It seems Americans are tired of the lies, broken promises, and useless rhetoric that often spills forth from Washington DC and, as in Biblical times, have set their hearts on a “king” that will be a savior who will “make America great again.” Ancient Israel cried out for a king in hopes of becoming like nations surrounding them. They felt mistreated and wanted someone to take better care of them. Today, America eerily mirrors the desires of ancient Israel in their search for a man to do what only God can. Is Donald Trump Israel’s King Saul of the Bible?
Americans are fed up and furious with what has been. The people are demanding a king who will make everything right again… just like the good ‘ole days. Never mind personal responsibility or repentance for their contributions to the foolishness that surrounds the country’s chaotic state; they just want a king. While many are petitioning for Trump to bring back yesterday, unless people were entitled, well-established, or of a certain ethnicity, those days were far from the “good old days.”
It matters not to most if Trump has the credentials or family lineage to become king; neither did King Saul. In their search for different, they elected a man who looked like a great choice. Prior to becoming King of Israel, Saul looked like royalty. He was tall, handsome, and noble. Saul’s victories in war secured his kingdom and gave the impression that the new institution of kingship might work out after all. However, just as his handsome appearance hid a troubled and depressed soul, so his outward achievements did little to conceal the inner problems of his reign.
Was Saul a bad man? No, after rejection by God the King of Israel became a manic depressant who sat in a seat he was no longer qualified to maintain. When the people entreated the prophet, Samuel, for a king, God told him what a king would do. Samuel relayed the information to the people; they refused his words and insisted on a king. The message to the people ended with these sobering words:
Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.
Today, America looks for a king. Is Trump the answer or simply ancient Israel’s King Saul of the Bible? The sad reality is, no man will be able to save America. The only answer that will turn things around and place the nation on stable ground hides in II Chronicles 7:14:
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Trump nor Hillary Clinton can restore America. Many people are at war within themselves as they seek to choose between the lesser of the two evils presented. What is important to realize is whoever lands in the Oval Office after the 2016 election concludes, they will also serve citizens a myriad of disappointment, frustration, and broken promises.
The initial phase of King Saul’s reign was one of power and might. The Spirit of the Lord was with him and the Israelites experienced deliverance. Just as they seemingly had settled in under the leadership of the man they begged to become king, it was not long before they ran to Samuel asking for God’s forgiveness. The people said to the prophet:
Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, so that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil by asking for ourselves a king.
Is Trump a modern day King Saul? Saul was a generous king who was courageous in battle. Early in his reign, Saul was admired and respected by the people. However, he also possessed weaknesses which ultimately destroyed him. He could be impulsive and often acted unwisely. His jealousy of David drove him to madness and a thirst for revenge. More than once, King Saul disobeyed God’s instructions, thinking he knew better. Does this mirror the Republican Party’s candidate?
Is Trump qualified to be America’s savior? Of course not. However, it is possible for the business mogul, or his opposing candidate Hillary Clinton, to be used to bring about God’s purposes for America. The truth is, whoever lands in office there is a guarantee that Americans will, at times, be disappointed in their presidential choice because of misaligned expectations.
The hope is that in all of the disappointments, pain, and anguish, just as in Biblical times with ancient Israel, that Americans will finally realize that the answer does not lie in a manmade king. If Donald Trump is ancient Israel’s King Saul, it is time to start praying now that after his reign concludes, another king with the likes of David, a “man after His own heart” will be waiting in the wings to take the country to its next phase. Remember, the people’s choice is not always the best option. Choose wisely.
Opinion by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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