Is this how it ends? “It” could be conservatism, our nation or who knows? But it looks very dark for those who have not and will not jump aboard the Trump train.

“At the end of their rule, when their sin is at its height, a fierce king, a master of intrigue, will rise to power. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause a shocking amount of destruction and succeed in everything he does. He will destroy powerful leaders and devastate the holy people. He will be a master of deception and will become arrogant; he will destroy many without warning. He will even take on the Prince of princes in battle, but he will be broken, though not by human power.

-Daniel 8:23 – 25

I know many once-respected conservatives who have be-clowned themselves and the name of conservatism in their support of Donald Trump. Some simply because he has an ‘R’ next to his name, regardless of how recent a development that was. Other conservatives endorsed Trump during the primary, because in their mind he was the strong horse, or because he “tells it like it is,” supposedly, or because they saw him handle the media but with even more success at being Teflon then some notable politicians of the past. But worse than the death of the modern conservative movement is the Christian movement to back Trump. I watched Christians not support the constitutional, conservative, Christian Ted Cruz for no other reason than to them, “he looked creepy.” However, they supported a man who is an unapologetic adulterer, liar, mean, amoral, braggart who could easily be the runner-up for the Miss. Antichrist USA pageant.

And then there was this news about Evangelical Christians meeting with Trump. The names on this list consist of people I’ve never heard of, as well as some whom I take issue with, but also some who I’ve trusted and supported. Now just because there on the list doesn’t mean they support Trump, yet. There was this article on the AFA website panning Trump and AFA action is one of the groups meeting with Trump. I hope they hold strong. However, when you hear more than one person like Paul Ryan saying basically they don’t endorse Trump yet, but they hope to soon, it doesn’t give the #neverTrump conservatives hope. What does that even mean, he wants to support him? Why does he want to? Simply because he now says he’s an R? There’s nothing magical that happens when you affiliate yourself with one party. I understand it used to be that each party had its principle beliefs, but the Republicans have been slowly or not so slowly abandoning that for quite some time, which is exactly why Trump is their nominee.

And what about Marco Rubio and others calling Trump a crook and unfit and then supporting him? Is it just party politics? Are there so few people of principle who mean what they say left in politics? Don’t answer that. But not just politicians, you get regular people saying Trump is a gift from God and an honest hardworking man.

The even more astonishing thing is that now it seems even the liberal media is supporting Trump. It’s not really new as they have been promoting him for a year. However, I thought this was only so they could knock him down in the general election. It now seems that there are many in the media who prefer him over Hillary. They won’t say that out loud but they keep propping him up and reporting more honestly on Hillary’s scandals. Maybe this is because they want the Republicans to own this disaster far beyond this election cycle, maybe they just don’t like Hillary, maybe they are mesmerized by Trump. It wasn’t long ago here in Maryland, a very, very blue state that the favored Democrat, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend lost the governor’s race to a Republican, because the Democrats didn’t like her.

Everything and everyone (or at least very many) seem to be lining up behind Trump in a way that is inexplicable to me and to anyone else if you spelled it out on paper just two years ago. If you’ve ever read the Left Behind book series it’s eerily similar to how the antichrist character in that book Nicolae Carpathia was able to convince people to support him, even convincing some that he was a Christian. This doesn’t mean Trump is the antichrist but he may at least be one more warning of what is to come. I used to wonder how someone could convince a large majority of people to believe in any one leader because of the partisan political divide and because I thought too many Christians would see through a charlatan snake-oil salesman. But now I can see how it might happen. I can’t explain it, but I see it happening nonetheless.

For me this really is an election about choosing the lesser of two evils but trying to decide who is worse is like debating about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil. You can’t argue that not voting is a vote for the candidate you like least. You always have a choice and sometimes the best choice is “none of the above” and leave the outcome to God.

“Then the beast was allowed to speak great blasphemies against God. And he was given authority to do whatever he wanted for forty-two months. And he spoke terrible words of blasphemy against God, slandering his name and his dwelling—that is, those who dwell in heaven.  And the beast was allowed to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And he was given authority to rule over every tribe and people and language and nation. And all the people who belong to this world worshiped the beast. They are the ones whose names were not written in the Book of Life that belongs to the Lamb who was slaughtered before the world was made.”

-Revelation 13:5-8