In response to the 2020 US Election: The Word of the Lord

Wednesday morning around 4:30 am, I began to pray. I think Biden was technically ahead in the popular vote at the time, but over 65 million people had cast votes for Trump. One comment on Reddit summed up my feelings perfectly: my heart is broken.

Donald Trump is demonstrably evil. He created a policy to separate children from their parents and put them into concentration camps. He undermined our education system. His actions contributed to the death of over 230,000 Americans and counting. It seems likely that he has raped multiple women and gotten away with it. He has denigrated our military, our veterans, our teachers, our healthcare workers, the fourth estate, and pretty much everyone but himself. He abandoned our allies in the Middle East and left them to be slaughtered. He has demonstrated a level of sexism and racism that has made us numb to it. He ordered a physical attack on a church for a photo op. He encourages and aligns with white supremacists. He is a fascist who has sided with evil leaders in other countries while spurning both our allies and US intelligence agencies.

And as of this writing, we know that over 70 million Americans voted for him.

Heartbroken and confused, I began to pray. God, I asked, why is this happening? Is the USA under the sway of a fallen angel, one of those powers and principalities against which we must pray? Have you ordained the fall of the USA? Or is this just human sin and evil made manifest? The stories in the Old Testament give us lots of examples of what happens to a nation that has a sinful leader who is not following God. The wages of sin is death.

I prayed and I listened for God’s still, small voice. And what I heard was:

Seek first the kingdom of God. I, the Lord your God, will provide for and watch over you. Serve the Lord by leading your family and serving them. Serve the Lord by serving in your community and helping people. Take up your cross daily and remain faithful.

It doesn’t matter who wins, God says. Whether it’s Trump or Biden, you must serve me, and serve your family, and serve your neighbors. Whether it’s Trump or Biden, remain in me and I will be faithful to you.

There is work for me to do no matter who is president. Biden getting elected doesn’t absolve me of my responsibilities. I don’t get to stop advocating for good and leave it to the Democrats. It doesn’t make my work easier or my yoke lighter. Only the Lord can do that.

I am glad that Biden won the election, but this has given me a new perspective. I’m probably going to follow politics and news and other things a bit less. I’ll continue donating money to causes and organizations I believe in, and voting for good and against evil, but I need to spend less energy thinking and worrying about national and international politics.

I need to spend more time in the Word, more time praying for our leaders, and more time learning from God how I can best serve my family and my community.

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

Matthew 22:36-40

Thoughts on the VP Debate

Eye Contact

Sarah Palin always made eye contact with the camera, and it started to wear on me after a while. Still, not a bad thing.

Joe Biden usually held eye contact with the moderator, and at first I disliked his manner. I kept thinking, “Look at the camera like Palin is!” But then he looked at the camera, and it was piercing. Joe Biden made eye contact when it was most important, and due to its scarcity, it was more powerful. It’s a good speaking technique I had learned once and had forgotten. Very good.

Can I call you Joe?

Governor Palin asked Senator Biden this question as they shook hands before the debate began. I realized at the end of the debate that I don’t think she ever called him Joe. Maybe I’m wrong, but I never noticed it.

Prologue

Palin called Biden about looking back 2-3 times, saying we need to stop worrying about the past administration and move forward. If we’re going to talk about change, we can’t keep looking back.

I really appreciated Biden’s response that the Bush administration wasn’t the past, it was a prologue, and that if we elect Bush, we’ll get exactly more of the same. Good point.

Nucular

At least 20 times, Palin mispronounced the word “nuclear.” Argh.

Dodgy

Truth to tell, Governor Palin, I was done listening about energy after the first 10 minutes. I really would have liked for you to answer the questions asked of you, rather than going back to it over and over again.

Concluding Thoughts

Palin didn’t suck. She wasn’t as bad as I had feared and somewhat expected. But I don’t think she did as well as she needed to, and I was disappointed that she didn’t talk about the issues more or actually answer half the questions.

Nevertheless, she won’t lose McCain the election now, and I’m OK with that.

I was afraid Biden would screw things up horribly, either by patronizing her, or being longwinded, or committing some horrible gaffe. He did very well, though, and I enjoyed listening to him. I like his smile, and he’s very knowledgable and solid. I think he’ll make a good vice president.