Theology and Politics from a Conservative, Biblical Perspective
To those celebs who vowed to leave America if Donald Trump became president, we’ll wait while you pack your bags. Not leaving? Gee, no surprise. Not interested in hearing their reasons for deciding to stay.
I went to bed last night firmly believing that I would awake to learn Hillary would become the next president of the United States. I was wrong and all I could was laugh. It seems to absurd, there must be something else going on behind the scenes.
But the votes are in and Hillary has officially conceded. It was a decisive victory with no “hanging chads” that needed to be viewed under a magnifying glass. Donald Trump has given us his victory speech. The Trump Administration takes effect in January 2017. Done deal.
Has any of this taken God by surprise? Of course not. In fact, from what we know of our God, it is fair and accurate to say He saw this before the foundations of the earth. Is it earth-shaking news? Not to Him. To many it is undoubtedly, but I would hasten to add that it might be earth-shaking to some because their eyes are too often on men and not God.
People like Mark Taylor (and other self-appointed prophets), will no doubt take all of this in stride. Their predictions about America’s next president came true. But are they really prophets? Not in the biblical sense at all. Had they started broadcasting their predictions about Donald Trump long before this election, before candidates started lining up to lay claim to the Oval Office, long before any names were being bandied about, then these self-appointed prophets might have some credibility in my eyes. After all, this is the way the prophets of old actually worked. Long (and I do mean long), before anything came to pass, God would send men He specifically appointed to bring messages and warnings to His one created nation, Israel. Sometimes, the voices of the prophets would rise up hundreds of years before an actual prophesied event took place.
Why did God speak (often through prophets) so far ahead of events to prophesy that they were coming? For two reasons. First, God wanted everyone in Israel (and oftentimes the world itself), to know that what He said would come to pass would come to pass and He would use prophets to foretell these events way before the actual events themselves so that no one could claim to have seen it coming through situations of the times. Second, because it gave plenty of time for Israel to repent, turn around, and begin seeking God’s face again.
Because of the accuracy of the prophesies directed toward Israel and even whether or not they repented, God would still be glorified. He would be glorified when His decrees came to pass because Israel did not repent and He would certainly be glorified if Israel did repent, saving themselves from the prophecies of coming chastisement and even temporary ruin.
Today, we have so-called prophets who are constantly foretelling everything and much of what they tell us is always presented with a way out for themselves. I’ve seen this in recent times too often to really keep track of and yet it persists. Whether it’s Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Harold Camping, Mark Taylor, or any number of other individuals, you name it and they have an opinion on it and they have no problem telling you and me that God “said.”
Way back in May of this year (2016), I wrote an article called End Times Prophets Are At It Again. In it, I discussed an individual named Mark Taylor who in 2011 started to believe that God wanted Donald Trump to be America’s next president. In fact, in an article over at Charisma News, it is very clear that the idea came to Taylor during roughly the same time that Trump had given a speech in which he stated he was thinking about running for president. In other words, Trump was already on the American public’s radar at the time Taylor believes God spoke to him.
During the Las Vegas visit, Trump did an interview, which Taylor watched on television. During that interview, he said God told him he was listening to the president. Although Trump eventually did not run for office in 2012, the retired firefighter believes the businessman’s 2016 run is God-ordained…
This is not the way God did things in the Bible. As noted, God normally gave plenty of warning before His decrees would come to pass. For goodness sakes, God Himself “prophesied” of the coming Messiah in Genesis 3 thousands of years before it actually occurred!
Often times, Israel saw no signs of anything coming until it was actually upon them. We also need to remember that the many prophecies found within the Old Testament were generally directed at Israel and often because of their rebellious nature. This is why we have the Tribulation coming. It’s because God is going to go mano-a-mano with Israel, with an outstretched arm, He will deal with them His way based on their actions and attitude toward Him and from the last generation prior to Jesus’ physical return, He will take a final remnant of believers from Israel. This will happen during the Tribulation. It will be these Israelites who come to know and receive Jesus as Savior who will go into the Millennial Kingdom upon Jesus’ return.
So should we be impressed with today’s “prophets” who tell us that God speaks to them? No, but that won’t keep many from being duly impressed because there are many today who want to “hear” God afresh instead of learning what He says in His Word.
What can we expect from a Trump presidency? At this point, I have no idea really. He’s made promises, walked back a few, and barreled on ahead anyway. All politicians do this but Trump is not known as a professional politician, but a businessman. Will he be good for this country? He might be and he might also accomplish nothing. He’s made promises with respect to getting rid of or drastically changing Obamacare. Will he succeed? Only time will tell?
Will Trump “make America great” again? No idea, but time will tell.
Here’s what I’m personally looking at with respect to a Trump Administration:
Those are the main things, but there are others. However, I’m really not pinning my hopes on Donald Trump or anything I may want from him. I remain confident that what will be will be, and that is determined solely by God Himself, not the puny human beings who exist throughout God’s Creation.
One final note for now. Hillary Clinton is most-assuredly over the hill. It is seriously doubtful that she will mount another campaign for president and we may see her fade from politics as well. If all the rumors are true regarding how the Clinton Foundation actually works, her lack of direct connection with Washington may prove her undoing. More than that, is it now going to be time to actually prosecute her and allow a court of law to determine her guilt or innocence rather than the biased news media and public opinion? Where there’s smoke, there is almost always fire. Maybe now that she has officially lost her attempt to become the first woman president (you know, “it’s time” – whoops, guess not), the protective hedge that’s been built around her will fall away and she will be charged for potential crimes she may have actually committed.
Politics and politicians can be one huge area of distraction for everyone, including Christians. If you – as a Christian – are pinning your hopes on Donald Trump, my advice is to reconsider it and don’t get sidetracked by or into politics. It’s not our job. Christians have a much higher calling than that. If you’re tired of hearing me say that, then I suggest you also stop reading the Bible because that is one of the main themes of the entire New Testament.