“The king of Israel replied to Jehoshaphat, “There is one more man who could consult the Lord for us, but I hate him. He never prophesies anything but trouble for me! His name is Micaiah son of Imlah.” Jehoshaphat replied, “That’s not the way a king should talk! Let’s hear what he has to say.””
2 Chronicles 18:7 NLT
We’ve had example after example of the 45th president being un-presidential. His remarks about grabbing women during the election, his remarks about Charlottesville, his encouragement of police brutality; the list could go on and on. But the worst is his disdain for anybody who wants to tell him the truth. He’s quick to label opposition as”fake news.” On top of that he has false prophets like Paula White endorsing his racism and bigotry as spiritual. It’s a dangerous game these evangelicals are playing with God.
God is not blindly on the side of the king. God sends prophets to speak truth to power. God is above the king and he will use prophets to correct the king. Not endorse his foolishness. Since 45 likes to be authoritarian in his leadership, I know he won’t mind me using the analogy of president as king.
Ahab was King of Israel and he wanted Jehoshaphat, King of Judah to go to war with him. King Ahab had about 400 evangelicals telling him to go to war in Afghanistan but King Jehoshaphat had enough sense to ask for a true prophet. Not a preacher looking for a profit to prophecy about the situation.
Jehoshaphat asked, “is there not a prophet from the Lord who can give us an authentic word from the Lord?” Ahab said, “There is one but I hate him! Because he only prophesies trouble for me!”
- Prophecies don’t always say what you want to hear. If you are not in the will of God he will send a minority to override what the majority are saying. But the question is, “Will you speak ill of the one that tells you the truth?” After Dr. King spoke out against the Vietnam War he was barred from coming back to the White House by President Johnson.
- The prophetic can cause you to lose favor with the king. Ahab said he hated the prophet Macaiah. Jesus warned his disciples, “If they hated me, they will hate you also. No student is above his master,” being a prophet is not about being popular is about speaking God’s truth.
- Sometimes prophets have to stand alone and live with short-term isolation. I’ve lost so much respect for many of my evangelical brothers and sisters like Paula White. They are telling the “king” what he wants to hear instead of what he needs to hear. God is going to hold us accountable for not holding our leaders accountable.
Are there any real prophets left or just these profit seeking evangelicals? As God had to remind Elijah when he was afraid and depressed that he was the last real prophet standing, God said, “I have 7,000 prophets who have not sold out!”
There are more of us who will not be silenced no matter how much they label us as unpatriotic or as “fake news!” For every Colin Kaepernick that the NFL tries to “black ball” there are 12 more who refuse to stand and give allegiance to a country that still practices racism. You can hate me now, but I won’t stop now. It is more important that I please God than man.
Strengthen all of those who stand for truth. It can be lonely and intimidating to be prophetic and speak truth to power. Remind us that we are not alone and if we are being hated because we speak truth to power then we are in good company. If they hated Jesus they are going to hate us too! We will not stop speaking truth!
In Jesus’ Name,