Humanity Isn’t Political: Christ, Trump, and COVID

Breaking news this week revealed that President Trump, his wife, and a number of close aides have been diagnosed with COVID-19. This news sends our already contentious election cycle into further chaos. Depending on the outcome for those infected, this could have major implications for the election.

Politics aside, I have been horrified by some of the unsettling responses to Trump’s illness. Sentiments like “That’s what he gets.” and “Do you believe in masks now?” are unnerving. It seems below the belt to take potshots at the president and those around him who have contracted the virus.

To be fair, Trump’s attitude and beliefs about the virus may have contributed to this terrible situation. Regardless, it’s awful that he and others are sick. On a basic human level, we should show concern.

I’ll be the first to say I do not care for Trump’s behavior and politics and won’t vote for him. However, he is a human being, just like the rest of us. He’s flawed, just like the rest of us. While people may argue about his redeeming qualities, we should not be celebrating his illness.

His son, Barron, is only fourteen. He’s the same age as my middle child. Now both Barron’s parents are sick. That’s a shame. There’s a real possibility that his father’s age and health status could make his case of COVID extremely serious, if not deadly. Trump has been moved to Walter Reed Medical Center as a precaution. It’s definitely a scary situation.

A young boy’s life has been impacted by the illness of his parents. Besides, it’s already not easy to be the child of a president. While I may disapprove of the president, I am a daughter and wife and know how I would feel if my parent or spouse was ill with this terrible disease.

Humanity isn’t political. Christians should be praying for Trump, his family, and the aides impacted, regardless of whether we like their politics. I believe praying for those we disagree with or do not like is one way we can not only glorify God but grow in grace.

Even when I find myself frustrated by people’s behavior and attitudes, I’m reminded of God’s great love for me. We are called to love one another, even if we don’t like someone’s words and actions.

It’s not easy. I wrestle with my own prideful flesh at times and am not always quick to pray. It’s a journey of becoming more Christlike, a refining process I find painful but fruitful.

 “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 1:1-2, NIV)

“…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 I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicle 7:14, NIV)

“If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” (1 John 4:20, ESV)

I am praying for the Trump family and all those impacted by this outbreak of the virus in Washington. May they recover and get back to their regular lives soon. Lord help me if I forget to put humanity over politics.

With Love and Gratitude,

6 thoughts on “Humanity Isn’t Political: Christ, Trump, and COVID

  1. Thank you for this, Tracy. Even without the illness, people have been saying so many horrible
    things about both candidates that I had to walk away from FaceBook on June 28th. It was a
    “last-straw” kind of day. We need to pray for God’s will when it comes to the Election and
    remember that believing in different political ideals does not change the fact that we are
    called to love our neighbor. Praying for all in and out of the White House that are dealing
    with COVID.

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