Politics has always had a dirty side. There has always been politicians that were crooked and left you with skeptical feelings. For generations we have felt that some government officials and candidates played with a stacked deck and we were the fleeced victims. But nothing matches where we find ourselves today. I heard a pundit say no one would have believed one year ago that we would be where we are today. One year? Can you believe it? Did we fall through a time portal?
Trump and Clinton are racing to the bottom. The last week or so we have reached warp speed. Everyone is following the polls, but I will report an actual result to you–they have both won. Both have shined in the narcissistic, immoral, unclassy, and disgusting category. My wife and I watched the two debates and agreed before the political analysis was given that Clinton won the first debate and Trump won the second one by a mile. Still, if you win a fight in a septic tank, was it really a victory?
Here’s a question for you: how do you think Ronald Reagan would have reacted in such a debate? He likely would have walked out thinking the whole thing below the dignity of the office sought. For those happy that Trump is the Republican nominee, do you really think he can carry the mantle of Ronald Reagan? If so, that mantle must have spent years putrifying in that same septic tank.
Don’t suppose I feel better about Hillary Clinton and her antics (including the likely holding of a damaging video by NBC to strategically being used as an October Surprise). The only difference for her is that she plants flowers on the septic tank to hide it while Trump lifts the lid and invites you to look in.
Here’s the truth about these two. I wouldn’t turn my back to either of them. I wouldn’t trust my wife or daughters being alone with Trump or Clinton’s husband. I would hate to make Trump mad as he would lie and trash my character nationwide. I would hate to make Clinton mad because I might find myself in a shallow grave. The Bible characters they most remind me of are Herod for Trump and Jezebel for Clinton.
I still am uncertain about what I will do in the voting booth in a few short weeks. I still plead with my fellow Christians not to turn on each other. Let’s respect each other in what is really an impossible choice.
But let’s agree on one thing and not be naive. America loses with either Trump or Clinton and there is no viable third choice. If Clinton wins Christianity will be attacked further and we will go so far into socialism we likely can’t come back. And, yes, she’ll ruin an already diseased Surpreme Court. If Trump wins he will likely give rise to conflict or even war. He will trivialize Christianity (because some Christians have so positively pushed him) and destroy the Republican Party and the future possibility of a conservative Renaissance. Maybe Congress will hold either of them in check, but does their track record during the Obama Administration give you any realistic hope on that account?
Some might accuse me of forgetting about my Lord as they read this article. I have not forgotten Him at all, but am thinking about what He is saying. I love America, but to assume the Lord is pro-United States no matter what is an unreasonable theological conclusion.
The truth is that our Mighty God has spoken. The fact that it will be Trump or Clinton reveals that His Word to us is one of chastening. I can almost close my eyes and hear Isaiah or Jeremiah or Obadiah saying it. We foolishly act like our counterparts in Old Testament Israel when we ignore the plain facts and say God wouldn’t do that to the USA. They said that in Jerusalem too…right up until it fell.
I write not of dispair, but of sensible strategy. My goal is to stay close to my All-powerful Lord as Trump and Clinton cross the finish line at the bottom. I relish that Christ remains at the top.