The values I hold are in stark difference to the values of #45. His rhetoric and language disgusts me. His words hurt people that I love. And his policies further oppress the poor. But I also understand this: he is my president. I will still pay my taxes at the end of this year, and I will continue to honor the office he holds. Truthfully, in the last year I have done a sucky job praying for him. In fact, I’ve spent more time hoping he would somehow be removed from office than actually praying for him and his well-being. But that’s not the way of Jesus and it pains me today to admit that.
The truth of the matter is, my faith and trust in Jesus has only strengthened since the election. It’s lifted my eyes from a false security in the empire to a more sure footing on the security found only in my Savior.
While these may seem merely random thoughts, they could be loosely tied together with the lyrics of this song.
Ultimately I serve another King, the only King that lasts forever. The King that was never created and will never go away, the King that cannot be elected and will never be impeached.
May we go to church this weekend exalting our King higher than our flag, our Jesus greater than our Pledge, and the Spirit more fully than our freedoms.
And just as importantly, may we love and respect those worshipping on either side of us with very different viewpoints.