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The Rushmore Report: The #1 Reason You Should Pray for President-elect Trump

Donald Trump has been named President-elect of the United States. Like it or not, he won. And half the country does not like it. Still, we are all called to pray for the new president. We are commanded to “pray for kings and all those in authority” (1 Timothy 2:2). And keep in mind, when Paul wrote that, Nero, no friend to Christians, sat on the throne. But what is the #1 reason to pray for Mr. Trump, and how do we pray?

Joe McKeever, a vocal opponent of Mr. Trump, acknowledges the call on believers to now pray for him. He suggests one overriding reason to pray for the new president . . .

So much is riding on this.

McKeever writes, “Donald Trump is weak. He does not have what it takes to do this right. But no one does. Please don’t miss that. No. One. Does.

Indeed, the job is too big, the pressures too great, and the needs too overwhelming. We need to pray for our new president for one overriding reason.

So much is riding on this.

Scripture is clear. “I know, O Lord, that a man’s way is not in himself; nor is it in a man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jeremiah 10:23). That’s why we need to pray for Donald Trump. He clearly has a propensity for “directing his own steps.” And that won’t work. A man who has said he has never asked for God’s forgiveness, Mr. Trump needs God’s direction all the more.

So much is riding on this.

Anyone can pray for those he supports and believes in. If you didn’t vote for Trump, pray for him all the more. Jesus said we are to pray for our enemies (Luke 6:27). For many of us who find some of Trump’s statements about minorities and women reprehensible, we still must pray for the new president. We as Christians can do this.

So much is riding on this.

Let me suggest ten ways to pray for the President-elect.

1. Pray for him to focus on God (Luke 4:1-2).

2. Pray for guidance and direction (Acts 13:2-3).

3. Pray for personal purity (Isaiah 55:6).

4. Pray for personal breakthroughs (Ezra 8:23).

5. Pray he has godly influence (Isaiah 58:8).

6. Pray for good health (Isaiah 58:8).

7. Pray for personal holiness (1 Samuel 7:6).

8. Pray for courage (Hebrews 13:6).

9. Pray for the compassion of Christ in his life (Matthew 14:14).

10. Pray for personal protection (Isaiah 58:8).

After his admonition to pray for our national leaders, Paul had a bit more to say to young Timothy. “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4). Paul said it. God inspired it. We, as followers of Christ, must do it. Every single one of us must pray for our new president. Why? It’s simple . . .

So much is riding on this.

The Rushmore Report: How the Trump Win May Bury UFO Evidence Forever

Alien truth-seekers are mourning the fact that Hillary Clinton’s hopes of becoming the first female president of the United States have been dashed. Why? Because Mrs. Clinton had promised to open up classified UFO files if she made it to the White House. It seems Clinton had courted the UFO crowd for years. With her loss, the UFO mystery may be buried forever.

Clinton had wooed the so-called alien disclosure community for the past year after it was revealed that she and campaign manager John Podesta were ready to release any top-secret files held by the U.S. Government about the subject of aliens and UFOs.

Their pledge was closely followed by the Paradigm Research Group, a campaign organization set up by Steve Bassett, the only registered lobbyist on the UFO issue in the United States.

Mr. Bassett has been calling for an end to an alleged “truth embargo” that he and other UFO enthusiasts believe was put in place by global government to hide the truth about aliens visiting Earth from the public since the infamous 1947 Roswell UFO incident in New Mexico.

But now Mr. Bassett is hoping that Hillary Clinton and Mr. Podesta can still influence incumbent President Barack Obama to disclose the files and reveal the truth before he leaves office in January. A statement on the PRG website says, “There are 70 days left to persuade Secretary Clinton, John Podesta, and President Obama to engage the media on the extraterrestrial issue leading to a White House/Pentagon rapprochement and Disclosure under President Obama.”

In January, Mrs. Clinton said she also wanted to open up on what is happening at the mysterious Area 51 military base in Nevada, where UFO conspiracists believe evidence of alien technology is hidden away.

Clinton claimed she would “get to the bottom” once and for all of all questions and controversy over what the U.S. Government does or does not know about the mysterious subject. Responding to questions from a reporter during a campaign interview in New Hampshire, she said, “Yes, I am going to get to the bottom of it.”

About the Author

Jon Austin is a freelance writer in the United Kingdom. He covers science, nature, and the paranormal for the Daily Express, an online newspaper.

