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For many years, I have found it difficult to deal with the decline and degradation of the United States, but that struggle has ramped up considerably with the probable election of a man, a woman, and a party that support many anti-Christian beliefs, supreme among them the murder of helpless infants. For that reason, I voted for a man whom many consider an arrogant and egotistical bully. I acknowledge these traits, but because he is pro-life and pro-Christian, it is easily worth the trade-off. I sincerely hoped he would be re-elected, and it appears to very possible that he will not. Nevertheless, I must believe these truths:

“It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes” (Psalm 118:9).1

“Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish” (Psalm 146:3–4).

And this from the prophet Isaiah: “Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?” (Isaiah 2:22).

I noticed that a few verses later how much Isaiah needed God’s help to obey this command because the Lord added, “And the people will oppress one another, every one his fellow and every one his neighbor; the youth will be insolent to the elder, and the despised to the honorable” (Isaiah 3:5).

This is what Isaiah and God’s people were to face.

This is what we are facing. It is disturbing to experience such a fall. Yet, to the Lord, all countries, including the United States, are as insignificant as a drop from a bucket.

“Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust. All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness” (Isaiah 40:15,17).

So, I see how different His view of the United States is from mine.

I must not put my trust in a “prince,” which at this time is the still-in-office president of the United States. I confess that I had hoped that we would have been able in this election to “tap the brakes” in the Great American Decline. It is still possible, I suppose, but hope in that temporary stoppage is waning. We do not deserve a slowdown in our lawless decline. We have sinned against God, and we are experiencing and will continue to experience His judgment. Sadly, if the Democrat party has their way, more heinous sins will become lawful. Stunningly it seems, this is what the majority of Americans have voted for.

We have sown the wind, and we will reap the whirlwind.

So, how should I respond?

What shall I do with this verse? “Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them” (Proverbs 28:4).

What does that striving look like?

I do not yet know, but surely it starts with me praying for help and mercy.

Lord, help us take refuge in You and You alone. Help us put our trust in You and not in any man. You are the sovereign Lord over all nations—the sovereign Lord of the universe. You know all things. You can do all things. Please defeat evil. Please be merciful.

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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