Good Friday is not a day to mock God. Roman soldiers stood at the foot of the cross, gambling for his garments. Then darkness fell and the earth quaked. Those same soldiers fell quiet and terrified.
The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”Mark 15:38-39 NIV
Remember the movie “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” where John Wayne, as the centurion, utters these words? This scene depicts the essence of the power of God.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.Matthew 27:51 NIV
Yet the media and political class in Washington, D.C. flirt with mockery. Many have already long ago decided that President Trump is a traitor, and a lot of other things. They go to great lengths to despise him, and would flirt with lies, smear innocents, foment harassment and even hate crimes, and destroy good people for the sake of removing him from power.
Many others increasingly believe that Donald Trump is all that stands between the things they cherish–family, freedom and God–and a mob of bloodthirsty Jacobins coming to force them into submission at the point of a gun barrel. So they pretend that they elected Jesus in the flesh to stand against the evil hordes.
Both sides are entrenched in their positions, for or against one man, who, although in possession of power, has nothing in the presence of the Almighty who by his own death raised the dead from their graves and tore the curtain of the Holy of Holies from top to bottom.
Those who hate Donald Trump will never be convinced he actually cares for America, and for the people who live here–all of America. Those who hate him only see his faults, innumerable as they may be.
Trump’s ever true supporters only see his ability to fight, no matter what the odds or the forces arrayed against him. They ignore everything but the result they want to see. They go to great lengths to ignore things that, if their own children did them, they’d disown their kids. They ignore things that if their spouse confessed to, it would end their marriage. They ignore things that if their business partner were justly accused of, they’d gladly testify at his trial.
None of this is useful in the least, and in fact, it’s damaging to the souls of those who play that terrifying game.
If ancient Judah held elections for Savior, the Messiah, King of the Jews, they would not have elected Jesus. They’d have elected someone with the right parentage, the right patent of nobility. Though Jesus descended directly from King David, he was born out of wedlock to a poor woman, in a cave barely fit for animals.
Jesus would not be elected, because he would not overthrow Rome. He would not even do miracles when those who witnessed them refused to believe in the power of God. Though Jesus did many miracles and healed many, He did not fight for them and the worldly things they cherished.
In fact, Jesus spent most of his time among sinners, prostitutes, tax collectors, fishermen, women and Samaritans. Why, he was totally uncouth and insufferable. The elites hated him with a passion, because they could not find anything to convict him of. Finally, they invented something just to arrest Jesus, and sent him to die for blasphemy because Jesus claimed to be God.
Donald Trump is not claiming to be God. He is only claiming that people who didn’t like him did their level best to hang a crime on him. They are still trying. Jesus would probably hang out with Trump more than He would hang out with the Washington press and political elites. Jesus always prefers those who have much need of a spiritual doctor to those who pretend they have their own cure.
Some advice to those who want a political savior, or believe they already have one. The thing you want does not exist. Trump is not evil personified. Neither is he deified. He is an imperfect person like every other person on the planet. Without Jesus, Trump is as lost as a fatherless child. Were Trump not president, the world would continue to have problems–only different problems. Do not tie yourselves to a political Jesus, because that thing does not exist.
The more we divide ourselves over Trump, the more we give in to partisan hate, the more we can hear laughter. The laughter is from Satan, who’s primary lie is that the devil doesn’t exist. His second biggest lie is that Jesus can’t save, and you need to look for another.
When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”Matthew 11:2-6 NIV
Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
Do not mock God, who has all power to heal, and to shake the face of the earth. Instead, find someone with whom you disagree politically and buy them a coffee, or a donut. Or just give them a hug or a kind word.
It’s Good Friday, and the Lord will rise on Easter Sunday. We didn’t elect Jesus, and it’s a good thing too.