By John Zmirak Published on May 18, 2017

Do I wish that President Trump would exercise more self-restraint in what he says? Yes, indeed. Just so, as a student I wished that my garrulous mailman dad wouldn’t insist on telling “hilarious” ethnic jokes at Yale parent nights.

Republicans are burning up massive energy defending, explaining, or even mastering the facts about Trump’s free-wheeling statements. It could be better used on almost anything else. Think of all the crucial points of policy that are going unaddressed.

  • The Trump White House came up with a fine executive order defending religious liberty. Then it apparently caved under pressure, and gave us the leaf without the fig.
  • Trump promised to back the First Amendment Defense Act, which would have written those same protections into law. No sign of the White House pushing for it in Congress.
  • Replacing Obamacare with something that’s actually better deserves many hours of time on the part of the president and his staffers. It didn’t get it.
  • Defunding Planned Parenthood might happen, or it might not, depending on some backroom legislative noodling.
  • The wall he promised on our country’s chaotic southern border. Will it get built? It’s anybody’s guess.

The president could use his bully pulpit and majority in two houses of Congress to make real progress on all these fronts. But he’s too busy right now disputing overblown charges that he obstructed justice by hinting that General Michael Flynn shouldn’t be prosecuted for making a harmless phone call to a Russian diplomat, then firing FBI director James Comey for a weird and changing list of reasons — all of them valid, but he really should have settled on one.

Hate Housefires? Stop Drinking Flaming Shots.

Let’s say you need to rewire your house and install a new heating system. It’s hard to focus on that when you’re too busy rushing back and forth pouring water on little housefires. But you just seem to keep on setting them, because of your habit of drinking flaming tequila shots on the couch. Aw, shucks, it happened again.

Never-Trump Republican John Podhoretz wrote a fine column in the New York Post. In it, he warns President Trump that he needs to zip his mouth and gird his loins. Or else he’ll face a presidency that history will mock as a sputtering failure. It’s written in the spirit of a boxing coach. Think of Burgess Meredith in Sly Stallone’s corner in Rocky. He’d berate the bull-headed boxer not to drop his guard or lead with his chin. Rocky didn’t see that kind of advice as hostile, and neither should Trump.

Given his real business successes, I cannot really believe that Trump is the kind of onion-skinned narcissist who demands that his fans back even his self-defeating mistakes. That’s the kind of uncritical, unconditional love that liberal Christians demand from God. They will surely be disappointed. So will any politician. This isn’t North Korea, and conservatism isn’t a cult.

Trump Is Under Attack. And Not Just By Humans.

Given the profound evils that Trump has promised to confront, from Islamic terrorism to Planned Parenthood, from the persecution of Christians to the chaos on our country’s borders, we should not be surprised that he is being assaulted. No, I don’t mean by liberals, misguided people whose policies are poorly reasoned or based in raw emotion.

I mean by principalities and powers. By the spirits who (in the words of the prayer to St. Michael the archangel) “roam the earth, seeking the ruin of souls.” If you think (and you’d better) that your soul matters enough to Satan that he will bother to send you a tempter, just imagine the horde he dispatches to batter the president. They goad him to say foolish things, make rash decisions, and most of all to cave on his core principles — then fight like a tiger over trivialities.

Our president has too much power. As conservatives, we know that. But here we are. One man has the authority to:

  • Launch a nuclear holocaust;
  • Invade foreign countries without Congress’s say-so;
  • Issue executive edicts that distort the meaning of laws; and
  • Direct an army of unaccountable bureaucrats to skew their reading of tens of thousands of regulations, crippling businesses or citizens who disagree with him.

That’s a ludicrous pile of power for one man’s shoulders. And power is what the Enemy sniffs after like a jackal who scents some bacon.

America on the Knife Edge

This is a crucial watershed in American culture and history. We are teetering on the knife edge between a normal, functioning country where the Church is permitted to preach, and something much darker and uglier: a post- and anti-Christian Leviathan.

Trump gives too much credence to people who clearly despise him and the “deplorable” voters who put him in office. He keeps trying to beat elites at their own game. What he needs to do is ignore them.

Look at the profane hysteria, the toxic boiling hatred that Trump and his voters provoked among progressives. That’s true even when they support policies to the left of President Bill Clinton’s on most crucial issues. That tells us just how far the “mainstream” has slid down the hill toward madness. You also know how divided our nation is. How fragile is public order?

Centrist speakers can’t even take a microphone at major universities, for fear that hooded militants will attack them and their audience with flagpoles. Police and firefighters get shot by racist extremists. Academic feminists sue to use the federal government to silence their colleagues on campus. College students alternate, schizophrenically, between ultra-fragile snowflakes who will crumble at untoward opinions — and hordes of brick-throwing, outraged insurgents.

Just Because the Media are Biased Doesn’t Mean Trump Isn’t Making Mistakes

Journalistic standards, never immune to liberal bias, have virtually collapsed. So we really shouldn’t be shocked when newspapers grossly distort and exaggerate the president’s behavior. When they cast him as a lawbreaker who needs to be impeached — for behaving in just the same ways that Barack Obama did (in between penning yet another auto-hagiography, and collecting a Nobel Prize simply for showing up). When they act as if normal back-and-forth and influence trading in the White House is evidence of “chaos at the top.”

