2020 ELECTIONS – PRE AND POST
In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul tells us to
“…fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”–2 Cor. 4:18:
In just a few days we will choose leaders of our nation for another four years as well as leaders for state and local elections for their respective terms.
This will be, without question, the most consequential election in the life of this nation since perhaps the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, and even that is questionable. So I want to talk to you briefly about the significance of this election and how we, as Christians need to vote. Then I want to share what I believe is God’s word to us for the period following the election.
We must look beyond what is seen in the natural. As disciples, we ought to see beyond the natural, and not get caught up in arguments that are meaningless from an eternity perspective. I’m not talking about getting political. Paul tells us in his second letter to Timothy:
“No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the affairs of this life, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.”—2 Tim. 2:4
I am talking about being Biblical and pleasing our commanding officer who commands us to occupy until He comes. First of all I want to make clear what this election is not about.
• It’s not primarily about a contest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden
• It’s not about a contest between Republicans and Democrats
• It’s not even primarily about the U.S. Supreme Court
• It’s not even about the conflict between Black Lives and Blue lives as real as that conflict is
No, if we were contesting for those issues we would be entangled in the affairs of this life. It is much bigger than these temporal issues. It’s about which worldview will dominate our institutions and culture for the coming generations of American life.The Republican worldview as reflected in its platform presumes there is a God, and it is in the God of the Bible that we place our trust, thus our national motto. Public policies must reflect values that originate in God’s mind and heart as revealed in the Bible and interpreted by our imperfect understanding even with the help of the Holy Spirit. As we acknowledge our overruling dependency upon God we affirm that there is an absolute standard of right and wrong expressed in the Holy Scriptures. The platform of the Republican Party reaffirms our belief and trust in God while the platform of the Democrat Party discounts the idea of God and presumes to place human wisdom as the ultimate authority in American life. The danger there is as Dostoevsky told us, “If there is no god than anything is permissible,” including the sacrifice of more than 60 million babies since Roe V. Wade, including defiling the holy institution of marriage by re-defining it to mean what God has called an abomination.
HOW WE HAVE COME TO THIS POINT
Since the 1960s when the Supreme Court—not the people– took God out of our public schools we began the systematic removal of the knowledge of God from all our public and private institutions. We have been slowly but steadily turning away from the God of our Fathers, and by default coming under the god of this world. Like the classic illustration of the frog in the kettle that stays in the water while the flame is turned up one degree at a time, he never feels the difference until he is ultimately boiled alive. His goose is cooked, (I know it’s a mixed metaphor, but you get the idea). And so it has been in America for the last 60 years,
But Donald Trump, the most unlikely vessel, is leading the way back to God. That’s why the opposition is so animated, and even violent because that’s what Satan does. We, who serve God know who our Master is. Those who oppose us believe they are their own bosses while never having a clue about who is really pulling their strings, because he is, after all, the Prince of Darkness, Lucipher, the Deceiver.
President Trump repeatedly reaffirms that we are One Nation Under God, and that must be the rallying point for all our citizens. That is the answer to our racial issues and our economic disparities. Identity politics only serves to divide us. The minute one says “Black Lives Matter” or for that matter, even “Blue Lives Matter” you are dividing us and a house divided cannot stand.
SO WHAT IS GOD’S WORD TO US IN THESE DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTION?
First, we must pray like it all depends on God, because it does. Secondly, we must work like it all depends on us, because it does that too. America has already lived way beyond the average life expectancy of a free republic – more than 230 years under One Constitution, unheard of in all of world history. If we lose it, it will be on us. John Adams reminds us that “Liberty once lost is lost forever.”
So let us today, once again as our forebears did for us, let us pledge our lives our fortunes and our sacred honor, first to the One who gave His life for our eternal freedom, Jesus Christ, the Lord of Lord and King of all Kings. And secondly, to pray like it all depends on God and work like it all depends on us to get out the vote, every member of your family, every friend you might have to be sure we preserve the gift of liberty for our children and our grandchildren and live out God’s formula for revival.
WHAT IS GOD’S WORD CONCERNING THE DAY AFTER…OR THE WEEK AFTER…
President Trump will win re-election, but that will mark only the beginning of birth pangs preceding a period of great trial followed by a period of revival and reformation like has never been seen in the history of our nation.
