For years I have been part of my church’s Intercessory Prayer Team. Most recently we were asked to pray for “our country, and for healing from this week’s ugliness,” referring to the massive protest that turned into a violent assault on Congress, killing at least 4 and injuring more than 50 police officers. The very constitutional process that Trump supporters had hoped would correct the election fraud was disrupted. In the end, the mayhem and desecration of our seat of government silenced their cries for election integrity.
“This week’s ugliness” isn’t really accurate. Take that one ugly incident away and you still have a history of ugliness that goes back decades. Almost ten years ago I posted an article https://retiredday.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/fly-the-flag-at-half-staff/ about flying the flag at half-staff when mourning for our nation. I was upset with the Obama administration.
The America I had been taught to believe in was only a memory — and a politically incorrect one at that, as we were being told that they were going to fundamentally change America. So, I went into mourning. The last update on that post was on January 2013, by which time I had finished mourning, was ready to accept reality as it was, and move forward with my life. I felt at that time that my beloved America was dead.
Little did I realize then that in four years the American dream would be revived when unexpectedly, an outsider by the name of Donald Trump would become President and point us once again in the direction of the constitutional principle of the consent of the governed, rather than on an increasing dependence on the oligarchy of the Nanny State and a turning away from national pride to embrace the ideals of globalism.
There were two sides to this coin: heads, to those who valued individual liberty and resonated with the values of the populist movement; tails to those who saw nationalism in general as evil and American nationalism in particular as a racist, white supremacist anathema.
For four years, starting even before Trump’s inauguration, those who saw themselves as an elite ruling class in government and media did everything to destroy Trump and his presidency. He (and more importantly, the so-called “deplorables” who supported him) represented a real threat to the personal money-making power of those in big government, multi-national manufacturing, commerce and finance.
Trump called these kinds of people “the swamp” and “the deep state” — both Republicans and Democrats whose concern is not representing the needs of their constituents, but maintaining their own power base and using the economy to their own benefit.
These people hated Trump because he challenged their right to control us. He exposed them for the criminals they are. But when their lying, criminal behavior was exposed, and apparent to anyone willing to be honest, they made no attempt to hide it, and took every (illegal) measure to protect their position of power and influence. They blatantly stole the election.
Despite the fact that Trump received more votes than any incumbent President in history, Biden got even more votes. In some areas, there were more votes counted than there were registered voters. Dead people voted. Ballots appeared from nowhere. Chains of custody were nonexistent. Ballots came in late or were pre-dated. Ballots did not have signature verification. Ballots were counted multiple times. Computer systems were not secure, and designed to allow for the manipulation of election results. Worst of all, the Constitution was violated when state and county officials took it upon themselves to make last minute changes in how voting would be done. Only state legislatures have this authority.
Any moral person should not only want to avoid doing the wrong thing, but avoid even appearing to others that he is doing the wrong thing. Especially, if a person holds a public trust, they cannot expect to earn the trust of others if they appear to be doing wrong. That is why trustworthy people make every effort to openly demonstrate to all that they are being honest and above board.
But this has not been the case with those intent on destroying Trump and his presidency. Rather than prove themselves to be genuine and authentic, they have chosen to mischaracterize Trump and his supporters. They lie and deny, accuse and abuse. And led by a crime family, they have wrested power from the people.
I am 75 years old. The longer you are around, the more you see. Biden will be the 14th President in my lifetime. I’ve seen them come and I’ve seen them go. If you think this last week was ugly, stay tuned to the next four years. Everyone will soon know what ugly really looks like.
Yet in the midst of ugliness, there is still the beauty of God’s holiness. Hope in him goes beyond the ugliest things of this life. And that hope is the salvation offered by Jesus Christ. No government has the authority to save you. Jesus has all authority (Matthew 28:18). In Matthew 11:28 he says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” And in Revelation 3:20 he says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”