We should also avoid the temptation of dismissing any criticism of the president, simply because so much of it is foolish, overheated, or grounded in evil motives. The fact that liberals will lie, or distort the truth, to harm President Trump, doesn’t mean he isn’t making some real mistakes.

Trump, Find Your Inner Coolidge

His greatest mistake, I think, is giving so much credence to people who clearly despise him. Not just him, but the millions of “deplorable” voters who put him in office. He keeps trying to beat the media and political elites at their own game by being clever on Twitter, or tweaking them in speeches. What he needs to do is find his inner Calvin Coolidge and ignore them. 

He should drill down on the issues that drove voters to put him in office, and doggedly push them forward. That means building a wall, protecting religious liberty, promoting more pro-life policies, and a long list of other things that would outrage our nation’s elites, while actually accomplishing something. That means listening to people like Steve Bannon, who helped him get elected, rather than Jared Kushner, whose sister is selling U.S. visas in China.

Yes, the left will wail and gnash their teeth, but they’re doing that already. They couldn’t hate Trump any more than they already do. He needs to see how liberating that is. 

What we need to do is step back from panicking over the president, or desperately defending him in futile Tweets and Facebook posts. Instead we should see the deeper stakes of the battle at hand. And that should drive us daily to pray for the president: that God grant him the virtues of temperance, justice, prudence and fortitude, for the toughest job on earth. That’s the only real power we have. It’s quite enough.

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  • Dean Bruckner

    Well said, sir! Prayer got him elected, and prayer will preserve him there.

    • HumanNOS

      Prayer didn’t get him elected. A lot of gullible people who believed in his pandering did that.

      • Aloha12

        God answered prayer spared us from crooked Hillary. Praise the Lord!

      • Paul

        A lot of people would vote for my cat instead of Hillary and for good reason.

        • HumanNOS

          Are you suggesting that Trump is no worse than your cat? Don’t insult your cat like that.

      • Dean Bruckner

        I’ll keep praying to the Creator of heaven and earth, and you keep worshipping your gods of sexual anarchy and sophism, and we’ll both see where we are in 10, 20 and 100 years.

        A man’s morality determines his theology, not the other way around. Humble yourself, repent of your sin and you’ll be surprised how gullible you yourself have been, but at least you’ll know the truth.

        • stan schmunk

          A man’s morality determines his theology? That’s a thousand % backwards. And for the love of Mike what does that say about Trump’s theology?

          • Dean Bruckner

            Trump may get into the kingdom of God before you. At least he is not condemning you for your sins.

          • stan schmunk

            A man’s morality does NOT determine his theology. You know better than that. We have every right as citizens to evaluate our politicians.

          • Dean Bruckner

            I guess HumanNOS knows even if you do not.

          • stan schmunk

            What does that mean?

    • stan schmunk

      Don’t bet on it…he lied to get your votes and now he’s going back on his word and you still don’t get it.

  • Christian Cowboy

    I enjoyed this read. I too think President Trump is playing right into where liberals want to lead him.

  • GPS Daddy

    Yep, we do face an unseen enemy. Are more resources of theirs being used on Trump? I don’t think we can know that. Does Trump need prayer? Yes.

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    To whom it may concern, My prior comment is pending ?! Just curious as to why. There was not even a suggestion of profanity or irreverence. The two previous occasions a comment of mine was “pending” was for references that while not obscene were perceived to be too suggestive. Regardless “pending” seems to be another word for deleted. Just asking as My experience here as been largely a positive one, as my Disqus history can attest to. Perhaps I’m under a “spiritual attack” perpetrated through Disqus ..?!!!

    • Paul

      Did you include a link URL?

      • Howard Rosenbaum

        No.

        • Paul

          Maybe you got snagged on a word blocklist if a word you used perhaps has an alternate profane meaning.

          • Howard Rosenbaum

            Not even a suggestion of that , at least to English speaking people – but thanks for the tips

          • Bryan

            I’ve had some lengthy comments deleted (pending…indefinitely) as well (I do tend to ramble a bit sometimes). I checked my Discus profile and some of the comments said detected as spam. I clicked on the link marked Not Spam (or similar) but nothing has happened to those posts yet. I’d at least start there. Good luck!

  • mj

    Has anyone read Psalm 18 today (18MAY17)?
    It sounds exactly like what President Trump (and his wife) are going through.

    • Paul

      Unfortunately currently I’m not seeing Trump saying: “I love you, LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

      • GatorX

        Why does anyone think this man is a man of God? Trump believes in greed, ego, power, adultery, lust, vanity, pride and wrath……. I don’t think love of God is on the list, certainly not Trump’s list.

        • Paul

          you mean the thrice married adulturous trash talking casino and strip club owner who doesn’t feel the need for God’s forgiveness of sin? Yes it is a mystery isn’t it.

          • Jim Walker

            Jesus says in Luke 5:32 :
            “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

            I guess you forgot this verse ?

          • Paul

            And who is righteous in their own right? No one of course.

            The question gatorx posed is why would anyone think Trump is a man of God? The fruit of his life plus his words clearly indicate he is not.

            Can Trump be saved? Sure he can, Jesus came to save everyone…whosoever believes in Him shall be saved. If that is the hope some are referring to then yes absolutely. The same is and was true for Obama, Clinton, and all the rest of the politicians who have occupied WDC.

