It is almost to the day two years ago, when Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Trump walked down the escalator of the Trump Tower. At that time, few people thought that he would become the 45th president of the United States. But the anointing of God was upon the man.
After Saul was rejected by God as King of Israel, the Lord sent the prophet Samuel to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as king. As Jesse presented seven of his sons, God showed Samuel that none of these were his choice. Finally, Jesse reluctantly presented his youngest son, David, who was a ruddy and handsome, but merely a shepherd boy. And Jehovah said to Samuel, “Arise and anoint him for he is the one.”
The prophets in the Bible like Samuel often had access to kings. In my time, the two men of God who had the most access to presidents were Billy Graham and Jerry Falwell. Of the two prophets, Falwell was the most political; he was the founder of the Moral Majority. Falwell was the man most responsible for politically activating Evangelicals and making them a strong enough force to elect Ronald Reagan president.
Jerry Falwell, Jr., President of Liberty University, founded by his father, stepped into the prophetic role of his deceased father by anointing Donald J. Trump as God’s man to become the 45th president. When he did so, Falwell compared Trump’s leadership abilities to Winston Churchill’s.
I doubt if before Trump’s announcement as a candidate, if he ever entered Falwell’s mind as a potential president. Falwell in endorsing Trump chose him over 16 more experience politicians who had greater political recognition. He chose Trump even over the one who seemingly had the greatest stature, Jeb Bush.
Jesse’s son, Eliab, first came before Samuel, who thought, “Surely, the Lord’s anointed is before me.”
But the LORD said unto Samuel, “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
Apparently, God refused the establishment candidate, Bush and the even the upstart from Texas, Ted Cruz, who was another evangelical favorite and choice of some would be prophets, none of whom had the stature of Falwell.
From the day that Falwell chose Trump over all the Republican sons and one daughter, the Spirit of the Lord was upon the Donald and he won the Republican nomination and the general election for President. After being offered the cabinet position of Secretary of Education, Falwell determined to stay at his position as chancellor of the greatest university in the world.
We learn from the Bible that God surprises us again and again by the instruments he chooses to accomplish his will. He chose the little nation of Israel, the reluctant Moses, the shepherd boy, the young virgin Mary, the uneducated fishermen, the hated tax collector Matthew, the persecutor Saul of Tarsus. God gives his power to the least likely of people and through them changes men, nations and the world.
What is the origin of life?
What is the meaning of life?
What is the source of morality?
What is our destiny?
Daily on campus we tell the students that any religion or philosophy has to answer the questions of origin, meaning, morals and destiny. At Indiana University recently, an atheist asked, “Who are you to say that a belief system has to answer these questions?”
I answered, “These are questions that all thinking men ask. That is why a moment ago you asked me about evolution. You want to know how it all started. Everyone asks, “What does that mean?” Or when you say something is meaningless, you are assuming something else in meaningful. Children very soon start asking, “Why?” They intuitively know there must be an answer. Often times they can ask some difficult questions. We have all said that an action is good or an-other action is bad, or someone is good or someone else is evil. What is your standard of judging actions and judging people? We all do it and we all have a standard. There is not a person here who has not wondered what happens after death. Christianity offers the most reasonable and coherent answers to these four basic questions of life.”
One fellow who was responding positively to my teaching asked, “How can you say that because Christianity has the highest ethical code that it is necessarily the right code?” I answered, “Should we not accept the system that promotes the highest good over the lesser good? Should we not choose the best over the better? Should we not believe the system that offers the most freedom and which best promotes the physical and mental health of mankind?”
When I demonstrated that God’s existence is necessary, just as a building requires a builder, a painting requires a painter, a sculpture requires a sculptor, etc., a girl asked, “How do we know that the creator is the God of the Bible?”
I answered, “Not only does creation testify to a creator but to a loving creator who has supplied everything we need in order for us to be happy. None of the gods of other religions so loves that he takes upon himself human flesh and is willing to suffer at the hands of his creation. Our God loved so much that he came to serve his creation, not to be served. And he gave his life as a ransom.” Christianity is unique in that two millenniums ago when the nations were still sacrificing men unto their pagan gods, the true and living God became a man and sacrificed Himself unto men.
