I don’t think the polls in the USA will close, due time zones, until about noon on Wednesday NZ time. WMany have voted. Many will fight over the counting. There will be those who won’t accept the results they have not planned for.
It could be difficult. Adam has got a fair amount of flak for this, but it is true. I wish I could say this about our Prime Minister, but the woke has made her a moron. Those of us who are from the antipodes know how fast freedoms can be realigned and lost in the name of safety, or reformation of regulation.
I continue to be a fan and supporter of Donald Trump, as I have been from the first day that he stood with sixteen other hopefuls for the Republican nomination in 2015. He has done many great things in the face of near total adversity and internal and external sabotage. He has made many missteps but that is as it always will be with mortals prone to error, as we all are.
What he is most decidedly not is some sort of god-emperor, a moniker enthusiastically used by many on this side of the internet. This sort of hero-worship is not merely embarrassing, nor only self-defeating; it goes against the tenants of the Christian Church. There is only one Lord that we hold to save us from our sins and our plight on earth, and that is Jesus Christ. We do a disservice to Trump by elevating him in this manner, not to mention the disservice we do to ourselves and our own spiritual faith.
We pray that God will help guide Trump to a much deserved victory and that he will be blessed during the next four years with a healthy mind and body to continue his good work, missteps and all. But if he should stumble or be taken away then though this will be a blow it will not be the end. We should look to ourselves and to our Lord above all things. If anything Trump has shown that great things can be done by holding firm to your belief and your convictions. In that he is a receptacle of our Lord’s grace.
In the coming days, discretion is going to be a key. There will be those who will demand to know who you voted for. Who will want you to denounce one side or another. This American Political system is full of rage, and twitter is worse. We need to remember the words of Remus. Stay away from crowds, including online.
21 The wise of heart is called discerning,
and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.
22 Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it,
but the instruction of fools is folly.
23 The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious
and adds persuasiveness to his lips.
24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
25 There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.
26 A worker’s appetite works for him;
his mouth urges him on.
27 A worthless man plots evil,
and his speech is like a scorching fire.
28 A dishonest man spreads strife,
and a whisperer separates close friends.
29 A man of violence entices his neighbour
and leads him in a way that is not good.
30 Whoever winks his eyes plans dishonest things;
he who purses his lips brings evil to pass.
31 Grey hair is a crown of glory;
it is gained in a righteous life.
32 Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the Lord.
One of the things about real elections is that your side may be turfed out. It does not matter. Life goes on. Your identity should not be based on a narrative. It is not based on your status and your possessions is false. your identity comes from the fact you were chosen before you are born by God to do his service and bring him glory.
All else is dross.
If an identity is worldly, it is controlled by the world. The sexual norms are controlled by those who control the makers of the sex culture—the movie producers, book writers, magazine editors, app owners, and pop singers. The consumer norms are controlled by those who control the corporations. The political identity is controlled by the big donors of the politicians. The atheist identity, the only one which begins to reach into the unseen, is controlled by the revolutionary Jews who hate Christ. All serve under the banner of the world, and who controls this world but Satan. If you have an identity that is not predominately based on Christ, chances are you have a Satanic identity.
There is no true identity without Christ, for from Christ comes all that is good—family, love, beauty, and concern for one’s neighbor. If you are a Christian, you have all the identity you need. Your prayer rule, church worship, scripture readings, and the fruits from your faith are your identity. You need nothing else to feel complete, because it’s through Christ that we are made whole, and any urge or inclination you feel to establish a worldly identity are merely temptations from the evil one. Resist them and seek Christ in all His Glory. He is the food, the nourishment, the manna that is your beginning and end, in this world and the next.
I have no skin in this election. When we had ours, a couple of weeks ago, the side I support lost heavily. But my duty to my family, my community and God has not changed. Against love there is no law. Against the good there is no law.
So let us have confidence that God will prevail, and we need not live in the fear which seems to be the currency of the powerful right now.
And we are commanded not to be like them.