on inauguration day, we wait to hear a unifying message of hope. Instead, we hear his slogan of, 'making America great again' followed by, "This American carnage stops right here and stops right now." Simultaneously, he goes low and purposely excludes many through his divisive message. These are the very people that are holding onto hope that our new President cares about everyone in America. Apparently, this is not so.
I cannot grasp what his agenda might be for he is a man contrary to reason. My question is this; What will this great America look like if he continues to exclude and disenfranchise women and minorities? As a woman and senior citizen, I remember the progress made with regard to equality for women and minorities over the decades. Will equality suddenly regress or even disappear as a has-been from the past?
In office since Friday, January 20th, 2017, President Trump still has not attempted to unify our nation. He continues to be more concerned with his ratings. I suppose I should not be surprised, considering how he has handled things up to this point.
In conclusion, because I respect the office of President, I will continue to pray for him. I pray that he will turn to God for guidance. I pray that he will long to serve God. In the mean time, I will continue to stay alert, fight for change, and fight injustice, as I walk in faith and God's love.
Update February 12, 2017:
Robert Reich recently wrote the following opinion on Facebook;
"In just the first 3 weeks of his presidency, Trump and his henchmen have conducted major assaults on civil liberties, open government, freedom of the press, religious freedom, the independence of the courts, and government ethics." [Robert Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration,]
[Mr. Reich's startling opinion tells me that we must continue to stay alert and continue to pray for this president. I pray that he humble himself before God, that he follow God's commandments, that he seek peace rather than division, and that he preserve America's civil liberties by treating all citizens fairly. Please keep in mind that this is merely my opinion}
Kathy Goodhew, author
I sense a need for something greater than self. So, I am led by Christ's love to be an encourager as I share about His faithfulness and grace.