I think the whole Epstein thing, taken in conjunction with the Weinstein thing, the Hastert thing from a few years back, the continuing Vatican scandals, and the total silence from pretty much everyone on both sides of the aisle regarding the rampant and pervasive perversity at all levels, shows why electing the “right” person or the “right” party will not solve the problems our nation and world face. The problem is much deeper. The Prince of This World runs things – regardless of which party is in power. The church fighting for political supremacy is like trying to fight an out of control wildfire – the best you can hope for is not getting surrounded and consumed yourself.
The church spends her time best when she spends it in prayer, centered around the Holy Word of God, preaching, teaching, absolving, showing love to her neighbor, and rejoicing when she is counted worthy of suffering for The Name. The powers of this dark realm will not be converted – they will only be overcome on the last day. The theology of glory tries to win political victories. The theology of the cross seeks to take up the cross daily and follow Jesus in your own calling, living according to the Ten Commandments in faith toward God and love toward your neighbor.
This does not mean we despair – we know who has already won the victory. Nor does it mean we pull the switch on the “Benedict Option” – withdrawing from society and creating our own parallel structure or utopian vision. The Evangelicals tried it in the 80’s with “Christian phone books” and it didn’t work then either. We are to be in the world, without being of the world. This is a high and difficult calling. It is why the church must be in prayer together even as we live and work in the world. It is why the church becomes even more – important as its influence wanes, and as she (almost certainly) enters a period of open persecution. Those who think they and their families can stand against the forces of this world on their own, without the benefit of regular and active church attendance have been deceived. That is why pastors grieve so deeply the loss of even one member: they know what the outcome will be – not only eternally, but even in this world. It ends in pain and regret for those who cast aside the gift of the Gospel, which is only a foreshadow of what is to come.
All of this to say, I think the church needs to get out of the politics business. Entirely. Preach and teach. Let members act as faithful citizens (and officials – including electors), pray for kings and others in authority, and leave it at that. And if you are a member of the church – hold tight to Her. Recognize that hearing the Word is a precious gift, and treat it with the respect and honor it deserves. Those two things are the key to the future. It won’t be easy by any stretch – the church will be picking up the pieces of our broken society for centuries (unless our Lord returns first – may it ever be!) But it is the only way to make it through, and we already know the Rest of the Story – The Serpent is a wounded animal. His time is ending. For now he thrashes about causing destruction. We need to be careful not to get caught up in the death throes.
But the victory has already been won by our Lord Jesus Christ.