The Church will rise out of its complacency and become relevant once again—not the whole church. In fact, it will be only a faithful remnant of pastors and Christian leaders who will step up to the plate to lead. The prophets will speak to the king once again. The royal priesthood will take its seat of authority at the city gates to rule in righteousness according to the precepts of nature’s God as revealed in the Holy Scriptures. Yes, we will debate what the Word says, but we will not debate that we are all committed to the fact that the law of the Lord is perfect, and our quest is to pursue a more perfect union as we come to better understand God’s perfect law and His plan for America.
We will be One Nation Under God rejecting the idea of a hyphenated American for we are all Americans, “E Pluribus Unum,” Out of many One.
As President Trump opens the door for the Church leading the way, we must occupy with evangelistic Biblical teaching to make disciples of our nation. Every local church, every Bible school and seminary will be called to teach its students the principles of faithful stewardship of the gift of liberty. We will prepare disciples to occupy the seats of government at every level from dog catcher on up. Yet, this will not be without resistance and sacrifice. The powers of Satan will oppose us at every move as we advance the cause of love, virtue and Biblical morality. We must be prepared to give all we have for the One who gave all for us.
Pastors must lead the way, or their lampstands will be removed. We must no longer be intimidated into silence, but be willing to speak of God wherever decisions are being made for our children. God must be mentioned whenever the thought comes to mind without fear of offending but yet with gentleness and respect. God must be an ever-present part of our speech as he is an ever-present part of our lives.
So as we prepare for the year 2021 prepare to go public with your faith. Your personal faith must find public expression to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Prepare for a season of opposition like we have never known here in this country, but also prepare for a season of revival and reformation to bring this nation back to the God of our fathers. Pastors must lead, or get out of the way. Though not every believer is called to be an evangelist, every believer is called to be a witness. Prepare to be an effective, courageous witness to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. No more fear and intimidation; 2021 is about courage, loving courage. We will live out the promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14:
“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.” –It’s coming. Get on board!
To be part of God’s plan of redemption you must be born again and filled with His Spirit. It will take power, courage and determination until we see America Bless God!
ONE NATION UNDER GOD
We’ve all heard the phrase, “One Nation Under God,” but do we know where it started and what it really means, and does it have any relevance to American life today, or is it just some trite saying made up by some old white men, that is totally meaningless in today’s “progressive” society? In the answer to these questions we find the solution to our nation’s most current and pressing issues.
Let’s first take a look at where it started.
Though the phrase, “under God” can be found in many of the writings of our founding era, we can make particular note of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address where he dedicated a burial place of fallen soldiers to a new birth of freedom, “under God.” Here’s an excerpt:
“…that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Then, in 1954 the phrase “under God” was added to our Pledge of Allegiance after President Eisenhower was inspired to do so by a sermon he heard in church.
Next, we can go to the motto stamped on all our coinage, “E Pluribus Unum” or “Out of Many, One.” This first appeared on the great seal of the United States in 1782. It has since been one of the traditional mottos of our land.
From these two ideas we get the ideal—One Nation Under God.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The word “nation” signifies a group of people. According to dictionary.com: “a large body of people, associated with a particular territory, that is sufficiently conscious of its unity to seek or to possess a government peculiarly its own. The idea that we are one nation suggests that we are a group of people that identify as Americans. It is that name, symbolized by one flag that unites us.
Teddy Roosevelt gave a speech to the Knights of Columbus in New York City at a time when many were migrating to the U.S. from Europe, (Oct. 12, 1915). Roosevelt said:
“There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all.”
This is just as true of the man who puts ‘native’ before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French (or African, or Hispanic1) before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance. But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is just as good an American as anyone else…The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities…”
The idea that we identify as one people above all others does not negate our cultural or ethnic differences, but it makes those differences subordinate to the unity we find as Americans committed to the ideals expressed in our founding documents.
Abraham Lincoln reminded us, and world history confirms the Biblical truth that a house divided cannot stand. The term “Balkanization” has been entered into our modern lexicon to describe what happens when this unity is lost. The natural state of societies is in fact, Balkanization or “tribalism.” The fact that we have progressed as one nation for over four hundred years is the exception, not the rule, and in that regard, we are, in fact, an exceptional nation.
