NOW THAT THE ELECTION IS OVER...
America has just concluded one of the most hard-fought Presidential Elections in its history. Whether you like the outcome or not, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in an overwhelming vote by the American people and is President-elect. The violence that erupted in various places in opposition to him reveals a vital truth:
Intelligent people do not prove their ability to run a nation by overturning cars, smashing windows, throwing fire-bombs, and fighting the police. This is an attempt at mob-rule. Those doing so only confirm their total inability to run a nation–or anything else, it matters not if they are Democrats or Republicans.
As Christians, our responsibility now is to pray for the President “and all who are in authority over us” whether they are the one we wanted or not. The Apostle Paul said it this way: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-5.
There are 3,141 counties in the United States. Trump won 3,084 of them. Clinton won only 57. New York state, where Clinton served as Senator, has 62 Counties: Trump won 46 of them while Clinton won only 16. Five of those counties, comprising 319 square miles gave Clinton the lead over the 3,797,000 square miles of the Nation. This meant that–without the Electoral College–a few counties could have chosen the President for the rest of America. It was this very possibility our Founding Fathers determined would not happen. The President is to be elected nationwide–not by a few neighborhoods. Each state would share equally in electing the President. Brilliant!
What is the “Electoral College” and how does it work? The concept actually began in the ancient Roman Republic. Under that system, adult male citizens were divided into groups of 100, called Centuries, with each group casting one vote either in favor or against proposals submitted by the Senate. In the American Electoral College system, the number of votes per State is determined by the size of each State's Congressional delegation. Our Founding Fathers not only knew ancient history well but they knew how to protect the history that would yet be made by future Americans. Thank God!
Before the recent election, a large group of evangelical leaders met with Mr. Trump, prayed for him, and witnessed his personal acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord of his life. Now, Christians across the Nation have the responsibility to pray for President Trump and support him. He has not only publically declared his aim to help restore America to its historic position as “one Nation under God” but announced he will appoint an Evangelical Executive Advisory Board to assist him. This is not a violation of the “separation of church and state” concept, but is in keeping with our heritage: In 1892, the United States Supreme Court declared, "Our laws and institutions must necessarily be based upon the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind." Please re-read my recent article “Joseph Stalin’s Role In American Politics.” It explains much about the political invasion of Congress and the subversion of the Nation.
Our Founding Fathers did not leave us without guidance as to their intent for the merging of civil and religious matters in American life. Today, these men are being replaced by traitors to the cause of freedom. Our forefathers clearly expressed their position in the Declaration of Independence when they said: "And for the support of this declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, and fortunes and our sacred Honor."
When the U.S. Supreme Court building was constructed with Moses and the Ten Commandments given the most prominent position, it was with the full blessing of Congress.
President John Quincy Adams explained, "Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other." He went on to say, "The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: It connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity." Of the Declaration of Independence, he declared: "It laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity." Note the expression “indissoluble bond.”
In the recent election, millions of Christians refused to vote for Hillary Clinton because of her stated opposition to the Church and the Constitution. She said, “Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated religious beliefs have to be changed.” How could a President of the United States make such a claim when the First Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the government making any law respecting an establishment of religion or the free exercise of it? Thank God, thinking citizens stood up to her and said “No!” The First Amendment, protecting freedom of religion, was adopted December 15, 1791, as first of the Ten Amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.
Hear this: The government of the old Soviet Union was militantly atheistic to its core, yet it dominated many areas of the Soviet Union by a mere 5% of “Card Carrying” Communists. The 95% were captives. Until recent years only 5% of America’s population were atheist–but they demanded their rights at the sacrifice of the 95%. Were the American patriots alive today who fought in the Revolution they would now fight atheism with equal furor. Can I prove that statement? Yes! When Patrick Henry said, "America was not founded by religionists, nor on any religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!," he was not booed-down by politicians. He was applauded by Statesmen. Were he now to return he would find that his beloved America was being robbed by political bandits. Where does Donald Trump stand in this regard? He has boldly stated his task is to “Make America great again.” As Christians, it is our duty to prayerfully support him. Read again Paul’s exhortation regarding our prayer support for those in leadership. But has America really declined?