The Rushmore Report: Five Things to Know About Mike Pence

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is the Vice President-elect of the United States. During the general election, all focus is on the top of each ticket. But Governor Pence stands to make a significant difference in the Trump White House. So let’s meet Mr. Pence. There are five things you need to know about his faith and positions on issues like abortion and religious liberty.

1. Catholic, then Evangelical

Pence was raised in the Roman Catholic Church and attended private schools, belonging to what he once described as a large Irish family that celebrated the 1960 election of Democrat John F. Kennedy.

In an interview with CBN in 2010 while still a member of Congress, Pence explained that he had a deep spiritual conversion in college that eventually led him to become an evangelical.

“I began to meet young men and women who talked about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and while I cherish my Catholic upbringing and the foundation that it poured into my faith, that had not been a part of my experience,” Pence said to CBN.

“Standing at a Christian music festival in Asbury, Kentucky, in the spring of 1978, I gave my life to Jesus Christ and that’s changed everything.”

2. Once Endorsed Ted Cruz for President

Initially during the 2016 Republican primary season, Pence officially endorsed not Trump but rather U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.

“I’m not against anybody, but I will be voting for Ted Cruz in the Republican primary,” said Pence to WIBC back in April. “Let me be very clear on this race. Whoever wins the Republican nomination for president of the United States, I’m going to work my heart out to get elected this fall.”

Pence’s endorsement of Cruz, however, also came with the Indiana governor speaking highly of Trump and urging primary voters to “make up their own minds” on who to elect.

3. A Pioneer Opponent of Common Core

As Governor of Indiana, Pence is credited with being the first state executive to sign legislation to reverse the controversial Common Core State Standards. In March of 2014, Pence singed Indiana Senate Bill 91, which reversed the Common Core standards adopted four years earlier by the Hoosier state.

“I believe when we reach the end of this process there are going to be many other states around the country that will take a hard look at the way Indiana has taken a step back,” stated Pence.

4. Pro-Life Record

Pence has been known as a staunch supporter of the pro-life movement. While in Congress he championed the effort to defund Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Earlier this year, Pence signed into law House Enrolled Act 1337, a pro-life bill that banned abortions on the basis of a baby’s race, gender, or potential disability.

When Trump initially stated he supported punishing the mother who sought an abortion, Pence was one of the many pro-lifers to express his disagreement with the idea. “Governor Pence does not agree with the statement made by Donald Trump. As someone who has embraced the pro-life position all of his life, he has a deep compassion for expected mothers and the unborn,” stated Pence’s office in March.

5. Religious Liberty Legislation

While Governor of Indiana, Pence signed into law the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, garnering much backlash from LGBT and progressive groups.

Even though the state RFRA law did not mention the LGBT community at all and was inspired by federal legislation that had been on the books since the 1990s and had bipartisan support, many activists wrongly interpreted it as allowing Christian businesses to deny services to gay people. Pence eventually caved into the pressure, receiving widespread criticism from religious freedom activists.

By any standard, Mike Pence is a reliable conservative, devoutly evangelical in his faith. Whether he will be an effective Vice President remains an open question.

About the Author

Michael Gryboski is a writer for the Christian Post and a featured lecturer on the cultural issues of the day. He has addressed such relevant issues as the legalization of drugs and a biblical perspective on national leadership.

The Rushmore Report: The Democratic Party in Crisis

We’ve heard it a million times – the Republican Party is in crisis. Then a funny thing happened on the way to the Inaugural Ball. The most qualified candidate in U.S. history lost to a political outsider. But it goes deeper than that. In the eight years of Mr. Obama’s presidency, the Democratic Party has lost 11 U.S. Senate seats, 60 seats in the U.S. House, 14 Governorships, and 900 state legislative seats. So which party is in crisis now?

Undoubtedly, one contributor to the 2016 election surprise was the last-minute announcement that Obamacare was forcing double-digit premium increases. But then again, the law has never been popular.

President Obama is the mirror image of President-elect Donald Trump. Mr. Obama remains personally popular, while his policies are not. Trump, on the other hand, was seen as “scary” by 58 percent of those who voted, according to an ABC election day poll, though he won an Electoral College landslide victory.

It didn’t help that the Democrats nominated their most unpopular candidate since George McGovern. Clinton never provided a compelling message or reason to be president. It turned out “I’m not Trump” wasn’t a visionary enough position to win the hearts of American voters.

One county says it all. In the Democratic stronghold of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, Clinton garnered almost 44,000 fewer votes than Obama received just four years ago. Clinton lost Wisconsin and its valuable 10 electoral votes by a meager 27,000 votes. They didn’t lose because people flocked toward Trump, but because they flocked away from Clinton.

