Since the beginning of the 2016 presidential race Christians in America have anointed their candidate with a prophetic mantle. Christians on the right and left have espoused their peculiar blends of Christian faith and American politics, and of course since both are inspired of God, both must be right. But the division, which borders on ecclesiastical schizophrenia, has left the church with a confused voice. In the midst of the confusion, Steven M. Studebaker has offered A Pentecostal Political Theology for American Renewal: Spirit of the Kingdoms, Citizens of the Cities.
If you’re cool with God as a white grandfather, then be cool with God as a black woman. God is neither. God is Spirit.
I have not read The Shack, nor seen the movie (yet). I just don’t get into Christian fiction. The last Christian fiction I read was Ben-Hur and that was in high school. Well, I do read ancient Christian fiction – the apocryphal writings of the first centuries of the Christian movement. But let’s talk about The Shack.
I have prayed since I was a child. When I was a child, I prayed like a child. I recall one prayer in which I vowed to God that I would uphold “truth, justice, and the American way” if God would give me the powers of Superman. Other childhood prayers were more serious, like the time I prayed for my brother to come home from the hospital after he suffered an asthma attack.
When Jesus was prophetically speaking to the churches of Asia Minor (Revelation 2-3), he concluded each message with these words:
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
I will pray for the success of the Trump administration, even though I did not vote for Mr. Trump. I pray that God will grant him wisdom to govern justly and the discipline to bridle his tongue. Christians are encouraged to “honor the king,” and to “give to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar.” Therefore, disciples of Jesus Christ should seek to respect everyone in authority, whether Democrat or Republican.