Some thoughts about the election

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It’s been four days since the news broke that Trump is almost certainly going to be the next President of the USA, although it won’t be absolutely official until the Electoral College votes in December. He will be unique in many aspects, especially the fact that he will be the first president with no political experience and the oldest to enter the office.

I’m not American, so obviously I didn’t vote, but every time someone asked which way I would have voted I always opted for a third candidate. I know that is a weak response, but I honestly could not get enthused about either of the main candidates. However, I am determined to remain positive. Trump is a buffoon and many of his comments are morally reprehensible, but his running mate, even though he has his own collection of bizarre opinions (smoking doesn’t kill, apparently), was remarkably calm and collected during the debates and I hope he can be somewhat of a moderating influence to Trump’s bombasticism.

I saw many similarities between the Trump campaign and the Brexit campaign. People want change and are willing to vote for change in the form of Brexit or Trump regardless of the risks because they are so tired of an establishment that seems disengaged from real life. A real ‘us vs them’ attitude has emerged between the electorate and the elected. It is clear to me that the political world I will live in as an adult will be profoundly different to the one which I grew up in, for better or for worse (fun fact: I am as old as the Euro).

The Bible has plenty of advice for situations like this. 1 Timothy 2:2 says, “First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men, for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity.” Whenever Paul wrote these words under the administration of Emperor Nero, who would eventually imprison him and makes Trump seem like a saint. It is widely believed that Nero covered Christians in oil before using them as human torches. It is clear that the command in 1 Timothy is not just to pray for leaders we like. If Paul could pray for Nero, we can pray for Trump. Pray for wisdom to be given to all of our leaders in these tumultuous times.

Overall, I don’t know what the future holds. What I do know is that the sun is still shining, life goes on and God is still in control.

All that’s left to say is God bless America. They will certainly need it.

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