Today we lost the election.

Oct 7
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Today we lost the election. And by “we” I don’t mean Republicans or Democrats. I mean Americans. Heck, truth be told, we’ve lost a lot more than that.

Election day is almost a month away, yet this country is stuck choosing between someone who acts like a deplorable loser (Trump) and someone who calls Americans “deplorable” “losers” (Hillary). This is what I call a lose-lose situation. No matter whom we choose, we will have to sacrifice our self-respect to vote for either candidate.

So what’s changed since my plea to give Trump a second chance?

Well nothing and everything. On the one hand, I’m still hopeful that, over the course of this last year, Donald Trump has encountered the Lord Jesus Christ and is a changed man. On the other, his response to the disparaging comments he made about women when being unknowingly recorded on a hot microphone, greatly squelched my hopes. Someone who has tasted God’s grace would have responded gracefully, which he didn’t. Instead, Trump dismissed the 11-year old gaffe as “locker room banter” that pales in comparison to Bill Clinton’s comments to him on the golf course.

But that’s not all, folks!

On the same exact day, more Wikileaks came out about Hillary Clinton, confirming what we already know—she is a liar and a criminal, using her public office as a pay-to-play Ponzi scheme to line her own pockets.

Is it a coincidence that these two stories broke on the same day?  I think not.

I’m not referring to those who strategically timed the leak of this information in hopes of lessening the blow to either political camp. I’m talking about God. He is the Great Orchestrator. If America needed a wakeup call, reminding us that BOTH political parities suck, this was that divine moment.

See the latest news doesn’t reflect poorly on Trump and Clinton, so much as it reflects poorly on us—the American people.

In what alternate universe does the greatest country in the world elect two of worst people in the world to represent it? A country that lives in the gutter shouldn’t be surprised when all it finds is trash.

Today we were exposed for what we are—a people deserving of the leadership options we’ve been given. There is nowhere to hide. There is nowhere to run. We can’t lean left or right, claiming the moral high ground. We can’t escape the consequences of our sins by voting for the other candidate.

Our Kardashian-fixiated, responsibility-dodging, immediate-gratification-seeking society has given rise to Kardashian-like, responsibility-dodging, immediate-gratification-seeking leaders.

This is who we’ve become. These choices are our doing.

We are so concerned with what we want that we will sacrifice ANYTHING to get it—including our self-respect via our vote. And as much as it pains me to say it, neither side is any better than the other.

The left is more than complicit in electing a criminal. They don’t care if she enables and supports killing babies in the womb up to 36 weeks of life. They don’t care that she has made a complete mockery of our judicial system, foreign policy, and national security. As long as she gives them free stuff and validates their lifestyle—they’re with her.

And the right, with whom I can relate, isn’t much better. We will swallow the bitter pill of electing a womanizer, philanderer, and one of the biggest financial contributors to the very political agenda we oppose. We’ll conveniently forget that while he was building his empire, we were throwing tea parties to overturn the government he endorsed and financed to further his entrepreneurial pursuits. As long as he gives lip service to our Christian values and validates our gripes against the left—we are with him.

Should it be a surprise that just a week ago, a replica of the Arch of Baal was unveiled in New York City? The ancient Romans built the original arch, not only to honor one of their gods, but also as a symbol of victory over Israel. Given our predicament, the timing of this monument appearing in the heart of our once-upon-a-time Christian nation (and the home to both candidates) is apropos.

Let’s stop trashing those who are but a reflection of our own hearts. Let’s stop fighting with each other over our misguided forms of self-worship. Let’s look in the mirror, beg for God’s forgiveness and sin no more.

This is not an easy task. I know the temptation to believe that all our hopes rest in the hands of someone with position and power in this world. To be honest, I really want to justify Trump’s behavior to justify my vote in November. But we are called to trust in God, not in man.

So how about this. I’ll pray for you and you pray for me. Together we’ll ask God to turn the hearts of our countrymen towards Him and change the hearts of the two clowns who currently represent us. It’s really the only hope we have. Let’s pray for a miracle.

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  ~ 2 Chronicles 7:13-14

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