You have to wonder, what is it about Donald Trump that frightens liberals, media, academia and the establishment class in politics? Those who see Donald as a hateful, unstable, shallow, boisterous billionaire need to consider whether they are responding to the man and what he actually says or reacting to the man’s caricature.
Barack Obama deliberately ran as a blank canvas. Trump is the opposite. He is in some strange way a mirror that reflects whatever you are. Some people “get” him and others don’t—and those who “don’t” never will.
The real spirit of this conflict is laid bare if you read the 51-page Democrat Party platform. It’s the manifesto Hillary Clinton is expected to enforce if she becomes president. In Hillary’s America, we would undergo the final phase of Obama’s radical, socialist cultural transformation with astonishing speed. They call this revolution a “reset.” And just one man stands in its path.
When I first heard Donald Trump speak, he was returning from a trip to Iowa where he met evangelicals. Asked what he thought about them, he replied, “Well, they’re interesting.” He sounded like he had encountered a rare bird species never seen in Manhattan.
With 16 candidates running, and many of them strong Christians, it didn’t seem likely Trump, the business man outsider, would go far. But I heard the Lord say: “Donald Trump is a wrecking ball to the spirit of political correctness.”
Immediately I began to wonder what God was doing. Could this odd man out be the unpredictable instrument of God for a nation entering what the authors of The Fourth Turning call the crucible—a cycle of American history where we are put to the ultimate test?
Soros or Cyrus: Your Choice
When the Lord spoke to me about Trump as a wrecking ball, I sensed Trump was about to break up the narrative driving the nation. In that moment, the media was highlighting gender change with Bruce Jenner, safe places on campuses and riots in Ferguson. The terms “homophobia” and “islamophobia” were being attached like a scarlet letter to anyone who had concerns or convictions out of sync with popular opinion. No politicians were talking about borders.
While evangelicals were walking on eggshells, Trump took over the conversation and has dominated it ever since. Unlike any candidate in electoral history, Trump has shaken up the establishment in media and politics. Until Trump arrived, a handful of insiders held the undisputed power to prop one contender up or take an unruly voice down. As the media found out, they can only break you if they make you. They didn’t make Donald.
As I traveled to Trump Tower, I wondered, “How far will this wrecking ball go? Why would God choose Trump when so many true conservatives and Christians were already running? Is Trump an interruption to God’s plan, or is the battle for America changing in a way we haven’t caught up with?”
We’ve been losing the culture war decisively for the last decade, largely because we never knew how it was fought in the first place. Christians represent a sufficient number in America to impact the nation. Why do we fail?
I’ve researched this topic for 20 years and keep coming back to a conclusion my colleagues and I don’t like—namely, culture isn’t shaped the way we thought. We assumed culture is a reflection of the values of the majority of the people. If you can turn the majority, you can tip the culture—or so we thought. The truth is, a relative few shape the culture, a remnant of elites in proximity to power. This is why you can’t evangelize a nation into transformation.
Christians already outnumber other groups but keep losing influence. To put it in Christian terms, a remnant of gatekeepers who sit at the culture-shaping gates of influence are making the greatest impact. This powerful elite is made up of dense, overlapping networks located and largely concentrated in the coastal cities and distributed among the peak institutions of government, law, academia, journalism, banking and entertainment—institutions that touch us all. It’s a revolutionary distinction. Revival ignites from the bottom up, but cultural reformation solidifies from the top down. You must occupy the gates!
Christians by and large are not concentrated in these heights. This explains why a remnant in the progressive left has succeeded so radically since President Obama came to power, true to Jesus’ saying: “For the sons of this world are wiser in their own generation than the sons of light” (Luke 16:8). Put simply, evangelicals and charismatics are a large but disjointed group. We don’t work together and we don’t occupy key “gates” in the high places of opinion shaping.
In spite of this, Trump sees this group as critically important.
By putting America first and building a people movement, Trump becomes a wild card that messes up the elite globalists’ insider game. Whatever you bow to on the way up the mountain controls you at the top. Hillary Clinton comes to the top of the political mountain with 1,000 strings (attached to 30,000 missing emails) where Trump comes with none. This is why the lawless Left and establishment Republicans don’t trust him. He’s not tied into the system.
