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Hilarious or Trumped?

Wed, Aug. 03, 2016 Posted: 08:13 AM


Few Christians have given any attention to Trump’s campaign pledge to review and reword positively any legislation threatening freedoms to preach the word of God. Perhaps because most do not believe him or they do not care, after all God and His word can take care of Himself and does not need the help of the “rakish” Trump. Still, any comment relating to the word of God must be taken seriously. Why?

Hebrews 4:12 For 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.

History warns that past monarchs were often threatened and grew extremely hostile to the Holy Bible, especially as it sought to check social vices. Most of its earliest readers, did so in secret and many martyred … and the few pioneers who initiated preaching from it, did so only at their extreme peril.

If faced with the choice between having all the good things without the Bible and having the Bible with nothing … what would be your choice? Do not grin, many have had to make that very choice … most, easily choosing to live without the word of God … many of those who chose the Bible alone were burnt on the stake. They were not delivered.

The election in the US is yet to offer such an extreme choice, but still we cannot deceive ourselves ... we know that the Bible, when preached in its full purity, is extremely offensive to many other interests ... it is not difficult to see how muzzling the message can be easily justified.

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.3 All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.

Whether the truth in the word is freely preached or not, it remains the most powerful force for good on earth. It contains secrets yet to be seen and treasures to be uncovered. Even in the presence of a complete darkness and void, the word alone gave birth to a beautiful and complex universe … the word of God is God Himself. Faith can only come by hearing the truth of the word of God – no other way. If pastors fear to preach the complete word of God, the result will be a fake faith.

It surprises me that non-Christian traditions are far more loyal, these days to the importance of their “holy” book … while Christians seem to believe the word of God is only an optional icing to an already civilised cake.

William Tyndale, who translated the New Testament to English, was arrested for heresy by imperial authorities and imprisoned for over 500 days in Vilvoorde Castle. On 6 October 1536, Tyndale was tried and convicted of heresy and treason and put to death by being strangled and burned at the stake. By this time several thousand copies of his New Testament had been printed.

It was reported that Tyndale’s last words before his death were "Lord, open the king of England's eyes." Just three years later Henry VIII published his English “Great Bible” based on Tyndale’s work. Even though Tyndale’s translation of the Old Testament remained unfinished at his death, his work formed the basis of all subsequent English translations of the Bible, including the 'King James' version of 1611.

We know Henry VIII, King James and many monarchs later used to sponsor the Bible were not remotely saintly in any way (they were often serial adulterers and brutal murderers) and they did so for their own agenda ... but who can dispute or interrogate the ways of an all-knowing God who controls and rules over hearts, thoughts and motivations.

I would have wanted to hear more on how faith and Christian beliefs would fare under both parties in the US election … but of course I am told by many friends that this line of discussion would be again … “divisive” and unfruitful. In Africa, most Christians are divided between a strong allegiance to African American interests and the spate of allegations questioning Clinton’s character as well as her commitment to reproductive rights of women. The media have painted Trump as a misogynist monster … but some elders still warn that anyone committed to reversing or stalling the current path of moral decay, helped by intimidating the pulpit, is good enough, even with nude pictures of Mrs Trump featuring on the UK front page press.

Then of course at the core of the spiritual battle is the question ... does America’s constitution recognise the God of the Bible and did the founding fathers intend to portray America as a nation with Christian roots? Should the leadership continue to emphasise these roots? With more immigration and dilution of the pulpit, many argue secularist multiculturalism will produce a different nation with non-Christian ethical values, if there are no checks. A few see a parallel with the rejection of the EU in UK ... if the United States move against the unstoppable globalisation trend ... with eschatological implications. In terms of potential implications, whatever happens, this will most likely be the most important election decision ever.

Whoever wins … like Tyndale prayed, may the Lord in His mercy, open the eyes of the next President of the United States.

olabode ososami