Advice to Trump: Be like Ne­hemiah

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA - Steve Lys­ton is a bib­li­cal eco­nom­ics con­sul­tant and au­thor of sev­eral books, in­clud­ing ‘End Time Fi­nance’ and ‘The New Mil­lion­aire’.

AS THE world awaits the prover­bial ‘chang­ing of the guard’ in the United States of Amer­ica, some are fear­ful, mean­while many are ju­bi­lant. As I have said many times be­fore, God is the one who pro­motes and de­motes. He does what­ever He pleases. We may not un­der­stand God’s will, but we must pray each day. If Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump wants to be suc­cess­ful and le­git­i­mately ‘make Amer­ica great again’, then he should take a cue from Ne­hemiah.

First, Ne­hemiah iden­ti­fied who the sur­vivors were, and in the case of the USA, the for­got­ten, the poor, fa­ther­less, wid­ows, the dis­tressed, de­jected, dis­con­tented, those in de­spair, the aban­doned com­mu­ni­ties and the vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies or sur­viv­ing fam­i­lies. Re­pair and strengthen the in­sti­tu­tion of fam­ily which is bro­ken. The fam­ily is the first line of govern­ment in any na­tion.

No­body lis­tens to the poor (Ec­cle­si­astes 9: 16). Don’t lis­ten only to the wealthy, but also to the poor. There are many who are poor with ex­cel­lent so­lu­tions, but be­cause of poverty they are de­spised and ig­nored. There are many who are rich but speak ut­ter non­sense, yet it is gob­bled up by the me­dia and those lack­ing ideas. Wealth is not the mark of suc­cess. There are many who have been through many losses and fail­ures, but have gained wis­dom and have be­come true cham­pi­ons. It is some­times a lack of op­por­tu­nity or of a sec­ond chance that keep peo­ple in poverty.

Sec­ond, be­fore mak­ing any ma­jor change, there will need to be four months of prayer to build a foun­da­tion, and for God to give Him guid­ance, tac­tics and strate­gies. The next four months will be crit­i­cal to his pres­i­dency. Prayer is es­sen­tial to lead­er­ship; he has proven this through his cam­paign. Prayer brings great vi­sion to fruition. One of his prayers should be Ne­hemiah 1: 5 - 11, and that God will cause Amer­ica to re­turn to Him. He also has to re­pent on be­half of the na­tion for all that they have done, and for how Amer­ica has, in gen­eral, for­saken God. He has to pray that God will for­give the mis­takes of past ad­min­is­tra­tions, and that God will heal the divi­sion within the na­tion.

As a wise leader, Ne­hemiah re­frained from shar­ing his ideas with peo­ple un­til he has ac­tu­ally as­sessed mat­ters and prayer­fully con­sid­ered the cost. There are two ma­jor things Trump has to do: re­pair and re­build.

In re­pair­ing, Trump has to iden­tify what was good from the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions, then en­hance and strengthen those things. For ex­am­ple, re­gard­ing im­mi­gra­tion, he has to tread care­fully, be­cause part of what made Amer­ica great was im­mi­gra­tion. Peo­ple came to Amer­ica for op­por­tu­nity, reli­gious and eco­nomic rea­sons. They were wel­comed and given the op­por­tu­nity to legally in­habit, and that al­lowed Amer­ica to be blessed. He has to dis­cern who has come to build and who has come to de­stroy. Im­mi­grants have been some of the most suc­cess­ful per­sons to help build Amer­ica.

For ex­am­ple, the Transcon­ti­nen­tal Rail­road was built by the Chi­nese, which caused the na­tion to get a quick pas­sage from east to west. The jour­ney that usu­ally took 4-6 months then took six days.

All eight great-grand­par­ents of Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy and his sib­lings came to the United States on the ‘cof­fin ships’ to Bos­ton Har­bour and passed through the city’s im­mi­gra­tion hall.


Im­mi­grants do not steal jobs; they do the jobs that Amer­i­cans don’t want. Im­mi­grants al­ways help the econ­omy, whether they come here will­ingly or are forced to. It is go­ing to be crit­i­cal who ad­vises him on this is­sue, as this has the po­ten­tial to cre­ate an­other civil war, some­thing I have also seen in a vi­sion. Al­low il­le­gal im­mi­grants the op­por­tu­nity of a path­way to ci­ti­zen­ship as this will also con­trib­ute to­wards re­duc­ing poverty, be­cause they will be re­quired to pay taxes, con­trib­ute to the school and eco­nomic sys­tems and the real es­tate in­dus­try, while re­duc­ing the bur­den on the govern­ment to pro­vide pub­lic as­sis­tance.

Fur­ther­more, the armed forces must be­come mod­ern­ized, the space pro­gramme needs to be re­vamped, greater at­ten­tion must be given for de­vel­op­ments in live­stock/agri­cul­ture, wa­ter and en­ergy.

Main­tain the dream act and sanc­tu­ary cities. Avail funds to faith-based NGOs, with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion, to re­build com­mu­ni­ties. Ag­gres­sively deal with drug lords, ex­tor­tion­ists and their part­ners, as their ac­tions in­ter­fere with for­eign ex­change and trade.

Pay greater at­ten­tion to giv­ing our chil­dren high-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and to train­ing the teach­ers.

Give debt write-offs to, and ease reg­u­la­tions on, Caribbean and African na­tions.

Give grants for devel­op­ment and ex­pan­sion of so­lar en­ergy tech­nol­ogy for poorer coun­tries. Then the peo­ple will unite and re­build.


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