And now I have to somehow find a way to explain to my children that the Presidency-elect of the United States of America belongs to an arrogant sex predator who brags about sexually assaulting women, cheating on his multiple spouses and being completely uninvolved in raising his children, who mocks the disabled, cheats his employees out of their wages, apparently thinks that the reason we have nuclear weapons is so that we can use them, and doesn’t think he’s done anything that needs God’s forgiveness.
Worse, I have to somehow explain that self-proclaimed evangelical Christians voted for him in droves because apparently God doesn’t care about anything except abortion and the US Supreme Court.
May God have mercy on us all.
My dad texted the single comment from his home in the UK: “Disaster for the world”.
I think for me the most hopeful thing of the election night coverage was Glenn Beck’s comments about listening to one another. Normally I don’t have a lot of time for his brand of screaming conservative rants, but what this seems to amount to is “Dear God, what have we done? What have I done?”
Glenn Beck, arch-Republican of arch-Republicans, said that. There might be hope yet for sense to break out.
I have my doubts, though, when members of my church claim “he’s not saying anything we aren’t thinking”, when I know pastors who think Hillary Clinton is “worse than Jezebel” (what on earth has she done to deserve that dubious accolade? She’s not exactly killing Christians left, right and centre the way Jezebel killed YHWH’s prophets). Good grief, if you’re thinking what Trump is saying, all I can say is that you need to know Jesus. Badly.
And yet, God is still good. He’s still sovereign. He is still in the business of redeeming lives from darkness and sending His Holy Spirit to convict the world with regard to sin and righteousness and judgment. He doesn’t need a righteous President in order to build His Kingdom; He built His Kingdom under Nero and Domitian and Stalin and Hitler and builds it today under Kim Jong Un and Hu Jintao and even Ayatollah Khomeini, in spite of the political powers-that-be in the various nation-states around the world that persecute His followers. He is still able to build His Kingdom here in the United States despite us having elected ourselves a crude and unpleasant troll with anger management issues.
I will not fear. I will trust in the Lord and continue to do good. He is my shield and my strength and my song.