There is a meme that makes its way around the internet any time there is a big football win. It always starts with “X fans walking into work/church/Sunday school like.” Humorous and admittedly pretty snarky. It’s meant to spike the ball; to paint a stark contrast to the level of victory attained. Many conservatives felt like this after the election last week. After 8 years of the Obama administration, it feels good to strut a little bit. Many conservatives have felt for the better part of the last decade the way that these “supposed protestors” feel. The difference between us and them, we went to work the next morning and didn’t destroy anything, but I digress.
Through the primaries, I was not a Trump guy. Ted Cruz was my man. Followed by Dr. Carson and then Marco Rubio. Admittedly, I did my best to defeat him in the primaries, but the will of the people was with him. It became very apparent that there was a binary decision between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump. While a third party could conceivably capture enough support to be viable, the ground game would have to be overwhelming and none of the 3rd party choices had a scintilla of hope.
For no other reason than the right to life, I voted for Donald Trump. I voted for him as a father who, if he were to have spoken the words to my daughter that he did in his infamous tape, would have handed him his teeth. You see, that talk may work in New York, but down South, you would receive a much different result.
Politics is a dirty game. This election was by far the dirtiest that I have ever seen. Our “national media” abandoned any masquerade of bipartisanship. For once, they were honest with who they were. Honestly, it felt a little good to see them whine and cry about Mr. Trump being elected. For years, conservatives like me have been attacked by media sources as being “backward, stupid, homophobic, etc.” The total meltdown of the media is sinfully enjoyable.
Now, where do we go as conservatives? Well certainly, we are in better shape than the folks across the aisle that are marching in favor of anarchy. They have created some boogeyman straw man of Donald Trump that just doesn’t square with history. Trump is unconventional, to say the least, but likened to Hitler, he’s not.
So, what am I to do now? Gloat for four years? I think the gloating needs to be over by Inauguration Day. Our country stands in dicey times, to say the least. Just because our team “won” doesn’t mean that our work is over. In fact, it means that our work is just beginning.
Trump supporters, especially Christians, must realize that Donald Trump is not the Messiah. He is a populist politician that struck a chord with the feelings of a large part of America. Obviously, the liberal coasts would argue, but the heartland was firmly in his column.
Donald Trump may end up being the second coming of Ronald Reagan, and then again, he may end up being the second coming of Jimmy Carter. I voted for him with a sense of hope that Obama voters had in 2008. My allegiance to Donald Trump is not fixed. He was one of two people that I voted for. The most foolish thing that Christians can now do, is give him a blank check for him to do as he wishes. Trump won because in large part evangelical voters sided with him. Not because of his sterling Christian credentials, but because for the first time in our nation’s history, Christians felt a sense of impending doom if the country continued on the course it was currently on.
However, my allegiance to Donald Trump will run as far has my allegiance to Barrack Obama did. If Donald Trump sticks to the plans that he so convincingly spouted on the campaign trail, then my support for him may grow. If he abandons those and becomes just another Washington politician, then he will lose my support. Along with many like me, and in 2020, he will be defeated. Christians voted in large numbers this election, without us, the Republican Party has no base.
What will not change, is my allegiance to Christ. It must supersede political party. There was no “Christian option” in this election. Christians voted for one candidate over another, because of our hopes for brighter days under his administration than hers. Jeremiah 2 cautions me against abandoning the eternal for the physical:
Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols. Be appalled at this, you heavens, and shudder with great horror,” declares the LORD. “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. (Jeremiah 2:11-13)
In the coming days, we must pray for Donald Trump. He will be commander in chief of the world’s last great hope for freedom. While we must support him in that, in keeping with Christian duty, we must hold him to his promises. We cannot allow the lawlessness of government to continue under a candidate that we elected. If we do, we become no better than the cronies of Obama who we detested so much for the last eight years.
“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” Thomas Jefferson.