2 Samuel 1:1-16 (Part 3) – Even Donald Trump Is Part of God’s Plan: Thus, We Pray

Posted: May 3, 2018 in Book of 2 Samuel
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2 Samuel 1:1-16 (Part 3 of 3)
David Learns of Saul’s Death

Not my president! That’s the battle cry of many in American society today. There are those who have disdain for Donald Trump no matter what he does. Everything is picked apart that he says or does in ways that I have not seen since the Nixon years when I was a little guy. I was ages 6-12 while Nixon was in office and did not fully grasp the early part of his presidency but certainly do remember his re-election, the scandal of Watergate, and his resignation. Not since Nixon has their been a president that has so divided the nation into two camps with defined boundaries beyond which each camp will not pass.

Even though the economy is as steady as ever and he has generated no administrative regulations or attempted to pass no legislation that would abridge the rights of any American, to hear some tell it, Donald Trump has the country on the brink of economic disaster and on a return to the days of slavery and oppression. He represents everything putrid to the liberal camp and everything he does, as I said, is examined and examined to find a flaw to bring out. I have often joked with friends that, for the liberals, even if Donald Trump was holding and bottle feeding a refugee baby from an impoverished, war-torn, third world country, the liberals would somehow find a way to make it offensive to them.

On the other side of the political spectrum, the conservatives, in an attempt to hold sway with the American public, defends Trump to the ground against the liberal attacks. No matter the stupid and inane things that a President should just not say, they defend him. Even when he makes remarks that makes me just scratch my head as to why he picks the fights that don’t need fighting, they defend him. If Trump was holding and bottle feeding a refugee baby from an impoverished, war-torn third world country, the conservatives would nominate him for sainthood with the Catholic Church the next day. Even though someone should take away this man’s Twitter account because nothing he says is vetted by his handlers there, they defend him. Even though the most reasonable man would see Trump as an egomaniac who ran for President just to add that feather to his cap and won the election with no agenda other than to tell people what they wanted to hear, they defend him as if he is the clarion of the conservative cause.

Where should we as Christians land on this issue of the divisive Mr. Trump? That was the question that came to mind as I pondered this passage of Scripture this morning for the third read of three reads. This morning, I thought about why David had the messenger killed. The messenger claimed to have killed Saul himself. He lied of course. Saul killed himself rather than face capture by the Philistines. What was the purpose of killing the messenger? That idea of the need for this killing reminded me of how our country is right now. One side would rather kill Trump and the other side would rather nominate him for sainthood. How does the Trump situation line up with this passage? Let’s read this passage, 2 Samuel 1:1-16 now and find out:

1 After the death of Saul, David returned from his victory over the Amalekites and spent two days in Ziklag. 2 On the third day a man arrived from Saul’s army camp. He had torn his clothes and put dirt on his head to show that he was in mourning. He fell to the ground before David in deep respect.

3 “Where have you come from?” David asked.

“I escaped from the Israelite camp,” the man replied.

4 “What happened?” David demanded. “Tell me how the battle went.”

The man replied, “Our entire army fled from the battle. Many of the men are dead, and Saul and his son Jonathan are also dead.”

5 “How do you know Saul and Jonathan are dead?” David demanded of the young man.

6 The man answered, “I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and there was Saul leaning on his spear with the enemy chariots and charioteers closing in on him. 7 When he turned and saw me, he cried out for me to come to him. ‘How can I help?’ I asked him.

8 “He responded, ‘Who are you?’

“‘I am an Amalekite,’ I told him.

9 “Then he begged me, ‘Come over here and put me out of my misery, for I am in terrible pain and want to die.’

10 “So I killed him,” the Amalekite told David, “for I knew he couldn’t live. Then I took his crown and his armband, and I have brought them here to you, my lord.”

11 David and his men tore their clothes in sorrow when they heard the news. 12 They mourned and wept and fasted all day for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the Lord’s army and the nation of Israel, because they had died by the sword that day.

13 Then David said to the young man who had brought the news, “Where are you from?”

And he replied, “I am a foreigner, an Amalekite, who lives in your land.”

14 “Why were you not afraid to kill the Lord’s anointed one?” David asked.

15 Then David said to one of his men, “Kill him!” So the man thrust his sword into the Amalekite and killed him. 16 “You have condemned yourself,” David said, “for you yourself confessed that you killed the Lord’s anointed one.”

In this first passage of 2 Samuel, we must ask, “Why did David consider it a crime to kill the king even though Saul was his enemy?” David believed that God had anointed Saul and only God could remove him from office. If it became a casual thing or a commonplace thing to assassinate the king, the whole society would become chaotic. It was God’s job, not David’s, to judge Saul’s sins (Leviticus 19:18). We must realize that God has placed rulers in authority over us and we should respect their positions (Romans 13:1-7).

So, if that is the case, where should we land on the Trump issue? We should be realistic about Trump. He is not as bad as the liberals make him out to be and he is not as wonderful as the conservatives make him out to be. The truth is, as the old cliché goes, somewhere in between. Thus, we should as Christians pray for this man as he holds the office of President. We should pray that he makes godly decisions (even though I doubt his salvation). We should, nonetheless, pray that his decisions align with the will of God. We should pray for unity among our nation. We should pray that Trump should save his hardline stances for things that matter to God. We should pray that Trump does not create firestorms over things that don’t matter. We should pray that our country can begin again to meet in the middle. The art of compromise in our country is what made it great over the past two plus centuries. We should pray that there be a revival of godly values in Washington. We should pray that there will be an awakening of more and more Christian brothers and sisters who are willing to sacrifice their private lives to run for public offices. Now, more than ever we need Christian men and women in Washington. We cry about where the country is going but yet we do not run for office. Let’s change that!

Just as David knew that Saul was placed in authority by God, we must realize that Donald Trump is serving some purpose in God’s plan for America. He is in the office through the grace of God. He is in the office because he, even if he is not Christian, is part of God’s overarching attempt to reconcile the world to Himself through Jesus Christ. Unless Donald Trump begins to make decisions that are impossible for us to follow because of the commands made to us in God’s Word, then, we should respect him and the office that he holds. We must pray for him intensely. He needs it! He is his own worst enemy most of the time so he really, really does need our prayers. Pray that the Holy Spirit descends on this man and changes him through Jesus Christ. Pray that until that happens that he will follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit in his decision making processes. Pray. Pray and pray some more!

Amen and Amen.

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