Observations

A few (not quite) random observations on the election of Donald Trump:

mr-trump-yellow-tieThe American people just performed a necessary political exorcism. Whatever one thinks of yesterday’s outcome, there’s something satisfying in knowing that the corrupt and grasping Clinton gang will not be back in power. I do wonder, though, whether Hillary and Bill will be able to pay back all that foreign money.

Even in victory, Donald Trump is still Donald Trump. May he develop the wisdom to surround himself with good people, and the humility to listen to them.

Besides Hillary Clinton, the other big loser last night was the insufferable Barack Obama, who received an expletive-laden rebuke from the “bitter clingers.”

May President Trump keep his promises to undo Obamacare, restore the rule of law, unshackle the economy, and appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court. And may he forget some of his other promises.

May those of us who foresee disaster in a Trump presidency be pleasantly surprised. He’s our president now.

The pollsters (and the pundits) need to refine their models. A lot of people who voted for Trump were never included in the polls, or accounted for by the pundits.

May the Christians who opposed Trump put the kingdom ahead of politics, supporting him when biblically possible, while prophetically speaking truth to power when necessary. May the Christians who supported him do the same.

May the conservatives who opposed Trump continue to stand on principle, while being ready to support the new president whenever he’s right. The country’s need for honest conservatism–not populist nationalism–has never been greater.

The Left still controls many American institutions and isn’t going away anytime soon. We’ll see whether Trump undoes any of the damage.

The soul of the Republican Party is up for grabs. I’m not optimistic.

Given all of Trump’s grandiose promises–some of them self-contradictory–and his glaring lack of experience, his supporters, understandably giddy today, should heed the warning of the Man in Black: “Get used to disappointment.”

Evangelicals flipped on the question of whether personal morality has any relationship to public rectitude. We’ll soon find out whether they are right.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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