There Are Some Important Tests Ahead for #NeverTrump Christians
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” Romans 13:1-2
In the run-up to the 2012 election, I “unfriended” a close relative on Facebook for posting a meme that pictured President Obama as a monkey. While not a fan of President Obama, I found the post beyond the pale in its disrespect, not to mention its explicit racism. At the time, there was much about the president’s platform that was cause for concern for Christians. But, the Bible is clear: all authority comes from God and we should react to our governing authorities accordingly. This makes waking up on November 9, 2016, a little more difficult than usual.
My #NeverTrump position is well-documented, and anyone who is unaware of it either doesn’t know me or believes that when I say “stop,” I mean “go.” Contrary to what many may believe, I don’t relish my role as a conservative provocateur. I would prefer to be able to write almost solely about my faith. But God has placed my hands on multiple writing plows. Now, just a few hours into the post-election reality, I’m beginning to believe that being #NeverTrump prior to the election will prove to be a cakewalk in light of what it will mean to be whatever my position looks like with Donald Trump as the president of the United States.
My first test was discussing the election results with my children. My five-year-old son simply parrots what he hears and has very little conceptual understanding of what happened. After voting for “Duck” in his class election on Monday, he sternly informed me that he wouldn’t be able to vote on Tuesday because he had already voted. My almost eleven-year-old daughter, on the other hand, is deeply disturbed because Donald Trump won.
My initial conversation with her was an opportunity to talk with her about the full and final sovereignty of God. For that, I am thankful. And, it’s the same discussion that I would’ve had with her had Hillary Clinton won. But, since my daughter is quickly entering her teenage years, I’m fearful of the impact on her that will come from knowing that a large percentage of men in this country share or simply shrug off the hateful, misogynistic rhetoric and actions of President-elect Trump.
Sisters in Christ have confessed to me that they feel betrayed by many professing Christian men. Horrified, they have listened as men around them have scoffed at their very real concerns over President-elect Trump’s words and confessed deeds. Being faced with the reality that their concerns have been dismissed or even angrily rejected by those who confess to be their brothers in Christ, sisters in Christ are hurting and scared.
As Christians, we adamantly believe in two distinct genders. We believe that God created men and women to reflect who He is in different ways. Telling women to “suck it up” or passing off jokes about sexual assault (which I don’t believe were mere jokes, for the record) as guys being guys and locker room talk lets them know that the liberal lie about gender being a social construct will be co-opted by Christian men when convenient. Men who defend Trump have abdicated their God-given role to stand up for and protect women. And for that, I am angry, almost sinfully so. Apart from God’s grace, it will hard for me to consistently live out Romans 13:1-2 these next four years.