What a crazy 2016 election cycle! It started with 17 Republican candidates. The Republicans were divided; there were so many great candidates. But in the end, there were two choices: former first lady Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump, a brash celebrity billionaire businessman.
The liberal media thought it was a shoe-in for Hillary. But Trump out-foxed them with his fingers on a Twitter account. Trump spoke straight to the people, bypassing the media. He also defied conventional campaign wisdom with no real campaign organization or ground game. It was a new world in politics!
The media was confused, covering Trump’s every tweet. Democrat voters were confused and many jumped ship to join the Trump forces. Conservatives were confused because Trump did not look like, sound like, or act like a typical conservative. But in the end, despite his seemingly moral failings, his genuine boyish unabashed honesty and political choices won over the conservatives and faith community. Surprisingly, 81% of Evangelicals voted for Trump.
Now the Battle for America begins! The forces of resistance are strong, but Trump’s ambitions and determination to make America great again are also strong. And with House and Senate majorities the war is in his favor, at least for now.
America is in trouble. America’s very existence is at stake! Individual liberty, religious freedom, fair elections, a growing national debt, and a lack of an educated and moral electorate are where the battle lies.
Frankly, America Needs A Superhero. This has never been truer than it is today. How many of you watched Mighty Mouse cartoons? Remember the theme song, “Here he comes to save the day!” As young children we watched in horror as the sweet beautiful damsel was tied to a log and sent down the conveyor belt to the saw mill where a large circular blade was waiting to cut her in half! …. But before she reached the blade, Mighty Mouse, swooped down, untied her, gathered her in his arms and saved her just in time!
We need a Superhero to come and save us from our pending destruction. We have all been praying for that to happen, and many think Donald Trump is just that Superhero. It was definitely a miracle that he won. First, he was most people’s last choice. Second, he won the nominee without the Republican establishment’s full support, and finally he lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes. But in the end he prevailed in the Electoral College. And that is where it counted! Franklin Graham, evangelist Billy Graham’s son, said, “It was an act of God.” Graham led thousands to pray in all 50 state capitals and it appears God has answered their prayers.
In this battle for America, “Is Trump truly the Superhero?” Before I explain, I will answer the question, “Perhaps yes, and perhaps no.” In fact, both respected Dr. James Dobson who supported Trump, and radio talk show host Glenn Beck who strongly opposed him, could both be right.
Here is why I say that. God gave us a formula for healing and restoring a nation. It is pretty simple. God says if Christians do three things, He will do three things:
IF we pray, He will hear from heaven.
IF we seek his face, He will forgive us.
IF we turn from our wicked ways, then He will heal the land.
I think we have just finished the first two. But the third requirement is the hardest.
We prayed. For the last 30 years many have prayed. We prayed with half a million people in DC at the Capitol Mall (“Washington for Jesus”). I was there. Throughout the states we prayed at different large stadiums (“America for Jesus”). I was there. Bill Bright, the president of the largest non-profit organization in history, Campus Crusade for Christ, asked everyone to fast and pray. He called nearly 700 pastors to meet together and actually fast for the country. Many joined in and fasted personally for 40 days. Thousands more fasted for 40 days after reading Bill Bright’s book. I fasted. Lou Engels raised up The Call and The Call2All. He held numerous meeting with 100,000 young people. I saw them praying. They prayed in stadiums and convention centers. I was there. School children too joined in, praying at their school’s flag pole. I saw them. CWA raised up 500,000 women to pray in home groups. We supervised 22 prayer chapters. Churches opened their doors for the National Day of Prayer. I attended. Franklin Graham went to every state capitol to pray for a godly leader to arise. On Election Day 2016, people gathered in groups to pray. Face it—we prayed!
We prayed, and God says, if we pray, He will hear from heaven. We can check number one off of our list. We prayed, He heard!
Secondly, we are to “Seek God’s face.” With the confusion of this election, two flawed candidates, and two very different worldviews, we definitely had to look to God. We had nowhere to turn to but to seek God’s face. The question wasn’t, “Who is the right candidate?” but “What are God’s values?” When Trump and Hillary debated partial birth abortion, we had to look to God and his values. We looked up, and asked, “How do you feel about abortion, particularly partial birth abortion?” “Does it make you sad, or worse does it make you mad?” “What about bribery, ‘pay to play’ schemes?” “How do you feel about it?” The Bible is clear. God hates the shedding of innocent blood. God hates bribery. Ok, how about lewd language?
God hates that too. And if someone sincerely apologizes, what are we to do? Forgive. Okay, we will forgive.
The Bible says you can tell a person by his friends. Would you rather have regime change George Soros and 60’s radical Bill Ayers or Dr. Ben Carson and Governor Mike Huckabee as friends? The Christian community sought God’s face and voted in mass on Election Day. They chose righteousness! And when we seek his face, agree and choose rightly, he forgives us! Hooray, America is forgiven.
We are not done. Number three, the last requirement is the hardest of all. We NOW must turn from our wicked ways, then He will heal our land. Who will heal the land? No it is not Trump. Only God can heal the land. He is the healer! Trump is being used by God to give us another chance. He is exposing the evil and rolling back the darkness. Trump is using government to protect our religious liberty, and to give our pastors a voice. But will we use it? America still hangs in the balance.
God cannot heal the land without us. We are the body of Christ. When you turn you have to stop doing what you have been doing and turn to do what God needs done. We need to hear his voice and obey. According to Charles Finny, “Revival is nothing else than a new beginning of obedience to God.”
After Israel came back from 70 years of captivity, Nehemiah called the people to work together to repair the broken walls of Jerusalem. The people willingly gave their time and worked. They gave up their own schedules and agendas and made sacrifices to work together to repair the wall. We must do the same.
We have to turn from our indulgent materialistic ways, and go and preach to the poor, set the captives free, and give liberty to those who are bruised. We have to preach that the time of God’s grace is here now and that judgement is coming.
When John the Baptist called people to repent, they asked, “Now, that we repented, what do we do?” John said, “If you have two coats give one away.” We have so many fatherless children; it breaks my heart. Let’s go and deliver a personal heavenly Father to each one of them. And who will visit the single mothers and widows in their affliction? Trump is cleaning the swamp and exposing the evil. But if God’s people do not turn and obey, the land will not be healed and we will become seven times worse. And Glenn Beck will be right.