Ever since Donald Trump was sworn into the office of President of the United States on Friday, January 20, 2017, the world has somehow changed. Do you feel it? Never in our lifetime has a President been more controversial, colorful or courageous. Things are happening so fast in just his first week in office that the press and world at large is dumbfounded. Whatever is under way now with President Trump, it will surely have a major role in shaping prophetic events and our Lord's return. Hang on everybody; this is NOT going to be boring.
As all of these events are rapidly evolving day by day, very few are able to fully understand how Trump has been able to take the Nation and world by storm. What happened??? Trump has started some sort of political revolution. Most of our political pundits and commentators are largely clueless as to what is unfolding and what it means. However, what Donald Trump has tapped into and doing is very simple to understand because it has its basis in the Bible and what the Bible says about leadership and power.
You see at the heart of all leadership is the principle that ALL leaders must reflect the Lord Jesus Christ by becoming a Servant-Leader. Our Lord told His disciples that IF they wanted to lead, have power or be great they had to become servants. In Matthew 20:25-28 our Lord said,
You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to be become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
The leadership principles outlined by our Lord above have never changed. In our Lord's day, politicians from Caesar to Pilate, as well as the religious establishment in Israel, wanted to use their power and authority for themselves. They were the ruling establishment and largely could not have cared less about the people. They got power and held power to advance their lives and those of their friends. If they ever listened to or did something for the masses, it was largely only for the benefit of using those people to further advance themselves. The idea of a leader sacrificially doing things for the poor, the forgotten as their servant was virtually unknown then and now.
President Trump tapped into this principle of Biblical leadership and created a revolution of listening to the forgotten masses in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and around the Nation. He told the people he was rich and didn't need their money; he couldn't be bought. He came to serve them and represent their interests. Thus, if you carefully read over his Inauguration speech you will hear Matthew 20 coming forth in a clear way. In that speech, President Trump told the Nation,
For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here and right now because this moment is your moment, it belongs to you.
The astonishing thing about this Inaugural Address is that these words were spoken right in front of 4 previous Presidents and the entire government of the United States. President Trump directly attacked them in his speech as having served their own interests, regardless of party affiliation, and forgetting the people they were elected to serve. Trump's boldness and willingness to challenge the powerful in such a setting is unparalleled in American history.
Somewhere in all of these dramatic moments unfolding before us, is a witness to the Lord Jesus Christ. Now President Trump is a clearly a fallen and flawed man. Some people love him while others loath him. And yet, if we can look beyond the man to the deeper spiritual issues at work that got him elected, we can see glimpses of our Lord and His coming Kingdom. You see, our Lord is the Richest Man in the Universe. No one can corrupt Him, buy Him or control Him. Our Lord listens to the disenfranchised, the poor, those out of work, the broken, the sinful and the forgotten people. Our Lord showed that deep interest in everyone by becoming one of us and dying on the Cross to serve us and atone for our sins. The Bible calls these people the "meek" and tells us they are not only represented, served and redeemed by our Lord, but one day they will "inherit the earth' (Matthew 5:5). In that future Day, the rich, the powerful, those that had no interest in serving anyone but themselves will not be a part of that Kingdom.
We are standing at a crossroads of world history right now, whether we understand it or not. The Biblical issues related to the Nation's and Israel's place in that world are in play like never before. No one ultimately knows right now how President Trump will fit into the Lord's plan for the future. One thing we know for certain is that our Lord Jesus is the Servant-Leader of the human race. Our Lord's life and ministry is the model for everyone from President Trump to every mom and dad and person in our society. Our Lord Jesus Christ is looking for people to reflect Him in this world, His Church and Kingdom. Such individuals are going to make the Kingdom of God great again, when our Lord comes in power and glory to bring His new and amazing administration to this earth forever.
What a blessing to know that our Lord Jesus Christ wanted to serve us when He came and died on that Cross. Our Lord has NOT forgotten any of us, from the thief on the Cross next to him in Luke 23:42-43, to the readers of this article. Our Lord remembers us and represents us before the Father as His people. Our Lord's life and passion should be and always remain THE defining model for every politician and person on earth regarding power, leadership and an influence over others in this world. His Kingdom of servants and leaders are destined to rule and reign with Him forever.
May each of us renew our commitment to our Lord as His people and be His servants in this dramatic hour and forever. Amen.