A Hope Blog reader sent me the following message today: “May we get a Hope Blog post with your thoughts about the upcoming election? I’m really curious where you stand.”
I hesitated to address this topic on a blog that has been primarily about hope. But having already seen about everything there is to see on social media about this 2016 election season, I thought I would share a few, brief thoughts. It won’t take long, I promise.
As to where I stand, I know many others share my view that never before in history in this country have we had a sadder set of choices before us. My husband and I were talking about the truly terrible example all of it is setting for our children in terms of the character of both candidates and the layers of filth, dishonesty and corruption the campaign has revealed on both sides.
Worse still is the fact that relationships have ended among Christians over whether voting for Trump is acceptable as believers. Never have I seen the anger on the conservative side, and my involvement in Christian radio goes back 25 years. There’s nothing with which the level of rancor and rage can be compared.
My position on Facebook with my many friends from different perspectives on this has been to say, “Vote your conscience before God. That is what matters.” I said some terse things about Mr. Trump early on, and I stand by those statements. Nothing has changed, and the explosion of recent “revelations” have added nothing.
My vote is private, and it will stay that way. I will say this. Those conservatives who hold out hope that Mr. Trump will save America are destined for disappointment. My view is that God is not going to save America. Why? Because America, including grossly compromised Evangelicals, have shut him out long, long ago. Why would He, in his righteousness and holiness, perpetuate the gross evil in America? This country is neck deep in the blood of innocent children, pornography and every manner of sexual debauchery, with evangelical churches long ago having left the preaching of the true Gospel. I documented this for a quarter of a century on the radio program I hosted and news blog I published. I believe God is merciful, but He is also just and bound by His Word. The sign wave of history and the rise and fall of nations confirms all He has said. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.
So what is my position? I believe that the two choices we have are already a sign of God’s judgment. Seeing conservative Christians clawing desperately at a man of such low character, clinging to the hope that he will somehow save us from apocalypse on the Supreme Court, etc. etc., is sad to me. I understand the arguments from a human standpoint. Try to block the worst of the worst goes the rationale. But it is my own view that it is a vain hope. You can’t fight darkness with darkness.
God will use whomever He chooses to do all His holy will. I do believe that with all my heart. But seeing the smoking ruins of this country and a church that long ago ceased being salt, the preserving influence, in it, I don’t see America as having a future., regardless of who this bankrupt country ultimately elects.
So where is the hope? The hope is the same place it has always been, although it is so often obscured in times of prosperity and ease. The hope is found in returning to the God of our Fathers. It’s found in finding our strength and comfort in the One who will never leave us nor forsake us, no matter how much we lose as Christians. His call and what may be his last call is being issued to all of us. Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
Also, I would urge friends who read this not to fight over it. The enemy of souls wins huge victories when we let relationships blow up because of disagreements of this magnitude. The election will be over soon, and we will be left with what we have done with other people in our lives. No matter who is elected, we still are called to love each other. We’ve all been wrong. We’re more prone to see that when we don’t have someone else in our face calling us this and that in anger.
Vote your conscience. That is your business alone. God is very firmly in control of this. He raises up leaders and brings them down. I am also assured of this.: There has never been an evil leader in history (or any person) who has not faced a day of accountability, either in this life or the next. We can rest in the character of God to do what is right and just. It may not be on our preferred schedule, but ultimately, those in rebellion to the Almighty will give an answer at the final Court of No Appeal.
Jesus, lead Thou on
Till our rest is won;
And although the way be cheerless,
We will follow calm and fearless.
Guide us by Thy hand
To our fatherland.
If the way be drear,
If the foe be near,
Let not faithless fears o’ertake us;
Let not faith and hope forsake us;
For through many a woe
To our home we go.
Jesus, lead Thou on
Till our rest is won.
Heavenly Leader, still direct us,
Still support, control, protect us,
Till we safely stand
In our fatherland.
~ Christian Gregor, 1778
Based on Luke 5:11