After some heated, humble, eye-opening conversations with God this week, something finally occurred to me yesterday as I was watching the debate from Thursday night on YouTube. I was sitting watching a graphic toward the end showing the pie chart of which candidates were getting the most buzz. Mr. Trump had the lion’s share of conversation with 60% of the political conversation on Facebook. It struck me where I had gone wrong. This is the last post I will write mentioning #NeverTrump, or anything else to do with the candidate. Here’s why.
It’s not that I’ve changed my mind, but as I was thinking about that graphic, a Scripture came to mind. In Paul’s letter to the Philippians he instructed:
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Being human, we are all still prone to get caught up in the here and now. We are all still prone to focus on the dishonorable, the unjust, the foul, the ugly, the despicable. We seek out the inferior and the unworthy. And we think about these things. Please hear me clearly, these words are regarding the antonym of what we are called to focus on, not a specific person. But, in focusing on Mr. Trump, many of us, supporters and opponents alike, have also focused on these things.
We are called to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves as well. So I am not advocating we bury our heads in the sand. But, instead of focusing on what I don’t like about who, or why I won’t support them, I am going to use this space to get back to focusing on the reasons I support Ted Cruz for President of the United States.
I have followed Senator Cruz to some degree since before he became a Senator. I looked into him during his Senate bid, and his previous positions on those Supreme Courts cases he’s argued. He signed the Contract From America back when that was still making the rounds. He advocated, and promised to fight for, liberty in the form of the rights protected under the Bill of Rights. He advocated the shrinking of the federal government. He promised to go to Washington DC and fight the status quo.
Since he has become a Senator in 2012, he is one of a handful of Senators that have made waves, and headlines, with their strong stand against both Republicans and Democrats. Senators Mike Lee and Rand Paul are the others that immediately jump to mind. Many in the nation, particularly in the Senate and DC establishment, wrung their hands over the GOP looking bad when President Obama started wagging his finger over the government shut down in October 2013. I, on the other hand, roundly applauded the actions of a full-on filibuster, in a fashion not seen in a long time, where Senator Cruz stood on the floor and spoke for nearly a full 24 hours.
The media and most of the Washington establishment went into meltdown mode last July over the kerfuffle with TPA. I was and many like me, were pumping our fists in the air yelling hallelujah when Ted Cruz stood on the floor of the Senate and called Mitch McConnell to account for lying to his Republican colleagues to procure their votes.
Why, you ask, would I applaud these things? They didn’t accomplish anything, right? He didn’t win the battle. The budget was still passed with funding for Obamacare in 2013. The vote was already taken. Why would I be so excited over a guy who lost those battles, and so angered his colleagues that one of them recently joked about him getting murdered on the Senate floor without consequence?
Because he didn’t promise to win every battle. He didn’t promise that he would make his colleagues like him. He promised that he would fight to reign in government power and spending. He promised that he would fight to protect freedoms and the innocent. He promised that he would fight to change the atmosphere in DC and restore integrity and honor to the process.
It is honorable when men follow through on their promises upon being granted the power they were seeking. In a Representative Republic like ours, it takes more than one honorable man to get the job done. But a few honorable men doing as they promised is often all it takes to at least engage the battle against the corruption and apathy that is killing our country. It works too. I firmly believe that it was the actions of these bold, new Senators who consistently fought the establishment on both sides of the aisle that gave hope to the people and delivered 8 more Senate seats and the Republican majority in 2014. So, that’s today’s reason why I #ChooseCruz. What about you?
Be blessed and be a blessing, and happy voting!