            But what gatorx hit on is the fruit in Trumps life shows us he isn’t a godly man. He pandered to the religious right and it seems a lot of people fell for it.

            In the general election I voted for the guy but my reasons were pretty much all about keeping Hillary out. I’m not of the delusion he is a godly man, he’s a Presbyterian in name only who was busy running a casino with a strip club, busy chasing skirts, bragging about being a sexual predator, cheating on wives, and lying like a run of the mill politician on the stump. Hillary was so bad that that got my vote.

            Again can trump be saved? Yes of course. Is he? Where’s the fruit? Do we pray for him still and regardless? Absolutely. But let’s not pretend he is something he isn’t.

          • Jim Walker

            Actually my reply was directed to GatorX and not you. I replied wrongly to you though but thanks for your post. I agree.

          • GatorX

            Jim, as I mentioned to Paul…… You express the point well. Some on this thread ask how is Trump different from King David? The difference is that David was always a devout man of God. And, on a minor note, to my knowledge never had any tent deals on the side with Goliath.

          • GatorX

            Paul, You express the point well. Some on this thread ask how is Trump different from King David? The difference is that David was always a devout man of God. And, on a minor note, to my knowledge never had any tent deals on the side with Goliath.

          • stan schmunk

            Trump hasn’t answered the call because he’d have to sell everything he has and give it to the poor. I think Someone once said something like that…

          • Jim Walker

            All that you have is not yours.
            Money not spent is not yours either.
            We are mere stewards of God’s wealth.

          • stan schmunk

            I prefer to refer to Jesus’ own words.

        • Dean Bruckner

          “By your own standard of measure it will be measured to you.” – Jesus, Gospel of Matthew , chapter 7, verse 2

        • Louise C

          So you know his heart?

        • Jim Walker

          The Secular world measure a man’s worth with his past.
          Everyone here has a dark past, and I’d say I’m the worst.
          But God’s grace has no unit of measure who is worthy of it and who is not.

          • stan schmunk

            Infancy stage of what?

          • Jim Walker

            of his new found faith. You should try it too.

          • stan schmunk

            I’ve known Christ since 1949. Trump does not know him.

      • mj

        But there’s hope, isn’t there?

        • Paul

          Hope for what exactly? Hoping a 70 yr old politician will dramatically change his spots seems a bit foolish

          • mj

            No hope? Tell that to the thief on the cross.

          • Paul

            My hope is in Christ, not a politician

          • Jim Walker

            never give up. God has the power to save and he did it for you, why can’t he do for Trump ?

          • stan schmunk

            Because Trump doesn’t want him to? Why do most people not get saved? Why is it so difficult for the rich to be saved?

    • Autrey Windle

      Good one, MJ! Amen!

    • stan schmunk

      Not even close because the president is NOT a Christian and neither is his wife.

  • Anne E. Reid

    “God’s Chaos Candidate” by Lance Wallnau. Highly recommend it. Validated why I & many others feel called to surround the POTUS and family in prayer. And consider Israel in all of this-THE battlefield! Not excusing things that he and his so-called staff have said & done. But who else could have arranged for this man to be elected? God will use whomever He chooses in His plan for His chosen people and the LAND.

    • Theresa Jane

      Which one of his 3 wives do you pray for? They’re all mothers of his various children.

      • Autrey Windle

        Do you consider yourself, your history and your character to be so perfect and holy that you think the world would say you are good enough to do the work God assigns to you or do you understand that God gives the most unlikely often the most important jobs to do? I’m sure a lot of us pray for the President’s entire family including his former wives. I will include you and your family in my prayers as well and hope you will find in yourself a tolerant heart for the leader of our country as we all had to find a tolerant heart for every other President at points along the way.

        • stan schmunk

          Did you honor, respect and pray for Obama?

      • Dean Bruckner

        All of them, you Pharisee wannabe. At least they were trolling Jesus with a woman who had seven husbands. The woman at the well had 5 1/2. And all you can muster for your sanctimony is three? Lame.

        • stan schmunk

          But they all repented and followed Jesus…

          • Dean Bruckner

            But the pharisees did not and would not. Theresa seems in far more spiritual danger than Donald Trump. That is my point.

          • stan schmunk

            Trump’s not a Christian so how much more trouble could Theresa be in?

    • stan schmunk

      Wallnau is a confirmed heretic. Follow him at your own peril.

  • pilgrim249

    I pray that all the people who every day dig pits of destruction for President Trump, will themselves fall into those pits, and be consumed by their own lies. Amen

  • GatorX

    My question is, how is this guy not the poster boy for the 7 deadly sins: lust, greed, adultery, wrath, vanity, intellectual sloth and what was the other? Oh, yes, hubris.

    • James

      Trump’s worst enemy is Trump himself, not the devil.

    • Dean Bruckner

      “The prostitutes and tax collectors are getting into the kingdom of heaven before you.” – Jesus, Gospel of Matthew, chapter 21, verse 31

      • stan schmunk

        But they repented…

        • Dean Bruckner

          The pharisees, who like GatorX excelled at condemning others, did not and would not. That’s my point.

          • GatorX

            I simply posed a question. It appears you are judging me with your misunderstanding of Matthew’s Gospel. On a side note, I don’t remember King David ever making any side deals for Dave’s Tents with Oligarch Goliath and his Philistine friends…..

