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We Will Get What We Ask For

by baldilocks

Con­ser­v­a­tive com­men­ta­tors hither and yon have laid out rea­son after rea­son after rea­son that Don­ald Trump should not be the Repub­li­can can­di­date for pres­i­dent. They’ve used facts, rea­son and logic. But I don’t think that much head­way is being made and I don’t expect to make much here.

The lat­est exam­ple is the Trump Campaign’s reac­tion in the wake of its loss in the Col­orado Caucus/​Convention. Mr. Trump’s sub­se­quent behav­ior has been typ­i­cally petu­lant — espe­cially in view of the campaign’s fail­ure to do the min­i­mum amount of leg-​work in the state.

I’m not going to lay out the sit­u­a­tion lead­ing up to the loss in Col­orado because it’s only tan­gen­tial to my point. Those who want to know what hap­pened already know or they’ve already decided to ignore it.

And to para­phrase a Trump­ism: he whines so much that I — for one — have become bored with whining.

For the record, I don’t “hate” Don­ald Trump because I have some secret desire to be liked and accepted by the so-​called “Repub­li­can Establishment.”

Who­ever makes this juve­nile asser­tion is using the same thought process — such as it is — that black left­ists use when attempt­ing to shame black con­ser­v­a­tives: “You’re only con­ser­v­a­tive because you want white peo­ple to like you” – as if prin­ci­ple were a plan­ta­tion. (By the way, white peo­ple liked me when I was a Democrat.)

How­ever, there is one huge – if you’ll par­don the word – rea­son that the prospect of a Pres­i­dent Trump fright­ens me. And that rea­son is not political.

I will not vote for some­one who calls him­self a Chris­t­ian and, at the same time, says he hasn’t asked God’s for­give­ness; who, in fact, says that he doesn’t need forgiveness.

That we all have sinned and require for­give­ness and pro­pi­ti­a­tion for our sins through the actions of Jesus the Christ is Chris­tian­ity itself.

It’s telling that many Chris­t­ian com­men­ta­tors have ignored Trump’s words on this mat­ter. We may not be vot­ing for a pope or a pas­tor, but we are vot­ing for a per­son to lead this coun­try, and, as we Chris­tians know, God puts — and allows – lead­ers to lead their coun­tries, depend­ing on the choices and char­ac­ter of the cit­i­zenry. That means that if we don’t mind if an apos­tate is our leader, God will let that hap­pen. We should have already learned this in the last eight years.

To me, when Don­ald Trump made that state­ment, it was as if God said to us, “here’s what you are really get­ting. Are you sure you want this?”

I say ‘no.’ It isn’t that I wouldn’t vote for a non-​Christian. It’s that I can’t vote for a pre­tend Chris­t­ian. I didn’t vote for one dur­ing the last two pres­i­den­tial elec­tions either.

God is not mocked and I won’t vote for some­one who openly does so. But if enough peo­ple ignore Mr. Trump’s mock­ery, “we” will get what “we” want. Again.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

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by baldilocks

Conservative commentators hither and yon have laid out reason after reason after reason that Donald Trump should not be the Republican candidate for president. They’ve used facts, reason and logic. But I don’t think that much headway is being made and I don’t expect to make much here.

The latest example is the Trump Campaign’s reaction in the wake of its loss in the Colorado Caucus/Convention. Mr. Trump’s subsequent behavior has been typically petulant—especially in view of the campaign’s failure to do the minimum amount of leg-work in the state.

I’m not going to lay out the situation leading up to the loss in Colorado because it’s only tangential to my point. Those who want to know what happened already know or they’ve already decided to ignore it.

And to paraphrase a Trumpism: he whines so much that I—for one—have become bored with whining.

For the record, I don’t “hate” Donald Trump because I have some secret desire to be liked and accepted by the so-called “Republican Establishment.”

Whoever makes this juvenile assertion is using the same thought process—such as it is—that black leftists use when attempting to shame black conservatives: “You’re only conservative because you want white people to like you”–as if principle were a plantation. (By the way, white people liked me when I was a Democrat.)

However, there is one huge–if you’ll pardon the word–reason that the prospect of a President Trump frightens me. And that reason is not political.

I will not vote for someone who calls himself a Christian and, at the same time, says he hasn’t asked God’s forgiveness; who, in fact, says that he doesn’t need forgiveness.

That we all have sinned and require forgiveness and propitiation for our sins through the actions of Jesus the Christ is Christianity itself.

It’s telling that many Christian commentators have ignored Trump’s words on this matter. We may not be voting for a pope or a pastor, but we are voting for a person to lead this country, and, as we Christians know, God puts—and allows–leaders to lead their countries, depending on the choices and character of the citizenry. That means that if we don’t mind if an apostate is our leader, God will let that happen. We should have already learned this in the last eight years.

To me, when Donald Trump made that statement, it was as if God said to us, “here’s what you are really getting. Are you sure you want this?”

I say ‘no.’ It isn’t that I wouldn’t vote for a non-Christian. It’s that I can’t vote for a pretend Christian. I didn’t vote for one during the last two presidential elections either.

God is not mocked and I won’t vote for someone who openly does so. But if enough people ignore Mr. Trump’s mockery, “we” will get what “we” want. Again.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

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