Michael Omoniyi Jolayemi is Area Director and church resource speaker for The Gideons International in Area 9, Pacific South West Association, in Southern California, USA. The Gideons International prints and distributes Bibles free to schools, colleges, hospitals, hotels, and other traffic lanes of life.
Michael is also a member of many Christian Mission fellowships. He is president of the West Region of the African Christian Fellowship (ACF) and treasurer of the board for Maraba Africa Life Foundation, a mission outreach to Africa. Michael is currently the national treasurer of the Evangelical Churches Winning All (ECWA), USA.
Michael’s spiritual experience began in college as a leading member of the Fellowship of Christian Students. For fourteen years, he served as the Lagos Zonal Chairman of the Nigeria Fellowship of Evangelical Students (NIFES), where he had the opportunity to impact the lives of many university undergraduates who are now practicing Christians and leaders in their various endeavors.
Michael works as an internal auditor with a bank in California and has authored a book titled Internal Auditing: Principles and Practice. He has contributed articles to various issues in print media.
Michael and his wife, Folarin, have been married for twenty-five years and have three children.
The world is still trying to process the outcome of the United States presidential election which threw up Donald J Trump as the president-elect and leader of the most powerful nation on earth come January 20, 2017; and God willing, for the next four years. The political pundits are at a loss on what went right or what went wrong. Most sections of the press worldwide and renowned political poll geniuses have lost credibility as a result of the turn of event. Some prophets have now been confirmed false prophets as it’s been proved they had not heard anything from God. Some sections of the American populace who were set for the celebration rally of Hilary’s victory that never was, took to the streets and turned their planned victory match into protests against the outcome of the election. I listened to one of the young protesters, saying: “We were watching the results, it was coming out good until suddenly, it changed…. And that is why we are protesting” Some have alleged that it was rigged. By who? The United States Electoral body? Or by the Obama administration? Who rigged the election? Thank goodness, the electoral college issue is not new to the US election system. But more than that is the fact that no one really knows what happened in this election.
The president-elect, himself does not know. When he was interviewed by Lesley Stahl on the CBS News 60 minutes on November 13, 2016, he thought his campaign efforts did the magic. As much as I understand that he campaigned vigorously, Hilary Clinton also did the same in her campaign. So, it is not about the campaign, the rhetoric in the campaigns, or the good and the ugly things that came out to the public during the campaign; the victory of Donald J Trump beats all explanations and only God has the answer to what happened. Steve Strang, founder and president of Charisma Media, said, “It’s an absolute modern-day miracle that Donald Trump, who never served in the military and never held an elected office, was elected over 17 very qualified opponents in the Republican Primary and beat the Clinton machine. Clearly, something is happening spiritually. As I’ve written before, I believe that God is answering our prayer by raising up this leader. Wallnau said he’s like Cyrus, an unbelieving king God used to rescue His people”.
The fact of life is that most of us have no time to ponder over various life events; those that happened to us, or to those we know or to those we do not know. If we do, it would probably reduce the arrogance in our hearts to know that we are limited in our understanding, in our capacity and our power. Humanity is limited to the extent to which God would allow us to go. You cannot have it all your way without the permission of God. As a matter of fact, Satan cannot do anything in the world without God’s permission. He afflicted Job but only with the permission of God and to the extent to which he was permitted by God. I counsel that everyone in our society, big, small, rich or poor; Christian, Muslim, or Atheists recognize God and acknowledge Him when we plan our agendas. Isaiah, the prophet in his book (40:17), said, “All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness”. David said, “Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God” (Psa. 62:11); and Peter echoed same when he said, “For all power belongs to God, now and forever. Amen”. (1 Pet 5:11). We are therefore inconsequential before God. Paul warned, “For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” (Gal. 6:3).
Truly, Americans are divided. But the division was not caused by Donald Trump. We were divided long before Trump thought of taking a shot at the elections. We were divided before Obama got to the White House. Actually, the division in America aided Obama to become president. Satan is the author of divisions and he uses it to further his kingdom on earth. Like Donald Trump is a product of political division in America, so also was Obama in 2008 and 2012. I appreciate where we are coming from with our agitations and fears. The silent protesters and those on the streets of America protesting the election of Trump are worried about their personal interests. The gay community is worried that a Trump government may come up with policies that would render their same sex unions illegal. But Trump in his recent interview said, if your union was legalized by the court, it will be okay. Let me state clearly here that Christians are not forcing anyone including the gays to embrace righteousness. Salvation cannot be enforced, neither can righteousness be legislated. But the Christians are saying, we will not allow you to take our freedom away from us. You will not force on us at the expense of our faith to accept your lifestyle. This is where we have differences. Everyone is allowed to do what they want to do within the jurisdiction of the law but you cannot use the liberty of your rapport with the president to coerce us to do your bidding. You can do your union ceremonies but don’t coerce our clergymen who do not accept to be part of your ceremony. The gay activists are prepared under the Obama government to enslave the rest of us to accept their lifestyle as right; this is crossing the red line. We are already in America in which a Mayor demanded to sensor sermons before it is preached; that is a nation heading the way of Sodom and Gomorrah. It is certainly a nation at the verge of becoming communist where the state becomes overbearing on its citizens.
