Monday, August 1, 2016

Can Christians Vote for Donald Trump?

It seems The Donald has a tough time keeping his mouth closed.  He claims that when he's attacked he has to punch back.

The latest outrage over Donald's comments come from some comments he made about a Muslim father and mother who lost their son while fighting in the US Army.

Donald should have said, "I'm sorry for your loss.  I'm thankful for your son's service to this great country.  I'm sure you also agree that USA needs to figure out a way to keep the Muslim extremists who want shariah law out of this great country."

But instead he had to say something stupid about his wife not talking....because maybe she wasn't allowed to talk...and letting the inference sink in that since she was a Muslim woman she may not be allowed to talk.

And now the press is talking about it non stop today...and clearly not in a way that is supportive of Mr Trump.

So can we really vote for this guy who seems to have such thin skin and can't keep his mouth shut? He's been married three times and claims he was unfaithful during his previous marriages.  He is prideful, arrogant and seems to have a lot grander view of himself than he probably should.

But he may be the lesser of two is that enough of a reason for followers of Christ to be able to vote for The Donald?

Below are some thoughts from one author that I believe are worth pondering.

Some of my Christian friends tell me they can’t in good conscience vote for Donald Trump because, when faced with a choice between “the lesser of two evils,” the morally right thing is to choose neither one. They recommend voting for a third-party or write-in candidate.

As a professor who has taught Christian ethics for 39 years, I think their analysis is incorrect. Now that Trump has won the GOP nomination, I think voting for Trump is a morally good choice.

American citizens need patience with each other in this difficult political season. Close friends are inevitably going to make different decisions about the election. We still need to respect each other and thank God that we live in a democracy with freedom to differ about politics. And we need to keep talking with each other – because democracies function best when thoughtful citizens can calmly and patiently dialog about the reasons for their differences. This is my contribution to that discussion.

I do not think that voting for Donald Trump is a morally evil choice because there is nothing morally wrong with voting for a flawed candidate if you think he will do more good for the nation than his opponent. In fact, it is the morally right thing to do.

I did not support Trump in the primary season. I even spoke against him at a pastors’ conference in February. But now I plan to vote for him. I do not think it is right to call him an “evil candidate.” I think rather he is a good candidate with flaws.

He is egotistical, bombastic, and brash. He often lacks nuance in his statements. Sometimes he blurts out mistaken ideas (such as bombing the families of terrorists) that he later must abandon. He insults people. He can be vindictive when people attack him. He has been slow to disown and rebuke the wrongful words and actions of some angry fringe supporters. He has been married three times and claims to have been unfaithful in his marriages. These are certainly flaws, but I don’t think they are disqualifying flaws in this election.

On the other hand, I think some of the accusations hurled against him are unjustified. His many years of business conduct show that he is not racist or anti-(legal) immigrant or anti-Semitic or misogynistic – I think these are unjust magnifications by a hostile press exaggerating some careless statements he has made. I think he is deeply patriotic and sincerely wants the best for the country. He has been an unusually successful problem solver in business. He has raised remarkable children. Many who have known him personally speak highly of his kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity. But the main reason I call him “a good candidate with flaws” is that I think most of the policies he supports are those that will do the most good for the nation.

Should Christians even try to influence elections at all? Yes, definitely. The apostle Peter says Christians are “exiles” on this earth (1 Peter 1:1). Therefore I take seriously the prophet Jeremiah’s exhortation to the Jewish people living in exile in Babylon:

“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare” (Jeremiah 29:7).

By way of modern application, I think Christians today have a similar obligation to vote in such a way that will “seek the welfare” of the United States. Therefore the one overriding question to ask is this: Which vote is most likely to bring the best results for the nation?

If this election is close (which seems likely), then if someone votes for a write-in candidate instead of voting for Trump, this action will directly help Hillary Clinton, because she will need one less vote to win. Therefore the question that Christians should ask is this: Can I in good conscience act in a way that helps a liberal like Hillary Clinton win the presidency?

Read entire article here;

Please remember to pray for USA.  We need a revival.  We need people in this nation to FEAR THE LORD once again.

God is in control.  He already knows who the next President is....but we don' keep praying that God's will will be done and that we will understand and be in line with God's plan.

Hat tip to Guy B.


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