Definition: October Surprise – any political event or news story, that is orchestrated or apparently orchestrated in the month before an election in the hopes of affecting the outcome.
We have just completed the first full week of the month of October 2016. Many were speculating that there would be an October Surprise for either candidate. However, as of the writing of this blog, I do not think anyone could imagine the type of blowback that would occur with a Donald Trump October surprise. That event took place on late Thursday into Friday of this past week.
If you do not know what that event was, I will summarize. A recording was released of a conversation that Donald Trump had while making an appearance on a soap opera in 2005. His mic was “hot”, meaning that it was turned on, and someone was recording. Without going into the gory details, Trump made some very disparaging comments about literally sexually assaulting women, and that he could get away with it, because he’s famous and that women would let him do such a thing. I have dressed things up nice and neat here, but suffice to say, his comments were vulgar and highly demeaning towards women in general.
As you can imagine, the media has been having a field day with this. It is now Sunday and this has dominated the news cycle for going on 4 days now. Trump has come out an apologized, if you can call it an apology, but the damage has been done, and continues to spread. So far some prominent Republicans have pulled their endorsements of Trump, such as Senator Mike Lee, Senator Jason Chafffetz, Senator John McCain and most likely there will be more to come. The fallout is so bad that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan cancelled any appearances of Trump at any of his events, and the Republican National Committee has issued a “stop” message to any and all persons working on any victory project for Trump.
The damage is so bad that some Republican lawmakers are calling for Trump to step down, and for the RNC to initiate an emergency process to insert a replacement candidate. At this point, we are 31 days away from election day, and we have a major political party in such turmoil that they are wanting to replace their nominee. I have been following politics since I was a young child and I can tell you that I have never witnessed an election year like this one.
Now when all of this unfolded, the Trump apologists went into overdrive defending their candidate. As I listened on Friday to the radio talk show hosts, many of them took the line of reasoning like this: “Well Bill Clinton actually cheated in his marriage multiple times.”, or, “Bill Clinton is more depraved because he actually committed a sex act in the Oval Office with a White House intern.”, and finally my absolute favorite, “Guys says things all the time that they don’t mean. It’s locker room talk, nothing more and nothing less.”
All of these excuses are exactly that. They are excuses and pathetic ones at that. What is disheartening to me as a believer is that in the days since this story broke, I have had conversations with believers about this and many of them are also trying to make moral equivalencies in terms of who is least bad of the two candidates. Many of them attempt to make the point that, “we are all sinners and who are we to judge?” Of course there are still some believers that are holding the line of, “We are not electing a pastor, we are electing a President of the country.” These all may sound well and good, but they are 100% flawed in their line of reasoning.
First, the whole “lesser of two evils” is a ridiculous school of thought in the first place. Choosing the lesser of two evils, a person is still choosing evil! As I stated previously, some try to compare the transgressions of Hillary Clinton as being worse than anything that Donald Trump has ever done. This latest scandal they have harped on that even more. The problem is, voters and especially the evangelical crowd, are totally dismissing the fact that Trump for the better part of his life has been a womanizer, which means sexually immoral. This goes directly against the Word of G-d, and yet they continued to support him.
Trump has also stated with his own lips that he has never asked G-d for forgiveness. Yet somehow he is a Christian according to Paula White, because she said she led him to the L-rd and can vouch for him. Again, we are to take the word of a woman who is a pastor by profession that divorced her husband and then married a man who is a rock star. In other words, she is no different than he is when you get down to it. Yet believers have totally accepted his newfound conversion despite the fact that one of the key acts that a new believer must do to be saved is to confess one’s sins to G-d and ask Yeshua to forgive oneself for their sins.
As for the whole position of, ”it’s locker room talk”, while it may be true that guys may try to act like a big shot and say all sorts of things, the bigger issue is what is the condition of the heart to say such things in the first place? In other words, a person who truly turns their lives over to the L-rd is supposed to resist even the mere appearance of evil.
Now people are saying this happened 10 years ago before his conversion and that we have all done things in the past we are not proud of. True, I have done many things in the past that I am not proud of as have millions of believers. However, the difference between us and Trump is, we genuinely asked Yeshua to forgive our sins and Trump to this very moment has not. I know that the “rainbows and unicorns” type Christians will not like to hear this, but according to the Word of G-d, Trump is not saved. That’s not my opinion, that is what is clearly written.
Romans 10:10 – For with the hear one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
From the very early days of the election season I made it very clear that Trump was of seriously questionable moral character. I have mentioned more times than I care to count how many so-called “evangelical leaders” have literally set aside the Bible to support Trump, because they subscribe to the whole lesser of two evils type doctrine. Some have even dismissed his behavior by saying, “We are not electing a pastor, we are electing a President.” Funny how morality is thrown out the window for the highest office in the nation, and arguably, the most powerful seat in the entire world. One would think the opposite would be true.
The reality is this about America. We are no different than the nation of Israel was right before the Babylonians invaded. G-d repeatedly warned the nation to return unto Him by sending prophet after prophet telling Israel to truly repent, turn away from other gods, and follow the G-d of Avraham. They did not listen, and finally the judgment came. Some have stated that if Hillary Clinton were to get elected to office, that her Supreme Court appointments could affect generations to come in a very negative way. I do not doubt that is the case, but we also must consider that none of us truly know what type of person that Donald Trump would appoint to the Supreme Court despite some of the names he’s floated out there in recent weeks.
If America is to return unto G-d, and it takes the election of a deplorable person like Hillary Clinton to make that happen, then so be it. I would rather have the nation 4 years from now experience a massive revival of their relationship with the L-rd, and have a referendum of our politicians the likes that this nation has never seen, than to continue this same old song and dance of elections that we have had literally for decades.
Finally, for who think there are no alternatives to vote for, that is simply not true. There are third party candidates out there running for President. Do they have a statistical chance of winning? The answer is no. However, if enough people, especially believers in Yeshua, were to say “enough is enough RNC. You have lied to us. You do not represent us and we are pulling our support.”, and to throw their votes behind honorable men and women who truly fear G-d and respect the Constitution of the United States, then we might actually get people into office who truly represent our values and will work for us.
Our nation really needs prayer at this moment. As of the writing of this blog, we are literally 30 minutes away from the second Presidential debates. At this point, I cannot imagine what is going to take place tonight. All I can do is sit by and watch it unfold just like any of us will do so this evening. May G-d have mercy on this fallen nation, and may we collectively repent of our sins, so that He can heal our land.