by: Dr. Allen Domelle
If you listened to the news media this weekend, you would think that President Trump is done and that his agenda is dead. Because the Republicans were unable to come to a common consensus on a health bill, the news media and the no-win Democrats say that President Trump’s presidency is in jeopardy. We are not even past the first 100 days of his presidency, and one setback leads them to prophesy that he is a one-term president and that his plan to make America great again will never happen.
These prognosticators of doom have their reasons for ignoring the fact that Presidents Reagan and Clinton saw early defeats, but were able to go on to make great inroads into what they wanted to be accomplished. These vultures of failure want Trump to fail because they don’t want to lose their power. They hope that they can defeat the spirit of those who believe that President Trump will put America first.
These who make these negative reports remind me of vultures flying over something in hopes that it will die. Where I grew up in California, it was not uncommon to see vultures flying over the open terrain looking for something that they could pick to death. These vultures, just like those who have pronounced Trump’s agenda dead, are opportunists of failure and death.
I truly believe that those who hope Trump fails are not about American success, but they are about power, socialism and the destruction of the Christian way. They don’t like that he desires to put America first because of their globalist agenda. They abhor his desire to keep America as a Christian nation. They despise his desire to drain the swamp because they are part of the slime which helps to fill the swamp.
These vultures of failure remind me of Proverbs 24:15-16 which says, “Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” This verse shows us that the response to failure reveals a person. Micah 7:8 continues this thought by saying,“Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.” The enemy or the wicked man are those who rejoice at someone’s failures: whereas, the just man’s response to failure is to get back up and continue pursuing the task. Several lessons can be learned by leaders and Christians alike that will help you when the vultures are flying overhead.
1. It takes a team to accomplish good.
I believe one of the mistakes that Paul Ryan made was that he thought he could get this bill through without the Freedom Caucus. The blame could go a lot of places, but the one lesson that can be learned is that everybody is needed to make good happen.
Paul teaches the importance of being a team player in 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 when he says, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.” A one-man show is often going to fail. You can try to do things alone and accomplish little, or you can become a team player and realize that everyone can contribute if you will be willing to work with others.
2. Delay is better than defeat.
Timing is everything. More important than moving faster or slower is to get it right. If delaying means you get it right, you must be careful not to be so stubborn that you lose the battle because of your stubborn desire to move forward. When you get the timing right, it is amazing how successful you become.
President Trump’s call to delay the vote was wise in the fact that he knows the health care problem will come up again. Timing is everything! The next time it comes up, more people will be willing to get something done because Obamacare will be crumbling, and people will be paying higher premiums for health insurance. When this all happens, it will be amazing how lawmakers from both sides will suddenly want to put their differences aside to get a bill passed so that they don’t lose their bid for reelection.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” My uncle was on the deacon board at the First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana, for five decades. I remember asking him if Pastor Jack Hyles got his way in every deacons meeting. He told me that there were times when the deacons were not behind Pastor Hyles, so when he felt he didn’t have the consensus of the deacons, he would table the matter until everyone was ready. This is what you call wise leadership.
My friend, don’t fall for the trap that you have to move faster or slower; instead, move wisely. There are times when you can move too fast for those you are leading, and there are times when you can move too slow and damage what you are trying to accomplish. The key is to be sure that your timing meets the opportunity that everyone desires what you are trying to accomplish.
3. Your failure doesn’t have to be a failure.
Failure is a teachable moment if you choose to learn from it. Nobody is without failure, but failure can be the stepping stone to success if you are willing to learn from it. Failure only becomes defeat when you refuse to learn why you fell in the first place. If you choose to keep doing what you have always done, you will keep on getting what you have always gotten. Don’t let your stubbornness lead you into more failure; rather, take the opportunity the LORD gives to learn from failure.
If the Republicans can learn from this setback, they will eventually be able to put a plan together that is beneficial to all Americans. The one thing they must not do is start pointing fingers at who caused it, and instead, learn the importance of getting things right before they submit the next bill. The pulling of the AHCA will become a stepping stone for many victories if they will learn from this setback, or it will become the beginning of Democrats winning back seats because they won’t let their setbacks be a lesson to teach them what not to do the next time. Only time will tell us what will happen.
4. Mark the vultures; they will return.
The one thing President Trump needs to do is to mark the vultures who are circling overhead. It won’t be hard to see who they are because they are all over the news channels predicting his demise. People like Lindsay Graham, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi are on this list of vultures cheering the setback of a bill that is trying to keep the American people from paying higher premiums for health insurance. These vultures should be trying to find a way to stop the collapse of our healthcare system instead of taking a victory lap because someone they disliked had a setback. President Trump is going to see many victories, but he must be careful to mark the vultures who will try to sabotage future attempts to get America back on track.
Likewise, you must be careful to mark the vultures, because they will turn on you if you don’t bow to their agenda. Romans 16:17 teaches, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” You will find there will be times when the enemy seems to be on your side. Watch out! Their apparent kindness will turn to attacks when they learn your weakness.
Unfortunately, there are vultures you will have to deal with in your area of pursuits. The lessons we can learn from the AHCA setback can keep us from becoming prey for the vultures of failure. If you will take these four lessons and apply them, you will find the vultures will get hungry waiting for your demise.