A reprieve. A chance. Will we take advantage of it?

My own decision in last week’s election was whether I would vote for Donald Trump or nobody for president. I was voting in all other unopposed races on the ballot in any case.

I could not vote for Clinton on the basis of her support for abortion and other intrinsic evils such as euthanasia and the redefinition of marriage. I could vote for Trump on the basis of those issues because of the intrinsic evils he only supports the redefinition of marriage (a wash as it’s the same position of Clinton). While I do not care for the messaging, general lifestyle, and arrogant demeanor of Trump, in the end I voted for him because despite his significant shortcomings he does not support murdering the unborn.

During an interview with Raymond Arroyo, he explained how he came to change his views on abortion from supporting it to being against it. That was enough for me to make up my mind that he was sincere, not merely calculated, in his stance on abortion, and hopeful that if he won he could be an agent for positive change.

In the short term I am cautiously optimistic. Optimistic because there is hope that he will govern well and seek to actually bring about reconciliation and unity. But cautious because he did use some divisive rhetoric about immigration during the campaign and has a very public problem with the sin of pride, so may not actually end up trying to unite people when the rubber meets the road. I’m also cautious because he lost the popular vote; Clinton received more votes than he did. Numerically, a plurality of voters are either perfectly fine with a candidate who unabashedly supports the murder of the unborn at any point before birth, or decided that other issues were of greater importance than the fact that we have legally determined that it’s ok to kill approximately a million unborn people a year.

My personal expectation was that Clinton would win. Not because of polling, or any sort of data-driven metrics. No, I expected a Clinton victory because I believe our culture has gone beyond the point of no return when it comes to morality, and that most people have if not embraced then at least become tolerantly accepting of the culture of death. As long as the right words are used. Words like “viable fetus” or “unwanted pregnancy” or “quality of life” or “imposition of morality”.

If we continue down our current path, a great chastisement is coming. Not because God wants to make us suffer, but because in embracing evil (or even just passively accepting it out of fear of what might happen to us if we speak out) we will bring about our own suffering. A nation without God can remain strong for a time, but will inevitably disintegrate because sin always brings about division. All human cultures throughout history have eventually split apart, usually quite violently, and destroyed themselves. Our own culture’s divisions have been growing for decades, not shrinking, as we have distanced ourselves further and further from God.

This election is a potential turning point. In the temporal terms of this world, many Republicans see it as a chance to get a majority on the Supreme Court that will last for a generation, or a legislative majority in the states that will continue into the next decade, or some other measure of temporal success in purely human terms.

But such things are fleeting at best, and meaningless if the party chooses to do evil rather than good and feed division rather than seeking unity. No, the real potential turning point is in what happens in our culture. If the culture does not change track now, then anything positive Trump may do as president will be irrelevant in the long term. In 2020 or 2024, the culture will reassert itself and things will revert to “normal”. The country will continue down the path of selfishness, hedonism, and debauchery that it has been on for at least 50 years.

Prayers are needed now more than ever. Prayers that President Trump will be a transformational leader who can put aside his immense ego for the betterment of all the people of this country. Prayers that our legislators will listen to and concern themselves with the needs of the disaffected voters who gave voice to their disaffection last week. Prayers that our elected officials will finally stop talking about putting an end to the scourge of abortion and actually do it. Prayers that the people will work to change the culture so that this is desirable to a majority, not just a minority.

Basically, prayers that we will repent and turn to God. I don’t say back to, really, because we’ve been nominally Christian at best for a LONG time. And even when more than nominally Christian, a large number of us were perfectly willing to not only accept many non-Christian things, but falsely present them as being Christian when in fact they were not. Slavery and racism are two that come to mind.

So I am cautiously optimistic. If we pray, and seek God’s guidance, and enough of us sincerely wish to repent and turn away from sin, then we will truly transform this culture. We will be able to reconcile eventually and heal our divisions.

Or we can return to the way things were and get ready to spend a long time wandering in the wilderness before the eventual reconciliation and healing happens. It all depends on what we the people want. Our government reflects the hearts of the people, and right now the hearts of the people of this nation are deeply conflicted.

I pray that that conflict ends with unity in Christ, rather than continuing with more conflict between isolated individuals.

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