How will the Left accomplish their final “reset” for America?
The winner of this election will have the power to appoint three or four more Supreme Court Justices. To use a J.R.R. Tolkien analogy, this is the “one ring to rule them all.” The winner has power to protect our constitutional freedoms or alter the meaning of the Constitution and punish, prosecute and persecute the opposition for the next 40 years. If Democrats win, the court will be the rubber stamp behind the radical “reset.”
As Hugh Hewitt, a law professor and media commentator, says: “Every issue, every issue, will end up there, and the legislature’s judgments will matter not a bit. So vote for Hillary Clinton (or sit it out) and then prepare for the deluge of court-ordered solutions to every social problem, bench-drawn congressional districts and extraordinary deference to every agency of the federal government combined with a sweeping away of federalism.”
Traditional Judeo-Christian morality doesn’t exist. Moral relativism that judges morality itself has replaced it. This is the ultimate spoil of the culture war, the power to define the meaning of words. Hence, the meanings of “marriage” and “gender” have already changed and are just the beginning of a whole new vocabulary. Soon freedom of speech itself will fall under the scornful branding of “hate speech.” Sound unrealistic? Watch what a progressive Supreme Court comes up with for laws!
Spiritual warfare is all about whose version of reality becomes manifest on the Earth. Christians are about to make a big mistake in this election cycle if they buy into the wrong narrative about Trump. Our choice is now George Soros or Cyrus.
Trump the Billionaire Businessman
My first meeting with Trump was Dec. 30, 2015, in the boardroom on the 26th floor of Trump Tower. Most of those attending did not know each other personally prior to the meeting. It was a rather eclectic sampling of evangelicals, a group within the larger self-described “Christian” community that makes up nearly 30 percent of the American population, some 30 million potential voters.
It is not easily noticed on TV, but Trump is a big guy. I don’t just mean in terms of personality. He is physically tall at 6 foot, 3 inches. Add heels and hair, and he grows another inch. His personal style is more restrained than the man you see on a platform or in an interview. He was gracious, nonconfrontational and surprisingly open to “give and take.”
I got the impression that Trump takes in information quickly but filters it equally fast to distinguish one idea from another. It’s an executive skill I’ve noticed in CEOs in whatever field I meet them. They are avid fact-finders with a built-in filter separating superficial ideas from ideas with substance. As individuals spoke, he read them and weighed their relative power within the group.
A Messianic Rabbi sitting near me said, “Your comments don’t always represent you in the best light. People want to know you have a presidential temperament. They want to know that you are a person they can trust with a finger on a nuclear button.” Trump pursed his lips in characteristic fashion, nodded thoughtfully and said, “I hear you.”
When the conversation turned to some of the more heated exchanges of the campaign, Trump explained, “You know, people aren’t aware of what is coming at me … what I am responding to, like the storm that broke out when I took a stand on immigration. It can get pretty vicious. You don’t always know the backstory. I can say this, I never punch indiscriminately. I’m a counter puncher … but I fully hear what you are saying. I know where you’re coming from.”
Several of us exchanged glances. There was no denial and no need to drill deeper on the subject. Equally, there was no flippant or disingenuous commitment to change. He would do as occasion required—until he clinched the nomination.
One significant difference between this meeting and Trump’s earlier encounter with Iowa evangelicals was the presence of a number of African-American ministers. Almost to a man, they described to me the backlash they encountered for even being willing to meet with a Republican. It was interesting to watch the interaction.
In contrast to the rabbi, Bishop Darrell Scott of Ohio said, “I wouldn’t change a thing. Be you and keep being consistent. That’s what people like about you. You’re not playing politics.”
Trump looked around the boardroom table and laughed. “So you’re saying, ‘Don’t change’? Well, that’s interesting!” Darrell replied, “Right! People would see you change and know it isn’t you. You would start to look political, and that would make you look like everyone else. Just be you! I came here with an open mind. To my way of thinking, there are three branches of government: legislative, executive and judicial. You are clearly gifted for the executive branch. That’s what you do.”
Trump the Christian Sympathizer
As our meeting continued, I was surprised to find that Trump actually knew some of the preachers and teachers in the room, not because he had met them but because he had watched their TV programs. Media is one of his domains. He is very much dialed in on all sorts of TV programming, including Christian programming.
