Thank you, Church of America

Dutch Sheets MinistriesNews

Yesterday, Americans decided overwhelmingly to reject an ineffective and out-of-control government, a political system run amok, and the attack against our Judeo-Christian roots. They voted for life, their kids and grandkids, and the Constitution. As one who made strong appeals to the Church to pray and vote—and to do so for the above reasons, I thank you for the stand you made. More than any time I can recall, we the Church flexed our praying and voting muscle…and we who cling to our God (and yes, our guns) shocked the world. Never have I seen so much prayer for an election. I take no credit away from those who strategized, gave finances and worked hard, but this was a miracle, pure and simple. To God be the glory.

Having said this, I want to clearly restate that my faith is not in a person or a party; nor is my allegiance. No human or human institution can fix America. Like all of us, Donald Trump is flawed and his abilities are finite; his beliefs don’t always mirror those of scripture, nor do his actions. But I, like so many leaders, know he was the better choice. And I believe God will use him.

Yesterday (Tuesday) was quite a day. As I prayed during this election cycle, I experienced more sovereign intervention (bringing both assignments and confirmations) than I have received during any other election. Angelic visitations, dreams, prophetic words, strategies, and Holy Spirit-inspired prayers gave me much confidence that God was willing to give us mercy, not judgment. In spite of these occurrences, however, yesterday (Election Day) was difficult. As I interceded and stood in faith, trusting that others and I had not “missed it” in our interpretations and assertions, it was emotional. My hope deferred was so great in ’08 that I had to fight off the memories and accompanying fear all day. Last night, as the results came in, I wept, knowing that mercy had, indeed, triumphed over judgment (James 2:13).

While I rejoice, however, I also realize there is still much work to do. Though it is appropriate to celebrate, we must remember this is only a beginning. Yes, it can be the new beginning we have so passionately craved, but it is still just that—the beginning. In the words of the immortal Winston Churchill, “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

As for me, I intend to do my part to ensure that the Church doesn’t go back to sleep. I will continue to work tirelessly for the fullness of a great revival—a third great awakening—to sweep across America and the world. Nothing else will empower us to finish what has begun. And we must continue to pray for President-elect Trump and our other government leaders.

For this assignment, however, I simply say, “Well done, praying Church, well done.”

–Dutch Sheets