March 2017

 THE SURPRISE
 

                                                                                                                              

Word for the Month & for Wed., March 1

Scripture: Psalm 51:13

See Message: The Anti-Marginal

 

2016 was a year in politics unlike any other in living memory, and likely in American history.  The stakes in the 2016 presidential election could not have been any higher.  The Democratic campaign for the presidency was, in effect, a crusade to seal the changes enacted in the past eight years into permanency. This includes anti-biblical laws, decisions, and executive orders- all changes sealing the nation's fall from God. Among other things at stake was the appointment of Supreme Court Justices to seal America's future with regard to the issues of life, morality, and religious freedom for at least a generation or permanently.

The election was a watershed as well as touching on the issues of life and death. The 2016 Democratic Convention was the most brazen in memory in its seeking to expand the killing of the unborn.  For the first time in history, the Democratic platform called for the striking down of the Hyde Amendment, so that taxes paid by all Americans could now go unhindered to the funding of the murder of unborn children.  

For the first time in American history, a major presidential candidate spoke these words: "Deep seated religious beliefs… must be changed…" The war against God had now attained such proportions that a major candidate for the American presidency could actually call for the altering of people’s faith in God's Word.  Why?  So that abortion could expand.

And then there was Donald Trump.  If a book had been written listing the top one hundred things never to do when one is running for presidency, he had to have done them all.   The odds against stopping the election of the Democratic candidate and the enacting of its platform appeared hopeless.  Poll after poll after poll showed a decisive Democratic victory if not a landslide. The media celebrated the upcoming Democratic victory while predicting years of Republican devastation. Believers hoped for the best, but prepared for a new future where they would be increasingly driven to the margins of culture and live under the shadow of persecution. 

Then something happened - and nobody was sure exactly what.  To this day, no one is exactly sure how it happened.  What everyone was sure could never happen - happened.   And everyone was shocked.

Whatever one thinks of Donald Trump- and there are many things one can think - his election was against all odds, and with it, everything has changed.  The future that many were heralding as the end of Christian America, or fearing as the end of religious liberty, has suddenly been turned upside down.  There is great risk, but also hope.  In the last days of ancient Israel, as the people headed to judgment, God gave the nation reprieves - windows of time in which to turn back in repentance. Is that what just happened?  I will answer that in the next issue.  Until then, no matter what, make the most of your time.  Use every moment to advance His kingdom and glorify the Lord.  And may God greatly bless you as you do!

 Your brother and co-laborer,

In His Love and Service,

Jonathan