Isn’t it interesting to see when something in life relates very closely to the words of the Bible? I am not talking about prophecies, which are the usual go-to for most Adventists when watching the news or looking for the next big thing that will happen with World News. However, I am referring to seeing the patterns and the results that the Bible predicts for those who exalt themselves, selfishly, or those who lack integrity.
I can't think of any better example today than the current United States President Donald Trump. I think that one of the reasons why Donald Trump is so popular is because he speaks to the selfish desires of mankind. He is a perfect example of what people deeply desire. He is rich, powerful, and has the ability to achieve any goal, any aspiration, any vision that he wants. Donald Trump on many occasions has shown this, be it that time in the bus to Billy Bush, or in front of his rallies, or most recently with the government shut down. As long as he wants it, he is willing to get it, regardless of the consequences. He desires something, he uses all his resources, and he gets it. People like that because they want the same. Along the way, however, he has proven time and time again that as a leader, he will put his own self-interests first rather than the common good of the people. He will regard his agenda as more important than the people that he is supposed to serve.
Also, he, more than likely, will not reward loyalty nor will not recognize accomplishments that cannot be tied to himself. This self-aggrandizing and impervious personality that he has adopted has made me thought about the words that the Bible use to describe human beings and their highest goals.
Philippians 2:3 states, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourself.”
1 Corinthians 10:24: “No one should seek their own good but the good of others.”
James 3:16, “For where you have envy and selfish ambition there you find disorder and every evil practice.”
Proverbs 11:3, “The integrity of the upright guide them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”
In the book of Daniel, we can also parallel another politician that differs from the kind of our current president. The author of the book possessed a strong character composed of a lack of vain ambition, loyalty, and self-sacrifice that led him to be in the King’s trusted advisory team during two different empires. In chapter 6, when his enemies plotted to destroy him, all they could find in his abode was a prayer diary. I would love to see what is currently sitting at the houses of our politicians. And while we may have a secular nation and a defined line between Church and State, the reality is that many American politicians reference their love to God and the Bible on multiple occasions.
My purpose is not to point out the hypocrisy of politicians during our current climate, I am just looking for us to reflect on seeing the testimony of the Bible and how most of what it says reflects what I am able to see. The Scriptures point towards the idea that when you are completely selfish, when you have no integrity, and when you are not willing to stand up for anything, the outcomes are not just going to come into the spiritual area of life. The consequences extend beyond and can be evidenced while on earth. About a month ago, President Trump tweeted that he was all alone in the White House. A most telling result of his character.
This article was written by Eric Jean-Baptiste, a theology student and area coordinator for the Lake Region Conference. He also has a Youth Mentorship Ministry and Hosts The Real People Show on Facebook.