Today, only five states are in Democratic control, holding the Governorship, House, and Senate. Five – that means just ten percent of the states are purely Democratic in their rule.

Trump remains very unpopular. This underscores the Democrats’ problem. They should be asking themselves, “How did we lose to this guy?”

It’s not that millions of left-leaning Americans didn’t prefer Clinton over Trump. It’s just that they didn’t care enough to sacrifice 30 minutes of their day to show up to vote.

President Obama promised change. And change has indeed come. Eleven Senate seats have changed. Sixty U.S. House seats have changed. Fourteen Governorships have changed. Nine hundred state legislative seats have changed. They have all changed from Democrat to Republican.

The Democratic Party is in crisis. It’s pretty hard to spin it any other way. But Democratic leadership will spin it another way. And therein lies their problem.

The Rushmore Report: How Christians Should Respond to the Election Results

Few times in American history have there been so much turmoil, rancor, and potential corruption in a presidential election. Confidence in both candidates has been at an all time low, and for the first time, one of the candidates has actually been under a federal investigation. But now the election is over. You may or may not like our new president, but the question becomes:

As a Christian, what will be your response?

This is a pivotal moment in our culture to either astonish nonbelievers or drive them further away. Whoever you voted for, and no matter how much passion you had for your party, what you do now will have an enormous impact on how people in your community view Christians for many years to come.

As a result, no matter how happy or upset you may be with the results, think twice about how you share that news. Whether it’s at the office, with your family, and especially on social media, an angry response won’t help – neither will an attitude of superiority. Prideful or snarky social media memes will only make Christians look angry or hypocritical, and those attitudes don’t attract others to Christ.

After all, when was the last time condescension, rage, humiliation, or snarkiness won someone to Christ?

Right now, people are looking for hope and real answers that transcend politics. If we ever had the opportunity to proclaim a God who was bigger than what happens in Washington, D.C., then this is our moment.

So no matter how happy, disappointed, nervous, or upset you may be right now, let’s remember that God is ultimately in charge, and only He holds the future.

Jesus is our Savior, not our president. And for that, I am exceedingly joyful.

About the Author

Phil Cooke is a writer, television producer, and media consultant based in Burbank, California. He is also a critic of contemporary American culture. As a producer of religious programming, Phil has worked with such clients as Billy Graham, Joel Osteen, and Joyce Meyer.

The Rushmore Report: A Shocking Response to the Trump Election from the World of Sports

Ernie Johnson is a studio host for the NBA. He can be seen several times a week bantering with the likes of Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal. He plays the straight man among the comics who masquerade as basketball analysts. It makes for great light-hearted fun. At least it did – until Mr. Johnson shared his unbridled response to the presidential election. What he said is shocking, to say the least.

On the air two nights after the election, Johnson first lamented the negative tone of the election. He said he felt like he had been “dealt a bad hand.” He said he did not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, citing his “inflammatory rhetoric” and her “trust issues.” He wrote in Ohio Governor John Kasich’s name, instead.

Then Johnson voiced his hope for a more positive Trump going forward. And that’s where things got interesting.

“I know you’re not supposed to talk about politics and religion but we’re already talking about politics so I’m gonna go the ‘R’ direction, too. I never know from one election to the next who’s gonna be in the Oval Office, but I always know who’s on the throne. And I’m on this earth because God created me, and that’s who I answer to. I’m a Christian. I follow a guy named Jesus; you might have heard of him. And the greatest commandment he gave me was to love others. And Scripture also tells us to pray for our leaders, and that’s what I’m going to do. And I’m going to pray for those people who feel like they’re on the outside looking in, who are afraid at this point. I’ll pray for them, too. In short, I’m praying for America, and I’m praying that one day we’re gonna look back and we’re gonna say, ‘You know what? That Donald Trump presidency? That was all right.'”

The Bible says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:7). I am so grateful that an NBA analyst, speaking before tens of millions of sports fans, gets it – and more importantly, that he said it.

The Rushmore Report: Hollywood Goes Nuts Over Trump Election

Hollywood joined the rest of America in watching the 2016 election returns with bated breath. The reaction from a largely liberal entertainment industry was one of shock. Judd Apatow lamented, “After the wonderful Obamas, it is going to be horrifying to see that awful family in the White House.” Here are the reactions of many of the mortified Hollywood stars.

Cher – “The world will never be the same.”

Rosie – “I am not scared – I’m sad. For all of us. For humanity.”

Madonna – “We must never give up.”

Lindsay Lohan – “Retweet if you want a recount.”