Foreign enemies like China and Russia whose systems are antithetical to liberty understand what Abraham Lincoln noted as a young man, that this nation will never be conquered by an outside force; if we fail as a nation it will be because we have committed national suicide.*
The “American” banner must be the banner we rally around. The American identity must be the one we all identify with. We must be “one Nation, not many nations or groups, or tribes.
The phrase “Under God” has been part of our nation’s DNA from its very founding. The signing of the Mayflower Compact was the first time in world history that a nation was formed by mutual agreement of free people. In that first organic document, the new arrivals stated why they came here: “For the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian religion.” Throughout our history, it has always been a given fact that our liberties have derived from God’s laws. In that sense, we have always been “under God,” accountable to Him and responsible to live according to His instructions as we come to understand them in the Holy Bible. Even Thomas Jefferson, one of the least religious of our founders warned us when he said,
“Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”
Thomas Jefferson recognized that we must remain, “under God” if we are to continue as a nation of free men and women. We may debate what it means to be under God; we may debate what God’s will is for us; we may debate how His laws should apply to modern life, but we dare not debate whether we are, in fact, under God and subject to His sovereignty unless we are ready to surrender our liberty.
So there you have it. The answer to so many of our nation’s ills. It is the answer to our racial and ethnic strife. It is the answer to our sexual and moral confusion. It is the way to continue to grow into that more perfect union envisioned by our founders. So let us raise the banner of our unity above the banners of our diversity, reaffirming once again, that we are One Nation Under God, and we will find that peace and prosperity promised to us by the Author of life himself so that we may pass it on to the next generation.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.”—Psalm 33:12
* Young Men’s Lyceum
KNOW YOUR ENEMY
First of all, anyone seeking to bring down our institutions in order to replace them with a Communist/Socialist System is in every sense of the word, an enemy of the American people. It’s important to note that these attacks on our way of life didn’t come out of nowhere, but they are the product of decades of godless indoctrination in our public institutions.
It’s been reported that some radical activists are rather proud of the Chicago looting, claiming it was “reparations.” As one BLM activist put it, “Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance.”
We must understand their thinking if we are to respond with effect. Dostoevsky told us in the Brothers Karamozov, if there is no God than anything is permissible. Without God anyone can establish their own system of right and wrong. This is what our children have been learning for decades in our public/government schools under the guise of “Values Clarification.” You know, you have your truth and I have my truth. So, the looters are justified when they loot because this is their truth. Justice is reparations for the sins of our ancestors, (even if your ancestors had nothing to do with slavery). After all, these businesses have insurance, so we’re really not taking anything away from them. Again, justified. We’re simply taking what is rightfully ours. It’s interesting that the word, “stealing” is nowhere to be heard even by reporters on the scene. After all, the idea of “stealing” comes from the Ten Commandments; God forbid we call it that; the irony!
As long as God is kept out of the conversation there will be no resolution until this nation is destroyed, as President Lincoln warned us, by national suicide. We must come to reassert the only standard that has a chance of drawing all Americans back to some sense of civility, the idea that we are “One Nation Under God.” That must be the neutralizing standard to which we must all ascribe. Outside of that, it’s anyone’s guess if we will have a nation ten years from now. The Word tells us, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,”(Psalm 33:12). Well, the opposite will also be true: Cursed will be the nation whose god is not the Lord. Let’s do all we can to bring God back into the national conversation. Every responsible Christian must pray like it all depends on God and work like it all depends on us to see this nation come back to God.
An Open Letter to America’s Pastors,
We pray this finds you in the best of our Lord’s care, grace and anointing.
You know, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai to restore order to a people that have gone crazy with idol worship, because of his absence, it was a matter of restoring God’s order and reformation to the nation of Israel.
“These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come.”—1 Cor. 10:11
In the same way it is time for us—the men and women of God who have been entrusted with the Gospel—to come down, and engage a culture on its way to a Sodomite ending. In November, we will choose which God we will serve as a nation. If the people of God do not exercise faithful stewardship of our liberty, our posterity will pay the price for our “complacency in Zion.” We dare not surrender the mission field of government and politics to the enemy.
