Do you feel it? It’s been one week since the election. And it’s a different feeling country. Well, actually, it will be tomorrow morning about 2:30 am that it will have “officially” been one week since we knew the results of the presidential election. It looks to be that when the final state is declared (Michigan…which looks to go to Trump) the final Electoral College count will be:
However, Clinton will win the popular vote by around 700,000 votes out of close to 125 million cast. Bottom line: Donald J. Trump is the new President-Elect of the United States and will be inaugurated on 1.20.17 in front of the Capitol Building. I’ve shared several times that it would be either Trump or Clinton who would raise their right hand and take the Oath of Office as the 45th President of the United States. There was no denying that. However, I had considerable doubts that it would be Donald Trump. Why? Because the media was already portraying him as dead. Put a fork in him…he’s done! Perhaps this idea and this false portrayal unraveling last Tuesday night, starting around 9:30 pm when Florida went to Trump was even more interesting and intriguing to watch.
From 7:30 until almost 1:20 am, I flipped from channel to channel: FOX, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fusion, CNN, CNBC, et al, and it was amazing to watch the commentators. I thought Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams were going to break down into tears. George Stephanopoulos, Chuck Todd and Lester Holt were almost in shock. Scott Pelley and Anderson Cooper (notably calm and extremely articulate men), seemed to be tongue-tied. Even the Fox News crowd seemed befuddled. Juan Williams, of Fox, seemed to be having heart palpitations and Britt Hume was enamored by the “FiveThirtyEight” statistical blog that showed Trump with a 58% chance of winning at 9:30 pm.
And folks, that’s when you could feel it. It started to change. As the map continued to turn red, the faces of the news commentators did as well. This was unprecedented and unheard of! Who would have thunk it!!?? As the evening wore on, I felt a growing relief in my heart. Why? Because I thought to myself, “Kevin, I know Donald Trump is not going to change this country in that he is some sort of Savior…but neither was Obama, only God can do that through His Son Jesus…but, you might have more time to share the Gospel with your family now. You might actually have the ability to see this thing out in the pulpit of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and not be locked up before you hang it up in 20-25 years!”
Is that selfish thinking? Sure it is! I’m selfish! We all are! While I was ready to go to jail for Jesus, I was NOT chomping at the bit to do so. Do you think I’m crazy or something? I don’t have a death wish and I certainly wanted to watch my children and grandchildren grow up. And just 2 1/2 days later, on November 11th (Veteran’s Day), my second grandchild, Evelyn Ruth Isaacs (7 lbs 1 oz, 20 inches) was born.
Is that precious or what? And is it okay for me to want to do my job and be free to do it in the future? Honestly, I don’t know, (unless you have walked in my shoes), that you can understand how I’ve been feeling over the last several years. You see, the Barack Obama Administration (in my humble opinion) has done more to strip Americans of religious freedom than any other administration ever. He made it very clear (early on in his Administration) that he was going to fundamentally change this country. And he tried! He tried really, really hard! And he made a lot of headway, particularly with the courts, the media and our universities and schools. But, his agenda and his legacy have now been summarily rejected. Not only did Hillary Clinton lose the election, his policies and his desire to move this country to a postmodern nation was defeated as well.
You might say, “What a minute! Clinton won the popular vote!” Yep, she sure did. But, our founding fathers were brilliant. They knew if the popular vote won the day, then there would be no need to even show up in small states that are sparsely populated. Who would have thought there would have been such campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire in the last two weeks. After all, if the popular vote wins the day, just campaign in New York, California and Florida (where all the people are) and never even go to Iowa or NH. That’s why the Electoral College is a brilliant system for a republic (and I’m honest when I say this… I would have said the same thing if Clinton had won). It’s the most fair way to give everyone in every state an equal voice in our republic.
Folks, I’m transparent with you when I say that I have lived with pain in my heart for the last several years. I’ve watched this country go down the tubes morally and if you tell me not to worry about it…and it’s all part of God’s sovereign plan…well, why was God willing to relent because Abraham prayed about Sodom and why did God change His mind from destroying His own people in the wilderness desert when they made the golden calf? Moses prayed and God answered and he relented. So, I prayed! I prayed that it wasn’t over! I prayed there would still be time for my kids and grandkids and the church I love!
