THE LIVING CHURCH
And the Presidential Election of 2016
By Pastor Dan Gayman
On Election Day 2016, our sovereign God granted America a blessing that few can fathom. The presidential election of 2016 provided a stunning victory that has left much of America in complete shock. For the first time since 1928, the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives will be in the hands of the Republican Party—or what is left of it. Thirty-four governors and sixty-nine legislative bodies in the state Capitols will be in Republican hands. Surely God in His mercy must have responded to the millions of people who were praying, many of them fasting, in profound concern for the future of America. In the aftermath of the Trump/Pence victory, all Christians should spend quality time in prayer, fasting, and supplications to evaluate and process this election. To the praise of Jesus Christ, Head of the Living Church and Savior of the body, a good many Christian leaders and their followers were on point in this election and worked tirelessly to advance the candidacy of Donald J. Trump.
Tens of thousands of Christians joined Franklin Graham in his mid-day prayer vigils at every one of the state capitals. Millions of Christians gathered in prayer vigils throughout the country months before and on Election Day, November 8, 2016. A majority of the sixty-two million people that voted for the Trump/Pence ticket were praying hard in the weeks preceding this election. It is estimated that forty to fifty million Christians, many of them Evangelicals, failed to vote in the last two elections. Their non-vote was actually a vote for the winner in both 2008 and 2012. Barak Hussein Obama can thank these people for his presidency. Any citizen that choose to remain passive and not vote still casts a vote. You are voting for the winner—whoever that might end up being. No one can say, “I did not vote.” You absolutely did vote because your decision to stay at home vote was a vote for the winner and a vote against the other candidate. There is no neutral zone for a Christian when Election Day comes!
Without the Christian vote, the Presidential Election in 2016 would not have been possible. Millions of Christians went to the polls, even those who held their nose while they were voting. Many of them voted against Hillary, but not because they truly liked Donald Trump. Tens of thousands Christians voted the Trump/Pence ticked because the alternative was indescribably bad. The life and death issues in the presidential election of 2016 forced many Christians to come out of the shadows of passivity and vote. To do otherwise would almost have insured the election of the Democratic candidate.
The impending vacancies on the U.S. Supreme Court are so crucial that few Christians could possibly remain passive in this 2016 election. The fact that the Democratic candidate was such an out-spoken advocate of abortion, Planned Parenthood, full-term abortion, and other sordid beliefs was so abhorrent that no one with any conscience could abstain from voting. The persistent assault against Christian liberty for the past eight years under Obama also helped drive Christians to the voting booth.
In the previous election, millions of Christians did not vote for Mitt Romney because he was Mormon. The fact that his moral life was impeccable seemed irrelevant to them—because he was Mormon. In the 2008 election, Christians did not vote because they could not get excited about McCain. Of course, we all know now because of the courage of Donald Trump that political elitists with their Esau-Edom Banking cartels decided whom the American people could vote for. It seems that neither John McCain nor Mitt Romney tried ceaselessly to win the presidency.
Romney and McCain, and before that George Bush, were selected as candidates by Republican elitists as the people’s choice. Donald J. Trump was a total outsider, a non-political candidate who had never run for or held public office. He was not a lawyer and had never been on the list of the political elitists for a possible run for the U. S. Presidency. The moment he announced his candidacy, he posed a clear threat to the entire establishment of the Republican Party.
A Bad Decision
Evangelical Christians and the shepherds leading them have been assuming that the Republican Party would do for them what they should have been doing themselves--a crucial error in judgment with damaging repercussions. When the Moral Majority founded by Pastor Jerry Falwell faded in the late 1980s, the Christian impact that had been felt in presidential elections throughout the late 70s and into the 80s began to wane. From that point on, Christian leaders and their followers farmed out their Christian responsibilities to the Republican Party. Since the early 1990s, Evangelicals have been looking to the Republican Party to protect and defend Christian liberty and moral standards. To the shame and sorrow of the church in America, this country has been in spiritual and moral freefall throughout the 21st Century. Because Christians have entrusted their responsibility before God to the Republican Party, they have depended upon political conservatives, professing themselves to be Christians, to do their job for them. The result has been horrific. Conservative Republicans, many of them professing Christians, have at sundry times occupied the White House, controlled one or both Houses in the U.S. Congress, and nominated conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court at the same time that the spiritual and moral foundations of America have been breaking apart.
