Michael Brown Reminds Christians Our Ultimate Allegiance Is to God, Not the President

I don’t know why this is so difficult. When the president does the right thing, we commend him and encourage him. When he does the wrong thing, with full respect for his office, we express our differences. Is this really so hard?

That’s what I did with President Obama, for whom I didn’t vote and with whom I had much more occasion to be critical than to be positive. And that’s what I’ve sought to do with President Trump, for whom I did vote and with whom I’ve had a lot to be positive about and a fair deal to be negative about.

As followers of Jesus, our ultimate allegiance should be to the Lord, to the truth, to righteousness, to justice, not to a party or a man.

We should be model citizens in terms of our conduct, and we should show honor to whom honor is due, as Paul exhorted in Romans 13. (Remember: Paul wrote Romans when the notorious Nero was the emperor of Rome. Yet as the leader of the empire, he was to be treated with respect.)

But when push comes to shove, we are not Republicans or Democrats or Independents. We are followers of Jesus. And so, when it comes to speaking the truth to power, we are “equal opportunity offenders” (although we need not be offensive in our speech; I’m just using the expression).

As for our relationship with President Trump, it’s true that some evangelical leaders have had access to him behind closed doors, and it’s appropriate for them to address their concerns to him in private. That means that, when he says or does something that is highly objectionable, they say to the public, “I understand why there is an uproar over this and I recognize why you are concerned. Be assured that I have spoken to the president about these very matters, and the president gave me a listening ear.”

For the rest of us evangelical leaders who do not have access to the White House, if we are going to voice our approval when Mr. Trump does well, we should likewise voice our disapproval when he does poorly. Otherwise, we appear to be flunkies for the president, more committed to opposing the liberal media than for standing for what is right, more interested in political favor than in the Smile of God.

Since when we do we lose our voice once we vote for a candidate? Since when do we become yes men once that candidate begins to implement some of our key agenda items? Isn’t our witness to the nation more important than the favor of a political leader? So what if liberal Christian leaders often act like flunkies for their candidates. Why should we do the same?

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Source: Christian Post