Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Who serves and obeys me in all matters with as much care as the world and its princes are served?

From “The Imitation of Christ”

The Republican National Convention may have ended with a literal bang — fireworks spelling out “Trump 2020” — on Thursday last week, but according to a new post-convention ABC News-Ipsos poll, President Donald Trump isn’t getting much of a convention bounce — at least when it comes to his approval rating.

Poll: Biden’s approval rating got a convention bounce. Trump’s didn’t.

What’s the point: One of the more interesting phenomenons during this campaign has been watching analysts, pundits and voters grapple with what occurred in 2016. The polling suggested Trump would lose to Hillary Clinton, and he, of course, won in the Electoral College.

from which source of wisdom am i to draw from in order to determine who will rise to power?

Today’s Scriptures

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you

except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

1 COR 2:2

Some lifelong conservatives do have deeply held reasons not to vote for Trump. His lack of personal character is a routine sticking point. Others bemoan his populist dismantling of conservative ideals. Some cite his expansive use of executive branch authority.

Nobody should vote against his or her conscience.

In a bit of irony, today’s “woke” Democratic Party picked a moderate, twice-failed presidential candidate over a self-described socialist. Undeterred, Democratic Party elites took a hollowed-out Biden, inserted a Bernie Sanders policy agenda filled with federal goodies, and paired him with a California progressive clearly identified as the heir apparent.

in whom should i place my trust to enact laws and guide our nation? 

R. Lord, I love your commands.

How I love your law, O LORD!

It is my meditation all the day.

PS 119:97

In a second Trump administration, Democrats warned, Washington would become an imperial city — a cross between ancient Rome and the Hunger Games’ “Capitol,” where a self-anointed royal family would shred the Constitution, starve the poor, and stage blood sports as a diversion from their rapaciousness and dictatorial impulses.

Speaker upon speaker mischaracterized Biden’s policy positions and asserted that the Democratic presidential candidate would permit the federal government, coupled with the intimidation of cancel culture, to destroy capitalism, suppress free speech, and end law and order.

to which prophet should i listen?

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me;

he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

LK 4:18

“Are you ready for a Trump victory? Are you mentally prepared to be outsmarted by Trump again? Do you find comfort in your certainty that there is no way Trump can win? Are you content with the trust you’ve placed in the DNC to pull this off?”

The poll, taken from August 28 to 29, also found Americans were not won over by the convention’s message, with 59 percent of Americans disapproving of the content of the RNC’s four nights of programming, versus the 37 percent who approved. Overall, 48 percent of Americans reported that they watched, slightly less than the 50 percent who said they tuned in for the Democratic National Convention the week prior.

Poll: Biden’s approval rating got a convention bounce. Trump’s didn’t.

how can it serve GOD’s purpose for the nation to reject the candidate for whom my conscience dictates i vote?

When the people in the synagogue heard this,

they were all filled with fury.

They rose up, drove him out of the town,

and led him to the brow of the hill

on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong.

LK 4:16-30

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