With Ted Cruz dropping out of the presidential race this week, I now shift my loyalty and support to Donald Trump. As I wrote about the election, over time, I was always careful to mention the things that I liked about Donald Trump. There is no need for me here to re-articulate some of my concerns.
I was fascinated to talk to Lance Wallnau, a respected Charismatic minister, who believes that God is raising up Donald Trump in the same way the he raised up Cyrus in Isaiah 45:4-5.
"For Jacob My servant's sake and Israel My chosen one, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me. I am the Lord and there is no other; there is no God besides Me. I strengthen you, though you have not known Me ..." (MEV).
What a concept! We know our nation is in a very critical situation. We know that God has raised up leaders in the past. In fact, I feel this is so important I interviewed Lance for an edition of The Strang Report on the Charisma Podcast Network. He reminded me that Abraham Lincoln was no darling of the Conservative Christians of the time. In the day of Charles Finney, when there were many devout Christians in America, Abraham Lincoln did not even proclaim to belong to any specific denomination. Yet, he was a God-fearing man and frequently quoted the Bible in public speeches during his presidency.
In the darkest days of World War II, England chose Winston Churchill, who was a profane drinker.
"In their period of time, neither Winston Churchill nor Abraham Lincoln were the darling of revivalists or evangelicals," Wallnau said in our interview. "Churchill was a bloviating, cigar-smoking politician whose opinions were frequently offensive and whose judgment was faulty. Looking back at history, he was the Cyrus for Great Britain that defeated the Nazi spirit in Adolf Hitler. ... With Lincoln, here's a man that wouldn't even identify himself as a pew-sitting believer; unthinkable. But, he became the most Bible-quoting man in office."
This is an interesting and somewhat confusing electoral season. I investigated all the Republican candidates and decided that Ted Cruz best represented what I believed. He is a principled conservative. Obviously, many people agreed with me because he ended up being the only one who gave Trump a serious run for the nomination. But, Cruz has bowed out and it is clear that the only two choices we have are Trump and Hillary Clinton, whom Wallnau reminds us represents a system that is taking the country down the wrong path.
Wallnau says we should not judge Donald Trump by his past behavior.
"You have to look at Trump by the phases of his life," Wallnau says. "... He is cleaning up his act. ... People can look at his whole history, but I certainly don't want somebody judging me by who I was 10 years ago. I've grown up a lot since then. I see Trump not in terms of his three marriages or his casinos. I see him in terms of his work ethic. He's driven by ambition to make something better. Most people miss this, but his kids adore him. How many Christians can be scrutinized by their kids' opinion of them and by their work ethic? These are the aspects of Trump's personality that make him a candidate that we should be looking at through a different lens instead of his casinos and his marriages."
Do you agree that Donald Trump is like Cyrus?
Steve Strang is the founder of Charisma Media and president of Christian Life Missions. He is also the author of the best-seller God and Donald Trump. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Click here to subscribe to the Strang Report podcast, and here to sign up for the Strang Report newsletter.
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