The Office of the President is the most revered office in the Nation, some might argue the world. Does the President have to reflect us and have our respect in order for us to pray for him? The Bible says to respect those in authority and pray for those who lead us. “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1 Timothy 2:1-2, KJV).
However, many people view Donald Trump as an illegitimate President-elect both for reported tied with Russia, who some allege hacked the election, as well as the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular election. So is he our President? The story of the Exodus also illustrates that God can turn the heart of Pharoah specifically so that God could be manifested and glorified through the Children of Israel’s wilderness experience. The day before the election this dropped in my Spirit and I posted it on Facebook: sometimes it takes the devil for us to see God. Could that be the situation that we find ourself in? We being believers, women, people of color, immigrants, the poor: these are the people that feel disenfranchised by the election of Donald Trump, the same people that Jesus stood up for. He stood up to the establishment – to the established order of the day. He defended those that society cast away.
We are called to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. So are we being called to protest, or to prayer? The life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. suggests that we can do both. But can we protest the candidacy of Donald Trump, resist the things he has said about minorities, women and immigrants, and still pray for him as a leader? Or should the prayers be for those of us who are affected by Trump’s Cabinet and candidacy; the disenfranchised, those with no voice? I think the roadmap to getting through the next 4 years was brilliantly articulated by Anthony Anderson on the last episode of Blackish. It is seeing ourselves and recognizing that in this fight it’s not either/or; black or white; poor or rich; republican or democrat; it is us all.
This defining moment in history calls upon us to find our best selves and see that person reflected in one another. Will it be difficult? Yes. But we have overcome challenges before. Until we figure out how to make Zoe’s lemonade out of these here lemons, life is going to be sour. But we should not be afraid because we have hope. If you feel led, protest. Prayer is always the answer, seek God’s heart for what to pray and how to pray. My best friend says, “We need to pray for Trump whether we like it or not because he will become the gatekeeper of all our lives.”
In this moment we can lean in and keep close to the keeper of our soul and pray for the gatekeeper of our lives. God can turn the heart of a King (Proverbs 21:1). We can turn this experience into an opportunity to create self-reflection and community.