by R.C. Metcalf
With the second debate down and only one to go, Americans will soon be compelled to make a decision that will determine the course of our country. We’ve come to a fork in the road. Some of us will want to go left, others will want to go right. Many, having decided neither candidate speaks for them, will follow the lead of the great Yogi Berra and just pick up the fork and enjoy a home cooked meal rather than voting. Yogi was a baseball star known for his pithy sayings like, “If you come to a fork in the road…take it!”.
For those who don’t remember Yogi Berra, he was with the New York Yankees for many years, winning the World Series 10 times in his 19 seasons. Yogi was as American as baseball and apple pie. We lost him last year at the age of 90, but if he were alive today I suspect he would encourage Americans to choose, and choose wisely, rather than take the easy way out.
The America that gave us the freedoms and liberties we enjoy today has been in decline during the last 7 ½ years of Barack Obama’s presidency. Barack and Hillary want us to believe that “America is great because we are good,” as she reiterated in last night’s debate. However, most of us are worse off today than we were when Obama took office. Most of us feel less secure today than we did then. America is certainly not as great as she was prior to 9/11. As President Obama has stated, “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation.”
America has never been “great because she was good.” America was great precisely because she WAS a Christian nation. America was great because she honored God and attempted to follow the moral dictates of His word as found in the Bible, especially in the Ten Commandments and in the teachings of Jesus Christ. As a nation, we’ve strayed far from the legacy of our forefathers: removing the Ten Commandments and nativity scenes from public places, objecting to prayer before ball games, mocking Christians in film and media, and the list goes on…
Neither candidate has much of a platform from which to define the word “good.” What can we expect, if Bill Clinton couldn’t even define the word “is”? Donald Trump admitted to and apologized for what he called “locker room” banter. To this day, neither Bill nor Hillary have apologized for the sexual and verbal aggression perpetrated on women whose lives have been harmed, if not substantially ruined, by the Clinton machine. And as one woman on Facebook pointed out, Donald Trump had one redeeming quality lacking in Bill Clinton, he knew what the word “no” meant.
Of course, lest we consider ourselves any better than them, we should remember the words of the 16th century English Reformer, John Bradford, upon seeing evil-doers being led to execution, “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” Bradford recognized that all of us are capable of both good and evil words and actions. We are ALL guilty in the eyes of God, not just Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. America was never “good” because of her people, as Hillary suggests, but America was “great” because of her God.
Consider also that in the biblical book of Acts (13:22), Luke describes Paul speaking to both Israelite and Gentile believers who worshipped God. Paul declared, “God…made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart.” Yet, if David were up for election, he’d get just as bad a rap as either of our candidates today. 2 Samuel 11 recounts that David lured his neighbor’s wife, Bathsheba, into his bedroom and she became pregnant. David then sent her husband, Uriah, onto the front lines of battle, knowing that he would be killed, and took Bathsheba for his own wife. Scandals aren’t unique to modern America!
The important lesson here is that God is still in control. God lifts up leaders, causes nations to prosper and allows nations to fall. And to avoid any misunderstanding, honoring the God of the Bible in no way makes Christianity the national religion. Christianity is an intensely personal religion that cannot be forced upon anyone, and as such is only one of many faiths that can freely be practiced here in America. But it does exist as the foundation of our democratic republic. No one can deny the words of our founding documents.
Our choice on November 8th is not, “Who’s a better person: Donald or Hillary?” Our choice is, “Which candidate’s plans for the future of America are most honoring to God?” At this critical fork in the road, it is only by “we the people” choosing the correct path, that we can make America great again so that she can become the home to our children that she has always been to us.