For most of my years in ministry I have been encouraging pastors to take leadership in the affairs of government and politics. I’ve come to accept the fact that most clergy will not dare to delve into this area of Christian stewardship, so I rejoice in the few that do. It is as Sam Adams taught us,
”it does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”
He was familiar with the history of Israel and the Joshua and Caleb minority. Their story has always encouraged me when I’ve felt very much in the minority. Yet, as we look toward November I believe it’s time to enlarge our minority. Will you join this God-ordained minority to preach the Word as it impacts the stewardship of our liberty?
If Jesus truly is Lord of all, as we profess, then He must also be Lord of our government and politics, and it is the Christian clergy who have been entrusted with the Word of God which alone can bring righteousness to this government “upon His shoulders.” We will have to give account to God for the stewardship of the liberty He has given us. Yes, above all, is liberty from sin, hell death and the grave through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, but also, is the liberty from tyrannical government common to this world. We have the freedom to preach the Gospel, and we must steward that freedom to preserve it. We must be the salt and light He commissioned us to be.
To this end I would ask you to prayerfully consider a few action items:
- Designate a Faith & Freedom Sunday and Invite me to come and preach an evangelistic message concerning God’s mandate upon the Church to be actively engaged in the stewardship of our liberties and government, particularly as we look forward to November elections, or preach that message yourself. I’m willing to help with resources, etc.
- Designate a Church Liaison to attend our monthly meetings in Newburgh to be informed about the issues that impact the Church here in New York State. He/She can then take the information back to the local church for prayer and/or action as the Spirit leads.
- Help support the mission of the New York Faith & Freedom Coalition from your local missions budget. Our mission field is “the gates of the enemy,” that is wherever leaders gather to make decisions for our families.
- Schedule a meeting with myself and your board of elders or deacons to help you fulfill the vision God has for your particular congregation to impact your sphere of influence for the Kingdom of God.
The Body is held together by each one doing its part. We’re all in this together. We must occupy until He comes. What we cannot do is “nothing.” If you have any other questions or concerns, I invite you to call or email me. Even if you don’t agree with me, let’s talk about it. None of us have it all together. In fact, Paul reminds us that now “we only see in part.”
The one thing that I am convinced of is the fact that that we are responsible for the stewardship of our civic liberties, and this government and political system entrusted to us by our forebears and by the grace of God. God will hold us to account as those who have been given the Word of Truth, and the commission to spread it throughout the earth.
We dare not say, “I don’t get involved in politics.” It is part of the Gospel mandate. It is part of the kingdoms of this world that are to become the kingdoms of our Lord and Christ as the Church moves forward in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must pray for revival and work till He comes!
For King and Country,
Rev. Bill Banuchi
P.S. I just heard a sermon from a pastor of a large church where he preached from Jeremiah, and of national sins. In the same sermon where he claimed to preach nothing but the word he then tells the hearer to stay out of politics. Where is that in the Word? Pastor, your words have impact. We will all be held accountable. The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it; we dare not encourage our people to withdraw from any of it, but we are to “possess the gates.” We are responsible for the stewardship of this nation and this government “of the people.” God will bless or curse our posterity according to the faithful stewardship we exercise or fail to exercise. The future of this nation is in the hands of the Bible-believing clergy. The Church is responsible for the character of our government. Let’s be found faithful.
LESSONS FROM THE SMOLLETT INCIDENT
Rev. Bill Banuchi
The Jussie Smollett incident demonstrates clearly why it is absolutely imperative for people in leadership positions to be persons who openly profess a belief in God and in the system of eternal rewards and punishment.
It appears Mr. Smollett staged the entire episode for any, or all of a variety of nefarious reasons.
But the fact that these types of false accusations of acts of hatred and bigotry against President Trump, his supporters and Conservatives are on the rise are not surprisingly a natural consequence of a growing godless evolutionary worldview typical among Leftists and Progressives.
It appears that Jussie Smollet may have believed he was justified in lying and making false accusations for what he believed was a greater good. The Bible records a time in the history of Israel when there was no king and everyone did what he saw fit in his own eyes. Is that where we are in this nation?
This is precisely why in the wisdom of our founders almost every one of the original thirteen colonies stipulated in their charters that in order for a person to assume a position of public trust he had to affirm a belief in God and in the system of eternal rewards and punishments. Their thinking was that in man’s natural state he would act in ways motivated by self-interest at the cost of the benefit to others. They believed that only an individual who believed there was a God who was watching his every move could actually be trusted with public affairs.
