The correct outrage among mildly discerning Christians was that the billboard blatantly was blasphemous in equating a man to Jesus Christ. The group founders balked at the obvious charge and before you think maybe this was just poor judgment, here is the mission statement from this group:
"MGGA exists to help spread the truth of God's great champion on earth -- President Donald Trump. The Lord anointed Mr. Trump to bless America, and we live out our faith by following him. Donald Trump has already won many victories for Jesus by stopping abortions, telling the truth, proving that the real racists are not white, and fighting against the liberal media and their War on Christians! " MGGA will work tirelessly to remind Christians to be loyal to President Trump and trust him in all circumstances. As Proverbs 3:5 reminds us, 'Trust him with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.'"
We live out our faith by following Trump? Real racists are not white? Was Proverbs 3:5 written about God or Trump because these guys cannot tell the difference anymore. Now I recognize these are the fringiest of fringes when it comes to this subject and most will admit they are absolutely unchristian and possibly demented but they are only one side of a sliding scale that keeps tilting in their direction. MGGA is simply not that far away from mainstream Christianity today in that they simply removed the pretense. The first two links above are to two new articles out this week about politics and Christianity. We can only expect this assault on the bible and our sensibilities will intensify as the 2020 elections come closer and I pray Christians are not duped by people who worship this country and are trying to revive Sodom. By no means does that suggest you should not vote for whoever you feel led to. Just do not pretend that the thrice married bastion of immorality is the second coming of King Cyrus with an Elijah anointing and a Deborah mantle. The world sees our crazy beloved and it damages the witness for the Gospel. We either stand for what we believe in or just admit that we are those men on the Road to Emmaus still hoping for a political deliverance that Jesus had no intention of providing. So let us reason again through the first two links. One is from David Lane, who is a political operative disguised as a Christian. The second is from Pastor Shane Idleman, who we have highlighted before. For the sake of time I will highlight points they tried to make as we see what the bible actually says:
'Senator James Lankford (Oklahoma) once invited an audience to "name one book in the Old Testament that is not written by, to or about political leaders." He then offered, "I think there are three in total. I'll make you figure out the three ... Job is one."' -- David Lane
God has given us a wonderful gift known as America. The government isn't bad or good; her people determine success or failure. Why would God ordain our government and then not want us to steward His gift? Many have been guilty of not getting involved by saying, "We shouldn't say or do anything political. All we need to do is preach the gospel." Be careful; although the gospel is our primary focus, this shouldn't be an excuse against action. -- Shane Idleman
James Lankford should not give up his day job because he clearly is not called to divide the word. None of the books in the entire bible were written by a politician. The conflation Lankford traffics in here is common among NAR dominionists. They muddy the theocracy of Israel with the current country of the United States. The reality is that there were plenty of worldly politics surrounding all the bible writers and none of them got involved with them. When Paul stood before one of the chief political figures of his time, King Agrippa, he mentioned not one iota of politics. Instead he proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which even amazed Agrippa! With no apologies to Idleman, God did not give us America. The Gospel is our action Shane. It is the only thing with the power to save man. You remember saving men Shane?
'There is a staggering lack of biblically-based knowledge and impact in America's public square. Secularism, Christianity's chief competitor, thrives solely in the absence of morality, and Christians have handed over the culture and its mountains of influence to those in rebellion against God. Any casual observer will recognize that secularism's dominance of academia, newsrooms, sports, the courts, big business, Hollywood and medicine is a direct result of Christians "not doing politics." It would seem that modern Christianity is "not doing education" either, given that the secular worldview now is being spoon-fed to 85% of America's youth. Until Christians step into the public square, reestablishing a biblically based culture, the "sexualization" and secularization of youth, allied and abetted by Hollywood and media cliques, will continue to bring the nation to ruin."' -- David Lane
"We don't have to abandon our ethics or compromise our principles to be involved in politics--what good is salt left in the shaker, or a light that is hidden? Contextually, when Jesus referred to being the "salt and light," He was referring to holy living at the individual level, but the overlapping principle applies to all areas of life. "Politics" is not a bad word. In simple terms, it refers to governing or leading a group of people. Again, politics won't save America, but in order to implement change and help others, we must take action; hence the political process. Would you have remained silent in the 1800s over slavery? Of course not." -- Shane Idleman