Please forgive my absence over the past several weeks. Life once again interferes with schedule. It’s okay really, life is more important. In that time I have watched and listened in disgust to the developments of the presidential campaign, especially on the Republican side. I don’t like politics and I like even less bringing it up in this blog, but I am shocked by what I see among my fellow Christians and in the various polls related to this race.
For that reason, I’m getting ready to donate to Ben Carson’s campaign. I was following Marco Rubio because of his greater political experience, but in learning that he voted for TPP and TPA, I was disappointed. Now, in his sudden change of campaign strategy, adopting Trump’s style, probably because his managers point out the it works for Trump, I am put off by seeing that he is a chameleon, willing to forgo his own principles in order to please his handlers, or accomplish a desired result. So, even though I don’t believe he has a chance of winning, I’m voting for Ben Carson. As a Christian, he’s the only option left to me, the only candidate out there who believes in unity in the fear of God.
How do I know he can’t win? Because “winning”, “making America great again”, is not in God’s agenda right now. This nation and, indeed, the world have come to a place where the cup of iniquity is filled to overflowing. “Just as in the days of Noah,” we are undeserving of righteous leaders, only prophets, like Amos, can save us, rising up to point out our wickedness and call for our judgment.
We need God to raise up these prophets more than we need Jesus to return. If you’re a Christian, that may seem a shocking statement to you, but believe me it’s true. Jesus will not return to us a lamb, ready for the slaughter. When He comes, He will come in power and glory, for judgment, not for grace. God has said of that day, “Woe to you who long for the Day of The Lord! What will the Day of The Lord be for you? It will be darkness and not light. It will be like a man who flees from a lion, only to have a bear confront him…” Won’t the Day of The Lord be darkness rather than light, even gloom without any brightness in it?”
Better to pray for forgiveness, repentance, revival and the prophets needed to bring those things about. Without listing our atrocious sins against God, because you know them well whether you confess them or not, how could anyone today believe that God is not angry with this nation in the same way that He displayed his righteous anger against ancient Israel, Judah and the nations that surrounded them. (ref. Amos 1 – 5) And, for them, did He raise up leaders who could lead them to greatness again? No, He raised up prophets to bring them to repentance, prophets who were ignored, beaten and murdered by a nation who had become contemptuous of their God. So, instead of prophets, God raised up their enemies, the Assyrians, in the case of Israel, the Babylonians, in the case of Judah, and He cleared the way for their enemies to destroy the nations of His own people. Such is the judgment of our God, or had you, in your familiarity, forgotten who He is.
On the political side, there are many who will say that a vote for Ben Carson is a vote for Hillary Clinton and I clearly understand that logic, but I say to them, “so be it.” I have always believed that America gets the leaders America deserves. It’s the principle by which I see God’s anger against this nation, by seeing whom He raises up to lead us. So, no matter who wins the next presidency, I know it will be because that’s who God chose for us, based on what we deserve.
If you’re a person who believes in prayer, better to pray for more time, time to repent. Better to pray for prophets, better to pray for God to relent from His anger. Pray also for our nation, that God will raise up real leaders, not necessarily those we deserve, but leaders who can lead this nation back from the edge of the abyss, back to unity, all together in the fear of God, not familiarity. pray for Ben Carson.