Posted Nov 20, 2020 by Michael L. Brown

Allow me to state the obvious. Barring divine intervention, which would include the miraculous changing of the hearts of millions of people, there is no good outcome to the current electoral crisis. Absolutely none.

If, by some miracle, Trump still prevails and wins reelection, the outcry will be greater than anything we have yet seen.

It will be greater than the riots that have convulse our country this year. Greater than the riots of 1968. Greater than anything in our history, short of the Civil War.

And be assured of this. The outcry against Trump will not stop.

After all, if his legitimate election in 2016 was fought tooth and nail for the last four years, what would happen if the courts pronounced him president again? The opposition against him, in the media, in politics, and on the streets, would be intense beyond words. “Hysterical” would be a better description.

On the other hand, if Biden prevails and is sworn in January, tens of millions of Americans will believe the election was stolen, and Trump would likely keep stoking the fire. Or do you think he and his followers will just say, “Hey, we tried, but the better man won, fair and square?”

As I said, barring divine intervention, this is not a likely outcome, in which case the Biden presidency will be marked by constant derision and scorn, with countless people even refusing to acknowledge his authority.

How can we survive in a state like this?

For the moment, we face two ghastly alternatives.

On the one hand, if the Trump team is right, a massive electoral fraud has been perpetrated right in front of our eyes.

We’re talking about the kind of widescale corruption associated with dictators and despots, the type of elections for which Stalin’s Russia was famous. (Well, maybe not as bad as elections under Stalin, but you get the point.)

That’s why the Trump team made reference to a country like Venezuela. Frauds like this are supposed to take place in countries like that, not here in the USA. After all, we’re the ones who expose corruption around the world.

It would be staggering to think that something this grave, this widescale, this dishonest, could take place right here in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Could a secret, fraudulent system literally steal an election from Donald Trump? Could more than 70 million voters be disenfranchised of their rights?

On the other hand, if these allegations are false, then tens of millions of these same voters are believing some of the most egregious lies imaginable, urged on by the president himself. They are swallowing the most absurd conspiracy theories, hook, line, and sinker, with the most powerful man on the planet helping to perpetrate this mass deception. They might just as well be following Rev. Jim Jones.

The possibility of either prospect being true is absolutely frightening. And, if one is false, the other must be true.

That’s why I said that there is no good outcome to the current electoral crisis. (And lest we have forgotten, all this is taking place in the midst of a pandemic.)

Interestingly, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach puts a positive spin on the craziness, writing:

“By now, the world has concluded that America is insane. A crazy country filled with zany people who have gone off the deep end. A superpower that has become a veritable asylum.

“From our president, whom they conclude is off his rocker, to our president-elect, whom they think, at least in part, might have mentally left the reservation, to the giant demonstrations in favor of Trump to the giant counter-demonstrations against him, America, in the eyes of the world, has become a nation of lunatics.

“But,” he continues, “for all those who dismiss our colorful country as having passed its prime, I say: American irrationality is part of our greatness. Yes, we can take craziness at times to a bit of an extreme, but the American willingness to always push the envelope and do everything outside the box is what has elevated the United States to become the greatest country on earth.

“And I would not have it any other way.”

With all respect to my good friend and frequent debating partner, I would absolutely have things another way right now. We are, quite literally, tearing ourselves apart at the seams. The division and hatred and distrust and chaos are very unhealthy. Our national well-being is at stake.

Yet, in the midst of the crisis, I am not without hope. It’s just that my reason for hope is different than that of Rabbi Shmuley.

In his book Renaissance: The Power of the Gospel However Dark the Times, the respected Christian thinker Os Guinness wrote this: “The kingdom of God is an upside-down, back-to-front, inside-out kingdom that stuns our expectations and blasts us out of our ruts and our prejudices. Above all, it rebukes our pride and pricks the bubbles of our pretensions. God is different from us, he works differently from us, and it is up to us to mirror his will and his ways.”

The God we worship and serve can bring light out of darkness and order out of chaos. The God we adore uses the foolish to confound the wise and the weak to confound the strong. The God we honor brings resurrection out of crucifixion. And when all seems lost, He is often at work the most. As the old saying goes, man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.

My big question, then, is not: What will be the final outcome of the elections? Or, How will the nation respond?

Those are very important questions, really, massively important questions.

But the question I’m asking is much bigger and of infinitely greater consequence. It is simply this: What is God doing in the midst of the crisis? What plan is He working out? How will He respond to the cries of millions of His people who are asking for His intervention and His will? What is our Father up to? Surely He is not sitting by idly, twiddling His thumbs in indifference.

That, in turn, leads to a question for you and me.

In reality, it’s the question that matters most, since, at this point in time, there’s nothing we can do to alter the outcome of the elections. We can’t cast another vote. A letter to our congressmen won’t accomplish anything. Petitioning the courts will have no value.

