Why Are Our Political Choices Inadequate and Apalling?

Speaking of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, economist and political observer Thomas Sowell says in his most recent column, “[T]he front-runners in both political parties are not merely inadequate but appalling.”  Sad to say for America’s sake, Sowell’s description is fair and apt for both individuals.  How is it that the United States of America appears headed to have as its next president someone – in either case – for whom the words “inadequate” and “appalling” are appropriate characterizations?  The short answer is that we have been given the leaders we deserve – they are a reflection of the lostness of our national soul.

A nation that supports through its laws and its popular culture abortion-on-demand, divorce-on-demand, and practically every other aspect of the sexual revolution over against the long-standing Judeo-Christian ethic of marriage and family cannot be expected to produce political candidates of admirable character.  “Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs?” (James 3:12)

The “shining city on a hill” that was America has become a darkened ruins.  Light arises for the lovers of God in a realm other than the political one.

Do not trust in princes,
In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.
His spirit departs, he returns to the earth;
In that very day his thoughts perish.
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
Whose hope is in the LORD his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea and all that is in them;
Who keeps faith forever;
Who executes justice for the oppressed;
Who gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets the prisoners free.
–  Psalm 146:3-7

Keep Jesus as Lord in your hearts so that you and your children can walk through the darkened ruins with abundant light on your path.  He will not forsake you…ever.

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