    • Vivianne

      My question is: How does someone like you get to judge ANYONE? Pretty easy to lay out the sins of others when you can hide behind a fake profile. Coward.

      • GatorX

        Vivianne, Humorously or should I say, hypocritically, “How does someone like you get to judge ANYONE? Pretty easy to lay out the sins of others when you can hide behind a fake profile. Coward.”

  • Anne Fernandes

    Can I say “Amen”? Every now and then I catch myself
    getting sick to my stomach over the flap-trap, and then, I am reminded
    about the scripture to which this author was making: Ephesians 6:10-18:
    “10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on
    the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the
    devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but
    against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this
    dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly
    realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day
    of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have
    done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth
    buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in
    place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from
    the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of
    faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil
    one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which
    is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all
    kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always
    keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

    • stan schmunk

      What has that got to do with Trump?

  • Anne Fernandes

    We fight with the “sword of the spirit”. i Peter 5:8 We are alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

  • Patmos

    Turns out the the vile temperament of a politician comes in handy when trying to be a politician. Doesn’t help when so many of those politicians are trying to cover themselves and their racket. I think Trump just needs to look bigger picture here. The left and it’s media propaganda machine are starting to lose credibility even with their own, crying wolf at every little thing, and being dragged down by the lobotomized views of far left factions. Just sit back and let them devour themselves, and see their flimsy accusations for what they are: baseless.

    • stan schmunk

      Actually, the media is gaining credibility because its stories are proving to be correct. Remember, the leaks are coming from inside the White House.

      • Micha_Elyi

        I doubt “the leaks are coming from inside the White House” as you claim. The media is losing credibility because of its reliance on anonymous sources, alleged documents that the media won’t reveal, rumors, wild speculation based on twisting words hard toward the Establishment Media’s collective script, and a big game of Telephone amongst TV talking heads themselves.

  • Theresa Jane

    All people who have not given their lives to Jesus Christ, and who have not welcomed the indwelling Holy Spirit, are the devils playthings. Trump doesn’t seem to mind and shows no signs of trying to resist.

  • Linda Pratt

    Here’s a little food for thought. 1 Timothy 2:1-3 encourages us to first of all to bring supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks for all me: For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. Our job as Christians is to “first of all” pray for president Trump and his administration. No where in the scripture are we told to pray because we are crazy about our leaders or agree with everything they say or do. I wonder what would happen if we, the body of Christ, actually did what the scripture says. You and I know this is a spiritual battle. We have been given spiritual weapons. The scripture says whatsoever you and I bind on earth is bound in heaven, and whatsoever we loose on earth is loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:19). Christians have authority to pray the will of God for our president. President Trump is not perfect anymore than we are. We need to cover him in prayer–daily, because he is making decisions that affect us everyday. Our job is to pray that his decisions are aligned with heaven’s plans and purposes. If you and I aren’t praying, we have no right to complain. And just for a little perspective; the man’s been in office for a little over a 117 days. Did you really think he was going to get everything on that bucket list accomplished in less than 4 months? Really?

    • Paul

      Of course he wasn’t going to get that much done, so why would he say he would get so much done that clearly wasn’t going to happen? Frankly though the main thing I was looking for him to be good to his word on was a decent SCOTUS pick and on that he delivered, and thankfully McConnell grew a pair and pushed the nomination through. As for the rest who knows what will happen. POTUS doesn’t act alone legislatively on the wall, Obamacare, taxes, etc and Trump keeps saying dumb things that fuels the media fires against him. Certainly we are called to pray for those in authority, but Trump, the legislators and justices still make choices for better or worse,

      • stan schmunk

        Gorsuch was a given becaause the GOP had the votes. No one deserves any high praise for that. It was simple math.

        • Paul

          I give Trump credit for a decent pick, at least better than what Hillary would have done to us. My comments for McConnell is more of a back handed complement for not allowing a filibuster.

    • stan schmunk

      Did you honor, respect and pray for Obama? Did evangelicals on the whole?

  • If you want to know how to help our nation right now, including President Trump, there are two sources, which I think will not fail you to hear from them, one being derived rather well from the other: The Baccalaureate Service at Liberty University this year (and Mr. Robison’s speech therein), and the Holy Bible.

    Consulting them will not steer you wrong.

    • stan schmunk

      Where in the Holy Bible?

      • 1 Timothy 2:1-3

        • stan schmunk

          Did you respect. honor and pray for Obama?

          • Yes. I did. Whenever it got hard, I would get reminded of my own wickedness, and that God saved me, so surely, he could also do that for ANYONE else.

            Everyone wants to be respected, but respect is not rightly demanded, but commanded. It is commanded by you doing to others as you would have them do to you. If you want President Trump and his supporters to respect you, then that is commanded by you first respecting them. Nothing else will work.

          • stan schmunk

            Amen!

          • Linda Pratt

            Good point Stan. I prayed for him but not nearly as much as I should have. I found that when I got frustrated with him the most, the Lord would “always” move on me with a spirit of compassion and I would pray for his relationship with the Lord and his legacy in leading our nation. Now, I pray for him and his family daily asking the Lord to give him a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26-27). How about you? How much did you pray for him? What scriptures did you use then and now to pray for him. Please share. Thanks!

