Christian Commentaries

The Crowd

A day after his inauguration, President Donald Trump visited the Cental Intelligence Agency (CIA) to praise the people he attacked during the campaign. And there, before the CIA Memorial Wall, he continued his war against the press.

His first item of business was to ensure that everyone knew that despite the false reports of the press that could de-legitimize his presidency irreparably, there were in fact, more people in attendance at his inauguration than in attendance during either of president Obamaís inaugurations.

   This was it: media reporting on crowd size is what he chose to take on in his first outing to the American public. Instead of the great man he could have shown himself to be, he chose an iteration of the juvenile Marco Rubio little hands discussion.

"There is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump," president Trump told his audience, trusting they would not see the sycophant before them.

   Then, swiftly to the real issue; he had seen over 1.5 in attendance at his inauguration while areal photos revealed between 250,000 and 400,000. A gross under reporting! It was reprehensible that the press would stoop to such. It was more than a mere shenanigan. It was a serious attack against the constitution! (Well, he didnít go there but he made it seem so.)

   This was important. Surely career intelligence officers would see the truth, and importance, of his argument. Little things added together made big and important things. They could see this, they were trained to understand this. And by taking his argument as their own, the entire intelligence community could be redeemed in the eyes of their new president.

Now that it is clear which way President Trump is going, shall we abandon him?

Not so fast. God still resides in us. He still governs, through us. And His charge to us is just as clear today as it has ever been: 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

If we are the people of God, we have a job to do. And we should not be confused by the pronoun, people. We simply take our place among the people of God and move forward as He has directed.