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Waiting for order

Lessons to learn in the aftermath of the presidential election


People stand in line to vote at Model City Branch Library in Miami. Rebecca Blackwell/AP

Waiting for order
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Advent season approaches with a world already in waiting: Waiting for a vaccine. Waiting for life after COVID-19. Waiting for a new presidential term. Waiting to see how it all unfolds.

In the Scriptures, God tells us to wait on Him. He repeats it often, probably because He knows it’s especially difficult. Waiting is inevitable, but how we wait—with calm and composure—matters to God. It matters in election seasons too, when results get prolonged and suspicions grow high.

The Associated Press might have done a service to the country if it had waited until later in November to call Pennsylvania—and the election—for presumptive President-elect Joe Biden, rather than doing so on Nov. 7. When the news agency declared Biden the victor, he was leading in the state by 0.51 percent. The threshold for an automatic recount in Pennsylvania is 0.5 percent.

AP cited other calculations that suggested Biden’s lead was likely to grow, and it did: A little more than a week later, AP reported Biden’s lead at 1.1 percent. (In 2016, Trump won Pennsylvania over Hillary Clinton by 0.73 percent.)

Calling Pennsylvania so soon, when the margin was still so close, raised questions for some voters, particularly during such an unusual year with an unprecedented number of Americans voting by mail.

For some, those suspicions snowballed into accusations of massive fraud and a stolen election. But the courts are the legal recourse for weighing election claims, and President Donald Trump’s team had the right to pursue that course.

Attorney General Bill Barr authorized federal prosecutors to pursue any substantial allegations of voting irregularities that revealed problems big enough to change the election’s outcome. (Even if investigators find problems that don’t change the outcome, election officials still should explain how the problems happened and how they’ll make changes.)

For Christians, legal standards are helpful, especially when they reflect the standards of the Bible.

Barr told the attorneys in a memo they should handle serious allegations with great care, “but specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims should not be a basis for initiating federal inquiries.” He added that nothing in his memo “should be taken as any indication that the Department has concluded that voting irregularities have impacted the outcome of the election.”

The legal burden remains on Trump’s attorneys to produce credible evidence of election-altering fraud or irregularities. Going into the second full week after the election, courts had ruled against Trump’s claims in several cases, and were set to hear more.

Outside the court of law, the court of public opinion is deeply divided, and there’s no judge with a gavel to make a final ruling. But for Christians, legal standards are helpful, especially when they reflect the standards of the Bible: Claims still require clear, credible evidence, even when we’re tweeting or posting among ourselves.

Waiting isn’t unprecedented: In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ended the wrangling over Florida’s recount on Dec. 12. The election drama came down to a single state and lasted a few weeks.

At some point, though, the time for waiting will end. This year’s drama might end sooner, if courts don’t rule there’s credible evidence of major fraud or irregularities and as states start certifying their vote counts.

Even if some or many Americans remain unconvinced the election was fair, they’ll have to decide how to respond to the likelihood of a Biden presidency. That’s especially true for Christians who sometimes don’t trust politicians, but who should trust God’s providence—whatever He brings.

And the beginning of Advent season—a time of hopeful waiting—is a welcome reminder that God has already given us what we need most.


Jamie Dean

Jamie is national editor of WORLD Magazine. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and previously worked for The Charlotte World. Jamie has covered politics, disasters, religion, and more for WORLD. She resides in Charlotte, N.C.

@deanworldmag

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Salty1

If 50,000 votes were submitted illegally by the mail in process, exactly how would anybody know? If you do a recount then those votes will again be counted. The pandemic was used to change our voting process opening us up to voter fraud and the Democrats have capitalized on it by allowing in mail-in ballots that are known to enable voter fraud. Also, Republicans were not allowed to monitor the vote due to social distance restrictions to see all the fraud. 
 

Wise Christians will be suspect of a system where a massive amount of voter fraud has already been observed. Republican poll watchers weren't allowed to see all the fraud so we shouldn't expect them to have all the evidence showing the voter fraud would overturn the election. Given the mass irregularities, the whole election process of the different states should be scrutinized, a careful review of all ballots should be made, and if the election cannot be determined, then another election should be done. We cannot let corruption determine the victor! 
 

During the time of Jeremiah, Gedaliah was made governor over the cities of Judah after the fall of the kingdom to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. Just after the Babylonians had left, Johanan came to the governor and warned him that Ishmael son of Kareah was sent by the Ammonites to kill him, but Gedaliah would not believe him.  Johanan talked secretly with Gedaliah and asked him if he could kill Ishmael without anyone knowing it but Gedaliah told him to not speak falsely about Ishmael.  We see Gedaliah having noble character not wanting to bring false accusations on Ishmael.  When Ishmael and his men came to visit Gedaliah, he did not heed the warning of Johanan but sat down with him and his strong men.  Rather than taking precautions and using earthly wisdom, Gedaliah automatically trusted Ishmael and he lost his life for it. Johanan eventually came to power and he did not follow Jeremiah's commands from God, but took the remnant of Jews down to Egypt to flee from the Babylonian rule. Johanan's pragmatism brought the curse of God on the people.  These two men show us two extremes: Gedaliah was the noble and trusting man (we assume likely having real faith) lacking earthly wisdom, where Johanan was practical using earthly wisdom without faith in God. The truth is we need to exercise both faith and earthly wisdom. All faith without earthly wisdom causes one to live foolishly but living without faith with all earthly wisdom is also foolish - Johanan was cursed by God. 
 

The point is that in this election we should not solely trust the Democrats who have repeatedly shown themselves to not be trustworthy. They propagated the lie of Russian collusion in the election where the Clintons actually used Russian propaganda in the dossier to justify spying on Trump as president elect. They falsely went after Trump's National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, and took him down.  They impeached Trump on dubious charges spreading lies and disinformation. The Democrats went after Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court nominee with complete recklessness without concern for the truth. Given the untrustworthiness of the Democrats and the extreme partisanship they have shown, earthly wisdom would tell us to carefully evaluate the ballots and not automatically believe what they say for we have already seen much voter irregularities and fraud!

PAMom

Anyone who wants to get a covid vaccine hopefully will open their eyes first by seeing what is in those vaccines. Watch this video first, then decide:

https://www.stopworldcontrol.com/en/?fbclid=IwAR1MURGJMK7-btpwezw6nk7ilEsf8RXWh6a82HnwoI6tu_AdvyaemL08dyw

Leeper

I reserve judgement until the court cases are heard and decisions rendered. It is irresponsible for media to call election until evidence is heard.