Over the past few months, maybe as much as a year now, I’ve been becoming a bit more informed about world events. In particular political, social, and environmental. Several months ago I came to a conclusion that is probably quite unpopular in America.
I like Russian President Putin. I am not saying I’d want to live under the government structure he leads. However, under that governmental structure the man is an excellent leader. I’ve listened to a number of his speeches, talks, press conferences. Well, I’ve read the translations, but I’ve listened to his tone of voice, speech inflections, and watched his body language. I’m not an expert on body language, but, as a former Certified Fraud Examiner I have had quite a bit of training in the area of body language. I have to say that Putin appears to honestly believe that the US and other nations are lying to the public about many things including the purpose of our “defensive” weapons development. I’m not anywhere near knowing what is actually going on, but I do believe the Russian intelligence has to be at least nearly as good as the US intelligence and Putin has honest reason to believe that the US and NATO are maneuvering to get Russia to respond offensively and blame Putin for starting WWIII, or something to that effect.
He is frustrated with being called our enemy, he doesn’t want another world war, but, he isn’t afraid to defend his people. The news we get here in the US is quite biased, as is much of the world’s media. There are media outlets around the world that give a different perspective. I’ve been listening to Israeli News Live (a) with Steven Ben Nun who is an American Messianic Jew living in the Czech Republic. His wife grew up in communist Czechoslovakia and her father is a Ukrainian Jew. This gives his program excellent input on the translation of Russian language news. He was the first to release video of Ukrainian tanks sent to their eastern Russian border, to which Putin responded with tanks on his side. What does our news tell us? Putin is building up his military along the Ukrainian border. We hear reports of civilian deaths in eastern Ukraine, but, we are led to believe it is because of the Russian military, we are not told that it’s actually been western Ukraine attacking the civilian population in eastern Ukraine. These people are Russian speaking and many are Christians or Jews in the western part of the Ukraine. Putin has been helping these people to some extent and has been sending humanitarian aide to the region. One of his humanitarian aircraft was gunned down after delivering aid, killing the soldiers on board. It is sad that his humanitarian efforts are attacked like that. Does this sound like a man who is instigating war?
Anyway, the news we get here is quite biased and we are told that Russian President Putin is our enemy. I think he is just the enemy of our current leadership because our government is his enemy and not by choice. What I think is that should Trump be elected he and Putin will forge a more friendly alliance. The two seem to be very similar men and I think there would be a great deal of mutual respect between them. As I understand, Putin is from a Russian Orthodox background and Trump has recently professed Christ as his Savior, making him a baby Christian with much to learn. Still, this gives hope to Christians in America if they will just get over their media spawned bias against Trump.
A number of prophetic ministries have professed a word from God regarding God’s hand upon Trump but not that he will in fact be president. In almost all cases the word is that it depends upon the Christians, prayer for God’s will to be done and voting accordingly. So, even though at the very beginning I personally did not like Trump, I’ve come to believe that he is the best choice for this country. There is prophetic word that because of him there will be a new revival in this country. I’d like to see a nationwide revival that spreads like wildfire through out this nation.
We need to take back our Christian heritage. This continent was settled by people seeking freedom to practice their Christian faith. The very first legal document forged by the people who came here was the Mayflower Compact(1). The stated purpose of this document was the advancement of the Christian faith and the establishment of a body politic or the first governing body of the settlers. The Second Continental Congress when writing up the justification to taking up arms against the oppression of British injustices against colonists made strong reference to God (2). When the heavy hand of the British monarch became so oppressive that the thirteen colonies declared independence the declaration made reference to the God of Creation and calling upon His protection for the new nation (3).
There are many documents that affirm the intent of the founding fathers was to prevent the government from interfering with the free exercise of our faith, not that our government should be free of all religious influence. Quite the contrary, in many instances it is quite clear that a belief in the God of the Bible was imperative to hold office or be a witness in a court of law (4).
With the developments in our nation over the past few years, even decades, we have moved far away from the intentions of the founding fathers. Our first president under the new constitution acknowledged that he would be remiss if he did not call upon God to bless the endeavors of the new nation. Yes, he referred to God as “that Almighty Being who…” and “the Great Author of…” but I think that was in order to appease all the diverse Christian faiths within the several United States. Yes he was a mason, and I think most of the founding fathers were masons. Still, I believe that the populace they represented, the common folk in the colonies, were predominantly Christians of several denominations who expected that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would be the guiding influence of this new nation they fought so hard to form.
At this point the interpretation of the first amendment that states:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
has been subverted to mean that Christianity should have no influence on the governing of the people. That is absolutely not what was intended when the framers of the constitution quickly added the first amendment. Their intention was to prevent the government from setting up any one religious affiliation as the ‘state religion’ as had been done in England. They recognized that the exercise of religious freedom was of paramount importance, the whole reason for colonizing the North American continent in the first place. We need to get back to the free exercise of our Christian faith, it was Christians who colonized, not any other religion. We need leadership in this nation that will allow the Christian values back into our government, our schools, our public meeting places. The problems with our nation are the direct result of our eliminating the God of Creation from our country.
It has caused a moral decay in our society from which, I fear, we cannot fully recover.
My response is to follow the guidance of Jesus when teaching His disciples how to pray. A word of knowledge given to minister Mike Thompson (b). The Lords Prayer with a small more precise change:
The Lord’s Prayer
King James Version (KJV)
9 Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth (in the United States of America) as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (5)
Prayers for all my readers and followers, may God’s hand of blessing be upon you and may you know the salvation of His Son, Jesus Christ the Messiah.