I must apologize for occasionally breaking from my original purpose with this blog to comment on current headlines involving evangelicalism. This one has been particularly popular.
A recent study by LifeWay Research found the overwhelming majority of pastors (Protestant evangelical or other) don’t believe world events can accelerate the return of Jesus. Of course they don’t when you phrase it like that. But if you asked, “Do you think it is important to align yourself with what you believe to be God’s purposes in the world?” You might get a different response.
When I was an evangelical, I did not think for a moment I could alter God’s divine timetable by anything I did. Nothing! I did believe strongly I could “partner” with God in joining him as he carried out his plans. More importantly, I did not want to do or not do something contrary to his purpose. For instance, not voting for Trump may be seen as bad as voting for someone else. In this regard, evangelicals are obligated to vote for Trump or risk subverting God’s will.