There are others whose protests are based on immigration and some for the free lunches provided by the present administration. Donald Trump had never said he would deport everybody but those who are in America illegally and are involved in criminal activities. The president elect even has an idea of the average number of such category of people. Do you fall in the category of illegal criminal immigrants? If your answer is yes, I don’t blame you for becoming afraid; you should be afraid. Also, I understand the sentiments of people who have been encouraged not to work by the welfare system which has become abused. Some individuals don’t want to work and have several free phones paid with tax payers money. When you visit the groceries, the people with heavily loaded carts are people who have access to government free largess. In most cases, some of the grocery end up in the trash because it is free. The liberal policies are similar to the caliphate’s where the leaders feed you as long as you are subservient to them. But that is not the will of God for us. God wants everyone to be free and eat what they like through their hard work. Our founding fathers initiated welfare policies borne out of Christian love to take care of the poor and needy among us. We will always have the poor but we are not taking care of them for political enslavement but rather as a way of letting them know that God is good and God loves them. The point is that our belly should not come before God in our decisions.
However, we must understand that Donald Trump no matter how much he tries cannot satisfy all demands because some of them are actually not legitimate. Some of the demands are contrary to our values. Our values as a nation from our founding are righteousness and not the definition of values the Obama administration recently invented. We are God’s own country and God’s heritage and no one should use other cultures to redefine and divide us. All those in the American government’s security system or within the American civil service who love Middle Eastern culture or Islamic values can extend their services to the governments in those parts of the world but cannot change our culture to reflect those. We love our Judeo-Christian culture and believe it to be the best. We have come to the place where we have to revisit the history of the founding of this great enterprise called America. The founders were Christians and the founding articles were based on the Bible, the Christians guidebook and article of Faith. Our present democracy was formulated within the same ideology of the Christian faith. All these claims and assumptions can be verified from the founding documents of America. There is no house that can stand without a Foundation. The Foundation of America is Christianity. We are not a nation of no identity or culture. We are a nation deliberately and strategically built on Judeo-Christian culture. The first Amendment talked about the government not siding with the establishing of any religion or having a state religion, referring to denominations such as Catholic, Quakers, Calvinists, or Baptists. The American founding fathers were speaking within the framework of Christian Catholicism, and Protestantism, and not other religions like Islam, Hinduism and so on. It is therefore important that we re-establish unequivocally the fact that America is a Christian nation. Even if we have backslidden over the years through wrong and misdirected leadership, the United States of America is distinctly a Christian nation.
Satan has always taken advantage of the open arms of God and His people to not only come into the house but seek to dominate the culture of God with his own culture. The culture of Satan is based on the sin of pride and disobedience, and he intends to foist his culture on the landscape built by God. The open arms of God exhibited by the founding fathers makes America a welcoming nation to all people to taste the love of God and not to import strange culture to destroy the hosts. Our God is the God of the whole earth. He loves everyone, and wants everyone to be a part of His family. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” This is essentially the basis of the Christian faith. The fact that American founding fathers were a welcoming people did not suggest that they wanted people to come and change the nation’s foundation, or worse still destroy our own Christian foundation and replace it with theirs. The pilgrims left Europe where they were persecuted for their Christian faith to found America where they could worship God freely and practice their Christian faith without coercion. It is important that this distinction be made clear to all and sundry so that we can continue to be that beacon of hope and freedom to the whole world. Presently, people are no longer mindful of the open arms, rather they are exploiting the naïve ideas of subsequent American leaders to fraudulently insert things that were not part of the original intentions of the founders, to our daily lives. This is why Americans must be careful in appointing into sensitive positions, individuals who do not subscribe to our founding ideology as a Christian nation.
One of president Obama’s appeal to the electorate while campaigning for Hilary Clinton was the preservation of his legacy. Really? What legacy? Homosexual laws or abolishing of Christian prayers in the White House? Sometimes, we fail to consider that as we do to others, others will also do to us. President Obama did not respect the legacy of the founding fathers of America but he wants his legacy to be upheld. Power is transient, and only the power of God is permanent and absolute. Probably, the president might be familiar with the story of King Nebuchadnezzar of the Babylon empire of fame. While Nebuchadnezzar was walking about the royal palace of Babylon, he spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?” But while he was still talking, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you! And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.” (Dan 4:29-36). God ‘s gracious and awesome power returned sanity to the King after he learned his lessons. He later said, “I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation. All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand, or say to Him, “What have You done?” Our president need to understand that his failed policies may not have been because they are not good but because he alienated God from his governance.
The Church in America must put her axe together this time and pray for Donald Trump. He is a man of flesh like any of us, and only the support of Christians in prayers and constructive counsels will lift him to do God’s will. My faith is absolutely in God that America will be great again. God bless the United States of America.
Michael is the author of “Saving America: The war we can’t ignore”. His new book, “Sheltered Through the Storm: The Travails and Ultimate Triumph of the Church” will be out by December 2016. Please look out for this book, it is an indept writing on Islamic Fundamentalists and terrorism as well as why the world hates the Church. You can reach the author through following addresses: http://www.conservativevoiceofreason.com; http://www.conservativevoiceofwisdom.com; firstname.lastname@example.org