Daily Devotional for Thursday January 25, 2018
Two Christian Giants Used by TV Hacks
(John 3:16, 14:6)
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, give me your strength today. Your Word says that when I am weak, you are strong. Strengthen me this day to live my life for you, to defeat my enemies, and see victory. You, and you alone are my hope and strength each day. Let the Holy Spirit rise up in me this day and guide my life for your glory! In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!!!
Two great and bold Christian warriors got used by the mainstream media looking to further their political agenda. It has been sad over the last few days, watching Franklin Graham and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council being used by CNN, MSNBC, and other secular media outlets in regards to the 7 year-old story of President Donald Trump’s alleged consensual sexual encounter with a porn star.
This is a critical word today and one I want to make sure nobody misses, or worse, misconstrues. The goal of the media is two-fold. First is to marginalize and show Biblical Christians to be hypocrites and people who have no right to tell other people how they should live their lives. Of course, the media today represents the bulk percentage of our nation who have rejected faith in Christ and Biblical Truth.
Most media outlets will use every opportunity to discredit and destroy Christians since the beliefs they promote on air and those of most who watch them, don’t want to be told that their choices are in direct opposition to how God has called us to live our lives. Remember, those who reject Christ and Biblical Truth do so for the most part because they want to live their lives how THEY want to, and don’t want to be told they are wrong!
Graham and Perkins were on air to explain how such a high percentage of Evangelicals could support a man with the personal morals of Donald Trump. This support was despite the news alleging he had paid hush money to a porn star from a tryst that supposedly happened in 2006, his supposed racist language and views, among many other moral failings he is purported to have engaged in.
Sadly, as articulate and experienced as both Graham and Perkins are in front of the camera, they came across very poorly and without giving solid answers were constantly on the defense. As I watched the various interviews the past several days, I was certain that anyone in the Liveprayer family who had been reading the Daily Devotional for a year or more and had zero media experience, could have done a much better job.
As I have taught you over and over throughout the years, God made a clear delineation between political leaders and spiritual leaders. AS THE BIBLE TEACHES, IT IS GOD WHO PUT MEN INTO OFFICE AND IT IS GOD WHO TAKES MEN OUT OF OFFICE!!! DONALD TRUMP IS NOT A SPIRITUAL LEADER, HE IS A POLITICAL LEADER!!!
In the Old Testament, there were the political leaders, the kings, and the spiritual leaders, the priests. These were two very separate offices with two very separate roles to play. The king was the political leader of the people, analogous in our society to the President. The priest was the spiritual leader of the people, which would be the same as the pastor of a local church. God clearly established these as two separate offices. The governing of a nation and the shepherding of the spiritual lives of people are two separate and distinct roles.
THE ONLY ONE GOD CALLED TO BE BOTH PRIEST AND KING WAS JESUS CHRIST!!!
I am not in any way, shape, or form, saying it is acceptable for President Trump or any other President or political leader to live in whatever way they please. They SHOULD be leaders in not just politics, but in how they live their lives. I have NO CLUE if the allegations of this sexual encounter with the from 2006 are true or not. I have NO CLUE if President Trump had paid her hush money before the election. I have NO CLUE if the various women who have claimed Donald Trump sexually harassed them over the years are telling the truth.
GOD KNOWS THE TRUTH AND WILL ONE DAY JUDGE DONALD TRUMP FOR HIS SINS JUST LIKE HE WILL JUDGE YOU AND ME AND ALL MEN ONE DAY!!!
*NOTE: One cable news propagandist questioned Graham why he supported Trump and opposed President Obama who was in this host’s mind a great husband, father, had no sexual scandals, and spoke and acted as we expect a President should. This was another missed opportunity since the answer is simple. Even if all of those things about President Obama were true, he was a staunch supporter his entire political career of slaughtering innocent babies. He became an advocate of perverting God’s plan for marriage. He promoted every gross sexual perversion you can name. He demonized our brave police. He was probably the most racially divisive President ever, which is ironic since as the first black President the people expected just the opposite. THAT MR. CABLE HACK IS WHY GRAHAM AND MOST BIBLICAL CHRISTIANS OPPOSED PRESIDENT OBAMA. HIS BELIEFS AND POLICIES ENACTED DUE TO THOSE BELIEFS!!!
The proper response by Graham and Perkins wasn’t to muddy the waters as Perkins did by saying Evangelicals were giving Trump a “mulligan.” As much truth as there was in Graham trying to explain what “grace” is, he is dealing with people who have rejected such a concept. The bottom line answer is that Evangelicals didn’t help elect Donald Trump President, or most don’t still support him today because he was a moral giant.
His divorces and immoral behavior have been well documented over the past 40 years. They were used against him by his numerous opponents while he was working his way towards the nomination of the Republican party, used by Hillary Clinton during the race for the White House, and continues to be used against him daily by the media and those who would love nothing more than see his Presidency fail and Trump personally destroyed.
Evangelicals are not stupid. They were under no illusion that Donald Trump was a Christian giant. I do pray reports are correct and he has accepted Christ, and if he has grows in his faith, and if not makes that decision just as I prayed daily for President Obama and his family to come to faith in Christ. No, Evangelicals voted for Donald Trump because he promised to be a champion of life, protect religious liberties, appoint pro-life conservative judges from the Supreme Court down throughout the entire Federal judiciary, and not make Christians fell like the oppressed second class citizens they had been during the prior 8 years of the Obama administration!
The alternative was to vote for Hillary Clinton, an avowed supporter and advocate of killing babies, perverting God’s gift of sex in every way possible, the Lord’s definition of marriage, literally oppose every Truth in God’s Word, and put liberal activist judges on the Supreme Court and throughout the rest of the Federal judiciary.
WAS THE EVANGELICAL COMMUNITY CERTAIN DONALD TRUMP WOULD HONOR HIS PROMISES? NO!!! BUT THEY WERE 100% CERTAIN HILLARY WOULD BE THE SAME LIBERAL OPPONENT OF GOD SHE HAS BEEN FOR THE 4+ DECADES SHE HAS BEEN IN PUBLIC SERVICE!!!
I love you and care about you so much. It is sad to watch two of the great men of God of our day be used by lightweight cable TV hosts with a clear agenda. We only get a few opportunities to share God’s Truth in these media forums, since as I have shared the easiest way for the media to silence Christians is to never allow them on their airwaves. I have personally experienced this during my 25 yrs of ministry. So when we have these rare opportunities we MUST take advantage of them and make them count!
The good news is after one year, President Trump HAS kept his promises to the Evangelical community. I pray that he will continue to follow through on those promise throughout his remaining years in office. As I have shared in previous Daily Devotionals, President Trump is NOT the answer to the real problems in this nation since they are spiritual, not political, and he is a political leader not a spiritual leader.
However, President Trump CAN at least slow down the spiritual freefall this nation finds itself in as He supports life, the religious liberties of Christians, and stands for God’s Truth on the issues of the day. Pray for him as the Bible commands us to pray for all of our leaders. Pray for this nation to turn back to God and His Truth. Finally, pray for those men and women God has raised up in this day to be the uncompromised leaders He has called them to be!
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In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller