What if you see Donald Trump in heaven?
Will you be shocked? Upset? Will you want to have a word with the management? “Jesus. How did he get in here? Do you just let anyone in these days? You clearly don’t know him like we do.”
To those of you who actively despise Donald Trump: When was the last time you prayed for him? When was the last time you asked God to show him mercy?
Honest question: Do you even want God to show him mercy?
Have you ever prayed for Donald Trump like you pray for those you love? Have you earnestly asked God to bless him, keep him, protect him, and instruct him in the ways he should go? Or would you rather he just go straight to hell?
And, what if you were to encounter Hillary Clinton in heaven? Is that too impossible a stretch for you? Can you even imagine it? Will you be angry that someone like her could ever receive grace? Do you secretly hope – for all she’s gotten away with in this life -that she receives not one shred of God’s mercy in the next?
God knows we have sufficiently looked into another man’s heart and declared it deplorable. We have carefully examined a woman’s soul and found it worthy of condemnation. We have made our correct and righteous judgments. God knows.
But can we pray for God to show mercy to our enemies? Can we give them over to the care of a just and wise God? Are we able to ask, not that our enemies receive the rejection we think they deserve, but that they experience the beauty, holiness, and patient kindness that God extends to all sinners. Us included.
Are you able to pray that God would bless Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? Not that they will be blessed with more money, or power, or victory (sorry, Joel Osteen), but that they would know the deep goodness of a true King who reigns over heaven and earth.
Because Christ himself prays for you at the throne of God, and because all your many debts have been paid in full, peace be with you today.
And because you pray that God be God – that he would continue to pour out his mercy and blessing on those you think deserve neither – peace be with you always.
*Danish House / Bea Van Twillert