  • m-nj

    These people who want to see Comey’s notes and memos might not like what they see… he worked far longer under Obama than he has under Trump… wonder what his notes might reveal…

    • stan schmunk

      I doubt it. Trump’s the one who’s trying to put the kaibosh on it.

  • Howard Rosenbaum

    Just a word to whoever it is that decides what comments are acceptable or not on the Stream. Come on guys , this is not Breitbart w/sometimes dozens of comments a minute. A simple explanation would be appreciated as a “faithful” reader & more than an occasional participant w/comments to many of the often informative & inspirational voices on this site. Hey, i may even have a few “fans” that may be curious as to why I’m raising this issue as well. Being reasonably conscientious , relatively alert & really confused as to what it is I must be missing in evaluating the acceptability of my post in question I await your considered response. Hey, I can’t find any words, phrases, double entendres duplicitous concepts, that any intelligent review of my forsaken prose could take issue with. Help me out here …. Thanks

    • Paul

      Use the ‘contact us’ link in the footer to reach someone in charge, posting here is probably useless for this purpose

    • Zmirak

      Hi Howard,
      We’re looking into it. A troll may have unjustly “flagged” your comment.

      • Howard Rosenbaum

        Thanks, John. Seems that it was simply a tech issue. The word filter employed , I believe , was set to polite word usage appropriate for the Victorian era. Whereas the word in question, “knob”, was too similar to other questionable word applications such as “table legs” &
        ” kettle drums” ….

  • Jennefer O’Brien

    My sentiments exactly! I want to wholeheartedly support him, then he tweets something that sounds like he has the maturity of a 8 year old. Come on! Just be the President, act like a President, do what you campaigned on, this country needs to be desperately fixed, and fast! Make us proud that we voted for you, not embarrassed! Please? You have done much already, but there is so MUCH more to do, don’t be sidetracked, that is just what they want! I will keep praying for the President and his entire administration, this is a war in the physical reality, but most definitely in the spiritual realm!

    • stan schmunk

      Believe me it’s not the demons or Satan who are causing his problems. He’s a worshipper of Mammon, which comes from Satan’s dark heart. Are you familiar with what Jesus and his half-brother James said about and to the rich?

      • Chip Crawford

        Are you familiar with more than a sprinkling of scripture, and the “it is also written” portions? Clearly not. The disciples asked Jesus then who could enter the Kingdom if that were true about the rich, and he said what is not possible with men is possible with God. And have you noticed the verses about judging hearts you cannot see?

        • stan schmunk

          I know all of Scripture very well. Why didn’t you answer my question?

    • Micha_Elyi

      Well, as the darling Peggy Noonan wrote recently, the Americans who chose to vote for Trump understood that they were “throwing the long ball” when they cast that ballot.

      In 2016 there were 16 other Republican candidates who had the maturity and character to “act like a President”. But enough GOP primary voters went with Trump so America ended up with candidate #17.

  • Charles Burge

    There is definitely no doubt about the rabid, unhinged, vitriolic hate from the left. It’s irrational and it’s relentless. But come on. Most of Trump’s wounds are entirely self-inflicted. He shoots himself in the foot repeatedly, and then hands out ammunition to his enemies like candy so they can shoot him some more. David French has an excellent piece over at National Review today which every conservative should read. We need to stop rationalizing and trying to explain away Trump’s bumbles. By doing that, we’re just encouraging more of the same. Yes, we do need to pray for him. But we should also make it clear to him that his behavior is not acceptable.

    • stan schmunk

      I gave you a like but your comment about the ‘Left’ is false in the main. From your 3rd sentence on you are correct.

      • Chip Crawford

        The comment about the Left is patently true.

        • stan schmunk

          No it isn’t. It’s just politics and the conservative GOP hate, including from Christians, for Obama was far, far worse.

  • Susie Dunlap Boer

    I have heard President Trump say many times that he will not reveal plans to a foreign enemy, such as ISIS, because he sees the need to be strategic. Yet he does not seem to see the need to be cautious concerning his mouth when it comes to dealing with his political enemies. I am praying for him with all my heart.

  • Howard

    I would have liked to have seen more articles rallying the faithful to pray for Obama’s conversion. I don’t think I ever saw any, ever. Oh, there were calls to pray for his “guidance”, as though his problem were in his intellect rather than in his will, but I don’t recall people asking for prayers for his conversion. We failed to do our duty, and the country had eight years of a president who actively worked to pull us further down the path of national self-destruction.

    We have real political problems, but they are not our worst problems. And we should pray for Trump (and for Obama and Clinton, too — Heaven knows they need it), but we should pray for him as a person, not merely a means to a political end. He needs to be converted. So do we all.

    • Chip Crawford

      No, if you have been converted, you do not need to be converted again or some more. That would un-convert you, which is not desirable — imprecise language is a problem other have besides the president.

      • Howard

        Sadly, you are mistaken. To be converted is to align ourselves with the will of God. Usually it does not take us long to start putting our own desires ahead of Him again, though. We do not need to be re-baptized — which is a serious no-no besides — but we do need to be reoriented again.

        • Chip Crawford

          It’s use of terms … I agree about the ongoing need to stay set apart to God and his ways, and resist the pull against that around us.

          • Howard

            “Conversion” does not mean to change one’s religion. It means to be “turned around”. We need to be turned around frequently, because we really are too much like sheep.

