What I’m about to say isn’t hard to understand, yet I have no doubt it will be misunderstood by the majority of people who read it.
Because mainstream Christianity has strayed so far from the simple practice of reading the Bible and accepting it, that unless their pre-selected group of pastors or Bible teachers tell them something, no matter how clear it is in the Scriptures, they can’t accept it.
We have been told multiple times that this election season will go down as one of the greatest, and strangest upsets in American history.
While political talking heads struggle and scramble to explain the Trump phenomena, there is something all of them (and all of us, for that matter) have missed. And that is the fact that the universe is governed not only by physical laws, it’s also governed by spiritual laws. One of which Jesus tells us about in Mark 11:23
Whoever should say to this mountain, “be removed and be cast into the sea” and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says.
I’ve been watching Trump (who hasn’t, right?). But not for the same reasons most have. After a while of listening to what he was saying, I noticed the level of confidence he has is almost unprecedented in any other human being I’ve come across. So I told my wife six or seven months ago that I suspected there was more at work here than just a guy running for president.
As many of you may or may not know, as a child, Trump’s pastor was Norman Vincent Peale, author of the famous book, “The Power of Positive Thinking.” Mr. Trump has accredited his worldview, and accomplishments heavily to what he learned from this man.
While watching Donald this campaign season, time after time you have seen confessions of victory in the face of contradicting circumstances.
MEDIA: “Your numbers among hispanics are down, what are you going to do to get them up?”
TRUMP: “Hispanics love me.”
MEDIA:”Your numbers among women have never been lower.”
TRUMP: “No one respects women like I do. And I’m doing great with them. They love me.”
MEDIA: “You have the highest unfavorable ratings of any candidate.”
TRUMP: “I’m gonna win, and I’m gonna win big. And we’re going to make America Great Again.”
No matter the stat, or poll, The Donald has remained unmoved and has stood steadfast in confidence about what he will do. While it’s not uncommon for presidential candidates to say delusional things, there seems to be a difference, here. Trump really believes it, and circumstances over time seem to somehow align with what he has said.
New Age, and Christians Who Don’t Read the Bible
As previously mentioned, we unfortunately have a lot of Christians who don’t understand this, and never will because they have decided the Bible needs layers of theological commentaries in order to clarify it’s meaning. So when they come across Mark 11:23, they just can’t accept it. There’s gotta be some hat trick to it that will essentially convert it’s meaning to, “It’s not as incredible as it sounds. Relax, and go back to being normal.”
People can explain it any way they want, but in a nutshell, that is the outcome of both our interpretations of Mark 11:23, and the majority of other spectacular claims made in the Bible.
And when you don’t understand something, human nature is, and always has been, to fear it, and label it as evil. So people say it’s of the devil. It’s New Age. It’s demonic, etc. But regardless of what you think it is, God created the principle, and it still works.
Others say, “It’s a man- centered false doctrine.”
Pardon my directness, but I will tell you what a man-centered false doctrine looks like: When you down play the words of Christ in order to retain a false sense of humility.
True humility accepts what God says, and practices it, instead of sweeping it under the rug for fear of what mainstream Christianity will think of you.
For Those Who Want to Understand It
The context of Jesus’ words about speaking, and having, was the cursing of a fig tree. As many of us are aware, Jesus walked up to a fig tree one day, found that it had no figs, and responded by saying to it, “let no man ever eat from you again.” When the disciples saw that the tree had withered, they were shocked. This is when Jesus said, “If you have faith, not only will you be able to do what was done to the fig tree, but . . . Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be removed and be cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that the things he says will come to pass he will have whatever he says.”
Many argue that this would never work for Donald Trump because he isn’t a Christian. Firstly, I don’t know if he is a Christian or not. In my opinion, he is certainly more honest than a lot of Christians I know (but I digress). Assuming he wasn’t, this principle is not just for Christians. Jesus did not say “Whichever Christian should say . . .” He said, “whoever.” —-That’s anybody.
It works for saved and unsaved, alike. Short, tall, skinny, fat. Arrogant. Bad hair. It’s whosoever.
Now, ready to be shocked?
Jesus never said faith in God was required for this to work.
He actually tells you what you have to believe in in order for it to work. And what he said was, “believe that those things which he says shall come to pass.” Belief that it will actually work. That what you say will really happen. This is the requirement Jesus put on this principle, and it is unfortunately why so many Christians can’t understand it. Because they want to turn everything into a generic faith in God. “Just trust God.” But Jesus corrected this type of thinking and told us we need a specific belief in a specific outcome. People don’t like that because it puts responsibility on them, but that’s what it says.
It can also work for good, or it can work for bad. See, we have over-spiritualized many of these things. We understand, for instance, that God created and gave us our hands. And that our hands can be used for working, for loving, for helping, or for hurting. We live in a world of God-given gifts and principles that we operate in every day. Sometimes we use them for good, sometimes for bad, but they’re all gifts from God. In Mark 11:23 Jesus tells us another gift God has given to us, and He tells us how to use it. Christians get confused and think because it’s abstract that it must be some weird isolated concept from the rest of the physical world we live in. But it isn’t.
I’ve used this principle all my life and I know hundreds of people who have as well. I’m not perfect, of course, so there have been times I tried to use it and failed. But I could tell you story after story of miraculous outcomes from operating in Mark 11:23.
Will Trump Be President?
My guess is that he will.
He has spent his life practicing and developing the concepts of Mark 11:23 much like a musician does on an instrument. The end result is an uncommon level of success.
Even with all the odds against him, he has consistently risen above them.
Many are concerned that if he gets elected, he will ruin the country.
He has said all along that he will make America Great Again, and I think that he truly believes it.