On your birthday, I think of Charlemagne (Charles the Great) (742-814), King of the Franks, who was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by the Pope in 800 AD.
Charlemagne made Western Europe great again by reuniting Western Europe and reviving education and culture after the Western Empire had fallen three hundred years earlier. By the sword and the cross, Charlemagne became the father of Europe and the great defender of the Christian religion and the Western Church. Like his grandfather, Charles the Hammer Martel, Charlemagne is credited with saving Europe from the Saracens.
The story of President Donald J. Trump has yet to be told. Christians pray that you will fulfil your destiny to make America great again and to protect the Church from the pagans from within (the Democrats and their cohorts) and without (the Muslim hordes). May your success and greatness even surpass that of Charlemagne as you act according to God’s will.
I was listening on the radio to the local news from Ventura, CA. The biggest story was the rescue of a cat and dog from a fire. The rest of the news was also inconsequential.
I got to thinking how the vast majority of Americans go about their daily activities peacefully and busily but without major crisis, unless there is a death in the family.
Then the national news came on, which anxiously speaks of a nation in crisis. The new mantra is “breaking news,” which is intended to take our breath away. Each day has become “a busy news day.”
I don’t suppose most Americans watch network or cable news. They don’t care about the alleged Russian and Trump election connection, nor any other issue on the National News. They might tune to get a report on the latest terrorist attack but within 10 minutes it all gets repetitive. And anyway, it happened far away from you and me.
Life goes on folks. Be thankful that you are living a quiet and peaceful life with family and friends in your hometown. But don’t neglect the real question, “Where will you spend eternity?” This life will soon be over even for those of us that are most healthy and vigorous.
Put your faith in Christ and all will work out well at the finish. Make the church of your choice the center of your spiritual and social life for the sake of the Lord and your family. In church you will meet the best people who can be your friends for life. And remember, all’s well that ends well.
I can understand why conservatives like Jonah Goldberg, David French and Bill Kristol remain anti-Trump. They are the literati. Trump in their mind is a hardly literate buffoon.
Jonah Goldberg is General Omar Bradley. Trump is General George C. Patton. Goldberg and Bradley are colorless, polite, courteous, reticent, gentle, dull, dependable, and respect the chain of command. Trump and Patton are colorful, cussing, outspoken, impulsive, independent, flamboyant, glory-seeking and victorious.
Bradley and Patton were polar opposites personality wise and it is widely known that Bradley did not like Patton either personally or professionally. While Bradley was concerned about gaining a good press, Patton did not trust the press. Patton slapped the cowardly soldier; Bradley reprimanded Patton for doing so.
It took Patton, not comparatively low-energy Bradley, to win the presidency and to be victorious over two political dynasties, Bushes and Clinton’s. Trump was the street fighter, willing to get down and dirty with Hillary.
No other Republican could have carried Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania but Trump. Bill Kristol encouraged the genteel David French to run on a Conservative Party ticket against Trump and Hillary. Such a campaign would have gotten nowhere.
The National Review represented by Goldberg and French has been the primary magazine influencing conservatism since the mid-fifties. The Weekly Standard published by Kristol has been in thick of the battle for neo-conservatism since the mid-nineties.
These literati were battling while Trump was building a crass business empire, entertaining millions with a TV show and often supporting liberal causes. They must see Trump as an upstart and Johnny come lately to the conservative cause. Trump is philosophically more of a pragmatist than a conservative. Yet, he may end up doing more for conservatism than Ronald Reagan.
Brietbart News flashed on the scene in 2007 and eventually supplanted the National Review and Weekly Standard as the loudest voices on the right. Upon the death of Brietbart in 2012, Steve Bannon took over the Brietbart website and last year Bannon became instrumental in Trump’s victory.
Now Steve Bannon is chief strategist in the Trump administration! The National Review and The Weekly Standard no longer have the influence these publications once had. The literati are polar opposites tactically compared to Bannon and Trump. The literati operate as critics of our culture. Trump is a leader determined to Make America Great Again.