Now that it appears that Donald Trump is going to be the Republican nominee, the predictable cries to ‘rally around Trump’ have started. I understand why those of the world would say this, but I simply do not understand why anyone who calls themselves by the Lord’s name would do so. I was reading some Christian sites, and I saw a few brothers and sisters trying to warn Trump supporters that he is not the person they believe him to be, and almost without fail, Trump’s supporters reply with “God uses sinners, look at Paul.” Ignorance! Don’t these Christians know the difference between the repentant and unrepentant sinners that God has raised up to do His work? Don’t they read God’s Word? Don’t they know His laws? Don’t they know His ways? Obviously they do not. Otherwise, they would not be championing a man who may turn out to be a modern day Assyrian?
Scripture is very clear: God can and does raise up sinners to do His work. Many times, they are homely in appearance and lowly in stature and social status. They may not have charming personalities, or even be able to speak well. But this is precisely why God uses them: because they are humble, the most unexpected of people to be doing His work. This insures that these people cannot boast in themselves, but must give credit and glory to the Lord for whatever they do.
27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no [a]man may boast before God.
Whether it was a leader such as Moses, David, Gideon or a prophet such as Daniel, Isaiah, or Jeremiah, every sinner God raised up to help build His kingdom had something in common which is absolutely imperative to doing the Lord’s work. They were repentant! This means they acknowledged they were sinners, confessed their sins, ended their evil ways, begged the Lord for forgiveness and south to live by His commands from that day forward. However, there are those in Scripture who were not repentant, and God still raised them up, but — in every case — they were raised up for a different purpose.
Many start out repentant, but they lose their way. Men such as Sampson and Solomon started out obedient to the Lord, but they started to believe in themselves and turned their backs on God. They paid the price for this disobedience, too. But these men, in some form or another, still knew they were wrong and came back to the Lord at their very end. So these men lie in the middle. They repented, lost their way, but eventually returned to the Lord. They were prodigal sons. So they were not unrepentant sinners. But there are unrepentant sinners who God uses, and one of the most famous of these was (is) ‘The Assyrian!‘
I am not talking about the figure so many know as ‘The Anti-Christ.’ I am talking about the king of Assyria. If you read the prophets, you will find that, through them, God declares He will punish Israel by raising up the Assyrian to destroy them. And it is Assyria that eventually does destroy Israel — just as God proclaimed.
God Will Raise Up the Assyrians to Attack Israel (Hosea 8:1-3)
8 Sound the alarm!
An eagle looms over the temple of the Lord!
For they have broken their covenant with me,
and have rebelled against my law.
2 Israel cries out to me,
“My God, we acknowledge you!”
3 But Israel has rejected what is morally good;
so an enemy will pursue him.
Now here is the lesson Trump’s supporters should take away from this:
The Assyrian was an unrepentant sinner, and God did use him: not to build God’s kingdom, but to bring judgment down upon Israel!
Israel claimed they believed, but God rejected them! Just as Jesus said there will be many who claim to be His disciples, yet He will tell them He never knew them! But it doesn’t end here. There are two more lessons in this for Trump’s supporters. However, before I share them, I want to remind them of why God destroyed Israel by reminding them of what Israel was like right before God sent the Assyrian down on them:
4 They enthroned kings without my consent!
They appointed princes without my approval!
They made idols out of their silver and gold,
but they will be destroyed!
5 O Samaria, he has rejected your calf idol!
My anger burns against them!
They will not survive much longer without being punished,
even though they are Israelites!
6 That idol was made by a workman—it is not God!
The calf idol of Samaria will be broken to bits.
Notice that Israel was doing things its way and was not relying on God. This is what led God to send the Assyrian to destroy Israel. But here is the next lesson Trump’s supporters should take from the unrepentant sinner who is raised up by God. After God uses that person, God destroys them for their sin:
Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger
And the staff in whose hands is My indignation,
6 I send it against a godless nation
And commission it against the people of My fury
To capture booty and to seize plunder,
And to [g]trample them down like mud in the streets.
Judgment on Assyria
24 The Lord of hosts has sworn saying, “Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand, 25 to break Assyria in My land, and I will trample him on My mountains. Then his yoke will be removed from them and his burden removed from their shoulder. 26 This is the plan [m]devised against the whole earth; and this is the hand that is stretched out against all the nations. 27 For the Lord of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?”
Now, Ted Cruz may have many faults. He is not the best looking man. He does not have a particularly captivating personality. And the way he speaks does not necessarily captivate his audience. But he is humble, obeys the law and keeps his word. Contrary to what Trump has claimed, Cruz also tells the truth. Most importantly, however, there is no doubt that Cruz at least knows and understands God’s Word. All of this is praised in Scripture are signs of a virtuous and righteous man, yet, for some reason, many people who claim to love the Lord rejected Cruz — the very ‘type’ God tends to raise up to build His kingdom.
Instead, these people support Trump: a man who has openly boasted that he has no need to ask God for forgiveness. A man who boasts about his money, his wealth, his achievements — including serial adultery and theft! Trump is lawless and proud of it. He openly admits to bribing political leaders and expecting them to do favors for him in return for his ‘gifts.’ He also boasts about taking private property and abusing the bankruptcy laws for personal gain. But, most of all, he is arrogant and filled with pride — just like the Assyrian. Now, if anyone thinks God is going to raise up such a person to ‘save’ this nation, I would remind them of what God’s Word actually says about such a man:
2 Proud and boastful people will be shamed, but wisdom stays with those who are modest and humble.
3 Good people are guided by their honesty, but crooks who lie and cheat will ruin themselves.
4 Money is worthless when you face God’s punishment, but living right will save you from death.
5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord;
Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.
A final lesson for those who reject the lawful and support the lawless: the unrepentant who walk according to their own ways and reject those of God:
28 And just as they did not see fit [a]to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, [b]haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
Maybe Cruz was not chosen by God, but I suspect he was chosen by God as a choice. Cruz offered this nation one last chance to turn from our ways and back to God, to lawfulness. Instead, we chose a man who may have also been chosen by God — not to lift us up; but to tear us down in judgment. And all those claiming to follow this man while also claiming to be disciples of Christ… Well, all I can say is you either do not know God’s Word, or you have chosen not to listen because there is now way Donald Trump has been chosen to build God’s kingdom (at least, not as he is now).
Still, I have no fear. I know God likes to act just as there appears to be no way out of catastrophe. So I cling to the hope that He will do so again and save us at the last moment. And maybe, just maybe, Trump will convert and lead us out of the abyss — like Lincoln did in the last two years of his life. But, even if this is not to be and we are to be destroyed for our nation’s sin, I still do not fear. For I know that God has a plan, and my hope and trust is in Him and His Son’s atoning work on the cross!
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