Usually at this point after the mid-term elections, the dust would have settled. Under normal circumstances, that would be the case, regardless of the outcome. But, for two reasons, these are not “normal” times/circumstances:
1.) Democrats no longer even try to hide their true intentions, and
2.) Donald J. Trump is President.
Dems like Stacey “I should have won” Abrams in Georgia have thrown all grace and civility away and are now openly contemptuous of our election process when things don’t go their way. And a little further south in Florida, when attempted fraud was proven, it’s now considered “racism” to even call this out.
It wouldn’t be wrong to consider the first mid-term of Trump’s first term to actually be something of a toss-up. Conservatives (i.e. Americans) still hold the Senate as well as the White House. The anti-Americans (or Libs) did win the House. However, President Trump did not lose that much ground in the House when compared to other presidents at this point in their first terms. Granted, Democrats also had a great showing at the individual state level (7 governorships, 6 state legislatures and close to 300 seats in state-level house and senate races). But also keep in mind that President Trump has gotten to appoint to conservative judges to the Supreme Court. Along with the Senate, he still has a very stable base.
Okay, so let’s look at how all of this fits into a Biblical perspective. I’ve presented two previous articles using King David as an example. (“Meet The New Philistines, Same As The Old Philistines” on Sept. 21st of this year, and “Alternate History: Imagine If King David Had Been A Liberal” on June 22nd.) My premise this time is David’s example of how to deal with your enemies, both “foreign and domestic”.
To recap David’s life, the first mention of him is 1 Sam. 16:6-13. It was here that Samuel anointed him as directed by God. The David and Goliath story is found in the entire next chapter (17) of 1 Sam.
This is when David’s relationship with King Saul started. He even married King Saul’s daughter, Michal (1 Sam. 18:27.28). But eventually, Saul became jealous of David because the people were with him. David’s exploits in war were celebrated in song (“Saul slew his thousands, and David his ten thousands” 1 Sam. 21:11 and 29:5,) by the people of Israel as well as by the people of surrounding nations.
When Saul’s jealousy got to the point that he caused David to flee for his life, David still showed honor to him as king. David had opportunities to kill Saul, but didn’t. (1 Sam. chap. 24, 1 Sam. 26:5-12). David was always mindful that while Saul had become his enemy, he was still the King of Israel and that he must follow God’s will.
So, even with this highly abbreviated, thumbnail sketch of David’s life, there are some very important lessons here.
David never used violence against Saul. For David, the use of violence was either in justifiable warfare against a national enemy (i.e. the Philistines), or as a means of protection, as when he was a shepherd protecting his flock.
He could have killed Saul on more than one occasion. Even though he was personally betrayed by his nation’s leadership, David did not resort to violence to solve the problem.
David’s exploits in war were such that the people of Israel, as well as people from neighboring nations, noticed and paid tribute to him in song and dance. In other words, never think that the general population doesn’t notice effective as well as ineffective leadership.
Right before the mid-terms, on Oct. 30, actor James Cromwell said that if the Democrats didn’t win back the House, there would be blood in the streets. Also, remember the hissy fit that Ms. Abrams had in Georgia. It’s obvious that the only time Democrats talk about “democracy” is when they don’t win elections. Strangely, that’s also when all the threats seem to start.
For eight years, we deplorable normal showed honor and respect to the office of The President, albeit begrudgingly at times. We’ve never started a riot or burnt a neighborhood down in protest…about anything. When one of our candidates loses an election, we don’t endlessly cry foul and bemoan the loss of democracy (although we probably should at times.)
Like David, we are not the violent ones. We don’t cause the violence. Although we own most of the weapons and the military backs this President and is on our side, we know how to show restraint.
That might not always be the case, though. Just like David, we know who our enemies are, both foreign and domestic. And as with David, we will seek the council of God The Father every step of the way.
Like King David, we have the power, the resources, and the desire to restore our nation.