About Election 2016…

Sometimes life just seems almost too big to manage, doesn’t it! Kinda like the giant rocker at Branson’s Grand Village. Or this absolutely horrendous, enormously consequential, stomach-turning election.

It’s hard to even get one’s head around our current state of affairs. My heart breaks to see “the land of the free and the home of the brave” becoming more and more lawless and corrupt; to watch our people mindlessly accepting the tyranny of political correctness and divisive rhetoric. It’s hard not to wonder if America has become so degenerate that the God who inspired our founding can no longer bless us.

Now, probably the most pivotal election in our history is just around the corner and there just aren’t any good choices, are there! At least, not many. How can we in good conscience vote for a president as unethical and corrupt and vindictive as Hillary Clinton? Or someone as decadent and immoral and vulgar as Donald Trump? How can we make good choices when we can’t even trust that the information we’re getting is true?

It’s tempting to just curl up in a great big rocker in a cheerful place like Branson and watch people shop for stuff they don’t really need; maybe buy a few trinkets ourselves and enjoy some comfort food to help take our minds off it all; maybe just go home to our safe little church pew and stay untainted from all the evil and depravity around us.

But wait, isn’t that at least partly how we got to where we are today? How much has the silence of the church contributed to the dissolution of our culture? If, as Christians, we’d been as strong and courageous and dedicated as our ancestors, what would our country look like now?

As Rev. Pierre Bynum of Family Research Council reminds us, “Though we may be tempted to become fearful or despondent, this turmoil in our nation provides a wonderful opportunity to renew our faith in God each day, ‘for kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations’ (Psalm 22:28). We should continue to pray, mindful that… ‘The Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will’ (Daniel 4:17).”

It begins and ends there, doesn’t it… on our knees… entreating The Most High for mercy and forgiveness and redemption. (II Chronicles 7:14)

We must pray, and as we pray we must not be deceived. There are crucial choices to be made and to refuse to choose is to choose the worst. If we sit this one out like ‘way too many Christians have the past few elections, we’re handing over the keys to ungodly, unprincipled people whose agenda for America is totally opposed to our founding principles… to our own Godly values. Barring some cataclysmic event, on November 9 our new president will be named Clinton or Trump, and if Christians decide not to vote, our leaders will be chosen by non-Christians, many of whom have already proven they’ll use the power of government to promote evil, silence Christians, and oppose Christian values in every area of life. So what about proving a point by writing in a silly name or voting third-party? Seems to me the time to make that statement was during the primaries, when we still had some very good choices. Seems to me that now, giving our precious, blood-bought vote to someone who cannot possibly win proves nothing, other than to make ourselves feel a little more virtuous. And there are still good choices in many “down ballot” races, like U. S. Senate and state and regional contests. Not perfect, but good.

So, for what it’s worth, after much prayer and anguish, I’m voting a straight Republican ticket this year, including… wait for it… Donald Trump. Would I have preferred a more noble, Godly candidate for president? Absolutely. Did we have much better options for governor than Eric Greitens? I’m convinced we did. But it is what it is, and while it’s far from ideal, a quick review of what the parties stand for and a comparison of the candidates’ stated positions leaves me no other choice.

Samuel Adams warned that every voter is “executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”

How could I ever explain to God why I would vote for anyone who belongs to a party that promotes abortion on demand, compelling pro-life citizens to fund Planned Parenthood, forcing gender confusion on our children, silencing Christians with hate speech laws, and destroying the jobs and businesses of Christians if they won’t bow to the homosexual agenda?

How could I tell my grandchildren that I voted for the party that stands for controlling every aspect of their lives, from defending themselves to choosing their healthcare to where they can go to school and what they can learn to speaking out about what’s important to them?

A quick review of party platforms confirms those are Democrat party tenets and every Democrat candidate from president to governor to senator to Attorney General supports and promotes those values. How could I even consider supporting them, or Libertarians, whose most important issue seems to be legalizing marijuana?

I can however, wholeheartedly and in good conscience stand with the Republican party platform, which pledges to renew a Constitutional Supreme Court, protect life and traditional values and religious freedom, rebuild our military, protect us from radical Islamic terrorism, secure our borders, support Israel, reduce taxes and regulations, increase school choice, reform health care, promote wise use of all forms of energy, and reduce racial hostilities, just to name a few.

Though at times I’ve found Donald Trump crude and arrogant and tasteless, I find Hillary Clinton terrifying in her willingness to sacrifice anything and anyone in her ambition to rule this nation. In spite of the fact that at times the two seem equally distasteful, there are enormous differences between them.

Hillary Clinton has said that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” to guarantee abortion on demand. Donald Trump has promised to protect life from conception to natural death and to protect the conscience rights of citizens.

Hillary Clinton strongly criticizes the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case that gives businesses the right to practice the deeply-held religious beliefs of their founders. Donald Trump supports it and calls for the repeal of the Johnson Amendment that outlaws all political speech by churches. It’s truly a violation of the First Amendment that’s been used by the IRS for sixty years to intimidate, harass, silence, and persecute churches and ministries but Trump is the first candidate of either party to call for it to be overturned.

Hillary Clinton has said the only people she would even consider for the Supreme Court are those who would agree that Roe v. Wade is settled law and would use their power to further the progressive agenda. Donald Trump has released a list of twenty outstanding conservatives who would likely be his top candidates, all of whom would undoubtedly return the Court to its Constitutional role of interpreting the law, not trying to write it. No nominee of either party has ever released such a list prior to an election.

Hillary Clinton’s vice president would be Tim Kaine, a nominal Catholic who supports abortion and Planned Parenthood. Donald Trump’s vice president would be Mike Pence, an unapologetic Christian who was a pro-life, pro-family leader long before he was tapped for the campaign.

Hillary has surrounded herself with people like Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood and Huma Abadin, who was previously Assistant Editor at the Saudi Arabian Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs and still has many family ties in Saudi Arabia. Donald has surrounded himself with people like Franklin Graham and the Heritage Foundation and evangelical leaders and pastors.

I could go on, but you get the idea. Hillary will keep her campaign promises and if she prevails our nation will undoubtedly continue to slide into oppression and godlessness. If The Donald wins and keeps even a few of his, well…

The Apostle Paul said, “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings to be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Tim. 2:1-3). If we’re commanded to pray for good government, shouldn’t we also vote for the best government available? I know you’ll keep praying, and I’m praying you’ll meet me at the polls.

When we moved to the front of that huge chair the picture changed completely. If you risk sitting on the edge, especially with someone you love, you can see people so much better and the world seems much less intimidating. So let’s change the picture and move to the front of this battle for liberty. We’ll see people so much better and it will be so much less intimidating, especially if we take someone we love with us. If we risk standing at the edge, maybe others will join us. Maybe God will yet heal our land.

Rev. Bynum’s prayer for that day was: “Cause your people to put on their spiritual armor; and to take their stand against the forces of spiritual darkness that are at work in this election! As your people pray, shine your light on every hidden thing—especially any and all election fraud. Cause every lie to be exposed and for the American people to be given wisdom to choose candidates who will turn us in the direction you choose! (1 Sam 17:45-51; 2 Kings 13:17-19; Ps 144:1-2; 149:4-9; Gal 5:1; Eph 6:10-20).”

Amen, Lord. Let it be so.

And this one thing, more. Help us remember how much You love those with whom we disagree. You command us to pray for all people. Even Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

One comment on “About Election 2016…

  • Jenni Souders

    October 29, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Amen, sister! Thank you for taking the time to research and communicate that information.

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