Trump casually shared, “I was going around the dial last night and ran into Politically Incorrect.” This is the popular left-wing HBO talk show that comedian Bill Maher hosts. “It’s amazing how antagonistic they are about people of faith. It was painful to watch … wasn’t always like this in America,” Trump said. Turning to TBN’s Jan Crouch, he asked, “This seems to have been going on for a while hasn’t it?” We all agreed.
Trump scanned the room and said, “I think we had such a long period of Christian consensus in our culture and we kind of got … spoiled. Is that the right word?” Then he turned the tables on us and said something shocking: “Every other ideological group in the country has a voice. If you don’t mind me saying so, you guys have gotten soft.”
Ouch! That’s the line I won’t forget. Then in a moment of reflection, he corrected himself, “I mean, we, myself included, we’ve had it easy as Christians for a long time in America. That’s been changing.”
From Trump’s perspective, Christian leaders are a people living in fear of having opinions. Subsequent to this meeting, he proposed lifting the Lyndon Johnson ban on churches discussing politics that hangs like an IRS sword over the heads of churches in America. The truth is, even if it’s lifted, pastors fear offending their flock.
What he said next may have been lost on others, but it hit me in a particularly striking way: “People who identify themselves as ‘Christian’ make up probably the single largest constituency in the country, but there is absolutely no unity, no punch … not in political consensus or any other area I can see.”
When the meeting broke up, I went home feeling certain there is some sort of anointing on this man, but I couldn’t get my head wrapped around where he fit, nor could I figure out the purpose for me being in that meeting. That was when the next unexpected download hit me!
A Prophetic Picture of President Trump
I was updating some random social-media activity when I ran across a simple PowerPoint showing Trump seated in the Oval Office with the words “Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States.” The image made a peculiar impression on my mind. I was dazed. Literally no one was thinking this would be a possibility, but I was sensing this was more than some random Facebook meme. It was a prophetic picture. It struck me the same way the “wrecking ball” word did.
I heard the Spirit impress upon my mind, “Read Isaiah 45.” To be honest, I didn’t recall what the chapter was about. I opened a Bible and began to read, “Thus saith the Lord to Cyrus whom I’ve anointed.”
Cyrus? I thought. Who is he in relation to all this? I recalled that he was a heathen king who was indispensable to the protection of the Jews, but I was, frankly, confused as to what God was saying.
With 16 candidates running, many of whom are evangelicals, why would God talk about Cyrus? I quickly looked up the number of the next president. I confirmed that Barack Obama is number 44. The next president will indeed be number 45. I kept reading Isaiah 45.
Nearly 150 years before Cyrus’ birth, God declared through the prophet Isaiah that a foreign man, a non-Jew named Cyrus, would be the anointed shepherd of his people and rebuild Jerusalem, beginning in the first phase with the house of the Lord. Regarding Cyrus, Isaiah the prophet spoke as follows:
“Thus says the Lord to Cyrus, His anointed, whose right hand I have held—to subdue nations before him and to loosen the loins of kings, to open doors before him so that the gates will not be shut: I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and shatter the bars of iron” (Is. 45:1-2).
God anoints secular rulers in history for specific purposes in order to protect His interests.
This will amaze you! The three issues that Cyrus took the most satisfaction in:
- Dealing with terror
- Restoring the habitations or economic stability of their cities
- Honoring their sanctuaries or their houses of faith
The Cyrus cylinder (that was uncovered in an archaeological dig) talks about terrorism, economics and faith.
Cyrus wasn’t a Jew and he wasn’t from the line of David, but God elevated this foreigner and called him “My anointed.” When Isaiah described Cyrus as the Lord’s “anointed,” the word in Hebrew denotes a person specifically chosen and set apart for a specific task. It never occurred to me God anoints secular leaders who are not part of the faith community. Then again, how else would you describe Cyrus, Churchill, Lincoln or even Reagan?
God promised to intervene and help Cyrus “break open” and even conquer. The commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem starts with Cyrus’ decree recorded in Ezra 1:1-4 to rebuild the house of the Lord. It was this “Cyrus decree” that worked its way through King Darius and King Artaxerxes until Nehemiah commenced his task to rebuild the wall surrounding Jerusalem.