Conservative Presidents, senators, members of the House of Representatives, and judges, claiming to be Republican, conservative, and most of them Christian, have presided over the secularization of America. They have watched the systematic dismantling of Christianity in this country. Under sundry Republicans, including Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush, and George Walker Bush, abortion remained unchecked. The U.S. border with Mexico has been porous, with a tidal wave of illegal aliens crossing into the United States under all Republican Presidents. Few immigration laws have been enforced. Trade deals that favor the globalists, enrich the bankers and politicians, and rob the American worker of their jobs and any future for their children has become common place under the leadership of both Democratic and Republican leaders.
America has been involved in no-win, undeclared, political wars that have been waged intermittently since the Vietnam War began in 1963. With only occasional peaceful years, our nation has faced perpetual, no-win wars that cost trillions of dollars, American lives, and frequently had no exit strategy—all this under both Democratic and Republican Presidents. U.S. politicians have vowed to push America toward energy independence by utilizing our own energy resources. Yet, it never happens!
The U.S. Energy Department was created in 1977 to push America towards independence from Middle East oil. Under both Republican and Democratic leadership, America remains wedded to Middle East oil.
The neo-conservatives have not proven the word conservative to be trustworthy. And if they claim to be Christian at the same time they are “conservative,” you need to be wary of how they will perform. All too often, politicians wearing the conservative and Christian labels have winked at abortion and other moral crimes.
Where Are the Pastors?
Where are the Christian pastors who will pick up the microphone and call this nation to repentance? Why are so many thousands of pastors and church leaders silent in the face of more than forty years of abortion, miscegenation, sodomy, and other moral vices? How can they possibly expect Republican leaders to do what they will not do themselves? Where are the Christian leaders who will defend the name of Jesus Christ, His church, His Kingdom, and the moral principles without which no nation can long survive?
And now the big question: why does the American religious right insist on placing a man like Donald J. Trump under the microscope to find every tiny defect in his life? Tens of thousands of Christians camped under the “Never Trump” banner because they did not like his coarseness, his repudiation of political correctness, his blunt statements, and his past history with women. Many in this crowd indeed remained passive in this election.
Understanding the Need
Perhaps we need to remember that the office of a priest, pastor, or church leader is not what we are trying to elect for the presidency. The position of U.S. President requires a strong leader, someone who can make truly difficult decisions in the best interests of those he serves. People seem to ignore the life and death issues facing the country because they were too focused on Trump’s personal flaws. Rather than focusing on the problems and the leadership needed to solve them, it seems they focused on the personal life of Donald Trump and found him simply too deficient in Christian character to vote for him. I understand the desire to have a godly and moral man in the highest office of the land. If only we produced more of these men from whom we could choose!
May all Christians notice this? Our sovereign God can change the heart and mind of Donald J. Trump in a heartbeat. If the people’s hearts are right with God and they are in a state of godly repentance and prayer, with the determination to root out wickedness from their own lives, their families, their churches, and their communities, our all-powerful God will influence the heart and mind of Donald Trump to make godly decisions and lead this country to greatness. If millions of Christians farm out their responsibility and trust Donald Trump to turn America Christian, they will find that much to their dismay, God will not have it so. God will not allow Donald Trump to do great things for America unless the people whom he serves are willing to humble themselves, pray, and turn from their own wickedness.
It is high time for the Living Church to come alive, time for Christian pastors, fathers, wives, and young people to repent and seek the face of God. We desperately need spiritual and moral renewal. Donald J. Trump is a fearless man, a good man. He loves America. He has invested much and given every bit of himself to win this election. His family has worked tirelessly to support him. He has demonstrated more courage and boldness than any man to step forward in American politics since Theodore Roosevelt.
