What Will Christians Do About November?

God, Trump, and the 2020 Election’ Author Stephen E. Strang Writes About the Urgency of Christians’ Actions on So Many Aspects of Culture

(Stephen E. Strang is an award-winning journalist, Charisma founder and author of the best-seller “God and Donald Trump.” This content was excerpted from his new book, “God, Trump, and the 2020 Election.”)

By Stephen E. Strang

As the pause button is pressed on aspects of American life today, what does this mean for November’s election?

Regardless, it seems our nation has been divided into voting blocs, and Christians, especially Evangelicals, are an influential one. But our strength is in our numbers, and too many conservative Christians are tempted to disengage on Election Day. The fact is, whether liberal or conservative, not all Christians vote, and even conservative Christians who do go to the polls don’t always vote based on biblical principles.

Historian David Barton watches Christian voting trends with interest and says no one can know precisely what the actual numbers are; they are based only on generally identified percentages in the United States. There will be regions where these numbers will be higher or lower, but they all combine to form a national general picture.

  • The current U.S. population is 329.4 million.
  • The number of eligible voters (those at least 18 years old) is 255.7 million (which is 77.6% of the total population).
  • Professing Christians are 70.6% of the population, or 180.8 million eligible voters.
  • 33.1% of eligible voters are not registered to vote, including 59.8 million Christians.
  • 36% of professing Christians are considered Evangelical, so 21.5 million Evangelicals are unregistered.

Short story: about 59.8 million professing Christians are not registered to vote, of whom about 21.5 million are professing Evangelicals also not registered to vote. In my book, “God, Trump, and the 2020 Election,” I discuss how both Republicans and Democrats are trying to get more people to register who they believe will vote for their candidates. If we are concerned, as I am, that people “vote biblically,” the situation becomes more complicated.

“Getting church people to register to vote will not necessarily result in improved candidates,” Barton said. For example, despite efforts to get Christians to register and vote in the 2016 presidential election, 57% of all first-time voters supported Hillary Clinton. “That is one of the highest levels of support she received from any group,” Barton said. “Thus, just because church people get registered to vote does not mean they will vote in a biblical or conservative manner.”

Barton points to statistics that show only a small percentage of Christians have a biblical worldview, a fraction read the Bible on a daily basis, and many American pastors are unwilling to preach on issues they deem too political. So if Christians are not taught to view current issues through a biblical worldview, we should not be surprised if they do not necessarily vote according to Christian values. Barton told me, however, Christians do get involved in political activities if their pastors are talking about what the Bible says about current moral and cultural issues.

Likewise, prayer network organizer, Pastor Frank Amedia, told me God is doing mighty things in the nation right now, but he believes the church must again become aware of the power of God. He tells the story of a well-known Korean pastor who visited the U.S. at the request of one of the biggest denominations. When the pastor came to America, he was disheartened at the lack of zeal for the Lord. Just before he left to return to Korea, he told the pastors who invited him that the American church has a form of godliness but no power.

“I think we need to be a voice calling the body of Christ to get hot, to get on fire and not to be complacent or live on the laurels of an election that was won a couple years ago when we’re losing so many battles day by day in the earth today,” Amedia said.

Charismatic prayer leader and Bible teacher Dutch Sheets believe there will be a revival around the world. Dutch believes this revival will be “like the Jesus movement of the late 1960s-70s, except on steroids.” He’s been traveling the country announcing that God is “birthing the future,” adding, “we’ve been having some of the most powerful, significant gatherings I have ever participated in. And it’s not because there is a great explosion of power; it’s because there is such incredible depth that has come to the remnant church—the praying church. In the past 25 years, millions have prayed and fasted, and we are seeing those prayers answered. It’s been encouraging.”

But at the same time, Dutch, like other leaders, is aware of the vitriolic hate and the attacks against Trump, which are exposing the Left for who they really are and what they really believe.

“I believe it’s all demonically motivated because I believe the powers of darkness are so angry to be seeing the momentum they had gained for the last 40 to 50 years being reversed,” Dutch said. “Because if America becomes weak and loses these markers and loses our strength, we can no longer be the basis for [spreading] the gospel around the world that we need to be. The awakening that’s coming in is going to impact America, but it’s going to be around the world.”

One of the most articulate spokesmen for Christian values is Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church of Dallas. He’s a regular on Lou Dobbs’ show on the Fox Business Network, and Dobbs asked him almost two years before the election to prognosticate on the political situation in this country.

