By Michael V. Wilson
In the 1990 movie, Kindergarten Cop, Arnold Schwarzenegger played a policeman named John Kimble, who, in an early scene in the film, answered a man's question as to who he was, with the semi-famous line, “I'm the party pooper.”
Today, I'm going to be filling that role.
As I've told you many times before, on Wednesday morning, March 30, 2016, I was praying for national revival as I'd been doing almost every day for months, when God suddenly answered, telling me, “It (America) is past the point of no return.”
Its almost certain that most of you don't believe me. In fact I've had people tell me straight to my face they didn't believe it, hadn't heard anything like that from God themselves, and won't believe it without confirmation from others who were known to have the gift of prophecy. And the near miraculous election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States has only reinforced their belief that I'm wrong, mistaken, deluded, lying, or (E) all of the above.
Franklin Graham, son of famed evangelist, Billy Graham, said after the election:
While the media scratches their heads and tries to understand how this happened, I believe that God’s hand intervened Tuesday night to stop the godless, atheistic progressive agenda from taking control of our country.
Many other evangelists, preachers, and high profile Christians have echoed his sentiments. In light of the all-out attacks on Trump from, not only his political opponents, but also from the, so-called, “mainstream media” and many in his own party, and in light of the endless polls predicting Hillary's inevitable victory over him, it surely does look as though God miraculously intervened to answer the prayers of millions of Americans. The longer I look at it, the more I'm sure of it.
So how can I still say the God who engineered Trump's victory is the same One who told me America is past the point of no return? Aren't those two things – Trump's election and my prophecy – irreconcilably different?
Not really, no.
You see, God is a God of second chances, as well as third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth chances. And even more. God gives us plenty of chances to repent, to turn from our wicked ways and be saved. He always has; He always will. Its His nature.
The thing is, He gives us those second chances even though He already knows what we'll do with them. We have free will, but He exists outside of what Albert Einstein called the “four-dimensional, space-time continuum,” and sees the end from the beginning. Or to put it more simply, He's already seen the movie. Therefore He already knows what we'll freely choose to do with the chances He's giving us. Even when He knows we'll reject those chances, He gives them to us anyway because its His nature – and the one thing He can never do is be untrue to Himself.
This business of second chances applies to countries as well as individuals. But remember, a country isn't the leadership, or the President, or the media, or even the physical land itself. A country (in our case, America), is the summation of all the individual choices of all the individuals living in that country. Take all those choices, all those decisions, by all those people; add them all together and the end result is our country – America.
On November 8th, God answered our prayers and gave America another chance; He didn't put Donald Trump in the White House so much as He kept Hillary out of it. But when God gives us a chance, He expects us to do something with it; He expects us to change.
So here's a test to find out whether Americans have really changed or not.
Thanksgiving is a national holiday set aside specifically to thank God for the many and manifold blessings He's seen fit to bestow upon us. Early in our nation's history, President George Washington, on October 3, 1789, issued a Thanksgiving Day proclamation, that said in part:
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln, issued a similar proclamation:
Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may then be, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe. And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the Great Disposer of Events for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased Him to assign as a dwelling place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations.
Thanksgiving is meant to be a day of reflection, repentance, and prayer, thanking God for the blessings He's given us and our nation. It is not meant to be the start of the shopping season, a mere precursor to Black Friday!
Have Americans changed after this most recent chance God has given us? Let's find out.
The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, has turned into the exact opposite of Thanksgiving itself. Immediately after we – hopefully – spend the day thanking God for our blessings, we then turn around and indulge ourselves in an orgy of buying and selling, of giving and getting, getting, getting; of blatant focus on the things of the world instead of the Creator of the world. In the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas (Christ Mass or Christ celebration) we completely ignore the reason for the season; the Son of God who was born to die for us. Many stores no longer have Christmas sales; instead they have holiday sales with absolutely no mention of Jesus allowed, not even an offhand, “Merry Christmas” to shoppers as they enter and leave.
Some stores have even started having their holiday sales on Thanksgiving, the day we're supposed to humbling ourselves before God. And its working; people are turning their backs on God to show up in the marketplace instead.
SO . . . if on Black Friday the stores are empty because people stayed home to continue praying and humbling themselves before God, then yes, that would be an indicator we have changed and my prophecy didn't come from God.
BUT . . . if on Black Friday the usual crowds turn out to trample each other in their manic quest for the latest sparkling geegaw or doohickey, then no, that would be an indicator we haven't changed; my prophecy is from God, Trump's election was merely a bump in the road, and our once-great nation is truly past the point of no return.
I'm the party pooper, and I say we haven't changed.