At a recent Conservative Political Action Conference, former president Donald Trump said in his address on March 4, 2023, “In 2016, I declared I am your voice. Today, I add I am your warrior, I am your justice. And for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution. I am your retribution. Not going to let this happen. Not going to let it happen. I will totally obliterate the deep state.”
President Joe Biden is not my enemy. His policies have, in my opinion harmed my family financially, and our nation, and have weakened our standing politically on the world scene. He did not get my vote in 2020 and unless he has some miraculous change of heart he will not get my vote if he runs for president again.
But I do not hate Biden, nor wish him ill. I am not depending on Trump to seek justice or retribution on anyone on my behalf. I am trusting in the Supreme Judge of the whole earth for that and from His decision there will be no appeal.
I appreciate Trump’s handling of the economy and his nominations to the United States Supreme Court when he was president, but he did not defund Planned Parenthood as he promised when he had the opportunity to do so. What Trump said at the CPAC is political hyperbole and an example of the noxious narcissism Trump is known for.
Trump might have won reelection if he had managed to control his tongue and his ego but he could not do that. He demonizes the Democrats and anyone he thinks may be a rival to his 2024 hopes of being president again.
Paul wrote, “Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men … Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord, … Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good,” Romans 12:17, 19, 21.
I am weary of the incessant name calling and bickering that seems to characterize American politics and long for a President and Congress willing to lay aside their differences and political agendas to work for the good of their fellow Americans. That is what I am praying for.
I think we are living in a time when people have not learned to forgive and move on to what is ahead. To be sure, justice is important and should be based on righteousness, and while I may hold different views on what is best for our nation and fellow citizens, I will not hate others for honestly holding views that differ tfrom mine.
Jesus told us, “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Matthew 5:44.