Recently I have seen the comment made on social media that choosing between Trump and Hillary is like choosing between Screwtape and Woodworm. I believe it was Seth Dunn over at Pulpit and Pen that made that comparison. If you are not familiar with this analogy read be Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, it will become entirely clear. The comparison between this election cycle’s two candidates and Screwtape and Wormwood could not be any closer. In essence, for many Christians, we are left with no “morally good” choice for president.
For starters, it should be a given that any God-fearing, Bible-believing born-again Christian will not find themselves voting for Hillary Clinton at the ballot box this fall. Hillary Clinton and the Democrats stand for everything that true biblical Christianity opposes. When looking for a “morally good” candidate, it cannot be found in a person or party that supports the wholesale murder of babies, the promotion of what God calls an abomination (the LGBTQ agenda) and the outright attack on religious freedoms; targeted primarily at biblical Christians and their beliefs. This Godlessness of Hillary and the Democratic Party has been forthright for years now. It is just now that our nation is in such a state of depravity that they can openly promote their decadence.
Now, on the other hand, there are many Christians who will claim that we have a “morally good” candidate with Donald Trump and are all too willing to lend their allegiance and vote to him this fall. Recently one of the prominent names in Reformed Theology and Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem wrote an article entitled “Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice.” In this article Grudem asserts that Christians must now get on board with Donald Trump because Trump is a “morally good” choice and we cannot allow Hillary Clinton to become president. He makes various strawmen points in unknowable scenarios in which we truly do not who, were, or what Trump would do in those laid out dramas.
We don’t know this mainly because Trump himself has never given real substantial answers to any questions that would lead to the likely answers that Grudem has proposed in his article. In the best case, we know Trump has openly stood for some “evangelical” values, but then has denounced those values when convenient. All we know for sure is that Trump is what could be referred to as a wildcard. In the end what Grudem’s article and his promotion of Trump for a “morally good” candidate adds up to is pragmatism. In other words, the means justify the ends. Pragmatism is never the means by which Christian should be aligning themselves with a candidate or searching for justification in a “morally good” candidate.
Since Grudem wrote his article back on July 28th Trump’s “morally good” standing has not seemed to be gaining any ground but instead losing ground with many of his supporters including many of his most loyal Trumpkins. It would appear that even pragmatism has its limitations for the justification of a supposedly “morally good” candidate. All in light of Trump’s recent argumentative debacle with the Khan family. How far are significant figures in the Evangelical intelligentsia like Grudem willing to go to justify their choice in a candidate? Some time ago, back in February of this year, I wrote a blog over at the Empowered by Christ Ministries blog entitled “Why Christian Men Cannot Vote for Trump” addressing many of the concerns that I saw in Donald Trump, his ethics, his values and his morals. In this blog post, I discussed how Christians both men and women could not rightfully vote for Donald Trump based on biblical ethics and morals.
More recently, in May of this year, I addressed the issue of pragmatism and the dilemma that Christians faced in this election cycle when faced with two evils which do you choose. In the blog post "Of The Two Evils, Choose Neither" under the Cross†Roads Radio blog section at EBC†Ministries I addressed, unknowingly at the time, many of the strawmen that Grudem proposed in his article trying to make Trump out to be the “morally good” choice.
So as Bible believing, God honoring believers that also take our right to vote serious and hold it under the scrutiny of Scripture what are we supposed to do this fall? Who do we vote for when there is no “morally good” candidate? We know that Scripture does not justify choosing the “lesser of two evils” and we are aware we cannot vote out right for evil. So what or better yet who do we vote for? I cannot, and I’m not going to tell you who to vote for, that is a choice you have to make based on who you want to honor God or man. All I can say is who I will vote for this fall. I first of all will tell you I am not going to vote for Hillary. Secondly, I can say that I will not vote for Trump. I will say this much there comes a point in time when as Christians we must realize that God is sovereign, and we must vote in a way that honors God and aligns with Scripture.
God does not need Christians to vote in a pragmatic way. God does not need evangelicals to back Donald Trump in the name of Christianity. God is sovereign over all, even this election and its candidates. The fact that there are no “morally good” candidates in this election may be God’s judgment against a nation that has turned from Him. When I face the Lord on my day of judgment, I would rather answer for voting in a way that honored God then answer for voting in a manner that served man and this world. Even if that means for now this election I don't vote for either Trump or Hillary. Regardless of who is to win the election Christians will still serve a mighty God who is not dependent on who is in the White House. As Christians our ability has never been or should it ever hing on who is in the charge of this country. Christ is and will still be on His Throne.
Richard is the founder of Cross†Roads Radio and host of the Cross†Roads Radio Show. Which can be heard here.