The sky is falling, the Apocalypse is here, and catastrophes will abound, at least according to the “Chicken Littles” of the media. Dire warnings have been issued by progressive columnists like Jonathan Chait (“extraordinary threat to American democracy”) and Paul Krugman (“a corrupt nation ruled by a strong man”) and conservatives like Michael Gerson (“genuine threat to the American form of self-government”). The Washington post editorial board called Trump, on different occasions “a unique threat to American democracy, a danger to the republic, and the candidate of the apocalypse.”
Never in my lifetime has a U.S. President with a short three months on the job been so vilified and slandered as Donald Trump. An attempt to uncover the real reason for this animosity must go deeper than an exploration of the petty insults and unjustified accusations. The tap root of this loathing exceeds the personality expanding to a principle. When Mr. Trump adopted the theme “make America great again,” he rubbed the fur on the establishment cat the wrong way. The campaign expression suggest that the country had fallen into a state of serious disrepair under liberal leadership. Republicans as well as democrats were being held responsible for a decline in the economy, health care, international respect, military preparedness, failed immigration policies, and trade deficits. The establishment has been ridiculed and feels compelled to retaliate in velocity.
In spite of all the clamor, the present administration is simply advocating a return to a greater respect for and adherence to national sovereignty, which is synonymous with autonomous, independent, and self-governing. At first glance, it is difficult to understand why this simple goal should cause such a fuss. The answer lies not so much in the realm of the political but rather in the invisible forces of opposition. Sovereignty is an attribute of God defined by Mr. Webster as: “Supreme power; supremacy; the possession of the highest power, or of uncontrollable power. Absolute sovereignty belongs to God only.” During the process of exercising His sovereignty, the Lord has divided the nations (Deuteronomy 32:8) while referring to Himself as “the king of nations” (Jeremiah 10:7). An examination of nearly 400 passages that mention “nation” or “nations” makes it abundantly clear that God affords individual nations their own sovereignty to the extent that they are allowed their own choices and may forge their own destiny. It is also evident that there are consequences for chosen directions, be they good or bad.
The Satanic trinity of Revelation 13 is exerting great pressure on the world to move toward a one-world, all-inclusive government. Any approach contrary to that movement is considered anathema by the “God of forces” (Daniel 11:38) and will be vigorously opposed!
National sovereignty has often been incorrectly interpreted as isolationism. God has an interest in all nations which could not be personified in a greater way than His concern for their salvation: “The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.” (Isaiah 52:10) This is complimented with a change-up pitch that no liberal can even bunt: “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt harken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth” (Deuteronomy 28:1). Quite simply, God favors super powers if they demonstrate a willingness to be obedient to heavenly design. Israel once enjoyed super power status but eventually saw its decline. Jesus indicated their degeneration was due to a refusal to be a spiritual light to the world (see Matthew 5:13-16). The “king of nations” has not elevated America for the purpose of domination but rather distribution… “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). Surrender of sovereignty is abdication from responsibility. Wouldn’t the “god of forces” be pleased!
Ancient Israel reached its zenith during the reign of Solomon, who forged alliances (I Kings 5:1, 12) and traded with other nations (I Kings 10:15, 22) but was never the doormat in any of those relationships. “So King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom” (I Kings 10:23). The reason for this God-given prominence is explained in the next verse: “And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.”
In similar fashion, multitudes have traversed angry oceans to witness and even experience the American vision. Long ago, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote: “I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors…; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school systems and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.”
In those days it was the churches that explained sovereignty and its divine allocation to nations. De Tocqueville continued: “America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”