a word to ponder by Mari Anne Andersen

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“WHAT IF…”

Donald Trump Becomes the 45th President?

 


Disclaimer: This article is not intended to be a political statement nor does it intend a political agenda.

 

 

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (NIV)  Romans 13:1

Let me begin by saying, I am not here advocating for one particular person, party, or agenda. I am advocating, however, for the God of What-if-this-is-from-God?” Next, as far as the political and governmental arenas are concerned, I do not claim to be an astute student that knows or understands the depth and complexities of these fields. I will say, however, that I am a student, spokesperson, and a voice for transformation, renovation, and revolution in a person’s life and journey.

To use a parallel image of what is going on in our country today, I can share that in my 25 years or so of prayer counseling, people come to see me because they are in great pain, confusion, and defeat in their lives. Usually, when catastrophe has hit their lives, marriage, and/or children, in that moment they know and see that things have actually been severely broken for quite some time. Such calamity did not unexpectedly come upon them; it had existed for quite some time but was hidden beneath an overlay of routine, self-preoccupation, and business-as-usual or under such self-protections from pain such as drugs, alcohol, and various addictions.

To further this analogous picture, many times over they have tried putting on their own bandages and have tried in their own strength to “fix” the problems, or they have looked the other way in hopes that the problems will simply go away. In the midst of the pain and through all this time, the problems have become increasingly bigger, spreading wider, deeper and farther, even infecting and affecting a number of people all around them. When one sins, it does not just affect that person; it affects everyone in his or her sphere of influence. They realize that healing and recovery is necessary to begin their journey toward redemption, wholeness, and reconciliation. To make that happen, they are painfully aware that something drastic needs to happen—a radical change is needed in order for them to move out of their brokenness, stubbornness, and willfulness of sin and pride. The same old, same old will not work any longer.

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Now let’s look directly at our government, society, and our nation. Practically in every arena of public life today, we are all keenly aware that things have been broken and bankrupt for a very long time. It’s clear that we have gone further and further away from the Judeo-Christian, god-like principles, as we know them. We are in catastrophe, crisis, and calamity in our nation—constitutionally, financially, spiritually, and governmentally. We keep trying to put patches on or repair the systems in this nation, which are in major crisis, major rebellion, and major deception. In the light of all of this, I believe that what God desires to do is disrupt these public systems, as we know them, because we have grown apathetic and lethargic, as well as pathetic in looking the other way and not to the ways of God.

Not only have we lost sight of our Judeo-Christian heritage, but these basic Judeo-Christian principles are also under constant challenge, threats, and sometimes even hostile assaults. God’s truth and reasoning is something hard to find nowadays; God’s truth is attacked as irrelevant, archaic, mythical, and obsolete. Nonetheless, we are living in a time when we cannot look the other way, but rather we need to look in the direction of what God desires to do in our lifetime and in this period in history. I really do not believe God wants to “fix” Washington, or place bandages on big gaping wounds. They are too broken. I do believe, however, God wants to pulverize and destroy the political leadership, and entrenched systems, and the faulty foundation, so that He can relay a new foundation. What is He up to? What does He desire to do in this hour of need? Who does He want to use at this time? The same old, same old is not going to work any more. We need some MAJOR changes! Our nation is stagnant, meaning that our nation is no longer moving in the ways of God, our Creator. Our nation has become foul and stale, and it’s become undesirable, unpleasant, and hostile.

So my question is: What if God is calling Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States of America? Even though he is very flawed, rough, harsh, and brazen around the edges and is very reckless in speech, crude in his delivery, and apparently lacks character, he could be God’s man for the job. There is no question about his flaws, weaknesses, and sins; it’s been obvious and evident for all to see. What if God is calling, choosing, and in fact anointing Donald Trump in this hour to disrupt that same old same old system of doing things?

God, as it turns out, does not need good people in order to do good work. He can and does work with us in whatever moral and spiritual condition He finds us. God does some of His best work using the most unlikely people. Many times throughout Scripture God seemingly does something that makes no sense to us. He uses leaders that are unlikely candidates or representatives that we would never pick or deem “good enough” for the task at hand. Really, God does not need us to make His plan work but rather God has chosen us to be part of His plan.

As we take a close look at Scripture, we readily see many examples of how God uses flawed people: Noah naked and inappropriately drunk; Abraham a liar and compromiser; Jacob a schemer and plotter; Joseph idealistic and arrogant; Moses very fearful and stuttering; Samson a womanizer and a doer of what was right in his own eyes; and David an adulterer and murderer were all major players in God’s plans. Elijah seemed to be somewhat bi-polar. Tamar, a prostitute, a harlot named Rehab, and Bathsheba an adulteress are also all living proof that God can use and will use anyone. Really the list goes go on and on with the mess-ups, the screw-ups, who were the out-and-out sinners of all these so-called, chosen and anointed men and women.   All were majorly flawed BUT not disqualified! God doesn’t call the qualified—He qualifies the called!