Christina Applegate – “We are heartbroken.”

Stephen King – “I am shutting down.”

Mandy Moore – “I am just absolutely beside myself right now. I can’t believe the way this thing turned. Trying to remain hopeful but geeez louise.”

Jamie Lee Curtis – “People are angry. People are broke.”

Bradley Whitford – “This is a call to arms.”

Jennifer Lawrence – “Do not let this defeat you – let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be a fire you didn’t have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman – don’t be afraid, be loud!”

Joshua Malina – “Somewhere tonight there’s a little racist, narcissistic, woman-hating, Jew-baiting kid who now knows that he can grow up to be President.”

Mia Farrow – “A racist President.”

Katy Perry – “The revolution is coming.”

Josh Charles – “I’m going to kiss my sleeping son and go to bed. Tomorrow I’ll keep trying to raise him right in a world that just got a whole lot scarier.”

But not all of the Hollywood crowd is going insane. A few actually supported Mr. Trump . . .

Stephen Baldwin – “God is moving – and America is speaking. PTL.”

James Woods – “Dear President-elect Trump, please seize this historic moment and make America a nation for us all.”

Steven Seagal – “Congratulations @realDonaldTrump for your stunning victory over your opponent! Looking forward to making America great again!”

Scott Baio – “Great faith in God works. @readDonaldTrump I’m proud to call you President of the United States of America. And First Lady @MelaniaTrump.”

Kirstie Alley – “Congratulations President Trump! Against all odds, against the establishment and even against most of the GOP, you did it!”

Piers Morgan – “Congratulations to my friend – an astonishing achievement.”

 

The Rushmore Report: Clinton Campaign – ‘This Is Why We Lost’

Why did Donald Trump pull the upset of the century? How did “the most qualified presidential candidate in American history” (President Obama’s words) lose to a television reality show star? Did she lose because of her positions on the issues? Was it that America wanted an outsider? No, says the Clinton campaign. She lost for one reason – and their assessment will surprise you.

Within hours of her loss, the Clinton campaign pinned the historic defeat on FBI Director James Comey. Navin Nayak, the director of opinion research on the campaign, sent an email to senior staff Thursday evening outlining what the campaign believed were the reasons for its loss. The email, first reported by Politico, was confirmed to Business Insider by a Clinton campaign staffer.

Nayak signaled in his email that the campaign believes the bombshell from Comey in the final days of the election swung the electorate toward Trump.

“We believe we lost this election in the last week. Comey’s letter in the last 11 days of the election both helped depress our turnout and also drove away some of our critical support among college-educated white voters – particularly in the suburbs,” Nayak wrote. “We also think Comey’s second letter, which was intended to absolve Sec. Clinton, actually helped to bolster Trump’s turnout.”

Say what? Where is the logic in that? It seems the Clinton campaign is ignoring two stubborn facts that are as obvious as Monday night’s super-moon in the sky. Let’s play Jeopardy. I’ll put this in the form of two questions.

1. How did a letter absolving Mrs. Clinton help Mr. Trump?

Let’s be clear. The Clinton campaign claims that by telling the world that the FBI found no further wrong-doing by Clinton, it hurt her and helped Trump. To anyone who finds logic in that explanation, it probably also seems reasonable that the baby about to be born is not a life, that America’s corporate tax rates, the highest in the world, are too low, and that ISIS has nothing to do with Muslim extremism.

2. Who was it that deleted 30,000 emails the day after a subpoena for their release?

Was it Mr. Comey that inserted an unapproved server in a hidden basement in Colorado? Was it Mr. Comey who destroyed 13 devises with a hammer, after claiming there was only one? Was it Mr. Comey who received 12 “Pinocchios” from the New York Times for lying to Congress under oath?

In their defense, the Clinton campaign is simply reflecting human nature. There are four words that seem impossible for most of us to say – “It was my fault.”

Some would argue that Hillary Clinton would be President-elect today, if she had only said, a year ago, “It was my fault.” Perhaps Richard Nixon could have survived Watergate had he said, “It was my fault.” Maybe Bill Clinton could have avoided impeachment had he said, “It was my fault.” 

The Bible says all have sinned (Romans 3:23). But that’s not the deathblow. It goes on to say that if we confess our sin God will forgive us for all eternity (Romans 6:23). But first we must confess our sin. We must learn the four words that have eluded the Clinton campaign and most of humanity – “It was my fault.”

