Deuteronomy 16:18-20 – Where Are You, Men of Courage?: Why We Got Trump vs. Clinton

Posted: February 13, 2017 in 05-Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy 16:18-20

Appoint Wise Judges

Where are you, men of courage? That was the key line from the movie, Courageous, from a few years back. That was my first thought after the Republican and Democratic conventions back this past summer. Has it really come to this that our only real viable choices for the President’s office of our great land were Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? These are the two people we must choose from? Donald Trump, the adulterous, lying, using the tax code to his advantage, living a wealthy lifestyle off of smoke and mirrors and bank loans Republican candidate juxtaposed against the lying, do and say whatever it takes, shady deals, managing spin, career politician Hillary Clinton. These were our choices. Neither one of these candidates was worthy of the position that they are vying for. Both were and are Machiavellian candidates who are willing to do whatever, say whatever, say one thing to one group and a different thing to another group to get elected kind of people. Many of us sat back and wondered how it all came to this. The worst set of candidates to choose from – ever! You would hear and read the posts of people on Facebook that were so against Hillary Clinton that they were trying to justify voting for Donald Trump, clearly a man not morally fit for the job and clearly a man who has no clue about the office he now holds. Those from the anti-Trump camp would sing the praises of woman whose political career over the decades has shown that she is willing to do almost anything to maintain her power or her path to the next position. The campaign became less about the country’s need but rather bashing the other candidate. I was sick and disgusted when I went into the voting booth in November. I am no happier now.


When we ask why we ended up with lackluster, morally bankrupt candidates? We only have to look at ourselves. These candidates were the reflection of the society in which we now live. People got behind Trump because he was a celebrity and he said all the right things. He did not have to have a plan. He just had to tell us that everything was bad and make you afraid of it. People got behind Clinton because our nation has become so liberal, so desirous of entitlements, so desirous of the government taking care of us, so desirous of not working hard that her message was appealing. We have become a nation enamored with celebrity and so enamored with a sense of entitlement that this is what we got. Additionally, we have become a country that has drifted so far from God that the expectation of our leaders to be morally upright is a thing of the past. We worship ourselves and what we can get and acquire. We have become a nation where what matters most are my rights and it does not matter what is right. We Christians sit back and complain about what has happened to our country. We falsely believe that Trump will return America to its moral center but yet he is a man without one. We Christians complain about our country but yet we are not offering ourselves up for public service. We want Christian men and women to run for office but yet we got wrapped up the celebrity of Trump because he had the loudest voice. Christian men like Marco Rubio were trounced in the process. We wonder why there are not more Marco Rubios out there. Just look what happened in 2016.


Where are you, men of courage? Where are you, upright men of God? Our nation will not return to its Christian center and its Christian values until there are more of us willing to stand up and be counted. We must have more candidates with Christian values running for office and willing to make the sacrifices to do so. Have we become so enamored with our own comforts that we are no longer will to fight the fights that need fighting. Are we no longer will to pay the costs for public service? Let us think more of the needs of our cities, counties, states and country than we do of our mortgage? We need Christian men of courage who are willing to say that I will stand up and make the sacrifice for public service. Where are you, men of courage? Otherwise, we will continue to get the choices that we had in 2016 and we cannot complain about it. Do you want 2020 to be another situation where you are voting against someone rather than for someone? Do you want 2020 to be a choice between the lesser of two evils? Do you want 2020 to be like a Clemson fan have to choose between that which he detests the least, a Florida State Seminole or a South Carolina Gamecock? Where are you, men of courage?


That was the first thought that came to mind when I read through today’s passage, Deuteronomy 16:18-20, was that we have lost the men of courage in the public arena in our country. Let’s read the passage together now:


18 Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the Lord your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly. 19 Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent. 20 Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you.


These verses anticipated a great problem the Israelites would face when they arrived in the Promised Land. Although they had Joshua as their national leaders (who was a morally upright and great man), they failed to complete the task and choose other spiritual leaders who would lead their tribes, districts, and cites with justice and God’s wisdom. Because they did not appoint wise judges and faithful administrators, rebellion and injustice plagued their communities. It is a serious responsibility to appoint or elect wise and just officials. In your sphere of influence are you and I ensuring that justice prevails? Failing to choose leaders that will uphold justice can lead to much trouble, just as Israel discovered later.


We, as Christians, can no longer afford to hide in the woodwork and complain about where our country is headed. We must run for public office. We must give people the real choices. We must, too, as voters not fall in love with the celebrity of a man before we examine his record. We must look for leaders who have the moral fiber to be upright leaders. We can no longer sit back and wait for it to get better. We must be the better. We must support men of courage to get into the ring and we must be men of courage ourselves. Where are you, men of courage?


Amen and Amen.

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