Trump Wins Indiana. Cruz Withdraws. And America Loses.
While the nation’s Trumpsters celebrated Tuesday night, I’m reminded of another celebratory night in November 2008 and again in November 2012. The cause for jubilation those two nights was another politician’s victory — the occasion of Barack Obama’s two elections to POTUS.
But every win is not progress. And every victory is not a cause for celebration.
We have only to consider the years since Obama’s election in 2008 to understand that sometimes winning is losing. And some victories can be defeats.
Trump’s pending coronation as the Republican nominee for POTUS, is one such loss and one such defeat.
It is a loss for the conservative cause as defined by Ronald Reagan’s three legged stool.
It is a defeat for social conservatism.
It is a loss for fiscal conservatism.
It is a defeat for a strong national defense.
And as such, America loses with Trump’s win on Tuesday.
As we’ve all learned in life, sometimes good guys do finish last, at least in the short term. And this week, Senator Ted Cruz was one such good guy. For those of us who have honestly examined Ted’s character, we have found a man of great integrity, with an unquestionable track record of fighting evil, defending good and standing for truth. Yet he lost.
But did Ted really lose? If you measure one’s life simply based on popularity, votes and the affirmation of man, then I suppose so.
But I know Ted, both from spending time with him and Heidi, as well as examining his record. And by doing so I know that Ted has kept the faith, he has fought the good fight, and at this point, while he may have lost a battle, I have full confidence that he has not lost the war.
So I am not discouraged.
You see, I’m a firm believer in the truth we find in Ephesians that informs us that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Because of this we are reminded to “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
So the real battle is not with the Republican Party, or Donald Trump, or even Donald Trump’s supporters (although they can certainly test our patience at times). No, the real battle is a spiritual one, in which we are all engaged, whether we recognize it or not. And sadly, that battle is being lost in our nation as a growing number of our neighbors, friends and citizens reject good men and women, choosing rather to embrace evil, corruption and depravity, on a larger and grander scale. And as they do so, they call evil good and good evil.
Case in point: the embracing of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and so much more.
But while the values many of us hold dear and which were foundational to the forming of our nation are being lost, we can still win individually. You see, real winning is not measured by a poll or in a voting booth or even having the last word in a heated Facebook discussion. Rather, real winning according to God, is obedience to Him and His commands. And a follower of Christ is not called to win politically (although we must certainly engage politically). Rather we are called to reflect our love for God by simply obeying Him as Jesus instructed us to do when He said: “If you love me, keep my commandments.”
So as Americans continue to reject God’s values on a greater scale, and our nation loses more and more, you and I can win by simply obeying. But honestly, obedience to God is a lot more difficult than simply voting for POTUS every four years.
But I would suggest that is where the real battle is, not in the political arena, but rather in our personal lives. And if we’re honest with ourselves, we probably already know this. The battles that are the toughest are not those I wage with a political opponent. No, the toughest battles that you and I will ever face are those within our heart, mind and will. And perhaps that’s why America is losing. Because too many of us have lost too many battles in our own lives. We’ve first failed to obey God individually. And as this behavior becomes the norm, our nation loses.
Thankfully though, the answer is simple as we are instructed in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.“
And when we do that we can expect to hear those winning words: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Hello Again, Mark!
While I understand the sentiment, I have to question some of your assertions. Social Conservatism was dealt its deathblow, not by Donald Trump’s domination of this election process, but by the GOP itself. GOP politicians have butchered the milk cow that was the Conservative American Movement. The GOP has not been the voice of conservatives for a very long time. They laughingly spout all of the right words during their elections, but quickly wash off the stench of morality once their return to Washington is assured.
A defeat for fiscal conservatism? Have you been watching the Republican controlled house and senate? They have been continuing to support Obama’s agenda as if they were Democrats! And a defeat for strong national defense? I would challenge you to compare our armed forces and our border security under President Trump to what it has become in the last eight years. He has always dealt from a position of strength and I expect that he will continue to do so in the White House.
Painting Donald Trump as the evil Satan will be easy. Successful men are often vilified in our world today. I listened yesterday as Cruz called Trump a bully; a grand untruth. Trump is the anti-bully. For how many years have wee been pummeled by the filth that call themselves conservative representatives? The little guy cannot hope to affect a change, but Donald Trump has stood up to call them out and to knock them down in the dirt. Is Superman a bully? Is Batman a bully? We have been bullied for 8 years by our president and I have not seen our Republican Congress stand up to fight for us. Now we see a common citizen step forward from the masses; not from the bloodline of American royalty, nor from the hallowed halls of the elite politicians, but from the streets of New York comes a street fighter who has many wins under his belt! He has won many fights for himself and promises to win some for us. Does he fight dirty? I hope so.
I am ready for some hope and change.
Rest assured David, your 2016 hope and change candidate is on the way. And it goes like this. You have hoped so long for someone to take on the Republican establishment (as have I) that you have been willing to accept a man who has changed right before your very eyes. But the difference between you and me is that your hope has blinded your eyes from the truth. That truth is right before them in the form of Trump’s track record, yet your hope refuses to acknowledge that truth. The truth that Trump is the Republican form of Hillary. I wrote about this a couple of months ago in “A Vote for Trump is a Vote for Hillary.”
So, the pied piper of Hope and Change in 2016 is leading millions of citizens, an entire Party, and ultimately the nation right over the cliff, if he is elected. Sadly, the other choice will do the same. So it’s a catch 22 — one that we have brought upon ourselves and we will no doubt reap the consequences for. There are tough days ahead, barring a spiritual awakening… which I fear is unlikely.
Do not fear Brother. Help is on the way!! But it’s not going to come from any man but the Man Christ Jesus, whom embodies His Church. Rabi Johnathan Kaun a Jewish Christian and a modern day Prophet of the Most High God gave the Church, our Marching Orders on May 5, 2016 at the National Day of Prayer gathering in Washington D.C. The battle lines are surely drawn and the Weapons of our warfare are not of man but of God. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, aginst spiritual wickedness in high places.
In case you missed it, here is the link.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL7QFD9fNdM&sns=em .
In His service, Joe