Luther did not actually say the words attributed to him, that he would rather be ruled by a wise Turk than a foolish Christian (HT: Carl Vehse). Though we might wish a wise Turk were running. All we seem to be getting are foolish Turks.
But here is a political observation that Luther did say, from Treatise on the Ban (1520) paragraph 16: “God punishes wicked subjects by wicked rulers.”
I quoted this in a previous post, but it’s worth thinking about and discussing for its own sake. So, assuming that Luther is right and that both of the candidates have their own kind of “wickedness” (keeping in mind that maybe they don’t or will be changed), what did we do to deserve whichever candidate wins the presidency?
I’ll start with some reflections about how God punishes societies after the jump. [Read more…]