It is quite humorous, actually, if you stop to think about the three things God can use in our lives: the foolish things (1 Cor 1:27); the weak things (1 Cor 1:27); and the despised things (1 Cor 1:28).

On that same note, which is even wittier, God really does not even need to use us human beings. He can use a rod or staff to part the sea, He can use five loaves of bread and a fish to feed 5000 men, and He can use the jawbone of an ass to kill a thousand Philistines. How about the five stones and a slingshot to bring down a mammoth giant, named Goliath? And let’s never forget the donkey that spoke to Balaam to open his eyes to see and then hear the angel’s message!

As we read Scripture, we can readily see that it is against the backdrop of rebellion and rejection of God and His ways that God begins the process of choosing a new king or leader for His people. God works behind the scenes to raise up a new king. God does not do the same thing over and over; He is not prone to the insanity of repeating the same process over and over again, like we are, and hoping for a new result. He knows the beginning from the end as well as knowing the outcome of the earthly sovereign’s reign that He has chosen, elected, and anointed; He knows the good, the bad, and the unlikely events and outcomes of a leader’s choices. The German clergyman, Thomas a Kempis once said, “Man proposes, but God disposes.” It is God’s sovereign choice that comes into power (Daniel 5:21b; Romans 13:1). It may not always be the obvious one; it may not even be the highly educated, diplomatic, or most likely person that comes into power, but it is the man or woman that God has chosen for the hour and season to accomplish His own sovereign will (Daniel 2:21; 4:17).

The Sovereignty of God sometimes is the most difficult thing for people of faith to come to terms with. God is Sovereign. God rules. Not only in our personal affairs but in the cosmos, God is reigning. God’s choices are independent, self-governing, self-determining, and supreme, because He arranges everything in order to bring about His plans, intentions, and purposes. Thus, He will use whomever and whatever in order to bring it to pass. God rules in the affairs of men and, sovereignly, He works out all things. There are no coincidences in the Hands of the Almighty God. There are no accidents in life; everything that occurs is part of a larger plan. The crises of a nation are not new, by far; they are ones that have repeated themselves from the beginning of time: corruption, financial disasters, debt, human displacement, morality adrift, family breakdown, greed, crime, wars, genocide, and the list goes on.

However, because God is merciful, compassionate, and slow to anger, along with some mighty watchmen on the tower, and intercessors on their knees, He will raise up an “unlikely” leader. Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses are some already mentioned, but there were also David, Daniel, Ruth, Deborah, and Esther who are all in the Bible’s hall of fame as unlikely leaders. He trains them, mentors and schools them in the hard knocks of life and thus leads them into a place of leading people out of their captivity of pain, suffering, and injustice.   It still is amazing that we continue to judge people by what they are—by their outward appearance. But God, on the other hand, looks at what they can become (1 Samuel 16:7). He judges ALL of us on the basis of amazing grace, not what the eye can see. Praise God for whom ALL blessings flow!

What if God can save those who appear to be the un-savable? Many times in each of our own lives God allows us to move toward our destiny in the midst of our failures and mishaps, and through our journey of life He is moving us toward our sanctification, just as He is doing in the lives of our leaders. He causes us to turn to Him for guidance, salvation, and redemption. John Newton, another unlikely candidate, who was a womanizing, carousing slave ship captain, who raped some of the slave women, then later was drawn to Jesus, became a minister of the Gospel and wrote one of our favorite hymns, and we are still singing it 400 years later—Amazing Grace. What if God can restore the seemingly un-restorable? What if God can use the unthinkable and supply the un-supplyable with His grace and love in this unsettling of times? God often passes over the ones others would obviously choose and calls those we would never have imagined. This fact would certainly apply to the possibility of Donald Trump becoming our next president.

There is no question—God is doing something major in our time of history. I do believe He is shaking things right down to the core of our nation and into the core of every individual in America. There is no disputing this fact that “Whatever Can Be Shaken Will be Shaken;” God is doing a whole lot of shaking in our time (Hebrews 12:25-29). He is shaking empires, cultures, nations, governments, monarchies, continents, banks, businesses, churches, families, and individuals.   I also believe He is trying to do a new thing. He is telling us: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18-19).

God is longing to give us a hope for our future, by turning us back to Him and His ways. I do believe God is out to motivate and persuade each one of us to pray, pray diligently, pray without ceasing, pray without judgment and without malice, and to pray humbly before the Lord—Thy Will Be Done—to pray and pledge our allegiance to this nation under God and not under man.

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not but religionists but by Christians, not on religion but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Patrick Henry

“Do not let anyone claim tribute of American patriotism if they even attempt to remove religion from politics.” George Washington

What if God is calling out to us and is saying: What if heaven is doing a cleanup act in our nation and He is calling us into a huge transition period to be awakened and to sort out the future not in the same old same old way? What if…God is going to use the most unlikely of candidates—Donald Trump—totally unbeknownst to himself or to his agenda to turn our hearts back to God?