“The Left has been doing everything they can to try to delegitimize this president since day one,” Jeffress said. “First it was the ‘collusion illusion.’ That hasn’t worked out. And now they created what I call the myth of the midterm massacre—this idea that somehow the GOP lost massive amounts because of Trump’s unpopularity. That is complete fiction. First of all, President Trump did not have the shellacking that Obama did in losing sixty House seats and six Senate seats. Instead he had minimal losses in the House and picked up three Senate seats.”

Let me pause to say I agree with Jeffress, and I believe the president came out ahead in the midterms because the senators from swing states who opposed him about Kavanaugh are gone. I can’t say that surprises me. The debacle surrounding Kavanaugh was one of the most despicable things in Congress I’ve ever seen.

Jeffress continued: “I’m going to make this prediction … that the House flipping and being under the leadership of Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi is going to give President Trump an even larger reelection majority win in 2020. This is all going to work for good … I believe there is great momentum and support behind this president because he’s focusing on results, and we are seeing those results every day of every week.”

Lou asked him who will win in 2020, and Jeffress answered loud and clear: “Donald J. Trump.”

What happens if Jeffress is wrong and Trump loses? What is at stake? Everything. That’s why people must pray. There’s an old axiom that says we need to pray as if everything depends upon God and act as if everything depends upon us—because it does! Never has this been truer than at this critical hour when our nation’s future hangs in the balance. Because we know this is a spiritual battle, prayer is absolutely critical in winning the fight. But it won’t mean much if you don’t vote. If any of the current Democratic presidential candidates wins the election this November, America as we know it is certain to pass away in our lifetime.

As Christian Americans, you and I have enjoyed the traditions of freedom and religious liberty that we’ve inherited from generations before us—values that have defined the United States from its inception. President Trump has vowed that under his watch, we will continue to reap these blessings in our nation. He has vowed that America will never become a socialist country. He has vowed that we will be a nation that believes in the power of prayer. And he has vowed that we will remain one nation under God.

As people of faith, we cannot stand by and allow these rights and privileges to be erased. We must stand up and be counted, casting votes that protect the values we hold most dear. It is the only way we will preserve those rights and freedoms for the generations that follow.

Compromise in the Church

(Stephen E. Strang is an award-winning journalist, Charisma founder and author of the best-seller “God and Donald Trump.” This content was excerpted from his new book, “God, Trump, and the 2020 Election.”)

By Stephen E. Strang

If the enemy causes the extremists on the Left and others in culture to oppose the work of God, what role is the church supposed to play? The Bible says that “judgment [begins] at the house of God.” Is it possible then that the church is partly responsible for our nation’s current condition because it has abdicated its prophetic role?

And will this have an effect on the 2020 election?

While there has never been a perfect time since mankind sinned way back in the Garden of Eden, it seems things are getting worse—almost as if our cultural decline is happening at warp speed now. It’s manifesting itself on a global scale but also through the cultural divide we see so plainly in our own nation.

The belief that what has happened in America over the last century has to do with the differences between Republicans and Democrats betrays serious confusion. As I explain in my new book, “God, Trump, and the 2020 Election,” the war is spiritual. It is a battle between evil and good, between darkness and light. To put it in other terms, two distinct religions are vying for control of America’s public square: secularism and Christianity. They cannot coexist; one will ultimately cause the destruction of the other.

From Anti-Religious to Anti-Church

To claim, as many do, that liberals are anti-religious or anti-Christian is one thing, but to show statistically that Democrats believe churches have a negative impact on society is a couple of steps beyond mere suspicion. But that’s precisely what the Pew Research Center discovered when it examined liberal and conservative opinions of the church. In a July 2017 report, Pew found that 44% of liberal Democrats view churches as a negative influence. (Just 14% of Republicans held that view.) The study also found that 46% of those unaffiliated with any religion (and 43% of those who seldom or never attend religious services) believe churches have a negative impact on society.

To show how divided the worldviews of Republicans and Democrats are, the same study found that 85% of Republicans believe the national news media have a negative impact on society, but only 46% of Democrats held that view. (Note that 51% of liberal Democrats say the news media have a positive impact on the country.)

Reacting to the report, Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy in Washington, D.C., said he believes the Democratic Party is rapidly on its way to becoming the opposition party to the Christian church in America. “We’ve [never] really had a political party, as many European nations do, with an opposition to the church,” he said, “and hopefully we never will, but the trend seems to be that much of the Democratic Party—a plurality—seems to be heading in that direction.”

