April 20, 2019
Blog Friends, in a recent blog article I mentioned that I had an insight from the Lord before the 2000 Presidential election. I mentioned three “ONES” that seem to come to me in prayer. Well…I’m having memory issues perhaps 🙂 … I incorrectly stated that Mr. Bush won by ONE electoral vote but that was incorrect. He won by six votes; thank you to a reader who caught the error.
The other “ONES” were ONE Supreme Court Justice and ONE state meaning the difference maker was Florida and its votes. There were some other “ONES” but I’ll leave it at that. In any case, as Christians let us pray for God’s will in 2020!
Blessings! Pastor Alberta
Daniel 2:19-21 (NIV) “During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven 20 and said: ‘Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. 21 He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.’”
There’s a great scene in the movie “A Man for All Seasons.” Thomas More is asking Henry the Eighth why he is obsessed with divorcing his wife Catherine, who was first married to his deceased brother Arthur. The King says, “It’s because of Leviticus 18:16 (KJV)
‘Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother’s wife: it is thy brother’s nakedness.’” Then Henry the Eighth says “I’ve never seen the hand of God more clearly in my life! It’s because I’ve sinned that God won’t give me an heir!”
Well. Seeing the “hand of God” is a challenging undertaking. More than a few “prophets” and preachers have been certain of the mind of God and His ways in what we see in our world. More than a few have been entirely discredited. It is downright dangerous and subject to all kinds of false certainties. But … at times…we have heard from Him thru circumstances and in prayer. I have heard from Him. Dramatically and just a few times. Can I prove that? Not to the satisfaction of most people. So, those uneasy with this blog thus far can sign off right now. No offense.
Nothing special about me. But I do remember prophesying from the pulpit at Cornerstone before the election of November 2000. The Lord seemed to show me that Mr. Bush would win “by one.” I had no idea what that meant but, in fact, he won by one. One state. One electoral vote, one Supreme Court Justice. So … that kind of Divine insight is occasionally given. The same thing happened before the 2016 election when I joined many others certain that God would not let America be governed by a candidate who would bring about the killing of more unborn children. When I told a very few people that Mr. Trump would be elected, I was laughed out of the room. Now … this is not about me but something far more important. The will of God. In short, what all the political experts never factored in was the idea that God might have ordained the candidate that they despised … to be President. But He did. Not because of personal virtue or Godliness. But He did. In my view because of two things: murder in the womb and Israel being prepared for the Lord’s return.
Let’s consider the way that worldly people might look at this idea. Namely, the will of God or the hand of God. Can we expect them to believe in its reality? No. Picture this. We have four very bright people who make their living watching politics and analyzing what is happening. They are really very good at this. Which of course is why the idea that Trump could win was beyond impossible …. arguably absurd. “Can’t happen!” I was told. He would have to weave an impossible electoral path. (Which he did.) One in 99 pundits thought he might do it. I understood why they viewed it that way. Theirs was the sensible view of the matter. Indeed, the shock on the faces of much of the cable media proved the point. One could gather their responses into one horrified question: “How can this be happening?” I did not hear even ONE of them suggest that the election was the result of … the hand of God. With that in mind, let’s examine four views of God held by most of the people who study and write about politics at this time in our society. Picture four chairs all occupied by the smart people we hear from in the media including cable TV.
Seated in the first chair is the man/woman who believes there is no God. Period. End of discussion. For that expert, all talk of God is ridiculous nonsense and entirely irrelevant to our discussion. They will never bother looking for God’s hand because there is no God, in their view. Settled.
Seated in the second chair is an agnostic who thinks there may be a God, but no one can know. In any case, that expert is certainly not looking for evidence of His hand in human affairs.
In the third chair is a believer in God but, like most Americans …. he or she is a Deist. He believes that God exists and is Holy and a Day of Judgment will come. But here and now God is uninvolved. He made the world, but he is “hands off.” Like a great clockmaker. He wound it up and set it in place and now He just watches.
