I am having a really hard time comprehending what I am seeing in American politics. Normally I don’t speak about politics so I will try to keep this to broad strokes. I know there are those of the Christian faith in the United States who think President Trump is the best option they have to run with because in trying to comprehend what I see, I have read many many posts and articles about why they voted for him and why they support him. I understand their concerns about upholding Christian values, about Pro Life etc and of course what the unacceptable alternative option was. I really found it difficult to understand how in the United States, with all the brilliant and dedicated men and women they have, Clinton and Trump ended up being the candidates they had to pick from. I watched most of Trump’s rally last night and I find it hard to comprehend how Christian’s can honestly think that he speaks truth and wisdom.
And it’s not just in America, the isolationism, the walking away from the principles of democracy, is happening in many places and I feel like I am witnessing exactly what I found hard to believe previously, when Jesus walked this earth in Jerusalem. How could they not see? How could they not understand what was unfolding before their very eyes?
It’s happening in my own family. Two of my three sons, all of whom I obviously love deeply, one thinks Trump is better than sliced bread, he also doesn’t believe in God, another doesn’t say much about politics and he also rejects the possibility of God. At times I can’t help thinking that it is partly my fault, if I had been a better Christian father, if I had of displayed more of Christ’s qualities when they were growing up. Internalizing, it’s what mothers normally do, but fathers also. And maybe it is partly my fault. God knows that I could have done so much better. But there is no such thing as perfect parents, we all make mistakes, we all make wrong decisions. And yes, I have spoken from the heart to both of them about Jesus, about faith, and I do hold them up in prayer daily.
I’ve seen God perform miracles before in my family, when against all logical odds He did what I thought could not possibly happen. It’s never over until God says it’s over so I do have hope.
It’s the spiritual blindness that is so had to comprehend, why can’t they see what is happening all around them? And then of course, why couldn’t I, when I was lost? Why don’t I still see all that God wants me to see? Recovering from spiritual blindness takes time, serious time, soul searching time. It doesn’t happen in a day. As long as we are in these earthly bodies, we will only see in part.
That’s where faith, or trust in God’s purpose and wisdom comes into play. It’s always about trust, it always has been. From the Garden of Eden to God’s provision for our sin, trusting His love. trusting His plan, trusting His sacrifice, trusting his Holy Word, trusting His truth, trusting His Holy Spirit. I fall to my knees before Him. I can do nothing else. The fight that we are in is not about what we see, it is about what is happening within, it is about spiritual realities on this earth and in heaven.
Ephesians 6:12-13 (NIV) “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
Two of my sons think I am wrong, that my faith or trust is ill placed. I disagree. My heart breaks for them but I hold onto the hope that I have for their salvation. I will do so until I draw my last breath on this earth. My wife shares my faith, my trust, so in essence it is our faith, our hope. Jesus wept when He looked over Jerusalem, no doubt for what could have been and what is yet to come. I have learned that there are some limited things that I have control over, which is primarily myself with God’s grace and strength, and much that I have no control over. The much that I have no control over is God’s domain, His area of dominion, where His will, His purpose will be done, and it will be done.
Isaiah 46:8–11 says,
Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,” calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.
Revelation 22:20 “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”
Worthy is the lamb! Blessings!