It would be a great historical irony if the nation were to end up with a two-party system that was essentially a pro-religion political party and an anti-religion political party going head to head in America—a salutary reminder of the English Civil War with the Protestant Roundheads versus the royalist Cavaliers. As Tooley said, such a scenario “would be potentially dangerous.”

Tooley noted that “many liberals ideologically are very statist … so for them, the Church and other institutions in civil society may seem peripheral—or unneeded—as the government can do it all on its own.” He added that many people hostile to religion fail to fully appreciate the impact religious institutions can have for good in society. But a substantial number of Americans have apparently made up their minds, deciding that the label “No Religion” best describes their belief system.

Conservative activist David Lane, founder of the American Renewal Project, has been sounding this alarm for years. “‘Western culture that at first drifted and is now rushing headlong into apostasy from the Triune God’ is a direct result of the vacuum created as American Christendom relinquished the town square. The disengagement from the culture by Christians left a void in America that is now being filled by everything anti-Christ,” Lane wrote in his weekly American Renewal Project newsletter.

“Decisions have consequences. The gathering storm engendered by Baby Boomers and passed on to the Millennial and Gen Z generations to sort out, will come down hard on the weak-kneed and lily-livered,” he wrote. “What Christian minister and cultural theologian P. Andrew Sandlin styled ‘Sunday-go-to-meetin’ Christianity’ has been the prevailing attitude over the last century. Making no demands on the culture, this attitude exposed ‘the entire West to the risk of a grave cultural and political crisis, and perhaps to a collapse of civilization.’ … The last two generations of Americans handed down this attitude to their children and their children’s children.

Lane predicts that a battle over freedom of conscience is coming, and it will be “with the secular and media luminaries who dominate the spiritual, intellectual, educational, economic, and vocational cultural mountains of influence in America. ‘Big Business’ has become allied with the secular Left, turning into active combatants attempting to put the final nail in the coffin of America’s once biblically-based culture. Public education already did so about fifty years ago, bringing America’s schooling down to the lowest common denominator.”

In another newsletter Lane noted that “contemporary secular political leadership ‘hates knowledge of the moral order and scorns correction.’ … Expecting them to comprehend that moral relativism, state-enforced morality and political correctness embody the death knell to sustainable freedom is equally unlikely, and foolish altogether to them, as expecting natural man to dismiss that life and life’s events are endowed with the Spirit of God.”

This is all the more reason to get behind a president like Donald Trump—and many are getting the message. Historian David Barton noticed an interesting trend among evangelical pastors, many of whom did not support Trump in 2016 probably because they didn’t like his personality. Recent polls show 50% of these pastors are finally supporting the president. Still, it is likely that Trump has less support among evangelical pastors than he does among Evangelicals overall. In 2016 some 81% of white Evangelicals voted for the brash developer from Queens, and Evangelicals have continued to support him despite the constant stream of negative news by most of the mainstream media and their criticism of nearly everything he does.

Barton says that in the current anti-Christian environment many pastors have been able to finally get over not liking Trump’s tweets or the way he is shaking things up and, like most lay evangelical Christians, see the president as their champion. But their members saw it first and in 2016 actually ignored the advice of many of their pastors and other Christian leaders who were active Never Trumpers.

The urgent call in present-day America is for Christians to expose the current idols active in the public square. Nonbelievers lack both the moral fiber and the will to fathom what the battle for the soul of America is about.

Is Donald Trump Foreshadowed in the Bible?

(Stephen E. Strang is an award-winning journalist, Charisma founder and author of the best-seller “God and Donald Trump.” This content was excerpted from his new book, “God, Trump, and the 2020 Election.”)

By Stephen E. Strang

Evangelical Christians believe the Bible is God’s plan for mankind. But is it possible that ancient figures in Scripture foreshadow leaders of our own day—revealing what they do and when they rise and fall, even down to the exact timing of dates?

I can’t say for certain, but the evidence I gathered from Christian leaders while writing my new book, “God, Trump, and the 2020 Election” may give us a peek into the spiritual dimension of what is happening in our day.

I was surprised when during the 2016 presidential campaign I began hearing comparisons between this political outsider named Donald Trump and Cyrus the ancient Persian king who, although never a true follower of the Hebrew God, declared that the Lord God of heaven charged him to build Him a house in Jerusalem—the temple. In other words, God used a pagan king to accomplish His purposes.

Can the same be said of Donald Trump? Did God raise him up as He did King Cyrus to accomplish His purposes?

