This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, October 15, 2018:
In an interview with the Washington Times last Thursday, Paula White, host of the television show Paula White Today and senior pastor of the evangelical megachurch New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, said that “a lot of evangelicals have grown accustomed to feeling used by the political process. Every politician appeals to us, every one wants to hear us out during the campaign, but then things change once they get into office.” Mr. Trump, she said, is “just different.”
And just why is that? Because White brought Trump to Christ a few years after he cold-called her after watching one of her shows. The relationship developed to the point where he would often invite her to Atlantic City for private Bible studies. After announcing his candidacy, he asked her to join his Evangelical Advisory Board. When he was inaugurated, White provided the invocation prayer. Since then, White has served as one of the president’s closest advisors and has joined in Oval Office prayer meetings with him.
Trump’s conversion has passed Dr. James Dobson’s smell test. The founder of Focus on the Family in 1977, Dobson told Charisma News in 2016 that “I don’t know when it was [that Trump accepted Christ], but it has not been long. I believe he really made a commitment … [that] he’s a baby Christian.”
Just how different? Within hours of his arrival on American soil after being held prisoner for two years in Turkey, Pastor Andrew Brunson’s release was celebrated by President Trump in the Oval Office on Saturday morning. The president quipped, “From a Turkish prison to the White House in 24 hours, that’s not bad!”
After the laughter died down, Pastor Brunson asked the president if he could pray for him and Trump said, “Well, I need it probably more than anyone else in this room, so that would be very nice. Thank you.”
Brunson stood up from his chair, went over to the president and knelt beside him and put his hand on the president’s shoulder. He asked God to “give him supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the plans You have for this country and for him. I ask that You give him wisdom on how to lead this country into righteousness.”
Brunson then added:
I ask that You give him perseverance and endurance and courage to stand for truth. I ask that You protect him from slander from enemies, from those who would undermine. I ask that You make him a great blessing to this country. Fill him with Your wisdom and strength and perseverance. And bless him. May he be a great blessing to our country.
In Jesus’ name, we bless you. Amen.
And then Brunson’s wife, Norine, prayed for the president, asking that he receive “the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord.”
In July, the Trump administration began to ramp up pressure on Erdogan to release Brunson, with Vice President Mike Pence telling Erdogan to release the pastor or face significant sanctions.
On July 25, Brunson was moved from prison (where conditions were so harsh that he lost 50 pounds during his imprisonment) to house arrest, for “health reasons.”
This was clearly an unsatisfactory response to Pence’s demand, and on August 1 those sanctions were applied on two of Erdogan’s top people along with doubling the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from his country. On Friday, October 12, Brunson was released from house arrest and was flown first to Germany for medical examination and then on to Andrews Air Force in Maryland.
That President Trump did the right thing rather than the expedient thing is one of the “fruits of the spirit” that guides the president. He risked alienating an “ally” in the war against China and Russia in order to obtain the release of an innocent American.
He certainly is not perfect. But then, neither was the Apostle Paul, nor Moses, nor David, nor…. Trump is not perfect, just forgiven. And America is the beneficiary of the man God has called for this time and place, for this moment in history. May Brunson’s prayer for the Chief Executive be answered by the Lord and Maker of the Universe.
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