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20 August, 2016 17:32

August 20, 2016

THE GREAT SIN OF THE EVANGELICAL MOVEMENT

Could it be that the majority of the Body of Christ made an all too common mistake in choosing Trump as their presidential candidate? Was Trump really God’s first choice? Did the Evangelicals do what the Prophet Samuel almost did when he first saw Eliab? You recall how God had revealed to Samuel that one of Jesse’s sons was to replace Saul as king. The moment Samuel laid his eyes upon David’s oldest brother Eliab, he thought “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him”. Samuel looked at Eliab’s height and appearance and became convinced this man was Saul’s replacement. Fortunately, unlike our nation’s current batch of spiritual leaders, Samuel was sensitive enough to the Spirit to hear God’s small voice; “Do not look at his appearance or the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Surprisingly it was David, the under-dog of the family that God anointed to replace Saul.

Speaking of the heart, the scriptures teach us “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”. Trump has repeatedly revealed what’s in his heart. Every time he opens his mouth we hear nothing but derogatory statements about others while he continuously boasts about his own achievements and greatness. I believe this constant boasting is the most offensive sin in the eyes of God and could well cost both he and us the presidency.

Do you recall what happened to David after he became king, he called in Joab the commander of his army and asked him to carry out a particular task. Joab’s response was quick and clear. He tried to convince the king not to proceed with his plan. David insisted, however, and Joab was forced to comply. David’s actions resulted in the death of seventy thousand men.

We all recall David’s sin of passion when he lay with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife. God’s judgment was to take the life of the child they had conceived together. Hollywood has forever immortalized David’s passion in film after film. David’s sin of pride, on the other hand, is rarely ever mentioned. What David asked Joab to do was to determine how strong he was militarily. What seemed like an innocent enough order was highly offensive to God. David had taken his eyes off God as Israel’s deliverer and was relying on the size of his army instead. When David’s heart troubled him for what he had done he said to the Lord, ”I have sinned exceedingly.” God’s response was to take the lives of 70,000 men. David’s sin of passion cost him one life; his sin of PRIDE cost himseventy thousand lives.

I firmly believe as evangelicals we have looked at Donald Trump in the same way that David looked at his army. We have taken our eyes off the Lord and placed our confidence in a man, believing that he will save us. In doing so we like David have sinned exceedingly and will, I believe, suffer the consequences for our actions.

Few of our national leaders called the Church to pray but chose rather to believe Trump alone was all we needed in order to win. I cannot overemphasize the vileness of that sin in the eyes of the Almighty.

Finally, this thought crossed my mind the other day that Trump may well save America and do irreparable harm to the Church. Hillary on the other hand may well destroy America but in turn bolster the Church’s faith. Let me explain. Trump may save America’s economy, military, and Supreme Court but the Church will no doubt wipe her brow and say, “Thank God we dodged that bullet,” and then settle back to her old passive routine of business as usual. Hillary, on the other hand, may well destroy America as we have known her to be in the past and promote a progressive and godless agenda with little or no regard for Christian principles and values. This could result in the Church finally coming to terms with the truth “that unless the Lord builds the house we labor in vain that build it.” Invariably when Israel was in dire straights it caused her to cry out afresh to God. Likewise stripping the Church of everything but God could be the best thing that has happened to her. A.W.Tozer said “God is more concerned about our holiness than our happiness.” Hillary may well be God’s agent to bring that to pass.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2016 8:32 pm

    David thank you for the fresh perspective..it’s helped me.. this situation reminds me of a few lines from a Laura Storey song:
    “Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
    What if Your healing comes through tears
    What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
    What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise”

  2. Scott and Isaiah permalink
    August 25, 2016 7:02 am

    Wow!

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