I’ve been following politics for a long time. I still remember going with my dad to see Richard Nixon speak at a rally in Tampa, Florida, during his 1968 presidential campaign. Years later, I saw Jimmy Carter visit the newspaper where I worked in Orlando, and I was in the room when Reagan gave his famous “evil empire” speech at the National Association of Evangelicals conference in 1983. Yet in all the years I’ve been observing politics, I’ve never heard of any political candidates—Republican or Democratic—being compared to biblical figures. The one exception is Harry Truman, who referred to himself as Cyrus during a speech to a Jewish group after the United States recognized Israel as a sovereign nation. But since his election Donald Trump has been compared to several biblical figures, not only to Cyrus. Why?

To understand whether God has raised up President Trump, you must first believe in God. Then you must understand that He has ruled over all the earth since the beginning of time and that He reveals Himself to mankind in His holy Word, which we call the Bible.

In the Bible and its stories of ancient people, there are mysteries that help unlock an understanding of how God is working. Of course, this isn’t always easy to see. There’s a New Testament scripture that even says, “Now we see through a glass, darkly,” meaning we don’t always understand what we can’t clearly see. But as I saw more and more parallels between Trump and certain biblical figures, I began to see more clearly their significance.

It was helpful to me to hear other leaders use Cyrus, the pagan Persian king, as an example of how God raised up a nonbeliever to accomplish His plans and purposes in the Old Testament. One of those leaders was Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who likened the U.S. president to Cyrus in 2019 before meeting Trump in the Oval Office. In fact Netanyahu has made several statements associating Trump with King Cyrus.

Jonathan Cahn, the author of “The Harbinger,” also sees a connection. He said, “Trump’s proclamation concerning Jerusalem holds striking parallels to the decree of the Persian king Cyrus as recorded in the Bible.” He went on to explain that “each proclamation recognizes the right of the Jewish people to the land of Israel. The result of Cyrus’ decree was the rebuilding of Jerusalem after 70 years. The result of Trump’s decree was the inauguration of the American embassy in Jerusalem after 70 years of Israel’s existence—to the exact day.”

Cahn also sees significance in Trump becoming president at age 70. Many Christians perceive meaning in the pattern of the number 70 in Trump’s presidency that correlates to scriptural passages. In his latest book, “The Oracle,” Cahn explains that Donald Trump moved the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem exactly 70 years from when the Jewish state was formed. Seventy years was also the length of the Jewish exile foretold by Jeremiah, who wrote: “For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will … perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return.”

The prophecy was fulfilled when Cyrus became king of Persia exactly 70 years after the exile. And according to Cahn, the separation of the newborn Jewish state from Jerusalem and the world’s refusal to grant Israel legal recognition of its ancient capital was a type of exile ended by Trump. As I mentioned previously, President Harry Truman, who recognized Israel soon after its birth was announced in 1948, even referred to himself as Cyrus because he encouraged the Jewish diaspora to return home. Raised going to Sunday school, Truman knew the prophecies that the Jewish people would one day return to their homeland. So if Trump is also like Cyrus, the two Cyruses frame the 70 years of Israel’s existence.

In “The Oracle,” Cahn elaborates:

“And when [President Trump] issued that declaration, he made special mention of another president. He spoke of the other Cyrus, Harry Truman. And his declaration contained the phrase that would link the modern declaration to the ancient—the phrase 70 years. He said this: ‘It was 70 years ago that the United States, under President Truman, recognized the State of Israel.’ So the proclamation itself makes note that the proclamation is itself going forth at the end of a 70-year period.”

I’m proud to call Cahn a close friend and to also be his publisher. “The Harbinger” has been the best-selling book my company has ever published, and it has spawned other popular books, including “The Paradigm.” Here, Cahn found in the Old Testament comparisons between contemporary and ancient leaders, including between two couples: the wicked King Ahab and his pagan wife, Jezebel, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. In Christian prophetic circles, preachers like to use Jezebel to represent any evil, but never before “The Paradigm” had anyone shown the parallels between Ahab and Jezebel and Bill and Hillary Clinton in such a detailed way.

But Cahn does not stop there. He goes on to show parallels between Bible characters and other leaders, including Barack Obama. The Clintons and Obama won’t be running against Trump in 2020, so you might be asking yourself why this matters in a book about the upcoming election. It matters because the timing of each leader’s emergence on the national stage and his or her rise to prominence matches the parallels from Israel’s history that Cahn uncovers in his book.

And all of it leads up to Donald Trump.

Why the Christian Vote Matters

***BOOK EXCERPT***

For Immediate Release

March 3, 2020

Why the Christian Vote Matters

Super Tuesday Results Will Reveal Why the Faith Vote Will be Even More Crucial in November

(Stephen E. Strang is an award-winning journalist, Charisma founder and author of the best-seller “God and Donald Trump.” This content was excerpted from his new book, “God, Trump, and the 2020 Election.”)

