November 7, 2016


Acts 10:15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

This particular incident was God telling Peter that the door of salvation was open to the Gentiles, which was a huge stretch for any Jew of the day. As I read it just now, however, the image that came to mind was Donald Trump. To be quite honest and blunt, he is a person I have disliked, even despised, for as long as I’ve known about him. I don’t care for “reality TV” to begin with, and his personality and lifestyle to this point have had nothing attractive to me about them. That said, I have become a reluctant Trump supporter, and not just because his opposition fills me with dread about the future of the nation. I have read several reports from different sources recently about his desire to do what is right from this point, and his platform and stated goals are certainly admirable. He is a deeply flawed individual, but the thing is, so is every human being alive. He has surrounded himself with admirable people, and for someone in public leadership, that counts for a lot. As several people have said, the presidency is not just a single individual but a whole team. We have seen the effects of that for the past eight years, certainly, with a whole cadre of people who seem intent on destroying the nation from within. The choice could hardly be more stark at this point.

There is no question that I have never been as emotionally involved in an election as I am at this point. On our recent trip to the US I was able to vote in person for the first time in many, many years, and it was an interesting experience. The past year and a half have been quite a lesson in trust, in letting God be God. Trump was far from my first choice of candidates, but I have come around to the place of believing He is indeed God’s choice for this time. He is a clear metaphor for the nation as a whole, faults and all. God is in the business of cleansing and redeeming. He can do it for Donald Trump, and He can do it for America. I am to pray for the believers of America to wake up to the choices before them and their opportunity and responsibility to participate in the process. It is clear that at this point America does not have a majority of people who place God first in their lives, but it is not devoid of believers. I am to pray that the believers would exercise the authority given them in Christ, to pray, to act, and to proclaim the kingdom of God, so that America would experience a revival to eclipse all past revivals and cause God’s name alone to be honored as holy.

Father, this has been a very educational time for me. I pray that many more would have learned what You have been trying to teach us. I do pray that every one of Your children with the right to vote in America would exercise that right, giving America the chance for the course correction that is so desperately needed. Economics are on the mind of many, but material things are trivial compared to many of the other issues. I pray that Donald Trump, and all of America, would turn to You in genuine repentance on all levels, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

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About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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