Sometimes it is difficult to separate religion and politics, especially in the current American environment, in both the United States and Canada. In many cases, they are like first cousins.
There is a rift even between Christians about how other Christians should view Donald Trump. Evangelicals for the most part, are supportive; though in the beginning, they were skeptical and cautious. When Trump said during the campaign that he had never prayed for forgiveness of sin, my first thought was that he had possibly never prayed at all. It is certainly un-Christian not to pray for the forgiveness of our sins, because most Christians realize we sin every single day. We all come up short in the eyes of God. We may even sin knowingly, but we do pray that God will forgive us. Most Christians commit un-Christian behavior, daily and recognize such.
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 NIV
In today’s world, liberal church teachings have negated some of what used to be “sin,” in order to become more inclusive of all people. Liberal churches have accepted pedophile priests, homosexual bishops and have given a nod of approval to transsexuality, tax paid transgender surgeries and choir directors having affairs with choir members.
How many liberal theology institutes preach against abortion, against the “gay lifestyle” and other alternate lifestyles? How many liberal churches favor Israel as God’s chosen? Liberal churches cannot seem to blubber enough over Palestinian statehood while condemning Israel for being in Israel and claiming Jerusalem as her capital. Palestine has never been a country at anytime in history, and therefore has no capital city and never has.
“When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written.”
“I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.”
One hundred years ago, these prophecies got little play. Israel was not a country and had not been for about 2,500 years. Thoughts of Jerusalem becoming the capital of Israel as it had been in ancient times was almost unimaginable. Additionally, Islam had taken over the city and built one of their most sacred mosques on the location of the ancient Jewish Temple. They build on top of other important religious sites when they conquer someone, which they are still trying to do.
Then in 1948, some of these prophecies were fulfilled concerning the return of Israel, only Jerusalem was not her capital according to the rest of the world. Now the Palestinians claim Jerusalem as its capital, even though it is not a country. Only God can make or let this kind of bizarre history, happen. Some things are just strange beyond belief.
However, the next significant prophetic event was the Six-Day War, June 5-10, 1967. This war was between Israel and three enemies: Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Israel won that one too, capturing Jerusalem in the process.
As the world leaders agonized and gnashed their teeth, appalled that Israel would dare capture her capital, the world’s embassies remained in Tel Aviv; and Jerusalem remained unacknowledged.
The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 was intended to show recognition by the United States that Jerusalem is and was the capital of restored Israel since 1950, just like it was declared by King David around 1004 BC. However, no President actually had the courage to make the move. Neurotic world leaders would shiver in disgust, continuing to fight the devil’s fight against God. Bill Clinton said he would move the embassy to Jerusalem but did not. George W. Bush said he would move the embassy to Jerusalem but did not. President Obama said he would move the embassy to Jerusalem but did not. They all three lied to American citizens, most who have a history of being pro-Israel. President Trump did not.
Now in the process of moving the United States Embassy to Jerusalem, this is yet another fulfillment of last days prophecy; and it is a big one. This is only one of the reasons I believe that God had a hand in the Trump win, and he won against all odds. Remember when the news media and the Hollywood stars were screaming that Trump was anti-Semitic?
What did world leaders and other self-important people feel about Trump’s speech?
From French ruler Macron-
It is a regrettable decision taken by the Americans vis-à-vis Jerusalem. France does not approve, it contradicts international law and it ignores UN Security Council resolutions. 1:59 PM - Dec 6, 2017
From Jeremy Corbyn, UK Labour Party:
Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, including occupied Palestinian territory, is a reckless threat to peace. The British Government must condemn this dangerous act and work for a just and viable settlement of the conflict.
2:00 PM - Dec 6, 2017
From Christiane Amanpour, CNN:
President Trump “made the biggest mistake of his life” by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat tells me.
2:27 PM - Dec 6, 2017
At the end of December 2017, the leader of Guatemala, President Morales, became the second country to agree to move the embassy to Jerusalem. Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked Morales:
“God bless you, my friend, President Morales,” he said. “I told you recently that there will be other countries that would recognize Jerusalem and announce the transfer of their embassies to it. Well here is the second country and I reiterate: It is only the beginning and it is important.”
I recently received an email questioning how Christians could vote for Trump. Loving Israel and acknowledging Jerusalem for what it is, no matter the outcry from the rapidly falling world, is one of the reasons so many Christians back Trump, including the Billy Graham family. I was asked to assess Trump against the Ten Commandments.
I cannot understand why a Christian would vote for a candidate who supports the killing of unwanted children, supports pornography, supports all women except those her husband assaults, supports gay marriage, transgenderism and transsexuality.
As far as assessing Trump to the Ten Commandments, he probably would not pass the assessment test, at least if following every one is a requirement. Then there are the other 603 commandments. I have broken my share of Moses’ Law. An assessment of Hillary and the Ten Commandments would be interesting too. Especially #6.
There are a couple of other reasons so many Christians voted Trump.
One reason was his Ellis Island Award: Remember when the media painted him as a bigot?
In a 1986 celebration of 'patriotism, tolerance, brotherhood and diversity,' Trump was awarded along side of Rosa Parks and Muhammed Ali, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Another reason is the praise from Jesse Jackson on all that Trump has done for the black community: Remember when the media said he was racist?
In 1986, Lenard Dozier Hill took his own life on the morning his farm was to go to a courthouse auction, believing that his life insurance would pay enough to save the cotton and soybean plantation that had been in his family for more than 100 years. He never knew his insurance policy had an exemption for suicides.
Donald Trump intervened for the widow and paid off the $300,000 mortgage.
What impressed me about the above instances of great compassion is that I still have never heard him mention any of them. And there are a lot more.
Trump does a lot of trumpeting, and there are a lot of trumpets in Revelation. Is that a coincidence?
Is it a coincidence that Trump also means trumpet?
Is it a coincidence that Trump-Pence sounds a lot like trumpets?
I do not know how “good” a Christian Trump is. He is gruff sometimes, but he has dealt with union bosses most of his life. He sometimes says naughty words, like most presidents. He is not as adept at expounding upon the truth as many politicians and is amazingly candid. He is not politically correct, nor is he all-inclusive. Neither is God.
The Bible plainly states in numerous places that God hates evildoers.
“I have loved you,” says the Lord. “But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’ “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.”
Malachi 1:1-2 NIV
The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong.
Psalms 5:5 NIV
“Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal, I hated them there. Because of their sinful deeds, I will drive them out of my house. I will no longer love them; all their leaders are rebellious.”
Hosea 9:15 NIV
Liberal, all-inclusive Christianity is directly opposed to the Old and New Testaments. When Jesus alluded that the highway to perdition was wide and easy; but the road to God’s Kingdom was very narrow and difficult, that is not inclusive. When Jesus threw the money-changers out of the Temple, that was not inclusive. When Jesus called the rabbis a brood of vipers, that was not inclusive.
Today’s church needs to reemphasize what God said, meant and the result of not at least attempting to obey God’s wishes.
Can you be gay and Christian? Of course.
Can you be an adulterer and Christian? Of course.
Can you be a kleptomaniac and be Christian? Of course.
As long as you pray to God for forgiveness and mercy, and thank Him for the gift of Jesus Christ as our perpetual sacrifice. If, on the other hand, you do not ask for forgiveness and tell God he is wrong, that’s not good. Don’t have a parade and celebrate decadence.