Hear this: America’s public education occupied the highest academic standard in the world until atheist Madelyn Murray O’Hare (one of the 5%) succeeded in removing prayer from public schools. Since that time American educational standard has plummeted to the level of a Third World Country. Whether the effect of prayer on individual students had been spiritual or psychological is not the issue. The fact is, the benefit was there. At an extremely high price America forfeited its educational accomplishment to satisfy the 5%. Michael Newdow, an atheist (one of the 5%) years ago filed suit in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to remove the words “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance and later sued to remove our national motto, “In God We Trust,” from all U.S. currency. Replacing American coins and bills will cost the national treasury billions of dollars. Newdow–and his kind care absolutely nothing about that or the rights of the 95%.
What does Trump mean about making America “great again?” Military Chaplains are not allowed to speak the name “Jesus” lest it offend one of the 5%. Let the 5% adjust! Honor the nation’s history and those who fought to make it great! Out National Anthem, the “Star Spangled Banner,” contains the words “In God is our trust”. Another beloved national hymn, “America” says “God shed His grace on thee.” Also at risk are “God Bless America.” What about “Our fathers’ God, to Thee, author of liberty, to Thee we sing. Long may our land be bright with freedom’s holy light, Protect us by Thy might, Great God our King!”? The 5% tells the 95% they can no longer sing these in public. What does the majority do about it? Cry in their pillows at night! With little resistance from the masses, the 5% forbids displaying the Ten Commandments or other references to God in Courts, classrooms, and government property across the land. Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Adams, Hancock, and other early American statesmen would react violently to this destruction of our moral foundation. Donald Trump won the election because he said what Americans across the land want to hear. We are tired, fed up, with the deliberate betrayal by those we elected in the past. American grass-roots have spoken! Thank God! We are tired of the national-sellout of our land.
Political freedom and spiritual strength are inseparable. This nation is dependent on both. When the foundation of Godly truth is removed from political life the nation will collapse. There is no other way.
The failure of the Constitutional Convention was not in the Document they composed. Failure lay in the fact that the authors could not anticipate that centuries later devious minds would search for silent areas in the document and then claim those silences were what the framers’ intended to be its’ greatest strengths. The oft-quoted “separation of Church and State” expression, which does not even appear in the Constitution, came long after the drafting of the Constitution and appeared in a personal letter Thomas Jefferson wrote a Baptist Association in Virginia assuring them that the State would never threaten the safety and well-being of the Church. The State would remain separate from the Church’s operations.
Did Jefferson imply that all references to God would have to be removed from American government and public life? Absolutely not! That was not the consideration. Nor had it ever been. Instead, Jefferson stood with others whose signature on the Declaration Of Independence told King George that with "firm reliance" they depended on the "protection of divine providence." The Cornerstone of American government was laid in the cement of patriotic blood and patriotic devotion to the Almighty.
Today, in direct opposition to the will of the Constitution's authors, the 5% forbids displaying the Ten Commandments in class rooms and Courts of the land. The 95% doesn’t count. Instead, the intent is to reduce America to a godless atheistic society. Proof? The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the one hearing Michael Newdow’s case, has already ruled that judges--not parents--have final say in what 6 and 7 year old school children are taught about sex, homosexuality as an alternate lifestyle, the use of condoms, etc.
Question: Why have American Churches and other believers been spiritually and politically powerless before enemies who, numerically, are so vastly inferior?
Before giving my opinion as to the Church’s spiritual inability to withstand the 5% minority, let me first give an illustration from history: During Colonial America’s “Great Awakening,” 1740+, Jonathan Edward’s ministry was opposed by Charles Chauncy, a prominent Boston pastor who encouraged congregations to resist Edwards and the revival sweeping the nation. Even though tens of thousands of people were converted and brought into deep relationship with Jesus Christ, Chauncy insisted the unusual manifestations accompanying the ministry of Edwards, George Whitfield, others, were not the work of the Holy Spirit. To him, it was meaningless emotion.
Still true today, the manifestations Chauncy saw were shocking. People fell under the power of God, vibrated for hours, lay seemingly dead for a full day and night. The sight was alarming. But, in denying the work of the Holy Spirit Chauncy shoved New England into a pit of dark unbelief. Spiritual lights went out across the land, ultimately hundreds of historic churches went into Unitarianism, and denial of all miraculous manifestations became the public norm. Overnight, congregations became over-whelmed by agnosticism and ridicule of the miraculous. Without the Holy Spirit’s guidance, Christian bodies that had once been fortresses of evangelical truth were swept away by a subtle lie of unbelief.
