The Problem with #NotmyPresident
To say that the two months following the recent Presidential election have been eventful would be a huge understatement. Controversy has been a daily occurrence, and no matter where you look people are crying foul about something that our new government is doing. This has often taken the form of demonstrations or marches in cities across the country (some more distasteful than others), most of which are within the Constitutional boundaries of freedom of expression and speech, regardless of your political stance. One interesting catchphrase that has come about and been repeated at many of these marches is the “Not my President” slogan. As I understand it, this phrase basically means that because they don’t like the outcome of the election, they do not consider Donald Trump to be president over them. They reject the final result of the will of the people. It is too early to see how exactly this plays out or what actions they may take as a result of this kind of thinking. Will they obey laws that come about from this presidency, will there be more marches or riots whenever something happens that they don’t like? Only time will tell. Anyway, it seems like there is an interesting parallel that we can see going on here. We have a leader that has been placed over an entire country, and a large number of people have declared that he is not their personal president. Haven’t we seen this before? When discussing truth, have you ever had postmodernism rear its ugly head in the “that’s your truth” response? It’s certainly a common phrase used when discussing a certain other leader… “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11) This is one of the most famous examples (of many) that show Christ as being made Lord over all of His creation. However, many people (even sometimes Christians) rail against the idea of somebody being Lord over them, especially when they had no control over that result. As Christians, this has many ramifications for how we live and act, especially in how we handle missions work. Christ has to have some kind of Lordship if non-Christians are responsible for their own repentance and belief. How can we hope to spread the gospel without at least some inkling of this concept? How does Christ hold any sway on someone over which he is not Lord? How can we tell anyone that they need to repent and believe? If Christ is not Lord over all, then there is no way we can tell anyone to believe in Him as Lord. So when somebody rejects Christ as Lord over them, instead appealing to personal truth, it is a macrocosm of what is happening in the political realm. The same thought process accompanies both the political and religious reactions to truth. Trump is actually president over the country, but if you don’t like that, he is declared as “not my president”. Christ is placed as Lord over all, but they reject him in the name of relative truth. In reality, it doesn’t matter if someone declares something falsely in the name of “personal truth”; reality is reality and truth is still truth. The “Not my President” expression is postmodernism coming to fruition in the political realm, just as we have seen it in the religious realm for decades. The realities of both of these leaders still come down and affect us regardless of how we feel about it. Rejecting Christ still means eternal punishment, and rejecting Trump doesn’t change the fact that he is really your president. Neither will go away just because somebody doesn’t like it. “He isn’t my president, he might be yours, but he isn’t mine.” Sound familiar? “That isn’t my truth, it might be yours, but it isn’t mine.” Postmodernism at its core. “That Jesus character isn’t my Lord, he might be yours, but he isn’t mine.” Many of us have heard this before. The reality often clashes with someone’s idea of personal truth. Yes, he is your president no matter what you think of him. Truth is truth no matter how much you disagree with it. Christ is Lord over all, even if you don’t want him over you.