Yes, I get it. Many, many Christians didn’t vote for Trump because they “morally” couldn’t do it. I get that. But, I couldn’t morally sit back and watch more babies be murdered in the womb and know that the progressive-liberal policies of the Left were going to only continue and potentially get worse. I knew the Supreme Court was up for grabs and so morally, I couldn’t sit back and say, “Well, I’m not going to vote or I can’t vote for this person or that person because they are morally corrupt.” No. At the end of the day, I looked up and I saw the score on the scoreboard. I could deny it or hope that the score would somehow change. But, at the end of the day, it was going to be Trump or Clinton and the questions for me became very, very simple: Who was going to potentially do more harm to the country? Who was going to potentially destroy religious liberties with a liberal Supreme Court Justice? You see, those decisions would “morally” impact Charlotte and Evelyn and my children for the rest of their lives and I couldn’t idly sit by and say, “Oh well…God’s will be done.” Perhaps you could and you did and that’s fine. That’s your decision and I respect you for it. We must all give each other the latitude in Christ (Romans 14) to do so. You will answer to God for how you have lived and so will I and I can tell you with 100% assurance, that my conscience is clear. I rendered to Caesar that which is Caesar’s.
For me, this election boiled down to: How is the church going to be able to share the Gospel going forward? Will we be free to do so or will it mean jail time for leaders? I wondered: Is the government going to seek to censure us? Clinton led me to believe that was likely and eventually going to be the case. She said over and over again that she was fine with Christians and how they “worship” in their buildings, but not how they “believe” in the marketplace, and if that “belief” didn’t match up to the postmodern view of the day, then trouble was coming. I was convinced in my mind by the end of her four-year term, I would most likely end up behind bars for preaching Orthodox Biblical teaching about marriage, sexuality, gender and life (abortion).
What had I seen in the last 2 years? I saw a county clerk in KY being locked up for not signing documents that went against her conscience. I had seen bakeries shut down because they wouldn’t bake cakes and t-shirt makers fined because they wouldn’t make t-shirts for ceremonies that violated their consciences. In my own life…I was vilified because I quoted God’s Word on social media. I was told I was a closed-minded and a bigot and an unintelligent fool. And I thought, “What kind of ‘tolerant’ country were we living in!!” There was no tolerance in any of this! And at the end of the day, 81% of so-called “evangelical christians” voted for Trump, because they said: ENOUGH!!! In fact, that 81% was more than George W. Bush got in 2004 with 78%. Truly, it seems that many Christians felt like they had been marginalized and many felt like a minority. And to the polls they went en masse.
So, here we are today, one week after the election and I see the country has a lot of healing to do. The mainstream media is currently pushing the idea that Trump is going to round-up all the LGBT community and all immigrants and throw them out of the country. Yet, if you actually listen to what he is saying, that is not the case. I must say that I respect President Obama for the stance he has taken in welcoming Trump to the White House and also saying publicly that it’s time to move forward and give President-Elect Trump an opportunity. That’s what we did in 2008 and 2012 and that’s what should be done here and now in 2016.
Yes, we have much work to do as a nation and I talked about that today in my Two-Minute Tuesday. I talked about the fact that we have a lot of work to do with the millennial community. They are scared to death that the sky has fallen (mainly being fueled by social media) and yet, we can’t marginalize their feelings any more than how many Christians felt that their feelings were being marginalized over the last 8 years. We must work together to see each other’s point of view and then lovingly show the grace and mercy of Christ in how we bring calm to the hysteria that’s being promoted in many ways. We need to roll up our sleeves and get to work in carrying out our marching orders: Going and making disciples of all nations! And at least for now…I believe I might be able to continue to do that breathing free air and watching my family grow up. 🙂
Two Minute Tuesday, “Many Millennials Are Asking: Is There Any Hope For America?”