David Lane, of the American Renewal Project, writes an excellent commentary this week on history and Hillary Clinton. Lane, with a heart for the Lord, writes and sees the news through the biblical lens of a prophet . . .
Former IN Congressman Dan Burton told me that -- as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during President Clinton's second term -- he brought "five, 'airtight', criminal referral's against the Clinton's to Attorney General Janet Reno." Reno sat on the five.
There is a narrative: Monica Lewinsky, Whitewater, Vince Foster's suicide, Travelgate, Filegate, Eleanor Mondale, the bribes, Troopergate, and the multiple affairs. Gary J. Byrne, Secret Service Officer who stood guard outside President Clinton's Oval Office, mused, "We wondered how he [President Clinton] got any work done and joked that he would have been better at running a brothel in a red-light district than the White House." http://nypost.com/2016/06/18/monica-lewinsky-ironically-freaked-out-that-bill-cheated-on-her/
In his book, Crisis of Character, Byrne writes:
"A second officer responded, 'You think that's bad? I passed her on the West Colonnade, and all I said was 'Good morning, First Lady.' She told me, 'Go f---yourself'."**
I wonder, is "Go f---yourself" standard protocol in the White House?
Throughout history, men and women of holiness have demonstrated great boldness in the public arena. Righteousness comes first; boldness follows afterward. The Spirit of God emboldens the faithful and constant Christian to walk contrary to the course of the world. Christians believe that "To cringe in fear before men [in authority] will only prove a snare, but he who relies on Yahweh will be inaccessible to the assaults of his enemies."***
But there is a parallel truth that pastor Charles Spurgeon once observed. He said, "Anger is never more fiery than when the people of God are its objects. Sparks become flames, and the furnace is heated seven times hotter when God's elect are to be thrust into the blaze."****
In other words, righteousness produces boldness, but boldness turns up the heat of persecution.
If America is to survive, we must unearth men and women who, like the prophetic leaders of old, evidence a close relationship to God and a thorough knowledge of His Word and the full-nature of God. From out of that understanding, a person may speak for God a message of forgiveness and love, or judgment and justice, to a nation that is adrift and has lost its way.*****
A. W. Tozer spelled it out like this: "Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and has heard a voice from the Throne. When he comes (and I pray God there will be not one but many) he will stand in flat contradiction to everything our smirking, smooth civilization holds dear. He will contradict, denounce and protest in the name of God and will earn the hatred and opposition of a large segment of Christendom. Such a man is likely to be lean, rugged, blunt-spoken and a little bit angry with the world. He will love Christ and the souls of men to the point of willingness to die for the glory of the one and the salvation of the other. But he will fear nothing that breathes with mortal breath."******
So let's be frank. From my vantage point, it appears that President Barack Hussein Obama is a judgment of God on a rebellious nation that has abandoned Him. Obama has mainstreamed the weakening of the nation's moral fiber with his lack of character. God places a premium on honesty and integrity. Fear of God in conscience keeps one doing right when no one is looking. Fraud and deceit affect God's loyalty and fidelity, which guard the President and the nation.
For three centuries, American education theories focused on the building of character as a principle component of knowledge. But in the 20th century, secularists took over education. Holiness brings order and structure, where confusion and contradiction once reigned. Theft, lying, speaking falsely in any matter, deceit, and cheating in weights and measures: all these are sin in the eyes of a Holy and Living God. And sin always brings consequences.
A Hillary Clinton win in November's election will confirm that the judgment of God is on this nation. Those of us now in the middle-aged years will probably miss the consequences of a nation that has left God. But our children, and certainly their children, will pay a heavy price for what we Evangelicals have allowed in the public square over the last century. And what a sordid inheritance we are leaving our kids and grandkids.
Confrontation with evil is nothing new. Throughout history, believers have been "flayed alive, impaled, mutilated and killed."
Though I believe a Hillary win in November will quicken the pace of the downward spiral, the election has not yet taken place. It's not too late, if Evangelical pastors and pews will move into the public square this fall.
We just need a Gideon or Rahab to stand.
American Renewal Project
* Gary J. Byrne, Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate
** Ibid. (pg. 70)
*** William McKane, Proverbs
**** Charles Spurgeon, The Treasury of David
***** R. Dennis Cole, Numbers
****** A.W. Tozer, The Gift of Prophetic Insight, http://www.tentmaker.org/holy-spirit/prophetic.htm