When I last penned you, it was on the backend of the 2016 election cycle. It was in that election, that amazingly to most of America, Donald J. Trump was declared the winner of the electoral vote. He became the President-elect although Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. I immediately took to paper and asserted that “The Lord is up to something.” My sentiments remain He is up to something, utilizing these events in human history, to bring Americans back to church and back to God. Post that article, I was accused of using fear as a weapon. Allow me to say this, if the article was read carefully, there were no overtones of fear or any negativity. I only stated that a candidate who did not win the popular vote could be an instrument of God to bring His people back to Him. Bible readers can attest to this divine method in the historicity of the Children of God. I only offer that we could be witnessing God’s present involvement in the timeline of humanity.
The involvement of God in our present American history does not mean doom and gloom. However, reading the tea leaves of current events, narrate a need to return to God. I believe a spiritual revival is needed in America! We don’t need a casual interaction with God! On the contrary, a serious and sincere relationship with Him on a National and personal level acknowledging that He is God and He is real! For believers that attend church and worship Him, my mother would say it this way, “it is time to stop playing church.” Our commitment to God and representation of Him must become pure in these times that are before us. The World needs to see God and they must see Him through those that profess to be His.
Digressing to this, what a Trump led America would look like no one is certain. No one has as a pulse on what will these next four years look like for minorities. No one is for certain what will a Trump led America mean for immigrants. No one with absoluteness, can declare what will happen with race relations in an already tense atmosphere. What will happen with gender equality? What will happen with employment opportunities? What will happen with foreign relationships? What will National security look like? These uncertainties are what brings fear, not my words. All that we possess to shape our understanding and perception of the next four years are the words and actions from the campaign of our President-elect along with recent cabinet appointments. I must admit, that the actions and promises made on the campaign trail, coupled with these appointments, are unsettlingly intimidating. Perhaps the concern is only relegated for a particular segment of America and not the sentiment for all of America. The aforementioned in and of itself is troubling. This perhaps would mean an imbalance and lack of fairness for all of America.
If this is true and if this is what America faces, allow me to give hope. Biblically it is said of this same God, “that is up to something”, that His anger lasts only for a momentand His favor lasts a lifetime(Psalm 30:5). In scripture when God’s people turned from Him, He allowed kings to rise to power to bring His people back to Him. The prophet Jeremiah declared “Because you have not heard My words.” (Jeremiah 25:8). In Habakkuk 1:5-11 God literally says that this was necessary. Yet in these times when God’s people lived under the hands of these kings, God showed them mercy. The prophet Isaiah was given words from God to give to His people to comfort them. Isaiah declared to God’s people living in these times of adversity that, “the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed…the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined…You have broken the yoke of his burden…For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end…” (Isaiah 9:1ff). God further declared through Isaiah that, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior…” (Isaiah 40:2-3). During their times, it was declared that it will be intense, however, God reassures them that they would be alright for He would be with them. So too in present human history, God will be with His people! I am certain that “everything is going to be alright”!
-Rev. Johnny L. Barber, II
Moderator Johnny L. Barber, II is the youngest elected Moderator in the history of the Florida East Coast Baptist Association. He humbly serves as Pastor to the Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Miami, Florida.
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