In the fourth chair, we find a real anomaly. He or she believes in God and that God is involved in human affairs. That’s the exceptional part. But, when it comes to explaining the Trump victory, God could not possibly have ordained that such a man, with a collection of wives and a history of profligacy and godless talk, to be president! This analyst believes God simply would not put such a man in the Oval Office. This analyst “knows” how God works and is amazed if anyone suggests otherwise. To repeat, in his mind, God could not have APPROVED of the Trump victory! This expert is sure that if God put His hand into the mix, out would come a perfect role model and a thoughtful, God-fearing gentleman. Not Trump.
Each of these experts has a point of view. But all of them, including the fourth one, fail to see that God often uses the least likely characters to do His will. Nebuchadnezzar was a violent and godless man but God used him to punish the wayward Israelites. God even called him “my servant!” In the same way that God used a wicked High Priest named Caiaphas and a mid-level governor named Pilate to bring about the Crucifixion of Jesus. Consider what Peter preached to some of his fellow Jews:
Acts 2:23 (NIV) “This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.”
Here is the truth of the matter if we can accept it. God willed that Jesus be Crucified. He had His own reason. And he used foolish and sinful men to bring it about. It was His hand.
All the experts have offered up explanations for Trump’s victory. It was Russia; It was voting machines. It was the idiocy of fifty million ignorant, racist fools who voted for him. None seem able to accept the Biblical truth that God ordained the man for His own reasons. But …. we evangelicals need to keep in mind that God also ordained every president from Mr. Obama back to Washington. To say nothing of Osama bin Laden and Adolf Hitler and all the fiends back to Caligula. God is sovereign and as Lincoln said, reflecting on the carnage of the Civil War “The Almighty has His own purposes!”
Keep looking for His hand in the next two years. Should be interesting. And pray.
Blessings! Pastor Alberta
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It seems to be working! I’ll have an article later this week. Thanx to all of you for communicating! 🙂
Blessings! Pastor Alberta
These guys at WordPress are really trying their best but I think they are in Borneo and speak a different language! I’ll keep trying.
I have it up and running but SOME people have told me they can read the article but when they go to post a comment they are told the site is expired.
SO….if you would please…after reading this…go to the comment section and just type “Got it!”
Thanx! Pastor Alberta
“Zeal without knowledge is not good.” Proverbs 19:2
Joe Scarborough is a bright guy who has been holding forth on his “Morning Joe” program on MSNBC for a few years. He and his co-host Mika offer up endless cups of anti-Trump rhetoric, with free refills, every day. His show is sort of political antimatter to those found on conservative cable programs. In fairness, Scarborough occasionally introduces some beneficent towards the president as when he recently said that he has never heard Trump speak a racist word. In any case, I am not a consistent viewer as the hosts often revel in boorish stereotyping of conservatives and evangelicals in particular. Yet….Scarborough is, at times, inciteful and engaging. But, as I read his recent comments about the Bible and Trump supporters, I am reminded by Solomon that “Getting all fired up but not knowing what you are talking about is silly.” (That’s a loose translation of Proverbs 19.2 above.)
So…this is neither an attack on Mr. Scarborough or a defense of Mr. Trump. It is an attempt to re-assure my evangelical friends who have supported this president (despite his often tiresome behaviors) that you are not displeasing the Lord. Evangelicals supporting Trump are embracing a great compromise but in the real world that is not unusual. Thus, as a pastor with forty years’ experience, allow me to offer my view of what is really going on here. In short, Mr. Scarborough is engaging in shame talk hoping to dissuade evangelicals from continued support for this president. It’s as if he is saying “What is wrong with you evangelicals? You say you are committed to Biblical truth but you can vote for this guy?” I’d suggest that this strategy is really quite puzzling and inconsistent.
He seems to be insisting that Christians should live and advocate and vote in accordance with the Word of God. OK. But when we do that, does he offer commendation? For example, I have not heard Mr. Scarborough affirm the Biblical views of Vice-President Pence and his wife. In particular, she has been mocked for teaching at a Christian school that affirms a Biblical view of marriage. Yet, she is labeled a bigot. Since the Bible has nothing good to say about homosexual activity, she should be commended for her position. She is not hateful. She has harmed no one. But she has been attacked … for her Biblical views. Thus, we have Mr. Scarborough selectively pointing towards Matthew 25 and the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 thru 7 but ignoring much of Scripture that is contrary to his progressive assertions. If he is really worried about following Biblical guidelines, he should immediately commend Mr. Trump’s stand on abortion. The only president in history who has ever spoken without apology in a state of the union message …. spoken OPENLY AND WITHOUT APOLOGY in defense of the unborn … is Mr. Trump. Zeal without knowledge condemns evangelicals for not condemning the separation of families at the border. Zeal without knowledge ignores 2000 children daily ripped from their mother’s wombs!
