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Intercession for a Great Not-So-Perfect President

One of my mentors of long ago, Pastor Ernest C. Reisinger, liked to say, “Call no man master.” He also said, “The best of men are but men at best.” “Ernie,” as we all called him, was reminding us that final authority rests with God. He alone is not attracted to fads, new and exciting ideas without merit, and the flamboyant personality of some leaders.

I write with Ernie’s sound admonition in mind, fully aware of the fact that my deepest admiration for President Trump might lead someone to charge me with violating Ernie’s wise words. But remember the title. 

I consider the presidency of Donald Trump to be God’s blessing upon us. Has not God used imperfect individuals to bring blessings to all? Mr. Trump has done a good job in keeping his promises. I am pro-life, and pro-Israel. I consider the Second Amendment a fundamental right. The police are not supposed to be our personal bodyguards. American citizens need to be able to protect themselves and their families. 

In his 2019 speech before the U.N., the president said: “That is why this year I announce that we will never ratify the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, which would threaten the liberties of law abiding American citizens. The United States will always uphold our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. We will always uphold our second amendment.”

President Trump’s U.N. Speech­—September 2019

At the opening of the speech, the president spoke about “the essential divide that runs all around the world and throughout history. … It is the divide between those whose thirst for control deludes them into thinking they are destined to rule over others—and the people and nations who want only to rule themselves.”

This, I believe, is the driving factor in all that President Trump does. Some of Mr. Trump’s supporters don’t understand it, and all of his fierce detractors don’t want to understand it. The president’s perceptive insight into the controlling nature of evil goes against their globalist/totalitarian expectations.

That belief that there are those who are destined to rule the world is seen in radical, jihadist Islam. They want a worldwide Islamic caliphate ruled under the authority of sharia law. 

The delusion that their group is destined to rule the world is also true of communism. Millions of people who would not submit to an iron-fisted Stalinist rule were imprisoned or executed. Multiplied thousands of dissenters were placed in gulags—forced labor camps—that were hellholes of human misery and suffering.

This madness spread from Moscow to Beijing, where Chairman Mao picked it up and used it to spread death and destruction to his own country. This rascal killed more Chinese than anyone else! And Russia supplied China with weapons, so that Chinese soldiers could back the Kim family in Korea, which finally led to the division of the Korean peninsula. Those poor people are still languishing under this madness to this day. “Rocket Man” is a megalomaniac who has come up with a number of gruesome (and creative) ways to execute his opponents. He starves his own people while growing rotund like the fatted calf. He detonates nuclear weapons near the Chinese border and alarms the Chinese government because of the radiation leaks. And the madness has moved into Southeast Asia—Cambodia, Vietnam and environs.

In his U.N. speech, the president said: “Today I repeat a message for the world that I have delivered at home. America will never be a socialist country. In the last century, socialism and communism killed 100 million people.”

In his speech, President Trump went on to point out that these oppressive regimes now have the added benefit of modern technology. They “have the power to exercise new and disturbing forms of suppression and domination.” Just look at China’s social credit system and the struggle of the Hong Kong protesters. They know too well what “suppression and domination” means. President Xi Jin-ping is furious that dissenters picture him in a cartoon walking arm-in-arm with Winnie the Pooh! God bless the dissenters!

The president is right when he says that we live in a world where others see “conquest and domination” as their destiny. Because of this, the president said that since his election “the United States has spent over $2.5 trillion to completely rebuild our great military.”

Democratic presidents would rather spend money on social programs than on the military. It was true in the Clinton and Obama administrations. Obviously, there are others who seem to think war is never an option. As I drive down the highways in central Oklahoma, I see billboards that state in bold letters: “Tell Congress—No War With Iran.”

These billboards are in the Oklahoma City metro area. They are sponsored by Americans Against The Next War. May I make a suggestion? They need to put up signs in Iran stating: “Tell President Hassan Rouhani—No War With Israel.”

