Tuesday, November 8, 2016, was election day in the United States, and our nation’s citizens were set to help determine the future of not only their own individual states, but also of our nation as a whole.
With all the bizarre happenings in this election cycle, it has to have been the most unpredictable one of my lifetime, and one that won’t soon be forgotten.
Not long ago I ran across an interesting quote about elections from George Orwell, author of the novel Animal Farm, in which he says, “All elections are crazy; some are more crazy than others.” There doesn’t seem to be any truer statement regarding this year’s election season.
Personally, I believe that even with all the craziness surrounding this election, the decisions being made today will set the course of our nation for many decades to come.
Recently, I was asked to share my opinions on the condition of our nation and the impact of our national election. I will do so at this time. It is no secret that things aren’t well socially or politically in the United States, and this isn’t just my opinion. It is one shared by a majority of Americans.
Many of us feel this way and are concerned about the direction our nation is headed. In a recent poll by Political, it was reported that 73% of Americans say the United States is on the wrong track. Take a look at some of the following information:
• A recent Rasmussen poll showed 60% of us believe race relations are worse now than when President Obama was elected.
• Approximately one-third of the entire population of the United States currently has a sexually transmitted disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yearly treatment costs for these are a staggering $16 billion.
• Our country has the highest teen pregnancy rate of any industrialized nation in the world.
• According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there are 747,408 registered sex offenders in the United States.
• Today, more than half of all couples move in together before they are married.
• 38% of children aged 5 and under receive welfare benefits.
• At least 52 police officers have been killed, so far, in the line of duty in 2016, far more than the number for all of last year.
If “righteousness exalts a nation,” perhaps we can see from these statistics why we are headed in the wrong direction. Besides those things listed above, there are other issues that concern me.
In the United States as of now, we have aborted over 60 million innocent and precious little lives. How can God be pleased with a nation who practices this type of butchery?
Then last year the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, something that is in direct opposition to God’s Word.
Perhaps one of the most serious of the issues that will be addressed after this election is that of the appointment of Supreme Court Justices. When we look at the make up of the Supreme Court and then realize that the new president could appoint two or three new Justices who will reflect their personal beliefs, it is imperative that we take this election very, very seriously.
As a nation, we must ask ourselves: “How can we so brazenly demand that the God of Heaven continue to bless our nation when we so blatantly and so purposefully have gone against his every command?”
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By Bill Reiboldt
(State Rep. Bill Reiboldt, R-Neosho, represents the 160th District of Missouri, which includes Neosho, Diamond, and Granby. He can be reached at his Capitol office at (573) 751-9781 or by email at email@example.com.)