This Should Make You Stop and Wonder
These two phrases, “the house” and “the wall,” should make believers stop and wonder. This is a direct promise to the church and restoration to society. The controversy over “building the wall” in current-day politics is more symbolic than people think. What do walls represent in the Bible? Proverbs 25:28 says “He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.”
America has become a nation without walls, a nation without self-government. We are out of control fiscally and physically on our borders. It reminds me of the prophetic statement of Lincoln, who warned that no foreign power would destroy us: “No, if destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men we will live forever or die by suicide.” I believe this wrecking ball is sent to break the spell and stop the death spiral.
Enter common grace. Right after I heard the Lord tell me to “read Isaiah 45,” two words echoed in my head: “common grace.” Reformed theologians use this term, which was first introduced to me while reading Chuck Colson. It describes the grace of God that comes down upon a fallen world to keep in check the forces of anarchy, and the inclination of the sinful nature of man to self-destruct.
In other words, common grace is the grace that comes upon all (Christians and non-Christians) to help them affirm the good and resist the bad, personally and institutionally. It’s the hidden hand of God that works to promote justice and order in a world where selfishness could produce societal collapse. “Saving grace” is what gets you saved, and “common grace” is God’s special influence that comes upon man to keep society from imploding.
To the point, I liked Trump the moment I met him, but I’m like any other believer with a born-again experience. I want to know the man has had a personal encounter with Jesus. When I read Isaiah, this verse stood out to me: “I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me” (Is. 45:4). “Have not known Me”? Suddenly I felt better about where he is in his journey. This is a lot to process, isn’t it?
Trump falls into a unique category of individuals. These are men and women the hand of Providence serves up. They are typically people whose singular strengths and convictions match a certain test in history—a crucible. As Churchill said, “All my life was a preparation for this moment.” Figures like Churchill, Lincoln and George S. Patton don’t step out of cathedrals onto the stage of history, yet we canonize them later as instruments God raised up to meet a singular crisis.
Curiously, none of them were the darling or favorite of contemporary Christians. Preachers thought Lincoln to be a godless skeptic; they stumbled over Churchill’s cigars and scotch; they balked at Reagan’s divorce and children from two marriages.
None of these instruments of providence rose through the ranks of evangelicals, yet each of them ended up as a defender of Christian values. This came home to me in the most shocking way as I replayed Trump’s words. Like the Scottish heir to John Knox, he shouted back to the Vatican, “I am a Christian and I’m proud of it!”
Churchill himself framed the contest with Hitler as a “battle for Christian civilization” and insisted “Onward Christian Soldiers” be sung on board the ship where he and Roosevelt forged their alliance against the Axis powers. Lincoln quoted the Bible more than any other president, yet he refused to join any established church.
Who Has God Anointed?
This is the proposition I give to Christians who are dispirited by the failure of their favorite candidate to capture the nomination: Don’t ask, “Who is the most Christian?” Instead ask, “Who is the one anointed for the task?”
“Common grace” tells us that God acts in history to raise up leaders from unlikely places for the sake of His purposes and His people. In 1860, the pious evangelical Salmon Chase was a better Christian than the men he ran against, but the wily Lincoln got the nomination. Chase could not understand why God had denied him, but in the end, the Springfield, Illinois, lawyer proved to be the most suitable vessel for the coming chaos.
From my perspective, there is a Cyrus anointing on Trump. He is, as my friend Kim Clement said three years ago, “God’s trumpet.” I predicted his nomination, and I believe he is the chaos candidate set apart to navigate us through the chaos that is coming to America. I think America is due for a shaking regardless of who is in office. I believe the 45th president is meant to be an Isaiah 45 Cyrus.
With him in office, we have an authority in the Spirit to build the house of the Lord and restore the crumbling walls that separate us from cultural collapse. Even then, this national project is likely to be done, as Daniel prophesied, “in times of trouble” (Dan. 9:25).
Let’s remember, as much as 70 percent of Americans self-describe as “Christians.” These include Catholics, Presbyterians, Episcopalians and Lutherans. Within the total population, 30 percent say they have encountered Christ in a “born-again” experience. There are many who believe they are Christians who do not use our language. Are they trying to deceive us? No.
