The year is 2016 and the front-runner for the right is Donald John Trump, Sr. also known as “The Donald.” This time the multitudes blinded by the facts are on the right side of the aisle. His aggressively persuasive rhetoric has started a fire that keeps burning brighter and stronger despite the gaffs and insults. We are not sure of his foreign policy but he assures us it will be “wonderful.” And domestically, we are promised that a vote for Trump is a vote to “make America great again.” It really doesn’t’ seem to matter that Mr. Trump’s billions were amassed on the backs of gamblers, strip joints and questionable real estate deals. The super-enthused supporters are willing to overlook derogatory remarks about women, hostile rhetoric in response to hecklers and vulgar remarks about opponents. The silent majority has found its voice and is enthusiastically calling for Trump to rule and reign over them. It would seem, at this point, they will not be denied.
The year was around 2909 BC and the man anointed to be king over Israel was Saul, the son of Kish of the family of the Matrites, and a member of the tribe of Benjamin. He was from a wealthy family and his hometown was Gibeah. “Saul was a handsome young man…there was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he; from his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.” (I Samuel 9: 1-2) The people of Israel demanded that Saul rule over them as King “like the nations that surrounded them.” (I Samuel 8:5) This displeased the prophet/judge Samuel who tried to warn the people of Israel what they were submitting to in wanting a man to rule over them instead of YWHW. “10 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, ‘This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle[c] and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”
19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”
21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the Lord. 22 The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.”
Then Samuel said to the Israelites, “Everyone go back to your own town.”
The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. But when the light becomes dim and the salt looses it’s saltiness the Lord himself warned, “It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” (Matt. 5:13).
When there is no difference between the lost and the saved our society is way down the preverbal slippery slope. When those that claim to be in touch with the God of the Universe through His Son, Jesus Christ, but find no place of unity in the Voice they hear, something is amiss. Therefore we understand that the confusion we as believers are feeling about this election cycle is more to do with the leadership in the Body of Christ than the leadership in the nation. Truth seekers in the Body are scratching their collective heads at the wide range of endorsements from spiritual leaders that have much influence and proclaim to be in touch with the One that holds the future in His hands, but are hearing complete opposite directions.
Would it be fair to say that since we have absolutely no consensus from nationwide church leadership, that perhaps the Lord, Himself is NOT speaking to anyone about the next “appointed” leader of this nation? Just asking.
For most assuredly the Lord does NOT speak out of both sides of His mouth.
Franklin Graham has repeatedly stated that no elected official will change the course of this nation. I believe he is right. Absolutely. The problems that are devouring our nation are first and foremost spiritual. Until the church returns to the foundations of faith our future is “iffy” at best. There is no way to turn the tide unless the One who created the ocean steps onto our shores. If the church were to repent, II Chronicles 7:14, would become our hope. If we continue in arrogance, heresy, materialism and greed the warning to the Church at Laodicea comes our epithet:
4 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
It is repentance or ruin no matter who wins the nominations.