I don't love him personally. I don't love him politically. I certainly don't love the prospect of a world in which he is the most powerful man. But it's worth thinking about why he won.

Here are two principles that resulted in Donald Trump being the next president of the USA:

1. It's not your fault.

Trump peddles the politics of blame. Crime and unemployment is the fault of the immigrants from Mexico, regardless of the fact that people have been all too happy to employ them illegally and benefit economically from their cheap labour.

Throughout his campaign nothing was his fault or his supporters fault. There was always someone else to blame. From the media to the political establishment, everyone else was responsible for the problems America faced.

2. I'm all right jack.

Clinton was seen to be part of a self-serving political liberal elite. Basically lots of people didn't trust her or like her, because they felt that in the end she was in it for the money and the power. Many people didn't vote for Trump. They voted against Clinton.

The US has seen a division between a large section of the population and those who make the policies and write the news stories. It's very similar to the division in the UK that led to the Brexit vote and the BBC's inability to accept it. 

The division is caused by the simple fact that most people don't live out personally what they say publicly. From Mao Tse Tung to Tony Blair, those who have championed the cause of the poor with their rhetoric, have usually done so without being willing to lay aside their riches to help. We live by the adage: "Do as I say. Not as I do!"

And I'm no different...

Because  I can think of a number of occasions in the last few days when I have quickly blamed others, my wife, my children, my colleagues, for problems that I was at least equally responsible for. 

Because I'm sitting here in comfort, surrounded by the trappings of middle class British life, pondering whether to spend thousands of pounds on a loft extension, whilst I'm surrounded by people who desperately need to hear of Jesus and I'm in a world where millions live on the verge of physical death for lack of basic amenities.

Day in day out, I speak passionately about living for Jesus in a way that I'm not even getting close to myself.


America has elected a president that blames other people for their problems, excuses his own moral failure as just being a bit of fun and has sought to get as much wealth for himself as possible. They've elected someone who lives by the desires of their hearts.

This is "...government of the people, by the people, for the people...".

The irony is that in our speed to criticise Trump and those who elected him, we are actually criticising ourselves.

We need to remember that only God's grace in Christ can change the human heart. Only God's grace can begin to move us from being self-centred to begin to love God and neighbour as we should. Which is why my Bible reading was so helpful this morning...

"In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:  preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction." 2 Timothy 4:1-2

Whatever the political season, everyone needs to hear the word of God's grace about Jesus.

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