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I Repeat: America’s Problems Are Not Political

November 2, 2020

As my readers should know by now, I adamantly refuse to get sucked into the phony left-right paradigm. I also refuse to get on board the Trump Train. I made a vow to God in 1996 that I would never again support a presidential candidate that I knew would be unfaithful to the Constitution and Natural liberties given us by our Creator. As I see it, there are two basic groups of Christians who are voting for Donald Trump this year. 1) Those who have a god-like vision of Trump. They truly believe him to be some sort of a messiah-figure. They believe he is an American Moses. In many respects, Trump has a religious cult following. These people believe everything he says is gospel. They believe everything he does is by divine miracle. 2) Those who are good conservative, freedom-oriented believers, who recognize Trump’s wickedness, but who are willing to overlook those evils, believing, a) Trump is doing enough good things to tolerate those evils and, b) The alternative (Joe Biden) is so repugnant that there is no choice but to support Trump.

Sound familiar?

The first group is composed of seriously deluded people. The second group could be defined as political pragmatists. Of course, a host of non-believers, conservative in politics, would embrace the philosophy of political pragmatism. But so do many Christians. To them, a vote for the “lesser of two evils” is not a violation of their moral convictions. In fact, they would see such an act as necessary - and even righteous.

Obviously, the power-elite manipulate political pragmatists during every election cycle - especially at the national level. By stacking the deck in the general election with controlled candidates from both political parties, they ensure that no matter who wins, the establishment’s agenda moves forward unabated, while rank-and-file voters on both sides of the aisle believe they have voted for a difference. It is a masterful strategy.

I firmly believe that two things are required to see through the above. 1) A studied understanding that there IS a cabal of very powerful people who not only conspire against the Liberty principles of America and Christianity but who are also wealthy and influential enough to actually manipulate - and even control - the major levels of leadership within countries, including their news media, educational, entertainment, medical and religious institutions. 2) A spiritual understanding that America’s strength lies in the moral courage of its pulpits.

In other words, America’s problems are not political; they are spiritual.

The forces of evil have hated this country from its inception. From the beginning, America’s core principles - enshrined in our Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights - were rooted in our Creator’s Natural and Revealed Laws. Christian faith and practice are at the heart of America’s heritage.

The quote commonly attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville may have said it best:

I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her fertile fields and boundless forests, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her public school system and her institutions of learning, and it was not there. I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good America will cease to be great.

That’s it! Goodness precedes greatness. Likewise, evil precedes extinction.

As I brought out in my message last Sunday at Liberty Fellowship (taken from Micah 6:1 – 8), the national crises that Old Testament Israel and Judah faced were due to the way that God’s people - especially the kings and priests - throughout the two nations had offended God with their vile and wicked conduct.

This, my friends, is the crux of America’s problems.

But Jerry Falwell Jr. seemed to speak for most evangelicals when he said, “You don’t choose a president based on how good they are.” I guess not. But we used to.

There was a time in America when we expected our grocery clerks, our gas station attendants, our school teachers, our mailmen, our business managers, our repairmen, our physicians, our mechanics, our neighbors, and, yes, our civil magistrates, to be good. Does anyone remember Gary Hart? And he was a Democrat.

Today, not only are pastors and Christians willing to enthusiastically support an immoral reprobate like Donald Trump but they actually believe that this immoral reprobate is America’s only hope. He is America’s only answer. He is God’s salvation for our country.

Are we not able to stop and see what is happening?

To a vast number of evangelical Christians, America’s hope rests with politicians - their preferred politicians, of course. To these believers, politicians are far more important to the future of America than preachers. Acts of Congress are more important than Acts of God. Fidelity to a political party is more important than fidelity to Holy Scripture. Salvation comes in the form of Executive Order and Supreme Court decision, not Holy Spirit conviction and God’s immutable truth.

And in the case of Donald Trump, which came first: A corrupt president who is corrupting the Church or a corrupt Church that created a corrupt president?

Susan Wright tries to sort it out:

Others who deemed him [Trump] unfit and a danger to the soul of the nation in those prayer calls have laid their moral objections down at the altar of Trump, for the sake of partisanship.

It is heartbreaking to see, and with the exception of a very few from those calls, it is a sickness of spirit that has apparently taken deep root.

Is the evangelical church in America so lost? Is their faith only skin deep? Is there no remnant of faithful believers, ready to stand on God’s holy Word, above any temporal, worldly kingdom?

At this point let me plainly assert: Ever since Trump was elected in 2016, Christians have been saying that God put Him in office. If that’s true, then God is certainly able to keep Trump in office. But if Biden is elected next week, then it must mean that God wants Biden in office.

No matter who wins the election next Tuesday, America’s problems will not be solved, because, again, America’s problems are not political. And as long as evangelical Christians continue to put their faith and trust in politicians, our problems will only worsen.

God eventually destroyed Israel and Judah due to their wickedness. Why should He spare an unrepentant America? And that’s exactly what we have right now: An unrepentant nation and an unrepentant Church.

For example, I hear Christians constantly say the reason they vote for Donald Trump (or for any other Republican presidential nominee) is because he is “pro-life.” Really?

As I have pointed out several times: Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans controlled the entire federal government - including the Supreme Court - for the first two years of his administration. G.W. Bush and Republicans controlled the entire federal government for 4.6 years. Did either of them overturn Roe? No, they did not. They did not even try to overturn Roe. Please try telling the 3.5 million babies who were surgically aborted and the 56 million babies who were chemically aborted since Trump took office how “pro-life” he is.

And never forget that Republican-appointed judges have been a majority on the Supreme Court since before Roe v Wade was decided in 1973. That’s 50 consecutive years of a Republican-dominated Court. That’s right: A Republican-majority court gave us Roe, and 50 years of Republican-majority courts have kept Roe intact. Since when have we ever needed Democrats to legalize abortion-on-demand or keep it legal?

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