God has given us a reprieve! Let us not waste this marvelous moment in history. Instead, let each one of us resolve this day to get on our knees and seek the face of God amid fervent prayers that He will give us the moral courage to be what we should be in our daily lives as a follower of Jesus Christ. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will enable you to walk worthy of the King. Pray that the Holy Spirit will sweep across this land with spiritual revival and renewal and turn America back to God.
God is waiting to bless and inspire Donald J. Trump. The future of Donald Trump and America itself is in the hands of the covenant people of America. How many people will convince God to let Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence become the best leaders America has had in the past one hundred years? Let us pray for Donald J. Trump and Michael Pence and their families. Let us pray that godly repentance will sweep across this land and turn the people’s hearts to God.
God has given America a reprieve. Just as He gave ancient Israel in the days of Kings Asa, Jehoshaphat, Joash, Hezekiah, and Josiah a reprieve, so has He given modern Israel in America a reprieve from the punishment due this nation for rejecting God, scorning His law, repudiating the Ten Commandments, and repealing the biblical statutes that once forbade abortion, sodomy, miscegenation, and other heinous crimes against God and His righteous law. Not unlike ancient Israel, America has broken covenant with God and has worshipped the pagan gods of our own choosing.
Day of Decision
This is a day of decision for America, especially for everyone who professes to be Christian. Donald Trump is not perfect by any means. But he is a man whom God has allowed to come to power. He abstains from alcohol and believes in God, the Bible, and prayer. In a 2011 interview with CBN’s the Brody File, when he was considering making a 2012 presidential bid, he said, “I believe in God. I am a Christian. I think the Bible is certainly …it is the Book. It is the thing.” He is a man of enormous energy, work ethic, and high intellect, as well as rugged courage and confidence. He is a savvy businessman, a visionary, and thinks ahead of his opposition. He dearly loves this country and is determined to make America first!
America has been granted a stay of execution from God’s judgment. What will we do with this reprieve? Will you make any reforms in your life? How about your family? Will you give up alcohol and join Trump as an abstainer? Will you become the spiritual leader in your home? Will you pray as if our future in America is all up to God and then become a pro-active Christian as though the future rests in your own hands? May God give you courage to say with conviction, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”
The White House, Senate, House of Representatives, and even the reformation of the U.S. Supreme Court are under the leadership of a man whom God may well have raised up to lawfully hijack both the Republican and Democratic Parties and allow the American people to take back their country, if only for a little while. God has gifted America with the greatest political upset in the history of America. Will you allow this national benchmark to become the day when you put your spiritual life and house in order and join the ranks of those who will live, work, and pray so that God can make American great again? God will allow Donald Trump to lead in making American great again, but not unless we demonstrate our willingness to turn back to God and righteousness. “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).
We rejected God in our national life in 1962. We discarded the Bible in 1963 and outlawed the Ten Commandments in 1980. All biblical statues that banned abortion, birth contraceptives, miscegenation, sodomy, and other moral crimes against God and His Word were all repealed by virtue of U.S. Supreme Court decisions between 1954 and 2003. America has become a secular, humanist nation. Only through prolonged and heartfelt repentance, a repudiation of humanist law, and a return to the Commandments, Statutes, and Judgments of the Living God can there be any enduring future for America. The odds of enduring repentance coming to the covenant people of America are not good. If the election of Trump does not turn the heart of this nation back to God and His righteousness, you can be sure that the road ahead will lead to chastisement and eventual judgment—not prosperity, peace, and blessing.
The Word of God declares this in Ezekiel 22:30: “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” Let us pray that God in His infinite mercy has raised up Donald Trump at this crucial day in American history to be the man to lead this nation back to righteousness. If the people’s hearts are right with God, He will lead the heart of Donald Trump and inspire him to make decisions that will stall America from going over the cliff into the abyss. For the sake of your children and all those you love, for the sake of your country, can we purpose to live in reverence before a holy God and live by the moral standards of the Bible? God could allow Donald Trump to become the greatest President since George Washington, but only if the people choose to do the work to have it so. We must with sincerity of heart, conviction, and willingness to change choose righteousness!