While we met, Trump shared an insight into himself that surprised me. He revealed how he views himself in contrast to pastors and clergy. Tapping his Bible, he said, “Look, I freely admit that while you all were pursuing a higher calling, I was running around building buildings and making money.”
It harks back to an earlier time in American life when “men of the cloth” were held in higher esteem. Notice he considers the work of ministry a “higher calling” than what he was doing when he made his billions. In some ways, this was a humbler admission than most people of wealth and affluence ever make.
Trump may be shrewd, but in matters regarding his faith, he possesses the self-conscious candor of a man who knows he falls short but who fundamentally shares the same beliefs. The genuineness of this connection was on full display in the acceptance speech he delivered in Cleveland where he thanked evangelicals and in a rare moment of emotional vulnerability spoke off script saying, “I don’t know that I deserve it.” This one moment reveals the true heart of the man.
Trump Himself Is Prophetic
Trump is more prophetic than most people realize. He is Churchillian in this regard. He sees the threat nobody else has courage to talk about until it’s too late. He sees it with radical Islam, he sees it with the soaring $19 trillion debt, and he sees it in America’s tinderbox of the inner city.
Trump accurately predicted by name that Brussels was no longer the same community he knew years ago. The press was picking apart his statement at the very moment Brussels became the epicenter of another round of organized terror and death. Likewise, Trump predicted the “Brexit,” while expert commentators in media and government were stunned. Christians should take note of this.
Media in the post-Cleveland conference of the Republican Party described Trump’s message as “dystopian” or dark. However, those who agree with Trump found the message encouraging simply because someone was finally telling the truth! A full 70 percent of Americans say the country is on the wrong track.
Trump is much like Churchill, lifting a warning voice about the unravelling of America at a time when the ruling class, buttressed by the media, want to deny there is anything wrong! In all likelihood, Trump is intuiting that which is on the horizon if changes are not made. Like Churchill, the opposition wants to exile him for sounding an alarm in his disturbingly blunt manner. The media assault on Trump is unprecedented.
Let my account provide an alternative viewpoint. I am thankful to Steve Strang for the courage to publish this potentially controversial piece. Trump is not a perfect man or a flawless candidate. But I do believe I’ve heard God.
As One, Lance Wallnau
A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” (Samuel Adams, Letter to James Warren, February 12, 1779)
When have our national leadership prospects seemed more disfigured?
It appears there are two guns pointed at our heads, one is locked and loaded, the other may represent a spin at Russian roulette, but the mathematical odds are clearly better. But there’s more, follow along for two minutes here, and consider a different angle, with a biblical precedent.
Donald Joseph Trump appears to be a loathsome, sexist, crude, loudmouthed, narcissistic bully with a checkered and questionable past. Yet he is not a criminal, and even a full roster of his alleged wrongdoings and misdeeds fails to compare to the Clinton legacy. The harsh, real politic implications of what’s ahead will require tough decisions, especially to retain any hope of constructionist meddling and legislating from the bench and a constitutional quorum on the Supreme Court. Trump represents the only possibility for a more favorable outcome.
Hillary Rodham Clinton has a 30-year track record of compromise, corruption, collusion and contempt for law and truth and she comes with the incomparable baggage of a former president for a husband who brought unprecedented shame to the Oval Office of the White House under impeachment proceedings, and a track-record of equally contemptuous behavior not the least of which is his known behaviors as a sexual predator who in facing multiple charges, was also accused of rape and settled out of court while he was disbarred from practicing law even as he and his wife hustled hundreds of millions of dollars into their charitable foundation while serving their personal interests through a sophisticated global syndicate of influence for sale. And that’s just for starters.
The voting public, the body politic of the United States, is faced with little inspiration, and among those who are cognizant enough to realize the perils we face, grave concerns over damage control of our republic.
My friend Dr. Lance Wallnau uniquely suggests Trump is a “wrecking ball” and could be an “instrument” of God’s purposes. An “anointing” from God means sacred consecration, sanctifying, ordaining for a special role, office, or purpose, it does not necessarily imply God’s approval on moral behavior.