By Stephen E. Strang

Why is the Christian vote more important than ever? The attacks that have left Christians in a defensive mode are only getting worse. Even respected thinker and author David Horowitz, whom I cite in my book, “God, Trump, and the 2020 Election,” warns that the rising attacks on Christians and their beliefs threaten all Americans—including Jews such as himself. His book, “Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America,” should be required reading for anyone wanting to understand objectively what is going on in our mixed-up culture.

First, he lays down how radicalism began in the 1960s as activists started implementing the principles in Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.” Horowitz explains that was when Democrats began showing their hatred for their political opponents, a departure from traditional American dissent. They began dehumanizing and delegitimizing anyone—including Bible-believing Christians—who disagreed with their left-wing, socialist agenda.

Horowitz wrote:

“Stigmatizing one’s opponent is a classic radical tactic. It is the thirteenth rule of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals: ‘Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.’ Attack your opponents personally and cut them off from any possibility of sympathy. That is why radicals paint their political opponents as homophobes, xenophobes, and Islamophobes. They’re not just good-but-misguided people whose religious convictions have led them to a contrasting viewpoint. They are bad people possessed by irrational fears of ‘the others’ because they are different.

These dehumanizing terms became cultural norms by the 1990s when political correctness came on the scene—and it applied to everything, not just politics. Today political correctness has gotten so out of control it borders on the ridiculous. For instance, as I note in my book, the city of Berkeley, California has banned the use of gender-specific words such as “manhole” and “manpower” from its municipal code and requires the terms to be replaced with “maintenance hole” and “human effort.” This is just one example that shows how ridiculous things have become.

When I interviewed him for my book, conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager shared a sentiment about political correctness similar to Horowitz’s. “The Left are Orwell’s friends,” he said. “They won’t say ‘illegal immigrant’—you can’t even use the title ‘illegal alien.’ Rather, it’s ‘undocumented immigrant.’ They might as well call bank robberies ‘undocumented withdrawals.’”

Donald Trump might not be the first politician to claim to stand up to political correctness, but he definitely took the fight to a whole new level. He wasn’t an ideological conservative as much as he was just a street fighter for common sense. Trump’s only ideology seems to be patriotism, as Horowitz points out.

During his campaign, this was manifest in his concern about not only the state of the country but also the short shrift America had been given in global trade deals, the trillions wasted in foreign wars for which there was no gain, and what Horowitz calls the “porous state of its borders and the precarious condition of its security. [Indeed] his campaign themes made his patriotism clear: Make America prosperous again, make America safe again, make America strong again, make America great again.” He goes on to say that the “haters on the left, in the Democratic Party and the media generally, have twisted Trump’s patriotism and condemned it as jingoistic and bigoted bravado.”

They’ve done the same by extension to his supporters, many of whom are evangelical Christians. Horowitz is a clear thinker who accurately wrote: “Anyone sympathetic to the unapologetic patriotism of religious people could understand why they were solidly for Trump, despite his flaws.”

Horowitz wraps up his book by explaining that Trump seemed to empathize with this community of Christians under attack because he seemed to understand that the same attacks imperiled America’s social contract. And Bible-believing Christians in turn continue to support Trump through thick and thin going into the 2020 election because they know that with his election in 2016, what Horowitz calls “the long night of weak Republican leadership and inadequate defense of the Republic was over.”

Since Trump’s election, the crazy extremes of the Left make you wonder if it is shooting itself in the head. And if it is, in a way, that’s a good thing. It’s like the maxim that paraphrases Napoleon: “Never interfere with an enemy while he’s in the process of destroying himself.”

But if the Left is destroying itself with no vision other than socialism or opposition to Trump, our side must still never become complacent.

“We can’t be like a head football coach who gets up in the locker room before the big game and tells the team, ‘Hey, don’t worry. We’re going to win by four touchdowns,’” Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, told me. “No, you should tell them that this game may easily be decided by a field goal with a second left on the clock. Play like that. Play like every single snap could determine the difference between victory and defeat. I don’t want anybody going into 2020 thinking we’ve got it in the bag. I think that was one of the big mistakes Hillary Clinton and the Democrats made in 2016. They were overconfident. They underestimated their opposition, and they paid for it.”

The Democrats will definitely bring their A game to the 2020 election, and that’s why Christians need to be aware of all the reasons that could cause Donald Trump to lose in November.