            I’m not going to take the bait and get into a debate about the Catholic vs Fundamentalist Protestant views on salvation. If we knew each other in the real world, that might be worth doing, but nothing good comes of such debates in Disqus.

          • Chip Crawford

            Jesus said you must be born again.

          • Howard

            What part of “I’m not going to take the bait and get into a debate about the Catholic vs Fundamentalist Protestant views on salvation” are you unable to understand?

          • Chip Crawford

            I did not offer bait nor debate. I shared what the word of God has to say. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

          • Howard

            Indeed, let him hear that Chip Crawford, like so many Protestants, believes that his own PARAPHRASES of Scripture are the True Word of God.

            You, sir, need to be converted, because right now YOU ARE WORSHIPING YOURSELF, and you are a false god.

          • stan schmunk

            How did he paraphrase the Bible? Please correct him.

          • Hmmm…

            He can’t. This is useless; peace; let’s not tear each other apart.

          • Howard

            @Hmmm…. Actually, I did, but the comment has been held up in the moderation queue.

          • Howard

            It seems to be letting at least short comments in directly now, so here is my earlier response.

            . . .

            Do you not know what a paraphase is?

            Whenever someone tries to tell “in his own words” what another person has said, it is a paraphrase. Sometimes this is done to summarize and condense a passage, sometimes to simplify the language, and sometimes for other reasons.

          • Howard

            Unfortunately, paraphrasing tends to change meanings. Compare Psalm 1:1 in different versions of the Bible. In the Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, it is, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers….” This is a fairly strict, word-for-word translation. On the other hand, the New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, is supposed to be a thought-for-thought paraphrase: “Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers….” The NRSVCE is supposed to mean the same thing as the RSVCE, but as you can see, it doesn’t really; notably, it is much harder to see in the NRSVCE that Psalm 1:1 can be seen as a prophecy about THE MAN, Jesus Christ, because the “translators” decided to make the subject of the sentence plural and genderless. If you want to see a shocking example of really, really bad paraphrasing, Google the “GOOD AS NEW Bible”. (Warning: it’s ugly.)

          • Howard

            Whenever someone says, “Scripture says that …,” whatever follows the word “that” is a paraphrase. It smuggles in a particular interpretation of what the passage really means. This causes a number of problems. First of all, even though Scripture is infallible, personal interpretations of it may be wrong and certainly may be challenged. Secondly, the Bible is a difficult document to understand, with several passages that superficially appear to contradict each other. An honest attempt to understand the Bible thus requires separating the words of Scripture from what we think they mean. Thirdly, much of the meaning of Scripture hinges on wordplay, allusions to other passages, and various kinds of symbolism, and these are likely to be altered by someone who thinks they are not an important part of a given passage.

          • Micha_Elyi

            “I’m not going to take the bait and get into a debate about the Catholic vs Fundamentalist Protestant views on salvation.”–Howard

            Me neither. Every time the Protestant runs to the Bible to defend the Protestant differences with the Catholic Christian Church, I gotta laugh. The Bible is the Catholic Church’s own book and only the Catholic Church has authority to interpret it correctly.

    • Paul

      That’s an uncomfortable observation. It’s kinda like doing the least to fulfill the instruction to pray for your enemy while still hanging on to a desire that your enemy rots in hell.

      • Howard

        You mean, I think, if we pray for him merely as a means to a political end.

        • Paul

          In the case of a politician that’s part of it. But our enemies aren’t only in the political arena.

          • Howard

            Certainly. There are many “uses” we have for various people, but we should pray for the people, not for, or at least not only for, the use.

          • Paul

            I’d even suggest many pray for Trump also for their political ends as well

      • Colby

        Paul, with all due respect, we may not hang onto the desire to wish anyone ill, tempting as it may be. Otherwise, we might incur the same punishment. I had to invoke an act of the will to pray for the soul of Castro, and wicked as he was, was very dismayed to see people wishing him damnation. Never! If he’s in purgatory or heaven, then he can pray for us in turn.

        • Paul

          I agree we shouldn’t hang on to ill will, rather I was suggesting that deep down some folks may be doing just that.

    • Colby

      At one point I received a prayer card for Obama’s conversion, invoking the intercession of St. Paul. I think it was put out by American Life League. (I did NOT like the way it resembled a holy card, with the president’s image on the front!) But sadly, I neglected way too many opportunities to pray, especially the rosary, which would have had a better effect than wringing my hands!

      • Howard

        Understand that I am guilty of this, too. It is so easy to be discouraged, perhaps we should ask St. Monica for help in persevering!

        • stan schmunk

          Why don’t you just ask Jesus?

          • Howard

            Well, it’s true that Jesus does not need St. Monica to help me persevere in prayer for conversions, but on the other hand, Jesus does not need my prayers to bring about the conversions, either. God pretty consistently insists on having His creatures serve one another (Galatians 5:13).

  • stan schmunk

    Oh, my…The enemy of our souls owns our country. Trump worships Mammon which comes from Satan, the Great Materialist. BTW, can you explain our Judeo-Christian foundation and explain how it worked through our history? And why it doesn’t appear in our Constitution?

    • Howard Rosenbaum

      So Stan, just curious why your tag name sounds so suspiciously similar to what in yiddish is a less than appropriate term for penis …?