For example, Samson foolishly failed God morally, arguably by lust, but even though he was blinded as a result, God used him at a moment of apparent failure and humiliation, even as he was seen as entertaining and amusing to the Philistine elites, to be the instrument by which he destroyed the temple of the Philistine god Dagon, and brought down the Philistine lords (the political elites of the corrupt Philistine establishment) with it in judgment, even as Israel had fallen under their rule (Judges 16:23–30).
This act of judgment might have been accomplished by other means, through the obedience of God’s people, but when they fail, God is able to accomplish His purposes in other ways, even when it does not appear to be consistent with man’s ways or expectations, and certainly not politically correct.
We didn’t reach this presidential election and this point in American history overnight. It has taken us years of neglect and decades of indifference to the integrity of our political leaders, acceptance of compromises and corruption of persons meant to represent us in elected office, and unwillingness to become more personally engaged in governance from the local level to the highest levels of appointed authority. We reached this point of presidential election leadership crisis through our own collective failures. No finger-pointing, it all ultimately comes back to each of us. We are urgently in need of awakening else we are in danger of facing judgment.
In our once noble republic and representational democracy the burden of moral responsibility for the constancy of protecting ideals depends not on those in power alone – the burden rests on the shoulders of those who placed them there by election or appointment as well. Our executive exercise of government has become hostile to its origins and increasingly feeble, yet our ideals as a nation are still noble, and worth respecting and preserving even as symbolized by our flag. We are fighting on principle for things forgotten in corrupted current practices and virtually unknown in our public schools as a result of a systemic failure and appalling ignorance among our young.
“It is an object of vast magnitude that systems of education should be adopted and pursued which may not only diffuse a knowledge of the sciences but may implant in the minds of the American youth the principles of virtue and of liberty and inspire them with just and liberal ideas of government and with an inviolable attachment to their own country.” (Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America, 1794)
As a nation we have paid a dear price in blood and treasure to establish our independence and to maintain the freedoms we have enjoyed for 240 years.
Our nation is uniquely endowed with a sacred wisdom by a constitution wherein law and principle rule us – not simply humans who’s moral failings historically lead to the abuse of power and tyranny. The division of those powers and a system of checks and balances was constitutionally designed to give us every opportunity to protect any one person or branch of government from dominating the others.
The ideal is that reason, wisdom, justice, goodwill, and moral conscience would prevail in a great gathering of responsible governmental units from local village and city councils, to state governments and a federal government to form a more complete, indeed a more perfect union. However, when a nation becomes subject to its worst inclinations towards selfishness, that union is frayed in the center cannot hold.
“It’s is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled. It must be the combined virtue of the rulers and of the people to do this, and to rescue and save their civil and religious rights from the outstretched arm of tyranny, which may appear under any mode or form of government.” (Mercy Warren, History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution, 1805)
Now we have reached a new century, and we have too often failed exert the effort necessary to faithfully maintain the vigilance necessary to preserve and protect freedom and exercise its stewardship responsibly unfettered by government abuse. Federal indebtedness alone may be our undoing.
“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” (John Marshall, McCullough v. Maryland, 1819)
The subtle erosion of our constitutional system of government, and the quality of governance we have simply tolerated in our distraction, pursuit of other idols of personal “sacred” importance, and failure to engage in government personally has led us here. We are wise to pause and reflect in this critical time for the sake of our future and that of future generations.
“How prone all human institutions have been to decay; how subject the best-formed and most wisely organized governments have been to lose their check and totally dissolve; how difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to preserve their dearest rights and best privileges, impelled as it were by an irresistible fate of despotism.” (James Monroe, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 10, 1788)
As a result of going down a path of our own design and selfish ambitions, we face the terrible prospect that what we have exalted in our own wills and allowed through our own neglect will indeed visit us in ways we can scarcely imagine. Consider how many innocent human lives have been destroyed merely because they were inconvenient or got in the way of our sometimes ruthless ambitions. Whatever idolatrous objects our greed has propelled us toward, none of them will satisfy us without the true love and peace of God. Whether we have sought gold or silver, demanded pleasure or licentiousness, convenience or collusion with ethical compromise, the result is always misery at someone’s expense – crime, abortion, sex trafficking, broken families, educational failure, poverty, despair, loneliness, euthanasia but always a devaluation of humanity.
“Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other. The divine law, as discovered by reason and the moral sense, forms an essential part of both.” (James Wilson, 1791)
We can return to nobility again, but only when we exalt the virtues and values that established this great nation through a genuine faith in God. It will require that we become thoroughly reacquainted with the transcendent laws and principles of justice, wisdom, forgiveness, healing and love that our benevolent and merciful Creator has provided for our happiness and welfare.
Meanwhile, our hand is forced to exercise the greatest privilege of our democracy in voting.
Soon we will exercise that privilege, and discernment must disclose the person who is an instrument to preserve what’s left of our liberties so that we may rebuild. It will require greater engagement from all of us.
We are working together with other like-minded men and women of faith, reason, goodwill, love of God and country, and patriotic commitment to its highest ideals — on tools to enable greater exercise of vigilance, engagement, and responsibility. I’m looking forward to sharing more about what those tools will provide soon.
“Nevertheless, to the persecution and tyranny of his cruel ministry we will not tamely submit — appealing to Heaven for the justice of our cause, we determine to die or be free….” (Joseph Warren, American account of the Battle of Lexington, April 26, 1775)
Thanks for your prayer, and let us continue.
Your Friend, Gordon Pennington.
Why another Clinton presidency could destroy what’s left of America as we know it.
By Jim Garlow
The Democrat and Republican party platforms are as different as night and day, in my opinion, and as far apart as evil vs. good. I don’t care for the “right vs. left” nomenclature, mind you. I am far more concerned with “right vs. wrong.”
The 51-page Democrat Party platform is the most leftist ever. It contains many antibiblical points. It is thoroughly socialistic—a socialist is a communist without a gun—and decimates God’s definition of marriage and morality.
By contrast, the 54-page GOP platform is one of the strongest-ever Republican platforms. A biblically alert, scripturally literate person could be comfortable with almost all of it. If a person is not drawn to the “top-of-the-ballot” candidate, they ought to at least consider voting for the candidate attached to the best party platform.
This election, both candidates are flawed. We all know that. But permit me an analogy: As a pastor, I would rather deal with a church attendee who is blatant and brash in his sinning than one who is devious, lying, cunning and deceptive. Both are problematic, but one is easier to deal with than the other. If I were a pastor bringing correction to a parishioner, I would prefer dealing with a “Trump type” over a “Hillary type” any day. That’s because the chances of making progress with the “Trump type” are many times greater.
Consider this second analogy. When my late wife’s remarkable and much-loved oncologist said, “Don’t take Carol to that alternative (non-FDA approved) treatment.” I asked, “Why not?” He warned me of “the unknown.”
“Doctor, your ‘known’ is much worse than the alternative treatment’s ‘unknown,’” I told him, and I took her for alternative treatment.
One year later, that same oncologist went to the alternative treatment doctor to discover why Carol had improved so much. While this alternative treatment did not ultimately save her life, it likely stretched two or three years of life to six. Here’s the application of the analogy: Hillary’s “known” is considerably worse—many times over—than Trump’s “unknown.”
This Is Demonic at Its Core
Trump has lots of sins in his past (actually, we all do) and, in the present, says things he should not say. I make no attempt to defend his inappropriate comments. But let’s turn to the other candidate. Although America has had some scandal-ridden candidates in its history, we have never seen any one major party candidate more constantly scandalous as Hillary and her husband. She seems to exceed all previous boundaries for wrongdoing.
The scandals just don’t stop. In the same way that we did not take time to list all of Trump’s misstatements, neither will we here rehash the seemingly continuous string of horrific scandals of the Clintons. While I do not excuse Trump’s wrongful words or his past personal behavior, I am more deeply concerned with Hillary’s devious and illegal actions.
Is this “voting for the lesser of two evils?” All elections—until Jesus is on the ballot—are about voting for “the lesser of two evils.” The human heart is wicked, according to Jeremiah 17:9. Sin has impacted every human.
My observation is that Trump is slowly being surrounded by increasingly good people. Can these good people impact him? We will see. In contrast, I see no reason for any encouragement regarding the people surrounding Hillary.
