The 2016 election is mercifully over. It is now President-elect Donald Trump. I extend genuine congratulations to both the President-elect and all his passionate voters. As I have consistently said, God is sovereign and as mysterious as sovereignty and man’s liberty can be on occasion, I accept the fact that the Lord will perform His Will according to Romans 8:28, in the life of His people. Whether it be judgment or blessing, His Will be done. Like most of you, there is no disappointment watching the amoral and criminal Clinton machine sent to the political junkyard. And while I am still highly skeptical that Trump will be that “Cyrus, Jehu, Samson, or David”, it costs me nothing to be optimistic and pray that the Lord will indeed direct Mr. Trump’s heart as a river and turn it as He (the Lord) pleases (Proverbs 21:1).
If you have been around church circles for any length of time you may have heard the phrase, “hold the fort”. The original use of the phrase “hold the fort” was a military order wired by General William Tecumseh Sherman in 1864 to General John M. Corse at Allatoona during the Civil War. Records show that the actual words had been “Hold out, relief is coming”, but “fort” is what caught on and was further popularized when it was made the refrain of a gospel song by Philip Paul Bliss. It was the connection to this gospel song that in all likelihood made it a common phrase in church life. It basically means that if the commander of a fort decided for any reason to depart, he would have to leave some of his men to the charge of a reliable officer to hold the fort against any possible attack of the enemy while he was away. Of course, by all means, hold the fort. No officer or army worth it’s commission should willingly give up ground to the enemy.