      • Dean Bruckner

        It is a Scottish last name, apparently, so there’s that.

      • stan schmunk

        Just curious why you’re still in 4th grade? You’re not a Christian are you…

        • Howard Rosenbaum

          Well Mr Schmunk, I suspect if you need ask such a question, then I need not dignify it w/any response other than the one you are reading now . Go in peace … but please GO !!

  • Kevin Quillen

    the church that still sees the devil and demons running around attacking people just might be part of the problem. Grow up people! The only devil there is is in your mind.

    • davidrev17

      “But then with me the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy. Would any one trust in the convictions of a monkey’s mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?

      — Charles Darwin, letter to William Graham, 3 July 1881.

      ☆ ☆ ☆

      Well my friend, I don’t know if you’re serious, but if Homo sapiens’ has recently emerged as the latest version of the self-organization of mass/energy (i.e. chemistry & physics) in “chaotic billiard ball motion,” after almost 4-billion years of the infamous evolutionary-premised “molecule to man conundrum” – whose mindless, purposeless, thus unguided processes have recently produced WE “souped-up monkeys” – then Richard Dawkins is right to say that “we’re all just dancing to our own DNA”; thus your “absolute truth” declaration that “the only devil there is is in your mind,” becomes mind-boggling indeed, the Darwinian perspective stated above? How did you come to decisively KNOW that, in order to state it so emphatically as an absolute truth??

      Or perhaps you’re aware of some scientific studies in evolutionary biology (or even neuroscience) that’ve certifiably identified a “devil-gene,” or a “demon-gene” – just like that ever-elusive “God-gene”?? Now barring that, please remember that Yeshua/Jesus of Nazareth (Lucifer’s Creator BTW), actually carried-on a personal face-to-face conversation with ol’ ha satan when Jesus walked amongst us.

      And finally, during the last 20-plus years of being a follower of the Lord Yeshua/Jesus, I’ve actually manifestations of demons on no less than four (4) occasions – and I was stone-cold sober. Any words of wisdom to offer us, based upon what I’ve just written my friend??

      • Kevin Quillen

        As far as Jesus relationship to demons in the Bible, there is only one reason it is recorded. Think long and hard about this statement…..they were physical manifestations of spiritual truths. One cannot see spiritual things, so the Bible gives examples of physical things so that we can “see”. Jesus demonstrated His power in the physical world. Jesus said to Peter, “get thee behind me Satan.” I do not believe Peter was taken over by satan and satan spoke through him. No Peter fell back into his old man nature and spoke unspiritually. Jesus defeated the Devil on the cross. Meaning that Jesus is now the master of my soul, and I am empowered to overcome temptation and be true to Him that died fro me. The “Devil” WAS defeated.

        • Micha_Elyi

          Jesus was making a play on words. The same word in the tongue Jesus was speaking means both “obstacle” and “Satan”.

          Is it true that if one knew ones Bible, one must be Catholic?
          After all, the Bible is the Catholic Church’s own book.

          • Kevin Quillen

            Jesus said to call no man on earth “Father”. That does it for me.

        • davidrev17

          “Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him and be firm in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world.

          “Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little. The dominion belongs to Him forever. Amen.”

          (1 Peter 5:8-11; written by the Apostle Peter [Jewish = “Kefa”], perhaps some 30-years into “Church” history (e.g., mid-60’s CE, or AD), not very long before His martyrdom, having chosen to be crucified upside-down, according to tradition. His wife was also crucified, just before he was.)

          * * *

          Kevin, thanks for responding to my post; of which was actually intended to sort of draw-you-out into the open, so to speak, in order that I might know how to effectively reply to you with the truth of God’s Word – and particularly in appropriate context. (BTW: are you a practicing Catholic, or would you be kind enough to at least reveal the denomination, or so-called religious group with which you identify?)

          Anyway, first and foremost: I agree that “Satan WAS defeated” through the death, and physical/bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus – but NOT in the historical context of utter FINALITY. One must keep in mind, that the Lord Jesus’ redemptive/atoning sacrifice, actually BEGAN God’s ultimate work of restoration & reclamation, on God’s inscrutably unwavering trajectory of victory – known ONLY to Him (Acts 1:4-7) – as all of His creation is moving toward the “the new heavens and new earth,” at some point in the future. (Remember, in Isaiah 46:9-10, the LORD confidently states that He’s “declared the END, from the BEGINNING,” re: what God had revealed to “ha satan” [i.e., Gen. 3:15] somewhat enigmatically, after the “FALL.”)

          Actually Kevin, ALL of redemptive history is prophetically contained, or “veiled,” within that Genesis 3:15 statement; a passage to which theologians/scholars have called the “protoevangelium,” or the “first gospel.” So it’s biblically obvious that our Lord’s redemptive work was accomplished not only for Homo sapiens, but for the benefit of restoring the entire created order as well (e.g., Romans 8:18-25); of which “ha satan” had initially usurped, or STOLEN – hence THE spiritual “curse” being “imposed” upon nature & mankind – through what transpired in his interaction with Adam & Eve in Genesis 3. And the Word of God bears abundant testimony to this truth – from beginning, to end!