With more pastors than judges, more churches than courts, the God-believers, like people hypnotized into inertia, passively watch the nation's moral identity be stripped away. Never in political history have “so few stolen so much from so many.”
Today, the 5% are “little foxes” that destroy the vines and are capable of bringing America to crashing defeat. Song of Solomon 2:15. What can one do to help? First of all, become fully acquainted with the Holy Spirit. He is your source of wisdom and power. Accept Him as He is. Don’t try to re-cast Him into your denominational image. If His manifestations challenge you, accept the challenge. Don’t fight them. Your own survival and that of the nation depends on it. If you are a pastor preaching a watered-down gospel, stop it. Stop it now. Don’t become another Charles Chauncy. Be filled with the Holy Spirit as Jesus provided and be one of those--of whom the Lord said to Gideon--”Go in this your strength and you shall save Israel” (and America.). It is unthinkable that the 95% of Americans can be defeated by a paltry 5%.
That compels us to acknowledge the rampant unbelief and Scripture-denial in today’s Church. In the same pattern of Chauncy and New England’s congregations, modern Christians have been taught to reject the Holy Spirit’s miraculous manifestations. An inestimable number of current believers have no concept of the Holy Spirit’s visible works. Like devout Jews on the Day of Pentecost who were “confused - amazed - perplexed”, Acts 2, these too accuse those experiencing such manifestations of the Spirit as being “full of new wine.” The guilty ones miss a genuine encounter with God and a lack of relationship with the Holy Spirit.
Where there is limited relationship there is limited power. Where there is limited power there is limited resistance. Where there is limited resistance, there is maximized failure. The enemy wins.
To miss any potential of the Holy Spirit is a loss of critical proportions. It affects every area of one’s life. And the modern Church has missed much. As New England Christians, who were powerful and strong, later found themselves defenseless before demons of unbelief, so current Christians find themselves weakened before politically deceptive and faith destroying demons. In every case, the victim becomes easy prey to inferior opponents. The difference between the American Church now and at the time of the 1776 Revolution is that the Church then was more united in its fight against the enemy. Not so today. Much of the modern church has switched sides.
A century ago, Charles Spurgeon shouted his warning about the Church’s denial of the Holy Spirit. He said: “Death and condemnation to a church that is not yearning after the Spirit, crying and groaning until the Spirit has wrought mightily in her midst. He is here! He has never gone back since He descended at Pentecost ... Brethren, if we do not have the Spirit of God, it were better to shut the churches, nail up the doors, put on a black cross and say, ‘God have mercy on us!’ If you ministers have not the Spirit of God, you better not preach and you people had better stay at home. I think I speak not too strong when I say that a church without the Spirit of God is rather a curse than a blessing. This is the solemn word: ‘The Holy Spirit or nothing ... and worse than nothing!’”
The day Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor the American flag flying above the U.S. Naval base at Honolulu had a second flag beneath it: It was a simple white banner containing the Cross of Christ. In full view, and with the approval of every government office from Hawaii to the White House, the Cross shared the same pole with Old Glory. No one dared challenge it. By long precedent, it is the only flag allowed a higher position on the pole than the Stars and Stripes. From the 1776 birth of this Nation onward, the Cross protected believer and unbeliever alike, identifying, defending, fortifying, the moral fabric, and heritage of the nation.
Moses and the Ten Commandments inject integrity, unity, character, wholeness, ethics, principle, rationale, and moral fortitude, into every aspect of American life. Our domestic foundation rests upon all of it. Without that understructure, we fall. In that fall, the Nation will have surrendered its greatness to inferior, low-level political demons. And America will become only a memorable page in history. If the 5% succeed in their attack against America, everyone–including the 5%–will lose. To counteract that loss, our duty as Christians is to “mutually pledge to each other our lives, and fortunes, and our sacred Honor”, that “this Nation, so conceived, and so dedicated, may long endure.”
Whether or not America continues to provide a safe haven for Christians and others, the good news for believers is this: “Our citizenship is in Heaven from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.” Philippians 3:20,21. Hallelujah! So ...
“Cheer up, ye saints, Fresh Courage take!,
The clouds you so much dread
Are rich with mercies
And shall break, in blessings on your head!”
Thank God for a new President who offers
hope for restoration of the “American Dream.”