PRAYER ALERT: Has Donald Trump already served his purpose in the campaign for the US Presidency? Some of his candor has been refreshing. He has highlighted hidden issues. He has clarified some murky issues—though oversimplifying others. Trump has articulated deep voter disaffection with hypocritical and ineffectual politicians. He has provoked more straight talk from the other presidential candidates. He has presented himself as a no-nonsense businessman. Many people see Trump as a forceful leader who drives a hard bargain and gets things done. For all these reasons his popularity has grown far beyond anyone’s expectations, and keeps growing.
But success has made Trump more reckless instead of more responsible. He criticized the Mexican government for sending rapists, drug dealers and criminals into the US. But Trump offered no hard proof of that statement when pressed at the August 6 GOP debate. Now 81% of Hispanics have a negative opinion of him according to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll. Trump questioned Arizona Senator John McCain’s status as a war hero because he was a POW for five-and-a-half years instead of actively fighting in the Vietnam War.
Finally, Trump crossed way over the line of decency the day after the GOP debate. He said that debate moderator Megyn Kelly “had blood coming out of her…wherever” when she had questioned him about crude remarks about women. Immediately one of his top strategists, Roger Stone, left his campaign. That same night his friend Erick Erickson disinvited Trump from the RedState gathering of GOP candidates in Atlanta. Trump’s campaign attacked both of them.
Has he become a loose cannon against friend and foe alike? Will his ongoing campaign give him an ever wider range for his vicious attacks? Would a Trump presidency make the US more enemies in the world and start more wars? With these concerns, more GOP campaign venues may black him out as the RedState event did. His “Trump” card is a third-party candidacy which could draw votes from whichever candidate shares his more worthy views. He could give those worthy views a bad name and help elect as President an unworthy candidate.
Or he can turn from his reckless course. He can begin to correct himself instead of attacking his correctors. He can become a responsible leader for the 25% who now support his candidacy—twice as much as his nearest GOP rival, Jeb Bush. We must pray for divine influence over the whole electoral process.
PRAY WITH US: Father God, You are Sovereign over the nations. You remove kings and You establish kings. You have given the US much influence over the kings of the earth. And You have given Your Church much influence over the US. But the influence of the Church over the US has been waning. Many who oppose You and Your Church have risen in government. And the influence of the US over the world is waning. Jihadists are arising to persecute Christians and other faiths. They have the intent of destroying Your chosen people Israel and the US.
We ask You to raise up a president who will serve Your good purposes for the US and the world. Who will restore freedoms to Your people that unjust judges have taken away. Who will act against evils that threaten peace and religious freedom in the world. Who will reward what is good in Your sight. Who will follow Your plans to prosper the US and not to harm it, Your plans to give it a hope and a future.
Help the voters to recognize and elect that candidate. Let Your good will prevail in the electoral process and also in the more difficult governing process. In the meantime, sift the candidates. Do not let them get away with vicious attacks that divide and provoke conflict. Expose wrong motives and hidden agendas. Give grace to the righteousness that exalts a nation. Make justice and truth the foundation of the throne that the candidates seek. And set a new course for the increase of Your government and Your peace, in the US and in the world. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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