Yet there is something we can do, and so, the question to ask ourselves is simple: What does God want me to do now? How am I to live, to act, to treat my neighbor? What should be the priorities of my life? What should I be saying to my children, to my colleagues, to my friends, to my enemies? In a time of unprecedented crisis, how does the Lord want me to behave?

On the one hand, although I live with a sense of divine urgency, I am also at peace because I know God is King, working out His plan in the midst of a chaotic and rebellious world. On the other hand, I know He has a specific plan for you and for me.

So, let’s do our part, let’s pray for Him to do His part, and let’s watch something good – even glorious – come out of the mess. With God, all things are possible.

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allenrayjohnson posted a comment · Nov 22, 2020
First of all, Donald Trump is not our savior! Nor is Joe Biden? Our task foremost is to follow Jesus as He taught us. Be reminded of Luke 6:46, where Jesus laments, "Why do you call me Lord, Lord, yet do not do what I ask?" It is so sad to me that so many church folks are tied up in knots echoing Trump's charge of fraud. According to mental health diagnosis criteria, he fits all (yes, all) the criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder. He is incapable of conceding. Pray for his soul, not his presidency! Jesus said, "What profits a person to gain the whole world yet lose his soul?" If you truly love Donald Trump, pray for this man who indeed did gain the whole world in politics and in finance and in fame. So what about his soul?
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Wilebo posted a comment · Nov 21, 2020
I appreciate Dr. Brown's ability to see both sides. What he says is tough medicine. God's Word and good counsel is what we need.
czarpaul posted a comment · Nov 21, 2020
Hopefully the judgment the US so rightly deserves is coming then a revival after said judgment wakes up the mostly sleeping church. It will be worse than it would have been 4 years ago given we didn't go out enough masse over the past 4 years to take the country back. I said 4 years ago a Trump presidency would be nice but if we are just going to waste it it would be better Hilary be elected and God's judgment come upon us than to get a reprieve and waste it and then get a even worse judgment. A EMP and nukes could devastate the US and wake up the church but since we squandered our reprieve must we now suffer first??? If so how long???
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Bright Reaper posted a comment · Nov 21, 2020
Shalom . . . Among other things, Jesus said he was the ‘Truth’. What did He mean by that? Like Dr. Brown, and I’m sure many others, we’ve prayed for truth to be revealed. I personally have prayed that ‘truth about EVERYTHING be revealed’. I believe for the most part, that my prayers are already answered. (Like with believing Jesus, I can choose to believe the truth or not, when it has been shared with me.) So I hear about this ‘ugly’ truth myself, though I don’t have proof because I’ve not seen it 100% with my eyes. I only have a knowing in my spirit. I’m told how there is much voting fraud, and I even see evidence. I hear testimony of undercover people who speak about the fraud, but must remain anonymous for threat of harm to their life and family and property, and even those who speak about the fraud in the open. [For any of you who don’t believe the depth of corruption in our government, here is an excellent listen: Adam Andrzejewski | The Depth of the Swamp | from Hillsdale College, a Christian non government funded college. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQDEDR0JXdE Adam has collected absolute proof about corruption. I believe to the depths of my soul, that many governors (Adam speaks of one in particular) and people in ‘high places’ of authority, including Obamas, Clintons and Bidens are a part of the corruption - [though anyone has an opportunity to repent].) With Jesus, He told His disciples in advance of His death and resurrection. Were any of those He told eye witnesses of the death and raising of Lazarus? So the time comes, and ‘truth’ dies. Can you imagine what was going on internally with those people (disciples) who had believed? Did Thomas know about Lazarus? Had Lazarus died again before Jesus was raised? WILL THE TRUTH AGAIN DIE? . . . truth sets us free. . . . truth empowers us. If the truth again dies, it is just like with Jesus. They (those money hungry power lovers) hate the truth and want to kill (silence) it by any means necessary. Because the truth exposes their evil . . . they will not come to the Light because their evil would be exposed and they would lose their power and money. They are the ones that love darkness rather than Light. But they will get a real surprise when the truth rises on the third day!
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SteveW posted a comment · Nov 21, 2020
One further thing to add: This fraud has not just been committed by the Dems, but also certain elements of the GOP, MSM, Big Tech, Billionaire Elites (Soros) and other bad foreign actors (e.g. votes were counted in Germany!) are in on this. The future of the USA Republic is at stake here. I agree with Dr Brown that there is trouble ahead no matter who "wins", but I would suggest that the USA will fair better if it starts with the legitimate President in place. Prov 11:1 "Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD".
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SteveW posted a comment · Nov 21, 2020