Yet, zeal is often good. Agreed but here is the tricky part: some say Matthew 25 demands such mercies be extended. And it does. To the homeless and helpless. But this and all of other Biblical injunctions as to Godly ethical behavior are given to individual believers. I may be required to care for my needy neighbor but the words of the Lord Jesus Christ were not directed to governments and intended to offer paradigms for the formulation of public policies, but to individuals. But clearly the Bible has influenced societies. This is…complicated.
It should be said that both English common law and American Constitutional law were deeply rooted in Biblical teaching. The Bible has influenced moral behavior for centuries. If we say no one can legislate morality, we fail to see that nation states do that all the time. They cannot legislate the moral proclivities of the heart but they can tell me I must not drive a hundred miles an hour through the village. Why not? Because I might kill innocent people and that would be immoral. So, we cannot legislate morality but we can legislate moral behavior. Or not. My point is that clearly the Bible has had a major role in western civilization in the development of public policies. But still, with the exception of ancient Israel, it is primarily a body of expectations from the Almighty to His people. In reality, the Christian who hopes to see biblical virtue in government often has to make a compromised choice between proposed leaders. That’s what happened in 2016.
Where are we now relative to the Bible and how we live and legislate and vote? Clearly, the imprint of biblical morality is becoming less relevant in our post-modern culture. For example, that is why, until recently, divorce was not possible unless adultery could be proven. That was true in most states. Today, that requirement cannot be found. Would Mr. Scarborough seek to bring back that way of doing things? Or, if Mr. Scarborough really wants voters to follow biblical truth and teaching, would he affirm the stoning of homosexuals and adulterers as found in the Old Testament? Of course not. So, using the Word of God to condemn those who don’t like your political policies is a dangerous business. Often zealous but ignorant. In the end, using Scripture to develop civil law and/or condemn your neighbor’s voting choices is dangerous undertaking at best.
I am rambling a little. So, anyway … my sense is that Joe Scarborough is a decent and thoughtful man. But evangelicals will continue to support a president who defends the unborn with terrific judicial appointments. And I hope someone tells the talk show host that he’d do well to go and see the movie “Unplanned.” Nothing has changed. As an evangelical being lectured in matters of morality by people who avert their eyes from the holocaust in the womb, I am offended. Fifteen hundred to two thousand innocent babies are killed in the womb daily. Everyday. Their arms are torn off or their skulls crushed. Their skin is burned away and Mr. Scarborough wants me to re-read Matthew 25 and consider it?
A last thought … again, the ethical teachings of the Bible are given to individual believers. As a Christian, I can turn the other cheek. Nations cannot. I don’t have to build a wall but nations do. And nations have armies and gates. The Bible is filled with them.
More importantly to my heart … in the time it has taken to read this simple blog article, at least fifteen unborn babies have been put to death. Perhaps Mr. Scarborough and all of us would do well to open our Bibles and re-read the Sixth Commandment: “You shall not murder!”
Blessings! Pastor Alberta
Matthew 24:10-12 (NIV) 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold!
An amazing thing happened in the United States Senate on February 25, 2019. Republican Senator Ben Sasse sponsored a bill called the “Born Alive Survivors Protection Act” which would require medical personnel to extend life-saving and life-preserving efforts to any child born alive, out of the womb after an attempted abortion. Exactly the situation that was well-documented in the movie Gosnell, the story of a fiendish “doctor” in Philadelphia responsible for hundreds of murders of children born alive after abortions. One would think Mr. Sasse’s bill would pass unanimously because even the most ardent pro-choicers insist they care about not only distressed mothers but children too. Sure they do. The bill was defeated 53-44 and every single announced Democratic presidential candidate voted AGAINST it. Please look it up. Six prominent hopefuls for the White House. It’s all there in the news.
