MALAWI’S NEW CHRISTIAN PRESIDENT

Malawi’s newest president, Lazarus Chakwera signals hope for the people of Malawi and for Christians across the African continent. He was sworn into office in late June 2020 and identifies himself as a “man of God.”

Lazarus Chakwera hopes to usher in a new era for Malawi

After Malawi’s much-disputed 2019 election—the results of which were annulled by the court system—Chakwera threw his hat in the ring and was embraced by the country’s large Christian population.

Chakwera’s leadership skills originated in the church.  He led Malawi’s Assemblies of God for over 20 years, only leaving his role as pastor when he felt God’s firm call to politics.

“I had to argue with God over a direction in life that didn’t seem natural to me,” he admitted. “God was saying that: ‘I’m extending your ministry so that you’re able to pastor a whole nation.’”

It was a thrilling thought for Chakwera, who then studied the Scriptures carefully to understand God’s design for leadership in the social and political realms of life.

Although he has no intention of turning Malawi into a theocracy, Chakwera understands the importance of Christian leadership for the protection and prosperity of every nation.

“The president believes that government is something that God subscribes to in nations in order to bring about order and progress in society, for the flourishing of human beings,” noted Sean Kampondeni, one of Chakwera’s advisors.

“In Malawi, he feels that the government institutions have been deliberately crippled over the last 25 years to not provide that service and he is there as someone who is offering [himself] to do that.”

Chakwera has spoken openly about his “dream” for Malawi, a dream “that binds us together…to enjoy shared prosperity, not just freedom.”

Now that he’s been elected president, Chakwera is determined to lead Malawi—and surrounding nations—into a season of God-honoring action.

As Christians across the African continent are threatened by violent persecution and terrorist attacks, Chakwera is focused on protecting the vulnerable populations within Malawi’s borders.

“This new Malawi is a home for [everyone] and so long as I am its president, it will be a home in you too will prosper,” Chakwera told the nation.

So far, the president has worked hard to unite the many different factions across the nation.

“He’s got a huge task as the past regime was so openly tribalistic in its appointments of people and people felt sidelined, especially from the central and northern regions,” wrote one journalist.

“Christians dream for a better country and an improved leadership,” added Matilda Matabwa, secretary general of the Malawian Assemblies of God.

“We expect to see and experience the birth of a new nation, and are excited to have a highly respected man of God as the head of state.”

God is responsible for appointing the leaders of nations and I have reported previously on the fact that we have seen God over rule in seemingly impossible situations to appoint His Kingdom man, three notable examples are Donald Trump (God’s wrecking ball) in the USA, Scott Morrison in Australia and Jair Bolsanaro of Brazil. This latest appointment, Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi is an encouraging sign. Sadly in many nations God gives the people the leader they want who will lead them further down a path of judgement and destruction.

At the start of Jesus Millennial Reign we know God judges the nations. It is called the Sheep and Goat Judgement and it will determine those who live on into the Millennium. How important it is that we pray that our nation may be a sheep nation.

GOD APPOINTS NATIONS LEADERS

El Salvador is another example of God appointing a most unlikely candidate, but certainly His man, to lead the country. I have previously posted on similar situations in the USA (Trump), Australia (Morrison) and Brazil (Bolsonaro). God is ultimately in control of nations and He judges those that are unrighteous. Politicians take heed.

Yesterday in El Salvador, President Bukele  addressed a conference of pastors, businessmen and businesswomen, and local leaders. Bukele delivered a personal testimony. He told the story about being of Palestinian heritage and finding purpose in Christianity. He was a successful businessman by the age of 29, making more money than he ever dreamed. He had no desire to be a politician. He served as mayor to give back to his community as many self-sacrificing people do.

Last year, Bukele was approached by a group of pastors who told him they had received a spiritual message that he should run for president. His response was as you might expect: “No way; you’ve got to be kidding.” Later, another group approached him with the same prophecy. He thought it odd, but this time took note. As the deadline for making a decision about running for president neared, he was approached a third time. These pastors were certain they were correct in their message to him. They asked him to prayerfully consider a run. When they pressed him for an answer, they told him they would respectfully accept his decision. He again told them no.

Bukele struggled with his final decision. Soon thereafter, another pastor whom he did not know advised him not to “fall into the fourth place.” When asked to expand on what he meant, the pastor said it was missing God’s call on your life. Bukele then decided to reconsider and filed for the office of presidency.

In the opening days of the campaign, Bukele fell into disagreement with his political party. They threatened to kick him out of the party, which would eliminate his position on the ballot. He stood his ground, and the party expelled him. In his testimony to the audience, he said he asked God: “Why would You lead me to this point if You wanted me to run? Why did You allow this to happen?” He paused and then referenced the fact that God did not answer him.

However, a stranger turned up at the campaign headquarters and explained that Bukele could still get on the ballot with 50,000 citizens’ signatures on a petition. He had no idea how to obtain them. The stranger said, “We’ll take care of it.” Forty-eight hours later, 200,000 people had signed a petition for his candidacy. When advised of this, the campaign manager thought they had said 20,000 because even that seemed like an unrealistic number.

Bukele won the general election with 53% of the vote, trouncing all party candidates at one time. No individual had won the presidency in that country since 1972 without a major party endorsement. On the night of the election, he was still surprised at the results. In discussions with his spiritual leaders, he was asked, what makes you think God needs a political party?

Since his election, Bukele has instituted more reforms than all presidents of the previous 49 years combined. For instance, he swept all prisons of cell phones so inmates could not direct illegal activity outside of the prison walls. Funny, no one ever thought of that before!

What an amazing God story. Only God could have orchestrated Bukele’s election as President. The events described above defy any other explanation.

This article was extracted from a report by Marc Nuttle is Charisma News 24/07/2019.