Dear Mr. President,
I am one of the many millions of American Christians who have been closely and favorably following your Presidency. However, while this may not be unusual for most of “the many” it is a bit unusual for me. For one, I did not vote for you. It should be said that neither did I vote for Hillary, nor would I vote for a Democrat (for various reasons including the fact that as a party they hate and oppose God’s will for marriage and human life). That said, even with my opposition to the left, I did not vote for you because I did not trust your character. I had no reason to believe that you were going to be anything other than another lying, left-leaning, limp-spined Republican, and to be honest I thought you had the potential to be a whole lot worse. By the way, you still do have that potential, although to this point I have been pleasantly surprised.
Thus far I have regularly been thankful to God for your Presidency. It is astounding to think that with a couple strong decisions you could be remembered as the most pro-life President to date. Add to that the fact that God has used you to expose the rotten underbelly of the left, and though I have cringed at many things you have said, and differ with you plenty, I am regularly thankful for what you are doing.
All that to get to the real reason why I am writing. Mr. President, I want to respectfully warn you. This morning, I was reading the book of Daniel in the Bible, and I came across these passages in chapter 4:
4 King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you! 2 It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me.
3 How great are his signs,
how mighty his wonders!
His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and his dominion endures from generation to generation. (Daniel 4:1-3)
28 All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of twelve months he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 and the king answered and said, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?” 31 While the words were still in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you, 32 and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. And you shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.”33 Immediately the word was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles’ feathers, and his nails were like birds’ claws.
34 At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever,
for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;
35 all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
and he does according to his will among the host of heaven
and among the inhabitants of the earth;
and none can stay his hand
or say to him, “What have you done?”
36 At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and splendor returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me, and I was established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was added to me. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble. (Daniel 4:28-37)
A bit of the story… Nebuchadnezzar, the king of mighty Babylon, was the most powerful ruler in the world. He was the leader of the great world power of his time. Nebuchadnezzar was a pagan who cared nothing about God, but had come to praise God (as recorded in vs1-3) in response to seeing God at work all around him. For example, at the end of chapter 3 God delivered Daniel’s friends (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) from the fiery furnace.
Mr. President, you are a lot like Nebuchadnezzar. You are the most powerful leader in the world. But also, up to the point of your Presidency you have cared nothing about God. Yet God is at work all around you. He has surrounded you with some of his people in order to bring himself to your attention. At times you have responded favorably, much like Nebuchadnezzar did at the beginning of Daniel 4. You have been a friend and advocate for God’s people and have even openly bowed before God himself (It was a pleasure to see you bow in prayer with Pastor Andrew Brunson upon his release). Like you, Nebuchadnezzar was paying attention. He noticed God at work. He even confessed the fact that although he was the most powerful leader in the world, only God has absolute sovereignty (v3). Yet about a year later, he had long forgotten his own confession… “He walked out on the roof of the royal palace and said, ‘Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?’ While the words were still in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, ‘O King Nebuchadnezzar… the kingdom has departed from you, and you shall be driven among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts… until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.” This is where the warning comes in.
Mr. President, all of the power that you possess and all of the good that you have done with that power… it has all come from God. He alone rules the kingdom of men and gives power and influence to whom he will. Nebuchadnezzar knew that at one point, but it didn’t stick. At least not until he was devastatingly humbled (vs31-33). The prosperity of his nation and the power of his influence were too intoxicating. They were also fleeting. His pride cost him the power and influence he was so enamored with.
It should also be noted that Belshazzar, the ruler in Babylon after Nebuchadnezzar, had a similar pride (chapter 5). Unfortunately, God was not as gracious with Belshazzar as he was with Nebuchadnezzar. God responded to Belshazzar’s pride by not only humbling him to the point of death, but also humbling the mighty Babylon to the point that they were no longer the great world power. They were overtaken by the Medo-Persians.
Mr. President, for God’s glory, for your own good, and for the good of this nation, please do not fall into the same trap of pride. I am of the opinion that the purported “blue wave” at the midterms could die before it hits land. We may even see a red hurricane instead. In large part, that would be because of the way that God has used you to expose the wretchedness of the left, just in the nick of time. But do not forget that it all comes from God. Do not look out from your palace and consider all of your mighty works. Instead, bow yourself before the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who alone rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will. Praise him for who he is. Thank him for who he has made you to be. And ask for his wisdom to serve him where he has assigned you. Again and again and again, humble yourself before him. In Jesus name, amen.
Respectfully in Christ,