I am astonished that Dr Brown has not yet figured out whether a great fraud has been perpetrated or not. It does not take much due diligence to see that a fraud on an industrial scale has taken place. My particular favourite (so many to choose from) is the fact that some precincts show decimal places in the voter counts. How on earth can half a person cast a vote? This happens when the voting machine fraudulently weights votes e.g. A Trump vote counts as 0.75, and a Biden vote 1.25! You will notice that those like Swkh310 who claim there is no evidence of voter fraud, never actually engage with the specific claims of fraud – it’s easier to put their fingers in their ears and go la-la-la-la. I get a strong sense that Dr Brown thinks that if there is a massive fraud then everyone should just roll over and accept an illegitimate President. I do not think that Dr Brown would ever have qualified as one of the ‘Mighty Men of David’ back in the day.
Lfannon93 posted a comment · Nov 21, 2020
I dont know the exact how, or why, when, who....but i know without any doubt there is systemic fraud and i feel a sense of urgency...i feel media,large tech, media networks are bought and paid for and their agenda is to get trump out move in biden who will be a puppet. I dont know the details....but i feel like there is a darkness with a sinister spiritual agenda and if Trump loses things are going to turn dark here and quickly. The American people will become enslaved. Thats rational or irrational i dont know. That is the message i feel im getting ,feeling...a constant prod urge to prayer, a.prod to speak up, speak out which i didnt vote trump in 2016 and im usually non political ..i voted and have been reading watching everything i can...it is that constant feeling of urgency.
Lfannon93 posted a comment · Nov 21, 2020
I dont know the exact how, or why, when, who....but i know without any doubt there is systemic fraud and i feel a sense of urgency...i feel media,large tech, media networks are bought and paid for and their agenda is to get trump out move in biden who will be a puppet. I dont know the details....but i feel like there is a darkness with a sinister spiritual agenda and if Trump loses things are going to turn dark here and quickly. The American people will become enslaved. Thats rational or irrational i dont know. That is the message i feel im getting ,feeling...a constant prod urge to prayer, a.prod to speak up, speak out which i didnt vote trump in 2016 and im usually non political ..i voted and have been reading watching everything i can...it is that constant feeling of urgency.
Lfannon93 posted a comment · Nov 21, 2020
I feel without a doubt Trump won by an unheard of amount. I feel it has been planned for awhile maybe including the clintons and obamas. I think that many anomalies have been found. Blatant fraud with affidavits, witnesss. To me there is no doubt and I worry because i dont think biden is mentally competent or morally competent either. I feel God has a plan for Trump. I can sense spiritually Trump is more than just the president whether he knows or not. I worry, overthink things. I feel its my responsability to support Trump and i have faith in my God. Because my God is a mighty God he reigns. All things will come to light and revenge justice will be delivered by the lord. His will be done so...i woukd think yes trump will win but i dont always know Gods plan i must have faith it will be as it should.
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RandySandford posted a comment · Nov 20, 2020
Agree with you on almost everything said here, Dr. Brown, except for the statement "They might just as well be following Rev. Jim Jones". I don't know, how in any way, you could compare Trump to Jones. I think you went too far for anyone's logic on that one. You can do better!
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RAS posted a comment · Nov 20, 2020
"past, present, and future tense" -- wish there was editing here, I am atrocious at spelling and typos.
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RAS posted a comment · Nov 20, 2020
Should have used the word, "won", because it is part, present, and future tense; my bad.
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RAS posted a comment · Nov 20, 2020
Swkh310, it doesn't matter who won. In the end, God wins everything.
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Swkh310 posted a comment · Nov 20, 2020
There are no “questions.” Biden won the electoral college, and Biden won the popular vote. And the deplorables have not produced one shred of evidence in in a court of law. It’s over. Bigly.
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RAS posted a comment · Nov 20, 2020
I admire Boteach’s writing skills, although not to the degree that I am stunned at how oblivious he is to the current crises—the result of a world view brought about by intellectualization rather than faith in the Gospel. The things we are watching unfold before us are NOT signs of a healthy nation, but of a collapsing civilization. We are in the midst of a spiritual war being played out by clay figures in a temporal world: a world where for an appointed time evil is allowed to prevail for a season that it may be brought into the light for the end purpose of judgment. I never believed for one moment Trump could MAGA. Only God could do that, and it cannot come politically, but by repentance, faith, and the Word of God. Still, God will bring judgment upon America for the great wickedness that is, and has taken place, just as both houses of Israel and Judea faced judgment. We cannot escape that. I have grave doubts that the America we loved will come back; but as individuals, through prayer and repentance, whosoever will can. God raised up Trump for a purpose. I thank God for that. If that purpose is nearly fulfilled, and God is moving to the next phase, so be it. Jesus said take up your cross and follow me, if the time has come to bear it down the road of persecution to a crucifixion in American society, so be it. Fret not when the wicked rule for their appointed time, for: – A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this. When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever: But thou, Lord, art most high for evermore. Psalm 92: 6-8