When C. S. Lewis described his conversion to Christianity in his autobiography, Surprised by Joy, he said he was “drug into the kingdom kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape.” While I wouldn’t describe my vote for Trump as a “conversion,” but rather a “concession,” and while I can’t say that I’m “surprised by joy,” I can say that I am “surprised by the election results.” Now what? Well, I began my day heeding the Apostle Paul’s admonition: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:1-3).

My good friend and elder in our church, David Alders, who is also the chairman of the Nacogdoches County Republican Party, gave this press release today, and I think his observations and counsel are good:

After a very long and polarizing campaign, the nation’s voters have finally had their say, and it appears that more of them are ready than not for a change in the direction of public policy, in both legislative and regulatory areas. Republicans and conservatives hope this means that the federal government will return to its constitutionally-prescribed limits, to reasonableness in regulatory policies, to spending restraints that will not continue to heap upon our children and grandchildren the cost of current benefits, to laws and judgments that honor the morality and faith upon which our nation was built. If Mr. Trump leads our nation in such a direction, I trust that Republicans, and the vast majority of Americans, will be supportive and loyal. If not, I’m sure they will hold him accountable. I worry that this election shows that our nation has lost a vital and important sense of common values without which no nation can heal and move forward.  Republicans are loyal Americans, first, and not partisans, and we need to realize that liberty, personal responsibility and sacrifice and love for our neighbors, not partisanship, are what have made America great.