It was German Theologian Martin Niemöller who prophetically speaking of the rise of Nazism in Germany said, “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist, then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a trade unionist, then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew, then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Following on as with the trumped up and completely false attack on the revered military leader and committed believer Michael Flynn, and a long litany of believers who stand up for principle and against the Marxist-led ANTIFA and other movements attempting to intimidate believes into silence, the attack on Steve Bannon by the extremely partisan, avowedly anti-Christian and completely out of control Southern District Of New York. That is the same court that came after Christian Apologist Dinesh D’Souza and numerous other outspoken believers, reflecting the common view, “They could get them to indict a ham sandwich,” which comes from the former chief judge of New York State, Sol Wachtler. According to the New York Times, Wachtler believed grand juries “operate more often as the prosecutors’ pawn than the citizens’ shield.”
As bestselling Author of “God, Trump and Covid-19,” Steve Strang says, “They’re going to do everything they can to do it,” referring to the nonstop onslaught against men and women of faith and all those who believe in the historic basis and destiny of America as a Christian nation.
I was in Trump Tower in Steve Bannon’s empty office the day of the election and there was literally only a dozen or so staff in the whole campaign office just hours before the election. The 2016 election was truly a miracle led by Steve Bannon and other believers who fasted, prayed, and watched God work.
What I love about Steve is his simplicity of vision as he sees the world in the stark terms that we as believers see it. His humility before God, at a meeting where he bowed his head, held out his hands for prayer, and just the other day, in response to a text “what can we be praying for you for?” he immediately shot back with a “going live in a minute – pray.” Twice a day the Christian Prayer groups in Washington DC stop by to pray with his team who are always humble and believing in God just as Steve is. Keith Kottler in his book, Always The Rebel, notes the seven books that influenced Steve Bannon, after the one that influenced him the most – the Bible. The others are The Imitation of Christ, The History of The Decline Of The Roman Empire, The Brotherhood Of The Common Life and It’s Influencers, The History Of The Peloponnesian War, The Spiritual Exercise of St Francis of Loyola, Lives Of The Noble Greeks And Romans – nearly all books on early Christian History and its influence on society.
Speaking with Steve, he always speaks of what he sees first as a clash of the Christian world with others and in an interview with The Economist said, “I want the world to look back in 100 years and say their mercantilist Confucian system lost. The Judeo-Christian Liberal West won.”
In a discussion with the Human Dignity Institute Bannon said, “It’s something that should be at the heart of every Christian. What is the purpose of whatever I am doing with this wealth? What is the purpose of what I am doing with the ability that god has given us?”
In addition to his belief in the “clash of civilizations,” which he believes is between the Communist World, the Mohammaden world and Christendom, Bannon believes in regular, generational “Awakenings” which correspond to the First, Second and each Great Awakening which results in a spiritual rebirth. The great revivalist J. Edwin Orr similarly believed this produced practical results in society as transformers by God people became honest, began to work honestly and every spiritual Awakening was followed by an economic revival.
As Paul reminds us in Ephesians, the battle is not between Republicans and Democrats, Communism and the Free World, Mohammedanism and Christianity, but a deeper battle between good and evil. Steve is not a theologian, and in a world of over sophistication, technical bureaucrats and arrogant high tech geniuses, it is refreshing to have someone who thinks like the rest of us do and sees the world as God sees it. Many believe this is helping to lead another Great Awakening.
The First Great Awakening was in 1730, the Second Great Awakening approximately 1790, the Third Great Awakening around 1859, and many believe the Fourth Great Awakening beginning in about 1968 with the Jesus Movement. With the historian of Revival, J. Edwin Orr, Spiritual Awakenings and Revivals take place about every generation or two as government, business, media and other parts of society begin to coalesce and the moral level of a people falls to the depth that there is a need for an awakening.
Just fifty years after what some believe was the Fourth Great Awakening, Brexit in Europe, the election of 2016, the Hong Kong movement and the massive growth of Christianity in China and similar movements across the world, many believe we are in the beginning of another Great Awakening.
We just stopped by the office and Steve Bannon’s team bowed in prayer as they face the nonstop attacks that now are coming for all of us who stand up for Christ and for the rule of law and the simple belief that America is the “shining city upon a hill,” first mentioned on March 21, 1630 by John Winthrop as he led the Puritans as they prepared to lead the launch of the most blessed nation on earth – America.