Ex 18:21: “You shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain.”
Here’s a true saying about politics: he who pays the piper calls the tune. There is a real issue that Trump has demagogically exploited that I think is going to be interesting to watch after the election, and that is this divide between the sponsors/elites/establishment and the base. The Republican party has long been a house divided. The more conservative base wants to get back to the mythical time when the party was conservative. Historically, the Republican party came out of American Whiggery, which was never principled. The limited gov’t wing has always been a decided minority. In my lifetime, we have seen the long period under the milquetoast House leader Bob Michel and the “good government” pragmatism of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Bob Dole, and the Bushes. People point to Reagan, but Reagan raised spending, expanded illegal immigration and social security, etc., and really and whatever good came from his “revolution” ended not long after the assassination attempt when Jim Baker, Mike Deaver, and poppy Bush gained ascendancy. The party really believes in what its sponsors want, and they don’t want limited government, immigration controls, and an end to abortion. They come from the same class and they want pretty much what the Democrats’ sponsors want: crony protections, “cheap labor,” gov’t programs to profit from, and (generally) social liberalism.
Every 4 years, it’s always “the most important election of our lifetime” and we are warned with increased feverishness about the downfall of civilization if the latest wicked Democrat gets in office. Now, I do believe that our nation is following the course of other empires toward collapse, and for the same reasons. I just don’t think people like Donald Trump and Mitt Romney present a turn in the right direction, and whatever meager help they offer is offset by the additional problems they cause. Nor will they do much to protect religious liberty unless the public goes along with it. There’s no help from that quarter, no help from the kingdom of men.
For those afraid, lift up your eyes and meditate: “For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur.” (Acts 4:27-28)