He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time? – Luke 12:54-56
What season are we in? I guess that really is the question we need to ask to understand the times. Is the world at a point where people are happy? Is there a sense of well being? Is the confidence in the marketplace almost viral? Do our leaders make us feel safe and secure in our future? For the vast majority of us, the answer to all of those questions is a resounding No! The breakup of the Soviet Union, the expansion of NATO, the establishment of the European Union, the removal of trade barriers should have all led us to a point when it is good to be alive. But it hasn’t.
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. – 2 Timothy 3:1-5
The apostle Paul wrote to his companion and friend Timothy and described a season in the last days. That description is more faithful to our current society than at any other time in our national history.
It is obvious that we are at a cusp in history. We have a historic election that features two regrettable candidates. We have a nation that has shrugged off it’s past and works to embrace politically correct and politically expedient rather than what is right and what is just. Os Guinnes wrote that, “In our day, it is considered worse to judge evil than to do evil.” To put that in different terms, it is more likely that the pauper who remarks about the lack of clothing of the emperor is more likely to be punished than he to led the emperor to proceed with a lack of clothes.
We are at a cusp of history. Our children and grandchildren will one day judge how we approached this cusp and if we responded with faith or fear, arrogance or humility, courage or correctness.
Let’s address the election. We have real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump taking on former First Lady, former Senator, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump had to go through 16 challengers, and amassed the largest number of primary votes of any Republican candidate. Hillary had to go through a handful of contenders, and barely put away an aging socialist from New Hampshire. These are two very flawed individuals. Neither is especially likable, and both have histories that would keep the National Enquirer in business for another 10 years. But one of these two is going to be President in another four months. What should we do?
The first thing to do, and I thank God for Franklin Graham to point this out, is to get registered to vote. If we, as the church, give up our right to vote we give up our voice. The second thing is to make sure we have good local candidates, and I’m proud to say that I know some of the local candidates and am friends with them. They will lead our community with a sense of duty, a sense of service, and will ask God for guidance while doing so. The third thing to do is to vote. So who gets the vote for President?
When the first primary debate was held, I decided I was going to back Dr. Carson. He seemed the most level headed and honest of the bunch. I resolved to not vote for Donald Trump. I recognized his antics from an Elementary School playground. But here we are, it’s either vote for him, vote for Hillary or throw my vote away on a 3rd party candidate. Let me talk about the 3rd party candidates for a moment. You see, I voted for a 3rd party candidate once before, Ross Perot. Because of that, the country got Bill Clinton. Which in my mind started our financial downfall. So no 3rd party candidate will get my vote.
That leaves Hillary and Donald. I don’t personally care for either of them. So I could vote for Hillary and condone her lying, stealing, and history of taking care of herself before taking care of the needs of the country. She carelessly set up her own email server, and after (AFTER!) being subpoenaed she deleted emails. She wasn’t put in jail over this. That alone tells you about the fraud and collusion she benefits from. Then we get the wikileaks information that shows she has inside information coming from the Justice Department, she gets unheard of special treatment from the news media, and has a different policy platform depending on the size of the check she is looking for. I do not trust her. I do not believe her. Her policy positions are anathema to me. And as I write this, I see a buzzard flying outsize my window. I find that fitting, for she would strip the flesh from this nation that I love so much in order to appease her donors, line the pockets of her foundation, and to turn this beacon of freedom into a tool for the globalists. Donald Trump called her the devil, and I can see her demonic minions in the media, and the government trying to move heaven and earth trying to get her elected.
That leaves Donald Trump. I’m not convinced he is the best choice, but I believe that as a Christian, he is the only choice. Is he the perfect Christian? No. Is he a perfect man? No. But God used other prideful men to see his purposes work in this world. He has humbled other great men for his light to shine. With the need for religious liberty, and truly constitutional Supreme Court Justices, we must elect Donald Trump.
Consider it a leap of faith.