The election of Donald Trump as the future President of the USA has been the cause of much debate. It seems people either love him or hate him. Christadelphians believe the Bible is the word of God. As a consequence we try to look at what is happening in our world from a Biblical perspective.
Let’s consider some examples of powerful leaders in Bible times. For example the Pharaoh who ruled Egypt in the days of Moses. This is what the Bible says of him: “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My Power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth” (Romans 9:17, citing Exodus 9:16). Did this mean that the Pharaoh was a God-fearing man? By no means! But in some way, he was there to facilitate the will of God – which was that the Israelites should leave Egypt and journey to the Promised Land.
Many years later, the great Babylonian monarch Nebuchadnezzar conquered all the lands around Israel and crushed the tiny kingdom of Judah. He took the Jews into exile in Babylon, where they remained for 70 years. All this had been foretold by prophets like Jeremiah and is recorded in the Bible. So we can say that God was at work in the rule of Nebuchadnezzar. In fact he learnt from the prophet Daniel that “the Most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomever He chooses” (Daniel 4:25).
After the Persians overran the Babylonian empire the Jews were encouraged to return from exile to rebuild Jerusalem and establish the worship of God there. Cyrus, the great Persian ruler, is described in these terms by God: “He is My shepherd, and he shall perform all My pleasure, saying to Jerusalem ‘You shall be built’” (Isaiah 44:28).
It is the same message throughout the Bible. Men and women are moved into place by the angels, working to God’s plan, to achieve His purposes. We may not always be clear what role they will play, but we can be sure that somehow, world events are being directed by the angels to bring out the grand climax – the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, when “the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).
So, in response to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, Bible believers can stand back and watch the development of events, knowing that God is at work whoever is placed in power
. What a comfort this is! Although the Bible tells us there will be ‘a time of trouble’ in the earth, worse than anything that has gone before (Daniel 12:1, Matthew 21:21), events will herald “the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30).
Jesus tells us to ‘watch’. We can let the word of God be our guide and prepare our hearts and minds for the return of Christ. This will make us ready, whatever the future holds: “For the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44).