Next on the Election 2020 Reality Show…

In the current reality show being acted out daily on the news, it seems that the election just won’t end. Although the election has been called for Joe Biden as most elections have been called in the past, the current administration is refusing concession. Contrary to what people think, there still is a process ongoing with making the election outcome official. The United States Electoral College continues their work in completing the election. A candidate’s concession or failure to make a concession speech does not impact the duties and responsibilities related to the Electoral College system.

So what’s next in the process?

The next big date on the election calendar is December 14th. This is when the electors meet in their state capitals to officially pledge their votes. I wouldn’t count on a smooth process for this procedure either. This has been 2020 and anything could happen. Electorates are supposed to be bound to vote for candidate who received the most votes. Essentially, this is the candidate with the most popular votes in each state. So can electors refuse or change their votes? Yes, it has happened and these are called “faithless electors”.

In 2016 there were 10 faithless electors.

  • In Washington, Democratic Party electors gave three presidential votes to Colin Powell and one to Faith Spotted Eagle and these electors cast vice-presidential votes for Elizabeth Warren, Maria Cantwell, Susan Collins, and Winona LaDuke.
  • In Hawaii, Bernie Sanders received one presidential vote and Elizabeth Warren received one vice-presidential vote.
  • In Texas, Christopher Suprun voted for John Kasich for president and another elector voted for Ron Paul, giving each one presidential vote. Suprun also voted for Carly Fiorina as vice president while the other elector voted for Mike Pence as pledged.

In addition, three other electors attempted to vote against their pledges but had their votes invalidated:

  • In Colorado, Kasich received one vote for president, which was invalidated, and the elector was replaced by one who cast a vote for Clinton.
  • In Maine, a Democratic Party elector voted for Bernie Sanders but was forced to cast a vote for Clinton.
  • In Minnesota, another Democratic Party elector tried to do the same but was replaced by one who cast a vote for Clinton. The same Minnesota elector voted for Tulsi Gabbard for vice president but had that vote invalidated and given to Tim Kaine.

Faithless electors have never changed the outcome of a Presidential election.

So, if you are hoping for the drama of Election 2020 to be over, mark your calendars for December 14th.

Click here if you want to read more about the Electoral College and the electoral process.

Beware of False Prophets!

It upsets me to hear so-called celebrity preachers make it their mission to convince us that they can hear from God. In the past week, I have heard and seen two well-known Christian personalities predict the results of the Presidential election. Both Pat Robertson and Paula White promoted themselves as representatives of God in announcing that Donald Trump would win re-election.

He didn’t.

“First of all, I want to say without question, Trump is going to win the election,’’ Robertson told us.

Paula White, President Trump’s “spiritual advisor” while speaking in tongues said that angels were on their way from Africa and South America to assist with the election to secure Trump’s victory.

They were wrong.

So doesn’t that make them false prophets?

In Deuteronomy 18:20, A false prophet is a person who “presumes to speak in My name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods.” They also offer false visions, divinations, idolatries AND DELUSIONS OF THEIR OWN MINDS. (Jeremiah 14:14)

Today’s false prophets should be thankful they aren’t living in the Old Testament times.

I think delusions accurately describe the predictions from Robertson and White. I am sure they will explain their errors that their followers will believe and maintain their million dollar ministries but the truth is that they are false prophets. They should remove themselves from their pulpits and stop giving God a bad name. Most importantly, they should stop speaking for God when He hasn’t spoken to them.

God did not tell Robertson that Trump was going to win and White did not summon angels from other parts of the world to do her bidding. It makes me wonder if they may be speaking for the wrong team. It would certainly seem that way.

Be careful who you listen to. If someone tries to tell you that “God told me….” that should be a red flag. Use your common sense and keep the verse in Matthew 7:15 in mind that warns us to “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

People like Robertson and White make the job for true prophets and ministries much more difficult with their antics. They are an embarrassment to God and will be held accountable for misleading their followers. Robertson and White aren’t the only ones. They are just the more public attention seekers that we have seen over the past week while votes were being counted. There have been many preachers standing behind their pulpits using their position to persuade their congregations on what God has “told” them about the election and who to vote for.

Stop telling people that God has told you something when He hasn’t. Stop the ridiculous act of speaking in tongues in an attempt to make your predictions legitimate. That is not the function of the speaking in tongues. Too many use it to manipulate people into thinking God is speaking.

Don’t send your money to support these ministries. Read the Bible for yourself and talk to God for yourself and don’t embarrass God and the hard work many good people are doing by telling us that God has shared some secret with you.

Robertson and White should step down. God would certainly tell them that if they were truly hearing from Him.