“A lie told once remains a lie, but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.” Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda, whose father was Jewish.
In these troubled times, it is disconcerting that there is so much confusion over the news outlets that are supposed to inform us. Mark Twain once remarked, “If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.” How much more so when a president accuses media of fomenting fake news, and then the media cooperates by declaring an “official” winner in a disputed election, as if the Associated Press or CNN or Fox News had the prerogative to make claims that are the exclusive domain of the Electoral College. Fortunately this will all be over soon as far as the election is concerned. January 20, which is the only certain deadline in the Constitution, is barely over a month away.
But I fear for our Democratic Republic that the troubles that plagued Trump’s summer of 2020 will not go away whether Biden or Trump prevail by January 20, 2021. “Trumpers” will likely not riot en masse in response to a Biden win as some of the pundits are predicting. Conservatives tend to be more conservative than that. Sporadic and short-lived eruptions of fringe-right groups may occur, but even most conservatives will condemn them.
On the other hand, groups of Biden’s supporters are expecting big allowances and favored treatment if he wins. If Biden does not acquiesce, but instead attempts to “reach across the aisle” as he has in the past as a senator, even he will inflame riotous antagonism to his attempts to unify the nation. If Trump pulls a rabbit out of the hat and wins, all hell will break loose with almost civil war arising from the factions that supported Biden. If Biden finally prevails some on the left are calling for a “scorched earth policy” for anyone who even considered supporting Trump.
My encouragement to Christ-followers is to recognize that Father will decide which of the contenders will be sworn in as president on January 20, 2021. Daniel said explicitly that “He removes kings [presidents] and sets up kings [presidents].” Paul reaffirmed this perspective to the Romans, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.“
We might ask incredulously, “Really? Lenin, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, Xi, Putin, Bush, Obama, Trump?” Let’s address this more fully after 2021 has begun, but suffice it to say for now, the Bible is explicit: “There is NO authority except from God.”
In spite of the troubling news about Smartmatic, Sequoia Voting Systems, and Dominion Voting Systems, when we think are in control, or they think “they” are in control, there is actually a Sovereign Ruler who can override any of our apparent tricks or decisions. Even that democratic defender of deterrence, the ever-honest-1/164th-Native-American Elizabeth Warren worried about the electronic voting systems as recently as December, 2019. But she and her colleagues did not have to worry. The international intrigue that surround the electronic voting systems will in the end only fulfill Father’s decision.
In the 18th century, Joseph de Maistre said “Democracies get the leaders they deserve.” So it is that Jimmy Carter was our last really honest and Godly president, and he only lasted one term because of his commitment to do what really was best for the nation as a whole, instead of pandering to selfish special interest groups, as each subsequent president has increasingly done.
As long as we constantly look for our own personal advantage, for our own political goals and our own financial security we will miss what God intends for us: lives of peace, security, and blessing, but not blessing to sit back and enjoy, and let the rest of the world go to hell. His blessings are always for the sharing of His Good News with others who are in need.
So while the election winds down to its conclusion, the pandemic keeps us from loved ones at the holidays, and wildfires burn up California while internationally alarmists warn of even greater so-called “climate-change crises,” remember Who is really in control. And remember His love, even for His enemies, which at one time included you . . . and ME! And follow in His steps.