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A Christian case for Donald Trump

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Christians who support Trump have had a rough go of it lately. It’s not like it’s ever been easy, because it hasn’t, but Trump’s 2005 open-mic comments about women and his treatment thereof, combined with all these almost-too-perfectly-timed allegations that those comments may have been more than mere words, have put a damper on Christian support for someone who seems to counter every value we try to teach our children.


So, should Christians continue to back the Republican nominee, or should they dump him in favor of some third-party candidate, in effect abandoning the fight, and the White House, to Hillary Clinton?


Recently, I heard a Christian radio host make a statement that’s sadly all too common in some Christian circles. In advising people of faith not to vote for Trump, he condemned the concept of voting to “limit evil” by saying that Christians should rather always choose the good. Like many others who make the argument, he quoted, wildly out of context, 19th century British preacher Charles Spurgeon’s words, “Of two evils, choose neither.”


The prima facie problem with this line of thinking is the implied assumption that voting for Trump is somehow a sin. No, murder is a sin. Rape is a sin. Theft is a sin. Choosing the candidate you think will best further the Christian agenda in an imperfect world among the two you are given with a reasonable shot to win? Not even in the ballpark.


Pastor John Barber puts it this way:


Imagine our two families are miles from land in a sinking boat. Suddenly, out of the mist, come two boats to save us. One is captained by an adulterer; the other is captained by a thief. Which boat will you get into? You say, “Neither one. I’m waiting for the evangelical boat which is captained by a devout Christian who will end abortion.” I say, “You’re kidding, right?” You reply, “Both these guys are reprobates and I’m not going to choose between two evils.”


Besides, not to excuse his boorish behavior, but to be fair, those who point to Trump’s known personal deficiencies are only able to do so because of the fact that the man has been a high-profile celebrity for several decades. That, combined with the media’s willingness to expose and destroy him at all costs, and even make up things out of thin air so that we cannot possibly know what is true, makes the playing field for the “good person” award vastly skewed in favor of pretty much anyone else.


It’s easy to say Scott Walker or Ted Cruz would have been better, more “moral” candidates, but do we truly know what the New York Times had on them ready to spring at the perfect time? Do we know what’s in their hearts? That’s right, we don’t, because we can’t.


So that leaves Clinton and Trump as our two choices, our two boats to climb into. Trump, the womanizer, crude talker and alleged serial fondler, versus Clinton, the … well, do I really need to explain Clinton’s problems to this audience? Even if everything we’ve heard about Trump is true, Clinton’s public record of corruption, lack of integrity and blatant disregard for the law dwarfs anything they could possibly make up about Trump short of the billionaire businessman actually shooting someone on Fifth Avenue. But even if the contest here were a total toss-up, that still leaves us with a choice of very flawed vessels.


So, what standard should Christians use when it comes down to selecting a candidate for office? The answer to this question depends on whether you believe God would have you use your vote to actually affect policy for good, because in order to even have a chance at limiting abortion, preserving liberty and the right to self-defense, limiting outright tyranny, protecting religious freedom and even (arguably) preventing a disastrous war with Russia, you will need to cast your vote for someone with the best chance of both winning AND accomplishing those things, even if it means you find some of this candidate’s personal actions abhorrent.


If Trump does manage to overcome tremendous odds to win this thing, the implementation of his policies could be the very shot in the arm America needs. After all, there’s a reason why the liberals and the compliant media, and indeed all the forces of hell, have seemingly mustered to stop Donald Trump, whatever his personal sins, and it’s not because they care a whit about any of those sins.


It’s because they’re scared to death of what Trump would DO if elected, which could very well be a good thing for those of us who care about accomplishing God’s will on earth as it is in heaven.


These Christian leaders tell us to “vote our conscience,” meaning toss our vote away on someone with zero chance of winning, and “let God sort it out.” The problem with this is the fact that God, in His sovereign will, happens to have given us a bi-factional government that actually relies on real, physical votes to select candidates. And since there is no record of God rigging voting machines (yeah, those were Democrats), it really falls on our shoulders to do the very best we can with what power we have been given.


And that means casting your ballot for Donald Trump.


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