I actually posted a shorter version of this post on a Facebook discussion on my daughter’s page. She had quoted one of the Schonleber Family Slogans, namely, “It is always right to do the right thing.” It was great to see that one of the slogans she learned in childhood still guides her thoughts today. But her comments and the comments of others led me down the path of thinking below.
The difficulty here is in knowing what is the right thing to do?
I think it is easier to distinguish who I cannot vote for than who I can. Elimination of who I can’t vote for is easier than deciding who I should vote for.
For me, I can’t vote for anyone who is going to continue the abortion of young lives. I can’t vote for someone I think is a racist. I can’t vote for a known serial liar. I can’t vote for someone who habitually plays fast and lose with the truth. I can’t vote for persons who are basically bullies or tyrants. I just can’t. I don’t trust them. My ethics and my instincts tell me that all of those type of candidates are false hopes.
Which gets to another issue.
The fact that so many evangelicals are supporting Mr. Trump is a telltale sign to me that our hopes are too earthly and frankly, idolatrous. I saw one report of a poll that showed that 96% of evangelicals pastors are against Trump. While I am heartened by that, I do wonder two things:
- What is wrong with the other 4% of pastors?
- What does it say about the understanding of the Lordship of Christ over our lives and the teaching of the word of God when 40% of evangelicals in the “pews” in some states are willing to go against what their pastors teach week in and week out?
Honestly, my own sense is that if Trump gets the nomination, and either Hillary or Bernie gets the nomination on the Democratic side, is that in each of those cases, it is as if God is saying, “my intention is to judge the nation for its hypocrisy, its violence, and corruption. I have been long-suffering, but I am going to make good on my word. I am going to give you the leadership you deserve as a nation. Not the leadership you want, not the leadership you need. You don’t want to honor me? Alright, have it your way.”
None other than C.S. Lewis said, there are two kinds of people in the world, those who bow their knee to God and say “Your will be done” and those to whom God will say, “All right then, have it your way.”
That’s my opinion.
One last thought and its the saddest part. And it its telling. Christians, sick as they are about politics at this point in the process, Christians will spend more time talking on FaceBook™, talking in homes and restaurants either communicating their disgust or pleasure about the current state of the nominating process. They will spend almost no time in prayer for their nation. This nation is in crisis and still, and we are prayerless. We spend more time talking, thinking, or imagining than we do in prayer.
Read the book of Habakkuk. It’s only 56 verses. Look at what Habakkuk did when his nation was corrupt, and violent, and murderous! (Just like ours.) Where are the people in our churches beating down the doors of their churches and asking their elders and pastors to lead them in prayer? Where are the Habakkuk’s of this generation?
How is it possible that 40% of evangelicals in ANY state could come out and vote for a man who has to be goaded into disavowing the KKK? The KKK?!!!!! How can that possibly be a viable party for the future? Insanity. Madness.
Idolatry is alive and well among God’s people.