Regardless of your thoughts about the presumptive presidential nominees, neither has a proven track record when it comes to Biblical values and morals, or standing strong with Israel. True, both have voiced favorable words about Israel in settings where it was politically correct. Yet, history and track records do not bear out a steadfast, unwavering support of Israel.
With poll numbers tumbling, the Trump campaign recently announced the formation of an evangelical advisory board in an effort to draw the support of evangelical Christians. Among those included on the advisory board are former Congresswoman, Michele Bachmann, James Dobson, and Jerry Falwell Jr (none of whom have officially endorsed the Republican). Trump indicates these leaders will advise him on issues “important to evangelicals and other people of faith in America.”
On another front, Donald Trump is currently being advised by Jewish leaders on issues regarding Israel. For example, Jason Greenblatt, a Hungarian Jews who grew up in Queens, New York, has been at Trump’s side in appearances with significant Jewish significance (such as the AIPAC Conference in March).
I have been asked by some what I think of these developments, but honestly I don’t know what to make of it. I am not convinced that Donald Trump is a man easily “advised,” thus, while I certainly hope solid, moral voices might have some influence on him, I remain skeptical.
However, I believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and believe He is faithful to His purposes. I also believe He honors the prayers of His saints when in alignment with His will. Often, during the early parts of this presidential campaign, I urged us all to pray for a Josiah. While I’m very certain we don’t have a “Josiah” candidate, but our God is able to work in ways unknown to us.
Could it be that a presidential candidate might have a “Josiah” by his or her side? One who will advise according to the Word of the Lord? Let’s not give up on our nation or on what God might do despite candidates whose track records are far from righteous. I’m suggesting that we all recommit ourselves to prayer in that regard. One thing for sure: our nation is in dire need, and only the Almighty God is able to restore the US to Christian roots.
Pray, friends, pray!