Saint Bonaventure's The Life of St. Francis of Assisi recounts a most significant event in the life of this magnificent man who continues to impact lives to this day.
In the 1200s, St. Francis was passing by a collapsing church. Inspired by the Spirit he went in and knelt to pray before an image of the crucified Jesus. Tears welled up as he gazed upon it. He then said he heard an audible voice tell him three times, "Francis, go and repair my house which as you see is falling into ruins."
Throughout history there have been individuals whom God uniquely called to a work of restoration. Nehemiah, Hezekiah, Josiah and Asa are Bible characters who responded to this assignment.
Apart from Jesus, Nehemiah has always been my favorite leader and book in the Bible. Through his courageous leadership, amidst horrendous opposition, he accomplished in 52 days the restoration of the critically important city wall, which had remained in ruins for 141 years!
The lessons in leadership we learn from Nehemiah's life are relevant to church restoration and a nation's restoration. And everything begins when people are vividly awakened to their desperate situation, not merely vaguely aware of it. This jolts people to respond the way Nehemiah did in his "eureka" moment recorded in the first chapter of his journal.
"The wall of Jerusalem remains broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire. When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days. Then I fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven" (Neh. 1:3-4).
This sense of urgency is captured in Steve Strang's outstanding new book, God, Trump and the 2020 Election: Why He Must Win and What's at Stake for Christians if He Loses. Respected leaders across America believe it is a must-read for every Christian. The author masterfully gives us a divine perspective on the seriousness of our situation and then God's merciful solution for our churches, families and future as a nation.
Awakening to the Present Darkness
Jesus upbraided those in His day who seemed oblivious to what was taking place, content to simply maintain status quo religious activity. "You hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth. But why do you not know how to discern this time?" (Luke 12:56).
T.S. Eliot said there was a way to recognize a crumbling culture. He said a society has not ceased to be Christian until it actually becomes something else. The choice is between the restoration of the Christian culture or the acceptance of the pagan one.
In our generation we've witnessed Christian absolutes that have so profoundly shaped America for centuries be intentionally discarded while, thank God, vestiges of Christian influence still remain. Leftist-leaning politicians, educators, entertainers, communicators, those who direct the flow of information and attitudes to the masses have seized the opportunity to promote paganism.
Mr. Eliot waved a red flag, saying, "Paganism holds all the most valuable advertising space."
The tragedy is millions of upstanding and patriotic Americans have grown so accustomed to the encroaching darkness that they don't even realize the lights are going out! The "fundamental transformation of America" heralded by former President Obama and his "progressive" party has been aggressively working while many God-fearing citizens who value faith, family and freedom have been silent and sleeping. Leftist-leaning extremists have literally hijacked the Democratic Party and are unashamedly committed to a constitutional makeover and the deconstruction of America as we've known her for 245 years.
The 2016 election brought about a supernaturally orchestrated soft explosion as tens of millions of concerned citizens awoke from complacency saying "enough is enough." The leader who emerged from the rubble of a contentious campaign was not a typical smooth and savvy, man-pleasing politician. Rather, he was an outlier with rough edges and a checkered past, yet passionate to make America great again, unapologetically aligning himself with scores saying it's time for God to be great in America again!
What Respected Leaders Are Saying About This Book
—"Steven Strang is right: If evangelicals don't turn out in 2020, Donald Trump will lose and the Left will win-and continue its work of destroying each of the three pillars of the American trinity: liberty, e pluribus unum (out of many one), and In God We Trust. Why all Christians do not see this is a puzzle. But if enough read this book, it could serve as a wake up call to the only community standing between our beloved America and her demise." —Dennis Prager
—"Stephen Strang flawlessly captures the spiritual significance of Donald Trump's presidency in this critical hour. As fewer and fewer Americans value belief in God, Strang's airtight case for reelecting Trump is both timely and urgent." —Gov. Mike Huckabee
—"Steven Strang is a keen reporter whose prose cuts like a laser into the troubled soul of America and exposes a condition where the elites of our nation have actually turned against it." —Dr. Pat Robertson
Endorsements are numerous, strongly encouraging all of us to read this essential book at this time. For what it's worth, let me humbly add my commendation having been given an advance copy of the book (which I'm struggling to pry away from my wife at this time!):
The unprecedented, extraordinary developments in America today necessitate discovering sources of insight and encouragement to "understand the times with knowledge of what to do" (1 Chr. 12:32). Steven Strang is a uniquely gifted and experienced journalist whose latest book God, Trump, and the 2020 Election is an invaluable resource to help us in these turbulent times. It's clear, comprehensive and cutting-edge. On a scale of 1 to 10 I give it a 10 plus double thumbs-up!
3 Closing Comments
1. Contents. I always try to be respectful of people's time. Regarding books, the Bible tells us, "Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness to the flesh" (Eccl. 12:12b).
To let you know the quality of the content this book brings you, here are some of the chapter titles:
—"Why Trump Must Win"
—"Why Trump Could Lose"
—"Black Americans, Democrats and Trump"
—"God Uses Imperfect Leaders"
—"What is Donald Trump Really Like?"
—"What's at Stake if Christians Don't Vote for Trump"
—"Is Donald Trump Foreshadowed in the Bible?"
2. Caution. Scripture teaches that we have a dual citizenship as part of the city of God and the city of man. Augustine explained this beautifully in his fifth-century masterpiece, The City of God. We must ever remain mindful that our mandate from the Master is not to establish a theocratic rule over humanity, but rather, to proclaim the transformative message of the gospel to influence others winsomely so they repent and become part of God's kingdom.
Gospel proclamation is our No. 1 priority. Ultimately it is regeneration, not legislation or education, that changes lives. But we are also called to be preservative "salt" in society (Matt. 5:13) and "make disciples of all nations ... teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you" (Matt. 28:19-20).
"The heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth He has given to the children of men" (Ps. 115:16). We are accountable to God for the stewardship of this earth and have a sacred duty in prayer and civic activism to honor Him, His Word and protect our offspring from destructive influences.
3. Commendation. I have had the distinct privilege of serving alongside Steve Strang, my cherished and loyal friend, for over 45 years. I've been with him up close and personal and attest to his sterling character and his consuming passion to see Jesus glorified in his life, marriage, family and ministry.
The prayer, research, time and effort he invested in the book, God, Trump, and the 2020 Election, is evident. It deserves to be read far and wide as it truly represents a game-changer in a time Franklin Graham calls "on the brink" in Decision magazine's cover story this month.
Here's the deal: Eric Metaxas, author of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's biography, states in the introduction to Steve's book:
"This book makes the case that Donald Trump is the best hope of keeping America from sliding into oblivion ... that we might live up to our destiny to be a 'shining city on a hill' for the whole world, to the glory of God."
If you add a hearty "Amen!" take action and get a copy of the book today.
Available at: godtrump2020.com (or wherever books are sold—Barnes and Noble, Costco, Walmart and so on).
Larry Tomczak is a cultural commentator of 46 yrs, Intercessors for America board member, best-selling author and a public policy adviser with Liberty Counsel. His new, innovative video/book, BULLSEYE, develops informed influencers in 30 days (see www.bullseyechallenge.com). and he has a variety of resources on his website (see www.larrytomczak.com). You can also hear his weekly podcast here.
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