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10 reasons why Donald Trump won

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Last night, Donald Trump accepted the Republican Party's nomination to become the forty-fifth president of the United States. Before he announced his campaign on June 16, 2015, fewer than 23 percent of Republicans said they could vote for him. Across the next year, he vanquished sixteen political professionals and is now one step from the Oval Office.

Why did he win the nomination? Consider ten factors:

One: Trump is not a professional politician. Republicans' trust in government is below 10 percent, its lowest point since polling began in the 1940s. Voters wanted a candidate who isn't part of the "system" and says what he thinks regardless of political correctness. Trump's claim, "I am your voice," was met with resounding cheers last night.

Two: Trump has achieved success in the "real world." His business employs over 22,000 people; Forbes estimates his personal net worth at $4.5 billion. Voters wanted someone who knows how to run things and embodies the American Dream.

Three: Trump has celebrity and name recognition. Americans love celebrities, as do news outlets. The New York Times estimates that Trump received $2 billion worth of free media coverage during the presidential primaries.

Four: Trump embodies voters' anger. According to surveys, 67 percent of Americans say they are angry at the federal government; 84 percent are angry with Congress. Trump's belligerence mirrors the spirit of the times.

Five: Trump promises to protect the religious freedom of Christians. A higher percentage than ever before believe it has become more difficult to be an evangelical Christian in recent years.

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How Ted Cruz responded to Donald Trump last night

Credit: Carolyn Kaster via APDuring the Republican presidential primary season, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz were not the best of friends. Trump called Cruz "Lyin' Ted," mocked his wife's appearance, and insinuated that his father had associated with the assassin of John F. Kennedy. Cruz denounced Trump as "utterly immoral" and a "pathological liar."

Before last night's Republican convention meeting, everyone wanted to know: what would Cruz say about Trump, now that the latter is the Republican nominee for president?

As it turned out, their standoff continues. Cruz congratulated Trump on his victory but refused to endorse him. Instead, he encouraged Republicans to "vote your conscience." As his speech ended, Trump supporters in the hall began shouting their displeasure. Then Donald Trump entered the hall. Commentators called it the most surreal moment of the convention thus far.

It's been said that "politics are downstream from culture." If that's true, we should not be surprised at the divisiveness of this political season. Nor should we look to political parties to unite themselves, much less the nation.

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Donald Trump's nomination and other surprises

Credit: Carolyn Kaster via APDonald Trump officially became the Republican Party's presidential nominee last night. A year ago, who predicted this historic event? But nothing that has happened at this week's Republican convention surprised God. Nor will anything that happens at next week's Democratic convention. Our omniscient Lord already knows the outcome of the November election and all that will follow it.

How do I know? Consider this: Astronomers from South Africa have discovered more than a thousand galaxies no one knew existed. And this: Scientists using the Kepler telescope have found 104 new planets outside our solar system. In fact, scientists now believe that there could be more planets than stars in the universe. All of this is astonishing to the experts who made these discoveries.

Here's my point: We can learn nothing about creation that the Creator does not already know. Nehemiah was right to pray, "You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host" (Nehemiah 9:6). Like a man who built his own house, our Maker understands what he has made more perfectly than we do.

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Pokémon GO and the crises of our day

Credit: Mikhail Kireev via APPokémon GO is the most popular mobile game in American history. The app instructs players to use their mobile devices to catch Pokémon characters in the real world. It has sent multitudes of people into streets, parks, and malls looking for such creatures. More than twenty-one million people play the game every day in the US. (For more, see Ryan Denison's Is Pokémon Go-ing to Church?)

I'm old enough to remember when Blockbuster stores rented video games and VHS tapes. Now Blockbuster stores and VHS tapes are no more. We could never have imagined then the technology we take for granted today.

One reason for the popularity of Pokémon GO is that it provides a distraction from a world that grows more frightening by the day. Security is tighter than ever for the Republican Convention in Cleveland. (For Nick Pitts's reports from the convention, please go to our Facebook page.) According to this morning's New York Times, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the seventeen-year-old Afghan who attacked passengers on a German train before he was killed by police. After the shootings in Baton Rouge and Dallas, police officers across the country are patrolling in pairs.

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Baton Rouge shooting: What is happening to our world?

Credit: Curtis Compton via APIt has happened again. Three police officers were killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana yesterday. Three others were injured. The gunman, a former Marine, was killed at the scene.

A long-time police veteran said, "I've never experienced anything like this." The president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police noted, "This is perhaps the most difficult and dangerous time in American policing history." Our police need our support and encouragement today more than ever.

The heartbreaking news from Baton Rouge followed a bloody attempted coup in Turkey that left 265 dead over the weekend. We are still grieving the tragedy in Nice, France, the police officers killed in Dallas, and the earlier fatalities in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Yesterday, a dear friend texted me the question everyone is asking: What is happening to our world?

ISIS is inspiring terrorism around the globe; North Korea is advancing its nuclear weapons capabilities; the European Union is fracturing; China's military reach is expanding; violence at home seems to be escalating.

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