Immediately, Trump fans may be put off by the title. I am not saying don’t love Donald Trump. I love my brother. I pray for him. I am outraged by the vileness of the left toward—not just our president—but his wife and children. We need to extend love and respect to the man.
When I say utilize, I am not speaking of Donald Trump the man—I am speaking of the presidency of Donald Trump. I am talking about seizing this moment when power is being used for the good of the nation, and gives the church new freedom to preach the Gospel.
Utilize means: use, make use of, put to use, employ, avail oneself of, bring/press into service, bring into play, deploy, draw on, exploit, harness. My question to the American church is simple: Are we utilizing his presidency?
The enemies of the church utilized Obama’s time in power to greatly expand their operations…and most notably, create a widespread cultural shaming of Christians. Under Obama there was outright hostility toward the church’s freedom of speech and religion. Schools shut down Christians groups. Prayer was wiped out in many public events. An amazing amount was done that goes against our basic beliefs.
Some believers dislike Trump because they believe he limits the Gospel. In fact, the opposite may be true. Military chaplains can again talk about Christ, Christian clubs can again meet on campus, permits for Christian events are easier to obtain, and even social media has begun to remove the muzzle on Christians.
The newfound hatred for the Gospel blossomed under Obama not Trump. The railing you hearing right now is because the open season on the church is over.
But what are we as Christians doing with the fact that jobs are coming back—are we investing in soul winning? Now that we have more freedom to witness are we reaching out? Now that the oppressive restraints are being successfully challenged in court, and the tide is turning toward more religious freedom, are we harnessing the moment?
On the other hand, we must not idolize Trump. He is not our provider—God is. We cannot devolve into a cult following where Trump can do no wrong. We can’t be entertained by his gotcha tweets (a personal weakness of mine) and bravado. We have to see the big picture. Respect him, admire him but never forget the urgency of the time. You have work to do.
True prophets speak truth to power. If our president reverses course and becomes an enemy of the Gospel I will openly oppose him. How can I not?
At best, Trump will be in office another 7 years. That’s not a long time. In fact, it could only be 3 more years. In that time, we must discredit the virus the nation contracted from God-hating leftist elites. If we do not, then brace yourself for the most vicious leftist backlash we have ever known.
The Christians who detest Trump and those who idolize him share this danger—missing the hour of our visitation. You can miss it by being so prideful you can’t accept the fact that God is working through Trump. Or, you can miss it by sitting around being enamored by his every move instead of getting to work.
You can sum up the books of Ezra and Nehemiah very simply: God has opened an amazing door to restore Israel but too many Israelites couldn’t see it. Jesus said, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”-John 9:4.
The therapist walked to the blackboard and drew a horizontal straight line. He asked the patient “what does that make you think of?” “Sex,” he replied. Then the therapist drew a vertical straight line and asked again, “what does this make you think of?” Again, the patient answers, “sex.” Finally, the therapist draws a circle and asks, “okay what about now?” Once again, the answer was sex.
“I don’t need to go any further” said the therapist, “you’re obsessed with sex.” Incensed, the patient replies, “Me?” “You’re the one drawing all the dirty pictures!”
It was interesting how many thought I was drawing dirty pictures—claiming I said any Christian who disagrees with Trump hates him. I never said that.
It was equally remarkable to see how angry they got—how they took it so personally.
Some of the comments were hilarious. “I am a believer, I don’t hate him. Even though he is a pathological liar, and a wolf.” Other Christians cited the audio of Trump from 12 years ago as proof that he is evil. Not even considering he might have changed. Again, they add the disclaimer, “but I don’t hate him.”
But my favorite criticisms came from those who said:
-This is why young people won’t listen to us.
-The article is divisive to the Body of Christ.
-Stay out of politics. No politician or party can be used of God.
Thank God they’re wrong about young people. I hold nothing back and it just makes more of them show up. I give them direct appeals and they come to Jesus. It’s a canard to say youth don’t want to hear this.
What is divisive to one looks like God separating the sheep and the goats to another. A core of believers is rising that is finished with the lukewarm church. Lukewarm-ness is a good thing to be divided from.
If you think God can’t work through a political leader think again. If you think politics has no place in spiritual warfare think again. When the hard left took possession of the Democratic Party, the first thing they did was throw the church out.
Who changed traditional marriage? Who champions—not only abortion—late-term abortion? Who puts Christian bakers out of business? Who is ignores MS-13 because they are immigrants? Who espouses bans on prayer, conservative speakers on campus, confiscation of guns, makes “F—Trump! a mantra” a statement, one Democratic columnist said, “was worthy of the Pulitzer Prize.”
We have never faced such a hate-filled mob of media elites, Hollywood hypocrites, and God-hating extremists—hell-bent on crushing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in America.
Stop living in the past. The day of civil discourse from the left is long gone. Journalism is dead.
I know saying this will make heads explode: but in all this madness of globalism, and George Soros-funded tyranny, Trump is a momentary reprieve from God—an imperfect vessel notwithstanding. He is a stop-gap buying time for the church to act. And it’s disastrous for the church to ignore it. If nothing else, he defeated Hillary Clinton.
Never mind the dinky stuff. Look at the policies and the laws he is undoing and the ones he prevents—laws and policies that would muzzle the church and will build a godless nation for your children and grandchildren. Trump is a firewall.
When you say that God can’t use politicians you are saying only the devil can.
God’s catalysts can come in strange packages…ranging from the bizarre, to the coarse. Samson, Saul of Tarsus, and even General Patton come to mind. Often, they offended sensibilities, barged in where others feared to go.
The devil has the American church groggy on the goodness of God without the needed balance of the holiness of God—holiness that leads to authority—authority to rise and tear down cultural strongholds of Satan through moral awakening.
Trumps is buying us time. Seizing the time? Well, that’s our job.
Former president Obama’s defenders say his failure to salute the soldiers was an oversight—that it’s unfair to judge. However, the dishonor he felt toward our men and women in uniform showed through many times during his presidency. This isn’t a photo of a distracted president. It’s a snapshot of his heart recorded for all time.
President Trump by contrast, goes out of his way to honor our soldiers. Nothing can distract him from saluting our brave men and women. President Trump understands honor. Memorial Day is all about honor.
Look at the two pictures again: Obama strides past two men who earned the right to be honor guards through years of excellent service. They are being ignored by a man who essentially leap-frogged from community organizer to president. On the other hand, Trump—a captain of industry for decades—is humbled to be saluted by these men of valor.
It has been said that only two forces have ever offered to die for you: Jesus Christ and the American soldier. Let that settle into your spirit.
Jesus Himself knew the kind of character and faith military service could create:
Luke 7:1 “Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. 3 So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, 5 ‘for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.’
6 Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “
‘Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. 7 Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.’
9 When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, ‘I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!’ 10 And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.”
Let’s be haunted today by the images of moms separated from young children—of men serving in dark and foreboding forward positions with only dreams of home—of wounded warriors returning home to fight a lifelong battle with their injuries—and most of all, remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and never saw home again.
If there’s not a lump in your throat or a tear in your eye when you think about the sacrifices made for us, then God help you. On the other hand, if today, God blesses you to thank a soldier or visit the grave of a fallen hero to give honor, be grateful. Romans 13:7 “…and give honor and respect to all those to whom it is due.” Amen.