One of the things that struck me profoundly as I watched the impeachment proceedings was that most of the people involved were white. One both sides of the aisle, Republican and Democrat, and on the witness stand, were white men and women deciding the fate of the leader of the most powerful leader on Earth. It is in those type moments that I sometimes feel like I am viewing our country from the outside. I know that minorities have come along way and that the demographic of America has changed dramatically since the time of my parents. But watching the impeachment proceedings made me feel like a minority, outnumbered and possibly without voice in the sense that I was trusting someone who didn’t look like me, to represent me and say the things that I felt.
It is a whole different matter altogether to feel that way in church or to feel like a minority in the body of Christ. Until the Christianity Today article, I felt like I was alone in my sentiments about the president and his character and his outright divisiveness. I looked for national Christian leaders and even local leaders to confirm what I was feeling to validate what I felt in my spirit—I found none.
There have been some pointed things said about some white leaders of national prominence in this book, leaders who I still admire because of their love for God and their tremendous impact for the cause of spreading the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe these things had to be said because the leadership demographic of evangelicals with the most influence at this critical point in our nation’s history is still predominantly white. It’s like the picture I shared of the impeachment proceedings. I see white evangelical leaders, with tremendous influence, on television and social media, in essence, deciding what Christians should think about the president and about the climate he is creating in our nation. When I watch them, I feel like a minority, like my views and the things that I’m interpreting from Scripture and sensing from the Holy Spirit are irrelevant.
This book is written in part for you, who hold the mantle of Christian leadership in our nation. I pray, bring the balance between party affiliation and the truth of the Scripture. I pray lead reconciliation efforts across party, denominational and ethnic boundaries, realizing that your loyalty to a person who at most will be in office at most for four more years might cost you credibility for a generation. If President Trump was “chosen by God,” he was chosen to test the hearts of men and women, to include national and political leaders. I believe the test is being failed; failed in the same way that greatest and most visionary leaders this nation has ever known, the Founding Fathers, failed.
I believe God is looking for a national leader to sound the horn and cry for unity under the banner of Christ’s love and standing upon the solid rock of Scripture vs. the sinking, shifting sands of political parties and affiliations. Forgive me if I have offended you as I cry out for leaders to answer the cries of my heart.
I have finished the book that I believe you told me to write. Forgive me for any word that fell short, any concept that I did not adequately deliver. Bless and favor the men and women of God, leaders, who I have called out by name. Touch their hearts and the hearts of those that support them in the way that you intended. Lord, you looked for a man to stand in the gap, to make up the hedge. I believe that this book fulfills a small part of that. I have stood and cried out in the gap, in the racial divide of this nation that is and has always been both political and spiritual since the time of the Founding Fathers. Father bring healing to our land. Just as Jesus overturned the tables in the temple, overturn faulty concepts and things that aren’t to your liking in the body of Christ and in the hearts of men and women. Send a revival of unity Father that transcends parties, ethnicities and denominations. The Samaritan woman at the well told Jesus that Jews didn’t have dealings with Samaritans. Jesus’ response demonstrated that your love, even on Earth, reaches across ethnic lines. We are losing that again in America. We are digressing quickly to being the black church, the white church, the Latin, Korean, etc. church. Through the mighty Spirit of God raise up a standard, a fresh wave of power, to combat the division that has come in like a flood at this key hour, not just in our politics but in the body of Christ. The Bible says, “The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” I pray that the Scriptures and revelations shared in this book pierce and divide to the point of exposing heart motives and intents, cutting away fleshly and even ungodly doctrines, prejudices and that their entrance would bring light to areas of the heart that have become darkened by division, apathy and even hatred. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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