The Rushmore Report: The One Voting Bloc that Gave Trump the Election

How did Donald Trump pull off the most surprising presidential win in our lifetime? Some will tell you he won because of the Independents. Others will credit the Republicans “coming home.” Still others will credit the rural vote, the aging vote, or the neo-conservative vote. But they would all be wrong. Donald Trump owes his election win to one voting block – it’s that simple.

Donald Trump won the White House because of the overwhelming support of white evangelicals. By a 4-to-1 margin, this voting bloc re-emerged. The rumors of their demise were greatly exaggerated. Not since 2004 have white evangelicals come out in such force.

Despite reservations expressed by many evangelical and Republican leaders, white born-again/evangelical Christians cast their ballots for the controversial real estate mogul-turned-politician at an 81 percent to 16 percent margin over Hillary Clinton. (The other three percent went to other candidates.)

“The story here continues to be continuity in the strength of evangelical support for GOP candidates, rather than greater intensity,” said Kevin den Dulk, political science professor at Calvin College.

While Clinton’s campaign largely ignored evangelical outreach (unlike Obama), Trump spent much of the months leading up to Election Day directly courting evangelical support. Those voters – particularly in battleground states such as Ohio, North Carolina, and Florida – proved to be one of his strongest support bases.

White evangelicals made up one in four voters in the 2016 election. Trump gave a victory speech around 2:50 a.m. Wednesday, thanking his family, staff, and supporters, including evangelical stalwarts Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence said, “I come to this moment deeply humbled, grateful to God for his amazing grace.”

Will President Trump embrace white evangelicals? That is to be determined. But one thing is sure – white evangelicals have embraced him. He couldn’t have won without them.

The Rushmore Report: Eight Reasons Trump Won

Few thought he’d run, but he did. Few thought he’d do well, but he did. Few thought he’d win the nomination, but he did. And fewer thought he’d get elected – but he did. With his commanding Electoral College win, Donald Trump has turned the political world upside down. And looking back, we should have seen this coming. There are eight reasons Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States.

1. Ultimate Outsider

He ran against the Democrats. He ran against his own party. He ran against the establishment. And each time, he won. Trump distanced himself from Speaker Paul Ryan. He insulted former president George W. Bush. He ridiculed the likes of Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. This was pure genious. America wanted an outsider – someone with zero ties to the establishment. Donald Trump was that man.

2. The White Wave

While the media was tracking the gender gap and criticizing Trump’s criticizing of Hispanics, he was wise as a serpent. Trump didn’t win because he brought minorities or women over to his side. He played to the working class white guy from Wisconsin or Michigan or Pennsylvania who is hurting. Mr. Trump went all in for the disaffected white voter, and it won him the White House.

3. Kellyanne Conway

The smartest decision Trump made saved him the election. By hiring veteran Republican strategist Kellyanne Conway, he found the one person able to keep him on message. For the last three months, Conway was on CNN more than Wolf Blitzer. And she presented a calm, measured, reassuring persona. Whatever he paid her – it wasn’t enough.

4. Teflon Man

Trump insulted war hero John McCain. He mocked Fox News broadcaster Megyn Kelly. He ridiculed a Hispanic beauty pageant winner. He blasted a Muslim patriot. He said insane things, almost daily. But through it all, Trump remained bulletproof. His gaffes never mattered as much as his outsider credentials.

5. The Comey Factor

It didn’t matter that the FBI Director condemned Clinton, then let her off the hook, only to repeat the cycle in the closing days of the election. James Comey did what even Donald Trump could not do – he kept Clinton’s email debacle on the front pages of the newspapers for months. That served to remind voters that in Clinton they would have a controversy-riddled president.

6. Trusted His Instincts

Trump ran the most unconventional of all political campaigns. But it turned out he knew more than the “experts.” He spent more on “Make America Great Again” caps than on pollsters. He hung out in states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania that pundits said he could not win. His was a chaotic campaign. Trump trusted his natural instincts – and won.

7. Accessible to the Press

Hillary Clinton ignored the press for up to a year at a time. Reporters couldn’t find her with a search warrant. She appeared to be in the witness protection program. Add your own analogy. Trump, on the other hand, did five appearances a day and could be seen on every station but The Weather Channel – almost on a daily basis. He was outspent 3-to-1. But it didn’t matter. Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC interviews come for free.

8. Democrats’ Flawed Candidate

Some said Trump was the only candidate Clinton could have possibly beaten. It turned out that Clinton was the only candidate Trump could beat. She was a deeply flawed candidate, rife with controversy, cover-ups, and misstatements. But in a room full of midgets, the 5-foot man is a giant. In the end, Trump emerged that giant.