I write this just a few days before I am to fly to the United States. Our trip was delayed and was to have taken place in mid-May but our flight was finally scheduled by El Al for Thursday night. As I was praying today, the words spoken about John the Baptist were given to me, “So that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.” I saw immediately the application to Donald Trump and this election season. Facebook now is a great revealer of those thoughts. I am only speaking of professed believers.
Read this as a phrase introducing each point. The thoughts of many show . . .
- disdain for their fellow believers who do not agree with them about voting for Donald Trump. That is troubling. They belittle others.
- that they really have succumbed to a humanistic spirit and have gone soft on the LGBT agenda and its danger to religious freedom.
- that they really have gone soft on abortion and are willing to support those who have a radical abortion agenda.
- that they really do not see the centrality of Israel and the progress that has been made with Iran, the new peace agreements and moving the embassy to Jerusalem.
- that they almost idolize Donald Trump and will take any criticism of him as illegitimate.
- that they are narrow in partisanship and do not see that some ideas from the Democrats are important and right.
- that they are narrow in partisanship and do not see that some ideas form Republicans are right.
- that they are weak in defending the importance of law and order when parts of the U. S. cities are burning.
- that they are weak in their passion for civil rights for all and making more progress against racism.
- that they will accommodate radicals and their agenda or ignore that agenda to show they support black lives.
- that they dismiss evidence with a back of the hand brush off without seriously looking into the evidence.
- they have fallen into the partisanship of those who deal with the COVID crisis and dismiss either the consensus or those who are credible and disagree.
- that they live in information bubbles and do not fairly take into account narratives and evidence that disagree with their favored narrative.
- that there is backsliding form Biblical Law as the norming norm that should determine our orientation to everything in life, including political and social issues.
- That they really want acceptance from the mainstream society; to look reasonable and with it.
I think it is the intention of God that all will check their hearts and repent where they have fallen into sub biblical orientations. I again note Mike Brown’s book on Will Evangelicals Pass the Trump Test. As a revivalist, you can imagine that Mike is very good on many of these points. I hope and pray that many are seeing these points; I know several who are. May it lead to deeper prayer and the revival we all seek.