Dear Conservatives: Now Is the Appointed Time

Dear Conservatives: Now Is the Appointed Time May 3, 2016

Greetings, dear readers. This little blog hiatus turned out to be longer than I intended, but as it happens, the timing of this post seems rather apt when juxtaposed with the last one. As I write this, Ted Cruz has just suspended his presidential campaign, essentially guaranteeing Donald Trump the Republican nomination. Even a pessimist like myself must confess that as bad as I thought tonight would be, I didn’t think it would be this bad.

I could say that a lot has changed since my last post, and in one sense that would be accurate. But there is another sense in which nothing has changed. This night marks the end of many things. But for principled conservatives, it is only the beginning of the long, last battle.

It was one thing to say “Never Trump” when there was a slender but definite chance that Trump would actually fail. It’s another thing to keep saying it when half the people who were standing with you a second ago are now urging you to give in. When politicians you thought you could trust cross, one by one, to the other side. When firebrands you thought you could count on to speak the truth begin speaking for Trump instead. When perhaps some of your own friends and family scream at you for “dividing the party.” When they accuse you of handing the election to Hillary Clinton, even though they have only themselves to blame for finding the one candidate in history’s brightest Republican field that could give her a run for her money… as the worst candidate for President ever.

When all this happens, as it was already beginning to happen, it is not the time to concede. It is the time to stand. For what good is a declaration of principle when it is abandoned at the first sign of defeat? What good is a flag planted one minute only to be uprooted the next?

The Bible assures us that just when things seem to be at their darkest and most bleak, we can be certain of one thing: that it will get even darker and even bleaker. That doesn’t make a very good bumper sticker, but it’s the truth we must face in the coming days.

And yet, though the republic may fall, and our country be plunged into an abyss of corruption and despair, there is a remnant. There will always be a remnant. There will always be children to raise up, and gardens to tend, and flocks to feed. There will always be vows of holy love to take, and innocent lovers to take them. There will always be ageless saints with wrinkled hands folded in prayer, rocking wordlessly in the day’s last light.

Let us pray as they pray, as we are taught to pray: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

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  • Dear Yankee Gospel Girl, I agree with you whole hearted. If Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the best this country can come up with for candidates, then Lord Help Us. This is a very sad, even tragic statement of the American People and how far we have sank in the mire of corruption. You are correct, there is always a remnant, and God is not surprised or dismayed by all this. But, I cannot help but feel sorrow that Ted Cruz who stood for what America was built upon, is out of the race! How can this be, yet it is. A Sad night in America!

  • Nathaniel

    Sadly this is not recent, the decay and corruption did not start this political race, or the last, or even the one before that… Christians have had one duty throughout the ages and that was to spread the Gospel. Unfortunately we, lacking the zeal and motivation of the early Christians, grew complacent with our work. Im sad to say that instead of focusing on the gospel we focused more on how to draw people in so we could LABEL them Christian. We drew them in with entertainment, with music, with fun, instead of really grounding them in what mattered. As a result we have “Christians” who claim to be something they are not. Because we did not execute our charge properly we have a society that doesn’t know what it was that kept us out of the mire.To make matters worse we have adopted open-mindedness to the point our brains fall out onto the ground. We have let anything go because we want to accept everything because someone being told they are wrong is bad and should not be allowed. As a result when people come up with terrible, unGodly, and corrupt ideas we not only back down instead of standing up but we give them our “we accept every body” stamp of approval…. The battle was lost when we did not stand up and stand firm to the principles of the BIBLE… We need to stop talking about how Godless everybody and everything is and start talking ABOUT GOD. If we have not taught them then how can we expect them to know?
    Forgive my rant on the topic if you disagree please feel free this is just my opinion.

  • L

    Thank you for stating these encouragements!

  • There was a small but powerful donor class that had the power to keep his campaign going at this point. It seems clear that they chose not to. Campaigning in California is not cheap.

  • Martha Paxson

    Amen amen and amen!

    When I heard the results of the primary election, at first I was horrified and depressed. However, I’ve been reading the Old Testament again and your words are right on: there will always be a remnant!! Now that the official primary is over with, it’s time for God’s people to wipe their snotty noses and get busy with the job of LIVING FOR GOD!! While we could, we fought and prayed and did what we thought was right. Losing one battle doesn’t mean that the war is over, folks. Stop acting defeated just because people who don’t believe in God seem to be victorious. (And even some of my Christian friends choose Trump!) Stop whining and sniveling. Let’s square our shoulders and go on about our Fathers business: loving people, being His hands and feet, and telling as many people as we can about Him. We know the end of the story. GOD WINS!

  • Yes, Andrew Klavan put it aptly I think when he said we “don’t get a hall pass out of history.”

  • Jen

    Yes Nathaniel!! Bang on! I couldn’t said it better myself. Weak watered down gospel produces weak watered down Christians. I can’t really add much to what you said, you took the words right out of my mouth.

  • Fred Welton

    Get your collective heads out of the sand and ” render unto Ceaser the things that are Ceaser’s and unto God the things that are God’s” Trump is far from perfect— like MOST of us— and is many times better than either Hillary or Ted. What you ARE speaks so loud that THE WORLD can’t hear what you say!!

  • Mark

    A big “AMEN” Fred. We like to blame everyone else except ourselves. Get about doing God’s work and stay out of politics. That’s what Jesus did.