If an individual has no belief in the God of the Bible, who is the source of our inalienable rights, and who alone defines morality, he becomes his own god and can write his own rules, and thus any deception or lie can be justified for the greater good.
That’s why we must choose persons in leadership positions who publicly acknowledge a personal belief in the God of the Bible and in the standard of morality set in Scripture. It was President Lincoln who told us that
“…it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God,… and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”
More recently, President Ronal Reagan told us that
“Without God, there is no virtue, because there’s no prompting of the conscience…Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”
So let us learn from the Smollet incident, and the other manufactured crimes aimed at Conservatives, and let us all—left and right—acknowledge, personally and publicly, that we are in fact, “One Nation Under God.” Only then will we be able to truly become “a more perfect union,” and pass on to our children the same liberty, peace and prosperity that our parents passed on to us.
WHY SHOULD I BE PRO-LIFE?
How do we answer the question, “Why should I be pro-life and not pro-choice”
First of all, let’s get the language straight. It’s not between being pro-life and pro-choice, for if that were the case Christians would be the most pro-choice of all, wanting everyone to have the right to choose life, especially the baby in the womb.
The real debate is between being pro-life and pro-abortion.
We are pro-life because abortion is the taking of a life given by God.
And yes, it is a life created at the moment of conception which grows and develops during nine months of pregnancy. During that entire time it is fully human with a full complement of DNA.
The Bible clearly tells us that it is a baby in the womb, not a blob of fetal tissue. There are several Old Testament references to a baby in the womb, and in the New Testament we read about how the baby leaped in Elizabeth’s womb when Mary came to visit.
The more science advances the more it proves that it is a live person in the womb. That’s why today’s younger generation is becoming more pro-life. Science validates our cause.
It’s not part of the woman’s body, but a body all its own with its own nervous system and circulatory system. The baby might even have a different blood type than the Mom. The baby is simply residing and growing in the women’s body. If a friend comes to my home for a visit I do not have the right to dismember them just because they’re in my home. So it is with a baby in the womb.
Legally, we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights that among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness–progressive rights.
Women have no more a right to abort their own babies as southern plantation owners had the right to own their own slaves. Abortion is the national sin of this age in the same way slavery was the national sin of prior generations.
Now we must become the resistance against the diabolical agenda of the Cuomo regime in Albany.
On behalf of the little ones who cannot defend themselves we must pledge today even our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to protect the lives of the unborn, or we will no doubt pay the price for our national sin by national calamity of some kind. (Prov. 24:11-12).
We paid for the sin of slavery with the Civil War because millions people created in the image of God were enslaved by others. To date over 60 million children have been murdered, and women have been heart-broken over the loss of what they knew was a living child while an evil society told them it was OK to abort their child.
God have mercy on those Moms, God have mercy on The U.S.
Cuomo wants to amend the NY Constitution to make abortion a fundamental right.
We must begin work toward a Human Life Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Just because it’s legal, doesn’t make it right. Slavery was once legal. It was never right. Abortion may be legal, but it will never be right.
Our founding fathers taught us that civil law must be consistent with divine law.
We must double our efforts to stand up for the least of these, for those who can’t defend themselves.
We must reach out to Moms who are considering abortion and those who have been hurt by abortion, to fathers who have been hurt by abortion….yes, it hurts men also. Everyone is hurt when a life is taken.
So be informed, be educated on the issues and be willing to speak up, to be the light in the darkness.
It’s up to us to defend the little ones. English Statesman Edmund Burke told us that, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Let it never be said of us.
That is why we must be pro-life and not pro-abortion.
WHY THE LEFT WANTS OPEN BORDERS
Why is it that when President Obama was separating children from parents at the border it was perfectly fine, but when Donald Trump does the very same, it’s a national scandal? Why is it that when President Trump issues and executive order to prevent families from being separated—what the Democrats were whining about—now, it’s not good enough because families are detained together? Will Trump’s actions ever be enough for Democrats? No. Why? It’s because what Democrats really want goes far beyond open borders. It’s about power. The quest for power is one of the fundamental forces driving human nature. That’s why to Democrats the policies enacted are not as important as who it is that is enacting them. If it’s not them, it’s to be rejected, because they dare not accede to someone else’s claim to power.