I believe Trump is right on approximately 75 percent of the issues. I wish it were 100 percent. I am in hopes those beginning to surround him can help him connect the dots on more issues. In contrast, Hillary is wrong on—how do I say this nicely?—essentially 100 percent of the issues.
This next issue might be one of the most important ones, but I suspect few will understand its significance. Trump opposes globalism. Hillary thrives on it. Globalism is far more than “geographical” or “eliminating national borders and boundaries.” It is spiritual, that is, demonic at its core. Few, very few, understand this. This is quite likely one of the main reasons Trump is hated. Do your homework on this one. Think “principalities and powers.” This is extremely serious.
Not voting is not a viable option, contrary to what the “purists” claim. I do not intend to begin a war on the issue. I know that some radically disagree with this. It sounds noble. Given the reality that it helps the chance of a Hillary Clinton presidency, it is not noble. It is wrong.
Voting for a third-party candidate is—regardless of what is said—a complete throw-away. No third-party candidate will be elected or even come remotely close to being elected. And yes, that matters to me. For the record, the Libertarian ticket—Gary Johnson and William Weld—is nearly as bad on many issues as Hillary.
Hillary’s Strong Delusion
Trump has moved to a pro-life position. I wish he were as visceral about this as he should be. Hillary is pro-baby killing, prides herself on that, and honors an organization, Planned Parenthood, that actually traffics parts from dead babies it has killed. This is below anything we have seen since Nazi Germany. The gall of Hillary!
The Clintons have evaded justice for decades and likely will continue to do so. But they will someday stand before the Great White Throne. They will have to give account of their support of ripping babies to shreds in the womb. For the record, those who vote for candidates who support the genocide of pre-borns will also have to give an account.
Trump wants to defend the nation, which is the purpose of government. Hillary has a horrific track record as secretary of state, and due to hundreds of millions of dollars given to her and her husband’s foundation, she is beholden to those who want us dead. Trump will label “Islamic terrorism” what it is. Hillary, in the spirit of Obama’s denial, cannot bring herself to honesty on this issue.
Hillary claims “everything is fine” in America. This defies every single fact, but facts have never been an interest of Hillary’s. Trump understands that it is 11:59 p.m. on the “cultural clock.” America is near the end—morally, economically, militarily and, sadly, spiritually. There are very clear, identifiable indicators—measurable ones—that America is no longer the world’s leading power. That day is over. Hillary will hasten the final destruction. Trump could either slow that down or possibly, with God’s help, reverse it. Maybe.
Trump, as a businessman, will address massive government spending. Hillary will expand it above the existing unsustainable debt the U.S. carries (almost $20 trillion, plus unfunded liabilities to Social Security).
Trump will expose—and I pray, bring down—“the systemic evil” (i.e., cronyism, deceit, misuse and abuse of capitalism) that reigns among many high-dollar lobbyists. He understands “the system” because he participated in it. Hillary thrives because of the lobbyists. How did the Clintons go from being “broke”—her word—to worth potentially $100 million in just a few years? Not from building a business! Trump will stop the massive over-reach of government. Hillary will extend it.
Freedoms Come in 3s
Freedoms come in threes. Political, economic and religious freedom coexist. Take one away, and the other two will eventually disappear. One cannot exist without the other two. The genius of America is that it had all three—until recently.
Trump fully grasps the loss of religious liberty. I have heard him speak on it in person on several occasions. He knows that economic and political freedoms are evaporating. He will reverse that. Hillary will decimate all three.
Someone will have to help Trump “connect the dots” that the massive loss of First Amendment religious liberties is coming primarily—and almost exclusively—from one source: the coercion of a sodomite and transsexual agenda—coded as LGBTQ—on American culture. To this point, he has not made that connection.
Every rational person knows the Supreme Court appointments are paramount. Trump has listed 11 superb potential nominees. Hillary’s appointments would snuff out the tiny vestige of the three freedoms that are left.
Those are my perceptions. You do not have to agree with them. Once again, I make no excuse for wrongdoing or wrongful, hurtful words from either candidate. Candidly, I want King Jesus. I want Him to rule here—now. That day is not fully manifested—yet. So we prayerfully navigate this challenging election season to Honor Jesus.