          So I emphasize this critically relevant point, because Lucifer & his fallen emissaries will NOT ultimately be “cast into the lake of fire” as a result of God’s FINAL judgment upon them – including the “beast and the false prophet” – UNTIL the “end of the age” (See Matthew 25:41 & Revelation 20:7-10). Hence this event will ensue just prior to the creation of the “new heavens and new earth.” (See the chronology laid-out re: these events, in Revelation 20:7-thru-21:-8) It’s almost like Lucifer & his “fallen” minions are on a spiritual “death-row” of sorts – during this present “Church-age” – awaiting their final sentence to be carried-out, at the “end of the age.”

          So in this then-ultimately-perfected location called the “new heavens and new earth,” even the very presence of SIN itself will have already been eradicated forevermore! (e.g., just read Revelation 20 very carefully). Plus, pay strict, prayerful attention to its “clocktime” chronology – with regard to the preceding events chronicled in Revelation chapter 19 – whose events WILL transpire here in earth’s time-space-dimension history, until “time” as we know it, and experience it, will be no more.

          Now, since I don’t know how much time you’ve spent digging-into God’s Word in genuine study – and I’d like to believe you’re my genuine brother “in Christ,” or Messiah Yeshua/Jesus – I won’t overwhelm you with passages of Scripture here. But I will try and encourage you with this: “Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation, since you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (1 Peter 2:2-3)

          So please indulge me, as I’ve sensed a compelling “inward” urge to provide you with all of this information, in the specific context with which we’re addressing; and whose necessarily practical application for every single member in the “Body of Christ” should be unambiguously clear to you just from a cursory reading. Also, don’t forget that these practical immutable “truth’s” have been preserved, and thus intended for the believer’s use in every generation since the formal inauguration of the “ekklesia” (or Church) on Pentecost, in Acts 2 some 2,000 years ago. And unchanging, binding “truth’s” Kevin, flatly contradict the unbiblical assumptions you stated in your reply; and as such, please prayerfully consider their relevancy and applicability to your life.

          Actually, to be quite honest with you: if you really believe what you shared with me – deep-down in your heart – then it would seem as though you’ve already been duped, deceived, or just plain deluded by the “adversary of men’s souls”; in which case, you can’t possibly be any sort of threat to our “spiritual” enemy – while conducting your “physical” life here according to God’s Kingdom “principles” – since you apparently believe in the NON-reality, and thus irrelevance, of these “fallen” spiritual creatures moving about in the spiritual-realm (behind the scenes), in our time-space-dimension realm of existence.

          This IS a “spiritual war” in which the true “child of God” is engaged (e.g., John 17:11-16; Ephesians 6:10-20; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; 2 Timothy 2:3-7; 2 Corinthians 2:10-11; 1 Timothy 4:1-2); thus it was never intended for us to carry-out our Christian duties, responsibilities, nor our Kingdom strategies, according to our weak “fallen” flesh!

          Additionally, what would be the purpose of prayer anyway? Just consider this truth, in relationship to the historical context of Acts 1:8, as the original disciples/apostles were about to EMBARK upon their “spiritual” duties, in this physical life. Also, this strictly “fleshly,” or physical/earthbound idea of the believer’s existence, is NEVER even hinted at throughout the New Testament. And you are NOW accountable before Almighty God, for what you “do” with these “spiritual” principles, and realities!

          One last item too: in 1 Corinthians 12, where Paul is teaching about the believer’s spiritual “gifts,” sovereignly distributed, or administered by the Holy Spirit Himself throughout His “Body” (12:11) – notice in (12:10) the reference to the “discerning of spirits”?? Why would this be a necessary “gifting,” or equipping throughout “Church” history, if the adversary wasn’t a real-life challenge in the believer’s existence?

          (So I earnestly pray you’ll wisely take heed to these unchanging “truth’s” Kevin; because you are NOW “accountable” before Almighty God, for what you ultimately decide to do with these “spiritual” principles, and realities, of which are part-and-parcel of the genuine believer’s life here on earth. May God bless you immensely in your pursuit of His Truth!)

          * * *

          “We know that everyone who has been born of God does not sin, but the One who is born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and the whole world is under the sway of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know the true One. We are in the true One—that is, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”

          (Written by the Apostle John/Yochanon, 1 John 5:18-20; circa 90-95 CE, or AD, perhaps some 60-years into “Church” history.)

          • Kevin Quillen

            david; I must ask in all seriousness, where is the gap between the 69th week and the 70th week in the Daniel prophecy? I have never understood the “great parenthesis”. I think it is there only out of necessity to make a theological system work, aka dispensationalism.

          • davidrev17

            Well, I must ask you the following in all seriousness: Why would you frame a question for me, that has nothing whatsoever to do with the subject upon which we were focusing?? You could’ve just answered the first two questions I asked at the outset (or not), then at least dealt with the subject-context of which had been related to the abundance of scriptural references I’d provided??

            You know Kevin, just like 1 Peter 3:15 exhorts us to do; as in being able to scripturally demonstrate just WHY it is we believe, WHAT it is that we do believe?? (“A Ready Defense”??)

          • Kevin Quillen

            david, twice I tried to post a response to you but for some reason they are not being posted. If they do not show up I will try again tomorrow.

    • Billy Chickens

      …says the blind man leading the blind.

    • John Rykken

      Kevin, at a time not too far from today, you will change your mind about this.

  • Kevin Quillen

    to the moderator; will you please post my comments to davidrev17.

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