Allow me to shock you with this statement: these senators and those who joined them in defeating the bill are perhaps the most honest politicians in America. Why? Because they voted as they really believe. Abortion is so important to them that they won’t even vote to protect babies living and gasping for breath outside of the womb. They really do not care about unborn children and now it is clear that they are willing to approve of infanticide. Actually, all abortion is infanticide, but pro-abortion people have always been able to hide behind “the health of the mother.” Never mind that experts say not one birth in 100,000 actually threatens the mother’s life. In any case, no one can argue that the mother is in any danger that would be mitigated by putting her child to death after it is born.
There have always been three positions in America held by those regarding abortion. Many people support it. Many people support it sometimes. Many people are against it. But within that first category, we have all been naïve. Among the many who support it passionately, we are deluded if we think that once they have the facts, their position will change. Once they have seen an ultra sound, even a glimpse of one in a magazine article, they will quickly change their minds. But that is not so for the most extreme supporters of this ghoulish reality. Many of them do not care what the facts are. Tell them the baby has brain waves by the 4oth. day. They don’t care. Tell them the baby’s heart is beating at 45 days; they do not care. They are fanatically obsessed with retaining a woman’s right to have her baby put to death. Thus, they voted AGAINST this obviously sensible bill. They do not care.
This is their state: their consciences have been seared as the Word of God says in 1 Timothy 4:2. The word used is cau-ter-odd-zo from which we get “cauterize” meaning to stop the flow of blood. In other words, their consciences do not work! I knew that all along. Let me share a story with you. A true story from 1980.
I was a third year seminarian when Senator Edward Kennedy announced that he was running for the presidency. It was in downtown Boston and many people gathered to witness the big event. I was among them with a group of pro-life protestors carrying signs that read “Abortion is Murder!” We were there because Mr. Kennedy was a committed supporter of abortion rights. There we were … standing to one side sticking out but ignored by the press and everyone else, except the Holy Spirit of God.
Across from us were a group of women from Harvard carrying opposing signs that said things like “My Body! My Choice!” After a while, one of those women approached me and said something that opened my eyes. It was honest although depraved. I will paraphrase but with accuracy. She said something like “You pro-life people think that if you convince us that abortion is murder, we will change our minds. But what you don’t understand is that we don’t care. Even if it is murder, it is a necessary right and that’s just how it is.”
So, Senator Sasse has pushed the abortion obsessives to the point where they have to be honest. They do not care. Some may be sorry and consider abortion, even infanticide, to be a “necessary evil.” But they are quite willing to defend it. They do not care about the child. They say they are for protecting women from harm and back-alley abortions. But tearing the arms off of the unborn or crushing their skulls or burning off their skin? That is ok. They don’t care.
The great irony here is that by taking such a position, they are helping the most pro-life president we have ever had to be re-elected. They despise him but they are showing his position on the unborn to be righteous. It has always been my view that with all his unsettling manners and his obnoxious past, this president is the president by God’s will. Why? Because God is trying to be merciful to our nation.
There is no question in my mind that America is doomed unless there is repentance for the holocaust in the womb. Our greatest danger is not inadequate Social Security reserves or climate change or the deficit or anything else. Those are real issues but it is the ongoing slaughter of the innocent unborn that is inviting the Day of Judgment. We are, as Catholic writer Joseph Sobran has said “Courting severe judgment.”
In my little prayer book, I list people and situations about which I petition our Heavenly Father. At the top is this prayer: “Oh God please save Justice Ginsberg and, in any case, remove her from the court.” Sound cruel? Sorry. I’m sure there is some good in her but I’m also sure that she once said that the Roe v. Wade ruling was understandable. She said at that time, there was great concern about over population especially “among those we don’t want too many of.” She stands firmly in the tradition of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, the great eugenicist, who said, “We need to rid the world of morons, misfits and the maladjusted.” I could go on.
Jesus said: “Luke 8:17 (NIV) “There is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.”
Now, this week … he has allowed us to see the real hearts of so many in leadership. Count on it; they will reap what they have sown. If you’d like to see your children and grandchildren live in peace and harmony with Heaven, pray for our nation as never before. Almost no one in the media or leadership or among the “elite” thinkers and cable talk show commentators see it coming. But it is. As Jesus said: “That Day” is coming.
Peace. Pastor Alberta