As evangelist Maria Vadia writes in a new book, “Not only conquerors, but more than conquerors! That’s who we are in Christ! Brothers and sisters, now is the time to believe the truth of who we are in Christ and Who Christ is in us! We cannot be confused about our identity. The whole world is waiting for us, sons and daughters of God, to step out and step into impossible situations that only we can solve because of the One Who lives in us! We are not orphans! We carry the glory, the solution, the good news! We are to accomplish great things for the Lord!”
If, as overwhelmingly projected, President Donald J. Trump loses his bid for re-election, many will be those who find discouragement in what they view as unanswered prayers. Many many prayed for his victory.
If discouraged, one might look at another possible perspective:
Perhaps it was those prayers that allowed the election to be much closer than anticipated (at least by pollsters).
We don’t “do politics” here, and never have, except to report news stories as manifestations of the dark side or signs of our time. It is worldly. So are Church politics, except when they violate the spirit. When there is a blatant spiritual component (as when we reported an encounter — or better said, a brief confrontation — with Hillary Clinton), that we have written and will write about. An occultic spirit. Hopefully, you will always get the full objective picture here (as opposed to propaganda from any side).
When former President Bill Clinton left office, admittedly: we were openly relieved at the same time that we suggested a strong blessing with Holy Water at the White House.
That was a spiritual and not political statement. It was not meant to be mean.
We were very much against George Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, back when it was almost heretical to do so. (Conservatives now almost unanimously label those wars, at least in Iraq, tragic mistakes). Shortly, there may be something to say about the spiritual component of the incoming administration.
Does evil reside on both sides? Yes. Of course. Was Jesus political? No. Were Popes like John Paul the Great? Also, no. He fought against Communism — atheism — not any particular human. Rarely are matters cut and dried, black or white. It is why we are cautious, however strong our personal feelings, not to careen into the latest internet zeitgeist. There is such a thing as a “political spirit” and often if morphs into a religious one, quashing spirituality. There are cults of animosity. They are fun to watch on Youtube. Stay clear.
If we are a bulwark, let it be a bulwark of evenmindedness and truth and charity and facts and strength and perspective and exposure of evil wherever it is (not cultishness on any side). Perhaps no other site has ever covered evil to the extent we have.
Not always fun.
While the Old Testament tells us there were certain secular leaders (see David) appointed by God, the New Covenant does not exactly repeat that, and since the New Covenant was the one established by Jesus, it is the one we most closely follow.
Discern through the Spirit, not emotion and not internet chatter.
Only through prayer and fasting do spiritual blinders lift.
When it comes to elections, rest assured: prayer counts, as mentioned above. But as far as God choosing our leaders for us: He honors free will, exhibited so directly in free elections.
God did not choose Hitler. He did not choose Stalin. He did not choose JFK or Ronald Reagan. He did not choose a Bush or an Obama. For good or bad, humans did and do.
And so we look at that and urge everyone to thank God for the blessings He has brought us, especially in the establishment of a Supreme Court that, at least for a time, will protect Christians from suppression. And we pray for the conversion of whoever is the next president (and vice president).
Those prayers also will be heard, to whatever extent, given free will, they can be applied.
[resources: Maria Vadia’s new book]