(Reprinted from Christianity-In-Vogue)
We had two Bush Presidents, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and a host of Republican candidates who professed to be Christian men of God. A few, very few, even displayed their faith somewhat openly in public. (I am always a little wary of someone who introduces themselves as, “I am Mr. Smith and I am a Christian”. I always repeat to myself the passage from Matthew 7:16, “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?”) But the actions and legacy of all of these Presidents and candidates did not bear much if any, fruit that advanced the Word of God or even acknowledged His role I’m making this country a Christian example to the world.
Then, out of the blue, brash and plain speaking Donald J. Trump arrived on the scene as only he could do. Descending on a golden escalator he announced his candidacy for the President of the United States as only a bold New Yorker from Queens could do! To say that most people were shocked would be an understatement. The evangelical community was already was looking to Ted Cruz as their candidate to begin the restoration of our foundational Judeo-Christian values in America. Cruz had all of the bona fides most evangelicals and other Christians were seeking in a candidate. By the end of the primaries, Trump had not only defeated all 16 of the Republican candidates, including Cruz, he won over a majority of Evangelicals and other Christians.
The Bible gives us many examples where God used sinners, men and women with physical deficiencies, and people like the apostle Paul who actually was persecuting Christians of the early Church. Trump was not persecuting Christians, but his name would not be first on your mind if you were conjuring up Christian men and women of strong faith. In Exodus 4:10-11 Moses said to the Lord: “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and tongue.” How could a man who stutters and who cannot form poignant retorts convince the Pharaoh to free the children of Israel? How could Moses even convince his people to follow him? Moses, like Trump, was not a natural orator, unlike Obama. The bottom line is that it is God’s choice, not ours, who He will send to strengthen his people. Acts 9:15 reminds us of God’s command to follow who he sends: “But the LORD said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.” This was not a request and God was not open for suggestions!
Some have said that President Trump is a wolf in sheep’s clothing or in Christian terms evil masquerading as a child of God. I reminded a friend once that God himself through the apostle Mark said in Mark 3:25: “And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Meaning, that evil begets evil. Good begets good. Evil may use good people who have not sought the Word of God to guide their actions but if those people are actually doing good, fighting abortion, invoking the Name of the Lord in rallies and speeches, and restoring the rights of pastors, priests rabbis and others who preach from the pulpit to openly express their political beliefs in services. (“You will know them by their fruits”). The proof is in the actions of President Trump and his actions are contrary to the secular humanism that extinguishes the light of the Word.
I have also heard many pastors that I respect say that they spent hours seeking “discernment” concerning President Trump and all have said that they felt that they received spiritual direction and understanding in supporting the President. First John 4:1, ( One John as President Trump would say :)), teaches us: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
How Does Trump Maintain Evangelical Support?
Trump’s evangelical inner-circle have spent enough time with him to learn the spirit of the man rather than outward, in your face rhetorician that characterized President Trump. They have also observed that Trump is Trump, and he does what he says he will do and does not compromise his faith principles. (“Ye shall know them by their fruits“) Also, Trump is the first to admit that he is early in his reawakened walk with the Lord and is constantly seeking more knowledge of His teachings and questions his mentors for hours. He challenges his friend and mentor, Orlando Pastor Paula White, constantly in seeking a deeper faith and a closer walk with our Lord.
Candidate Trump promised many things to many people during the 2016 campaign. More specifically, he promised his evangelical council and inner-circle that he would openly seek to restore Judeo-Christian values and the Christian ethos back into American Life. He spent hours with members of the clergy to learn about their concerns and roadblocks set in front of them by modern secular government. Upon learning of the “Johnson Amendment”, Trump started a one man crusade to overturn this IRS regulation: “Section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.”
Since the Johnson Amendment is an actual law passed by Congress, Trump cannot unilaterally overturn the law. Only Congress can do that. But, Trump signed an Executive Order on May 4th telling the IRS to not take any adverse action against house of worship or religious organization who may violate the Johnson Amendment by speaking out on behalf of or against a political campaign or candidate. Since the IRS reports to the President via the Secretary of Treasury, Trump has in effect terminated the effect of the Johnson Amendment until Congress removes the statutes from the law. Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise has put forth a law to remove the Johnson Amendment permanently. The bill is currently in the Ways and Means Committee.
Trump has also been very vocal in his rallies when he openly says that we all are of the same God, that we need God back in our nation, that we should all say Merry Christmas. While the Mainstream media interprets this as hyperbole and pandering, Trump is relentless at attacking institutional bigotry against Christianity specifically. It is Trump’s consistent message, we need God in our lives and directing our nation, that solidifies his evangelical base. Trump frequently meets with his evangelical Inner-circle and prays with them for wisdom to lead this nation back to greatness, but more importantly, GOODNESS. Trump may slip at times as we all do, but God has put us here to help him back up!
Keep our 45th President in your hearts and prayers every day. We have many secular and security challenges in front of us. The Progressive-Left is always seeking to eliminate God from our lives, openly push for unlimited abortion, euthanasia, and push to replace religious worship with secular humanism.
The good news is that we have “Read the Book”, and we know how this all ends! God Bless this President and Our Nation.