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An essay donated by Susan Humphreys

What comes next after the
2016 presidential elections?

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What's Next?

What's Next? What do WE, as in 'We the People" do next? Do WE bear any responsibility for the mess this election cycle has left us in?

Like many I have been amazed, appalled, and curious about the attraction Donald Trump has on many, especially the attraction to Evangelical Christians. 1

I understand that there are some folks who fantasize about "sticking it to the man". Trumps appeal to these folk is understandable even if not laudatory. "The man" is the establishment, the leadership of the Republican and Democratic parties and of Congress and Industry. Trump is anathema to many folks and especially to the power hungry elite. Because? Because Trump is a "loose cannon", uncontrollable and unpredictable. And he isn't a team player.

Then there is another group, with some overlap with the first group, who are just like Trump in many ways. Trump brags about his sexual exploits and prowess and so do these folk. He brags about his intelligence, how superior he is to all others and so do these folk. Trump uses words to bully his opponents in an attempt to demean, belittle, denigrate, destroy them. Trump uses threats of lawsuits to intimidate his opponents, and stalking tactics (did you see him follow Clinton around on the debate stage?) and facial expressions to intimidate his enemies and leave them shaking in their boots. A vote and a win for Trump is validation and sanctification of these tactics and of their own behavior.

Then there is the "anyone but Obama, or a woman, or anyone associated with Obama" folk, the closet racists, though they will never admit that they are racists.

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But what is the attraction for Evangelical Christians? One article on the Religion Dispatches web site attempts to explain this. 2

Three comments jumped out at me. One was from Ken Crow:

"America needs a hard-charging, outspoken, politically incorrect, borderline jerk, at the moment. We need someone who loves our nation, makes our enemies quiver in fear...."

Quiver in fear? or are they quivering from trying to contain their laughter? Exactly what do we need this person to do, or what can such a person do? Bring about the onset of Armageddon to fulfill Biblical prophecy?

Geoffrey Grider a preacher and editor of "End Times News" said:

"God is preparing to shake the nations of the world and I believe he is going to use Donald Trump to do it."

But one should wonder, to what end? Is "God" planning to use Trump to destroy the liberal establishment OR to destroy Evangelical Christianity?

I see Donald Trump as the fruit that has been produced from the trees that have grown from the seeds that have been sown by some Republicans and Christians going back at least to the advent of the "Moral Majority". I think these are toxic fruits from toxic seeds (not nourishing fruits). These are seeds of divisiveness, the "us the good guys versus them, all those others that aren't like us." And those others aren't just misguided, or ill informed, they are EVIL, out to destroy Christianity and America.

Lincoln said "A house divided cannot stand." Those words are as true today as they were at the start of the Civil War.

A third man, Mark Taylor, back in 2011 had a prophetic vision, saying:

"The Spirit of God says I have chosen this man, Donald Trump, for such a time as this. For as Benjamin Netanyahu is to Israel, so shall this man be to the United States of America!"

One should ask: what has Benjamin Netanyahu really been to Israel? Has he made Israel safe? Has he brought Peace to his people?

The article said:

"In the eyes of many conservative Christian Trump supporters the other Christian Republican primary contenders-Cruz and Rubio-tried to use God to reach power. The truth is now apparent: God is using Trump."

BUT, to what end? Could "God" be using Trump to test Christians? To see if they have really understood his message? Or to see if they have wandered so far astray that their redemption and salvation is far from assured. And what might that message be? It is there in their Bibles.

Could it be about "turning the other cheek", "doing unto others as you would have them do unto you", about being the first to "cast stones", about "what you did to one of these who is my brother you did unto me".

Matthew 25 41-46:

"Then he will say...'You that are accursed; depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing sick and in prison and you did not visit me....Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me."

"God" may indeed be using Trump. But Christians should think long and hard about why, to what what ends, is "God" using Trump to test them?

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This essay was published too late to effect the outcome of the election. One way or another, whoever wons, America will be facing four more years of gridlock unless something changes.

After the election I hope voters will take a long hard look at themselves, their own motives, the part they played over the years in bringing this mess down upon our heads. Pogo once said "We have met the enemy and he is us." Truer words were never spoken.

Then they need to decide what they need to do personally to cleanup their act and help make this world a better place for all of us, even for those that aren't just like them.

In the end it isn't what Religion a person follows or whether they follow any Religion, of what Political party they belong to or if they are an Independent, ALL that matters are our day to day words and actions: How we treat our fellow humans, other living things (plants and animals), our planet, and our selves. All the rest, the doctrines, the dogmas, the Beliefs, the political platforms, the vitriolic words, are distractions that lead us astray.

If Donald Trump is indeed a tool of "God" and a test for the American people, our day to day words and actions will show if we pass or fail this test.

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. "Exit polls show white evangelical voters voted in high numbers for Donald Trump, 80-16 percent," Washington Post, 2016-NOV-09, at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/
  2. "A King for Jesus: What the Religious Right Sees in Trump," Religion Dispatches, 2016-OCT-26, at: http://religiondispatches.org/

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Originally posted: 2016-DEC-29
Latest update: 2016-DEC-29
Author: Susan Humphreys

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