“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first.” Luke 11:24-26 (ESV)
A great part of me is relieved that Donald Trump appears to have won the presidency last night. A great part of me is also afraid. Of the two major party candidates in the election, one represented a known evil, and the other represented chaos. The American people have, out of their anger, chosen chaos.
Of the two options, I do legitimately believe Trump represents the better (or, at least, he possesses the possibility of being better – what he actually will be is anyone’s guess), but now comes the hard part. Trump is essentially a bomb lobbed into Washington DC, destroying established power structures in which the American people had lost faith, and please let me say that I believe this loss of faith to be entirely justified. The American government had ceased to acknowledge good and punish evil – it needed such a disruption.
The part of me which is relieved is the part which acknowledges that the destruction of an evil thing is a great good. The part of me which is afraid is the part which sees nothing approaching an ideal of justice which might come in to fill the void left by this destruction. It is clear that, if we are not filled with Christ, we will be filled with evil – as cryptic as this lesson from our Savior is, that much is absolutely clear. It is much the same with our nation – if we are not governed by godly laws, we will be governed by evil, whatever species it may be. I genuinely fear that the evils which are driven out may return to us, bringing new friends. We must, must be active in seeking to allow the truth of God to fill the void left by all this destruction. If we are not, all that has been accomplished has been the invitation of greater evil upon our own heads.
I am not a Trump supporter, – if you have read any of my articles thus far, this is not a surprise to you – so I say this to the great bulk of evangelicals who voted for Trump:
Now is the time to put on the sackcloth and ashes, and mourn the fact that a better man than Donald Trump could not be found to represent your cause.
Now is the time to speak honestly about this moral disaster of a man who will set the course for our country in the coming years.
Now all of the excuses about political pragmatism have seen their use and outcome and passed away. We have the man, however evil or good he may be, and we have to deal with him. This will be the hard part.
The briefest glances at statistics reveals that evangelicals were instrumental in putting Trump into office. As a church, we now own that, for better or worse. We, as a church, have to do away with all the doublespeak and speak God’s truth about the man and about the country.
I am glad that Trump has promised to put strict constructionists on the supreme court. That is great gain.
I am glad that Trump is purportedly pro-life, and even if don’t believe it for a second, I am hopeful that he will see it as politically expedient to fight against abortion, regardless of his personal beliefs. That is (potentially) great gain.
I am in mourning that the great champion of justice in the US is an openly immoral profligate who is fickle, egotistical, lascivious, and completely crazy.
He is our Samson. He is the corruption of godly justice who, despite possessing the libido of a rutting pig, despite his worship of violence and ego, despite his absolute arrogance, may bring the temple down upon the heads of our enemies. I pray that God intends to use him in such a manner. I pray that God will judge him, as he did Samson.
I also fear the dividing of the concubine. If he is our Samson, these are the days into which we tread.