How do Democrats seek to gain power? By growing the plantation. It’s no different than it was at the time of the writing of our Constitution. There is nothing new under the sun. During America’s formative years the Southern Democrat plantation owners measured their power by the number of slaves they owned. In fact, that was the very reason slaves were counted as three fifths of a person, not because they were thought to be three fifths of a person, but simply because if they were fully counted for congressional representation the South would have had much higher pro-slavery representation in the Congress. The three-fifths clause was actually and anti-slavery provision, but of course, you’ll never hear that from the “progressive” establishment.
The Democrats have not changed their tactics. But, now they need more than African-Americans on the plantation. They need to bring in a new wave of people they can register as Democrats to win more elections to insure their hold on power. They will use anyone, even innocent children, to advance their cause. The ends justifies the means in their book. Nothing is wrong that serves to undermine and remove Donald Trump from his position of power in their book. Grow the plantation. Expand federal benefits. Keep them dependent on us, and we’ll be assured to remain in power over them. It’s a demonic strategy at its core, and must be defeated by freedom-loving Americans of every political persuasion. Uninformed Democrats must realize who it is that is pulling their strings and must throw off the control, and think for themselves, or we will cease to be One Nation Under God, and instead become one big plantation under one big plantation owner. God forbid!
SPIRITUAL STATE OF THE UNION 2018
“Where the righteous rule the people rejoice; when the wicked are in power the people groan.”—Proverbs 29:2
One year ago, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated into office and took his position as the 45th President of the United States. In a previous article I explained how Trump was a type of a King Cyrus who was called by God to lead the people of Israel to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, though he was not himself a believer. It has always been in God’s nature to select the most unlikely people to advance His purposes, as He did throughout the Bible and throughout American history.
For the past 60 years America has been slowly moving away from her dependency upon God. As a result we have seen a steady decline in the well-being of our society. The Scriptures are true when they tell us, “Blessed is the nation whose god is the Lord.”—Psalm 33:12. The opposite would then follow: “Cursed is the nation whose god is not the Lord. That is the path we were on until Donald J. Trump took office and declared boldly, “In this nation we don’t worship government; we worship God!” This reminds us of another “unlikely” fellow who became one of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln who told us,
“It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependency upon the overruling power of God… and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”
God was looking for a man who would boldly declare this truth once again, and he found it in a brash and politically incorrect Donald J. Trump. With his election the nation began a turnaround from the godless direction we were on to one that, once again, will establish that God is the One in whom we place our trust, and it will be His rules for love and order that we will pursue in order to continue to receive His grace and favor for a peaceful and prosperous nation.
However, the powers of Satan will not surrender without a fight, and they have been working overtime to bring down this leader who would dare to proclaim God’s sovereignty over our land. In recent days, it’s become more apparent of the evil we’ve been spared from as news reports are revealing the widespread corruption that was operating at the very top of our federal government agencies intent on preserving their grip of control over our nation. It’s now clear that had Hillary Clinton won the election America would have been under the control of what would have resembled a Soviet style criminal syndicate regime, rather than a government “of the people.” Thank God for His mercy!
Lance Wallnau, a Christian leader and prophetic voice has likened Trump to a “wrecking ball” that was sent to demolish the works of Satan being established in government, what we now know as “The Deep State.”
Though God raised up a man he could use, our salvation will never be determined by the one in the White House. It will be up to the Church to determine whether this President will be successful in bringing this nation back to God. There is no assurance. If the Church is not praying like it all depends on God and working like it all depends on us, we may simply be delaying the Day of America’s judgment for yet a little while longer. If the Church rises up out of its complacency we will see the revival and reformation we are all longing for. The promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14 is still true:
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
The Spiritual state of the Union is good, as we have been loosed from the grip of Satan in our national leadership, and have begun on a road back to becoming once again, One Nation Under God. It will now be up to the people of God to fulfill their duty to their nation as part of their duty to God to be bold and courageous in proclaiming in every area of American life that God is the One in whom we place our trust. This is no time for “summer soldiers or sunshine patriots.” This is the time to be in prayer for our leaders, to express our faith publicly and to pursue a life of love and holiness as an example to others who need to know the love of God.
We have been singing “God Bless America” long enough. It’s time we turn it around and begin singing—and living a life that says, “America, bless God!”
Rev. Bill Banuchi
Executive Director New York faith & Freedom Coalition