Are these people living on a moonbeam? Iran is the world’s number one sponsor of state terrorism. Iran’s bellicose leaders are fueling the tragic wars in both Syria and Yemen, and are supplying Hezbollah and Hamas with rockets to lob at Israel. Iran’s venomous leaders vomit hatred against Israel and America. Last year, Iran’s leaders issued a joint statement that Israel is a “malignant cancerous tumor that has to be removed and eradicated.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said “Peace is not just the absence of violence, but the presence of justice.”

“I’m Not a Democrat or a Republican”

I have a pet peeve. I’ve often heard well-meaning Christians say, “I am not a Democrat or a Republican. I am just standing for what’s right.” I understand why they say that. It takes the focus off of political squabbles and puts the focus on the issues. However, the Democratic Party has a long history of standing against all that is good. Carol Swain, professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University, asks, “Did you know that the Democratic Party defended slavery, started the Civil War, founded the KKK, and fought against every major civil rights act in U.S. history?” 

She points out that in contrast, the Republican Party (founded in 1854) was the anti-slavery party. Their attempt to stop slavery was dealt a major blow by the Supreme Court in the 1857 Dred v. Sandford decision. The court ruled that slaves aren’t citizens, just property. The seven justices who voted in favor of slavery were Democrats. The two justices who dissented? Both Republicans. Today, the Democratic Party favors everything that is bizarre, freakish, anti-God, and anti-family. The Democrats falsely claim that the Republican Party, and in particular, Donald Trump, is the villain when, in reality, it is the failed policies of the Democratic Party that are destroying the cities of America with an unchecked homeless population, filth, and contagion. America, get ready for an outbreak of bubonic plague! Democratic mayors and governors are failing to comply with federal law and deliberately hindering the work of law enforcement in protecting their populations from illegal aliens and criminals.

The Democrat’s vicious hatred of Donald Trump is really a vicious hatred of you, me, and all the other Americans who put him into office and want to keep him there. The subterfuge, constitutional violations, and bitter hostility that has been levelled at President Trump is levelled at you and me. Democrats exhibit the moral restraints of a runaway train. They will show more civility to MS-13 butchers than they will to God-fearing Americans. 

Donald Trump is only a man, and he needs our prayers. America needs our prayers. I don’t think it was a good idea for the president to pull American troops out of Syria and betray the Kurds who bravely helped to remove the scourge of ISIS. I am willing to admit, however, that maybe President Trump was juggling some other considerations of which I am not aware. Let’s all humble ourselves and pray for America’s future.

A Call to Intercessory Prayer

The Apostle Paul exhorts believers to pray for all men, “For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1 Tim. 2:1–2). If a Democrat is elected to the office of president in 2020 we will not lead “a quiet and peaceable life.” America will be forever changed and will never recover from the devastating effects of Democratic leadership.

There are many calls for intercessory prayer in the Bible (Rom. 15:30–31; Phil. 1:19; 2 Thess. 3:1–2). Jesus makes intercession for us (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25), and so does the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:26–27). The apostle says we are to pray “for kings, and for all that are in authority.” God has created government for the purpose of restraining evil and for punishing those who do evil. Without government, there would be anarchy. Some have said a bad government is better than no government at all. That may be true, but bad governments have taken the lives of 100 million people in the 20th century.

One of the things a Democratic president will do for sure is take away religious liberty. All of the Democratic candidates have given expression to ideas that will outlaw Christian standards. Chuck Colson said, “Our founding fathers believed that without freedom of religion and freedom of conscience, all of our other freedoms aren’t worth the paper they are written on. If government can dictate what we may or may not believe, or how we may or may not live out our beliefs, then we are no longer a free people.” That means, if America elects a Democratic president, we will no longer be a free people (breakpoint). Please pray for our great not-so-perfect president, and for the country that has given us so much!

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Larry Spargimino

Dr. Larry Spargimino is co-host of the SWRC broadcast and joined the ministry in 1998. Larry researches and writes books and articles for the ministry, assists on tours, and helps answer listeners' theological questions when they call the ministry. Larry holds a doctorate from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and pastors a local church.

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