Tyrants, Geese and Ganders

Tyrants…we all seem to think we know who they are, and that we can spot them.

Most people who were ruled by Tyrants didn’t see them coming. They were duped into believing that the Tyrant was just a ‘good guy’ looking out for them…right up until they realized that he wasn’t so good, and wasn’t actually looking out for them…just themselves.

In the USA, some of our Republican friends thought of Barack Obama as a tyrannical leader. He didn’t go through congress to get his agenda across (at least, not after the Republicans took over leadership of both House and Senate). He had “a pen and a phone” and just did what he thought was right, utilizing Executive Orders to establish policies that he knew would never make it through congress. Republicans (myself included) thought this was ‘soft tyranny’, and wondered where it would lead.

I am pretty sure that’s part of the reason that Donald Trump won.

However, as one who has always been concerned about President Trump, we have to watch carefully.

Tyranny, after all, can come from both the ‘Left’ and the ‘Right’.

Just because a Republican is in office and ramming through policies that some on ‘the right side’ are in favor of does not mean that he should rule as a King…or a Tyrant!

President Trump needs to go by the Constitution…checks and balances…just like we called on President Obama to! We need to be able to ‘keep him in check’–a big part of the reason that the Founders put the ‘separation of powers’ into the Constitution!

As my mother used to say, ‘What’s good for the Goose is good for the Gander’. I think this is the kind of thing she meant (although she’s not an expert on either Geese nor Ganders, so…).

Anyway, I think it is incumbent upon all of us to take a ‘big picture’ approach to laws and policies in our land.

When we think about it, no one person–not Washington, Lincoln, Kennedy, Reagan, Obama or Trump–should be a power unto themselves.

No one is that perfect, but the Lord Jesus! HE is one we can trust implicitly…no one else!

Certainly not a President.

So, what should we do?

  1. Pray for President Trump, his cabinet, and congress–that they’d be humble before the Lord, and lead accordingly. “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
  2. Stay informed.
  3. Don’t assume that someone is ‘right’ or ‘good’, just because they’re ‘on your side’ of the political aisle, and conversely…
  4. Don’t assume that someone is ‘wrong’ or ‘bad’, just because they’re on the other side of the political aisle.

We must get to the point where we can examine the merit of a policy, law, etc. not because ‘our side’ put it forth, but on it’s actual merit, from a Constitutional…and even Biblical…point of view.

We must get to the point where we can admit that ‘our guys’ are wrong occasionally…both left and right. Otherwise, the divide will get bigger, the animosity will grow…and the future is even more bleak.

In short, we need to have INTEGRITY in our politics (as in every area).

Are YOU willing to make that stand?


Published by Pastor Dave Johnson

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Lori, Proud Father to 6 great kids, Co-Pastor of Kalamazoo Community Church. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan.

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