When Mr. Trump was elected, I was reminded of Vice President Chester A. Arthur – the Vermonter who spent his life serving a perverse political machine in New York City. Arthur faced-off with the rich and powerful, including Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., who was as honest and incorruptible as Arthur was dishonest and corrupted.
The Conklin Machine manipulated Arthur onto the republican ticket, partnered with the untarnished, godly presidential candidate from Ohio, James Garfield. When Garfield was assassinated, early his presidency, Arthur was thrust into an office that he never wanted. The Conklin cronies figured that they were in hog heaven.
When Conklin and company showed up in the Oval Office, yukking it up, they received a surprise. President Arthur threw them out. He didn’t want the job, but once he had it, he was determined to treat the office of the presidency with respect. And he did. During his four years in the White House, he proved to be honest, hard-working, and effective.
President Trump is fast on his way to becoming a Chest A. Arthur – honest, hard-working, and effective. Only the Living God is able to create a new man out of the old. We are witnessing a remarkable metamorphosis of a man who seemed ill- suited to the most powerful political figure in the world.
The President’s heart is in the hands of the Lord, who will direct as He pleases. (Proverbs 21:1)
For instance, the China trade deal and its implications is much more than an economic victory. It is a spiritual victory with far-reaching implications.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been moving Westward shortly after His resurrection and ascension. It started with Pentecost and heated up with Diaspora, the dispersion of the church: “On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered.” (Acts 8:1)
The Word spread west to Asia Minor, to Greece, to Rome, and into Spain. In general, the Eastern lands were steeped in spiritual darkness during this westward expansion.
1492. The Capitulations of Santa Fe. After 700 years, the Spanish had finally conquered and tossed off the stain of Islamic rule that threatened to destroy the westward expansion of the Gospel. Isabelle and Fernando handed a commission to Christopher Columbus at the very moment that Islam surrendered, and God opened the next great movement of the Word of Life – to the New World.
I will not apologize for the sins of the people listed in this article. Romans chapter three is the great leveler of all cultures: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” (Rms 3: 11-12) God uses broken people to promote His plans: “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 16:2) We are, every one of us, sinners in need of redemption.
1942. The Japanese set out to destroy the Chinese, the Burmese, the Filipinos; to establish an everlasting Empire of the Sun. Enter the United States of America. The evil intent of the Japanese opens the spiritually closed East to the Gospel of Jesus Christ like nothing else ever could. Despite years of mission zeal throughout the region, the war that men perpetrated for evil intent was used of God for eternal purpose. The Gospel moves across the Pacific to the east.
2020. The Chinese trade deal, touted as an economic measure with political overtones, opens the door to a peace and prosperity that ends with the peaceful overthrow of communism by the powerful, as yet, underground church of China.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ, salvation by grace through faith in His name, has spread across the west and is moving east until it ends up back home in Judea. Once the message has been heard by every nation, tribe, and tongue…Jesus will return.
The Living God is working His plan through Donald J. Trump, just as He worked his place through every leader that He has put into place.