Why 'Charisma' Is Being 'Political' in Covering What's Happening in Culture

President Donald Trump (Donald J. Trump Facebook page)

Why would a magazine, devoted for 45 years to inspiring people to encounter the power of the Holy Spirit, focus on things political? I've been asked that especially by those who don't understand why I have written several books supporting Donald Trump.

The answer is simple. The power of the Holy Spirit is for us to see change in our own lives and in our culture. This is more than just personal piety or feeling a "touch" of the Holy Spirit. We believe we have power over the enemy and the forces of darkness that are dragging our country the wrong way.

For too long, Christians have been timid and passive and, in my lifetime, I have seen our country drift further and further from God and further from our Judeo-Christian base.

An analysis of our content going back years is that only a very small part could be called "political." But the Left has hijacked the term "political" so that many things that are spiritual principles, such as life and marriage, are considered "politics" and off-limits to Christians. For decades, we've been shunned from the public square and told to keep our religion and our piety within the four walls of the church.

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Because we are not limited by the "Johnson Amendment" that limits nonprofits from offering political endorsements, Charisma has been able to endorse politicians going back to Ronald Reagan. Of course the presidency is the only office in America that is voted on by all Americans, so we haven't dealt with congressional, state or local races.

I believe we are in a time of crisis. I believe God has raised up Donald Trump, as imperfect as he is. That is why I wrote God and Donald Trump, and why I have written several other books, including God, Trump and the 2020 Election.

If you read that book, you know it isn't just about politics. This is not about a race or about a man. It is about the direction of our country and what God is saying. I quote Christian leaders who are rarely if ever quoted by the secular press, I document prophecies and spiritual insights. I write for both the Christian and the secular reader, knowing that parts of the book will probably turn some of my readers off.

I recorded a podcast in which I shared stories and anecdotes through the years and also discussed in more depth about why I am taking this position. I—and the entire Charisma Media organization along with me—am just trying to be salt and light in our culture. We know that even the smallest light burns brightly where it is darkest.

I invite you to listen to my podcast. I also hope you will check out SteveStrangBooks.com, where you can read about each of my books. I've told interviewers that the books are not so much about Donald Trump as they are about God.

We are going to have an election one way or another. Someone is going to win and depending on who wins, there will be a drastic difference, and it will even affect our very Christian liberties to worship God as we see fit and limit our ability to share the gospel to a world that desperately needs it.

Won't you stand with me? Help us get out the word by sharing newsletters like this, sharing articles you see on CharismaNews.com, or reading and sharing the books I've written.

Stephen Strang is founder of Charisma. He believes God, Trump and the 2020 Election (Charisma House), available wherever Christian books are sold, is his most important book. Listen to his podcast by the same name on the Charisma Podcast Network.

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