Last week at church, two lovely, elderly women came forward to be prayed for at the altars where I am honored to serve as part of our prayer and healing team.  The three of us joined hands and enjoyed a powerful time of prayer together, asking God’s blessings on our church, our pastor, and in our community.  As we were wrapping up, one of the ladies said, “Let’s pray for our president now.  He needs our protection. There are lots of people who would like to see him impeached.”

I paused, unsure of what to say. How was I to tell this nice lady that I am one of those people?

I finally said, “I’ll pray with you for America. I’ll pray for God’s will to be done. But I won’t pray for the president to remain in office.”  They froze. One lady turned white as a ghost.  She audibly gasped, dropped my hand like a hot potato and stumbled backward into a chair. The other lady continued to hold my hand but looked at me with a pained expression. She leaned in close and whispered, “you know dear, the democrats were destroying the economy. We need a real businessman to clear our national debt.” I whispered back, “Under no circumstances will I partner with evil for love of money.”

That did it.  I lost the second lady. To be sure, it was the most awkward prayer session I’ve ever had. They have probably been praying for my soul all week.

I realize I’m in contempt of Romans 13:1, which says to submit to governing authorities.  In this season, I’m going with the less-often quoted, but no less applicable, Proverbs 25:5, which says,

Remove the wicked from leadership, and authority will be credible and God-honoring.

Proverbs 25:5, The Message

Each of us is held accountable to God to pray how the Holy Spirit has led us individually.

If I would have had more time to collect myself, here is what I would have explained  to those nice ladies who came for prayer:  Lots of people make mistakes.  They aren’t evil, they are human. I will happily pray for them.

Evil is something more vile, more despicable, more perverse.  It’s inhuman, and it’s motive is to dehumanize. I won’t align myself with it.

If allowed, evil will take control of someone, eventually making itself known by coming out in words and physical actions.

The gospel accounts reveal that a sign of the presence of evil is when someone is unable to control their mouth or their hands. With regards to physical assault, Trump has repeatedly said he “couldn’t help himself.”

Grabbing a woman by the genitals is not “making a mistake.”  It’s evil.

Attempting to discredit a reporter on national television by insinuating she is having her period = there’s an evil presence.

Calling women names, like, “Ugly face,” “Dog”, or “Pig”   is evil making itself known.  Telling women they look better on their knees = evil. Lewdly commenting on women’s body parts every five minutes = evil.  Publicly humiliating and fat shaming a beauty contestant = evil. Calling a deaf person a “retard” = evil. The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Evil is easy to spot. Evil mocks, gesticulates, sneers.

Mocking a disabled person = evil.

I think it’s very telling that most Christians who voted for Donald Trump would not have voted for him if he were homosexual.  That would be a line they would never cross.  But somehow, in their eyes, God thinks it is more ok for a man to sexually assault a woman than to have sex with another man.  It’s ok for Donald to have said,

I moved on her like a bitch… I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it.  Grab them… you can do anything.

Donald Trump

about a woman, but it wouldn’t have been ok if he had bragged about doing that to a man.

God let those videos come out so that we would know the presence of evil was there, and we refused to acknowledge it because we wanted what Trump had to offer.

Evil really isn’t that hard to recognize. It’s just so darn inconvenient when there’s a kingdom on the line.

For the third test, the Devil took him to the peak of a huge mountain. He gestured expansively, pointing out all the earth’s kingdoms, how glorious they all were. Then he said, “They’re yours—lock, stock, and barrel. Just go down on your knees and worship me, and they’re yours.”

Jesus’ refusal was curt: “Beat it, Satan!”

Matthew 4:8-10, The Message

Next time some lovely church ladies want to pray with me for the president, I’ll be better prepared.  I’ll explain, gently, that God does not compromise with evil  and neither will I. I won’t gloss over it in hopes that it will fix our economy. I won’t overlook it for a SCOTUS nomination.  I won’t pretend it’s not there so I can get a wall.  And I sure as hell won’t pray for it.

Whoever whitewashes the wicked gets a black mark in the history books, But whoever exposes the wicked will be thanked and rewarded.

Proverbs 24:24-25, The Message

I aim to please God and I follow the scriptures as He reveals them to me. I pray continually for our country and for true, Godly leadership.  If I pray for Donald Trump, it is that he is removed from office swiftly and that his unholy and shameful alliance with Christ’s beautiful bride is terminated, forever and ever.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

*Addendum for clarification: praying for God’s will to be done (which I mention in the post) means that I pray for his salvation.

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Written by Amy

Amy Shively Hawk is the author of Six Years in the Hanoi Hilton: An Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in Vietnam, with a foreword by John McCain. She lives in Hood River, Oregon, where she serves on the elder board and teaches bible classes at her local church. In the summer, she may be found on the sunny Columbia River windsurfing, paddle boarding, or doing SUP yoga with her husband Steve and their lively teenagers, Savanna and Cruise.