Mr. President-Elect, I did not vote for you. No worries. I didn't vote for HER either. I did however vote. I believe every American should vote and be involved while also respecting one's right to not vote should their conscience not allow them to. Our brave men and women throughout American history have fought for that right and freedom to choose to live our own lives in this great land.
It wasn't that I didn't want to vote for the Republican candidate as I have in every presidential election I've voted in since 2000. It wasn't that I didn't think you have some great ideas. In many ways, you are probably the perfect candidate for our country in the shape it's in. You're a business man, and America's business interests and economy couldn't be headed in a worse direction. You've made a fortune turning companies around, and America needs that more than ever in my lifetime. The "swamp" does indeed "need to be drained," and I couldn't imagine a better person to accomplish that for better or for worse.
The primary reason I did not vote for you however is your stance on abortion. I'm what many call a Single Issue Voter. It's a conviction of mine you may say. As a pastor and one who preaches life is precious regardless of age, race, or gender, I believe in my heart that should I forsake the unborn who have no voice, I'm worse than an infidel and have become a hypocrite in attempting to help others in their lives. As a staunch Pro-Lifer, I also don't believe that life ends at birth. We have a responsibility as people, and the government has a responsibility as well in my opinion, to not only protect life in its most vulnerable state of gestation, but also upon and after birth until death. Life is precious regardless of the stage one finds themselves in.
I know you've said that you are Pro-Life. How I wanted to believe that. When I heard you tell the story of close friends who almost lost their baby and how abortion was recommended, I thought that maybe you really had made a complete change in your stance on abortion. But as the primaries moved forward and each candidate, including yourself, began pandering for votes, you started making comments that were anything but Pro-Life. When asked if the abortion laws in our country should be changed, you said they should be left alone. When asked if you would seek to overturn Roe v. Wade, you said you would not. When asked if you'd defund Planned Parenthood, you said you would not though you would stop the harvesting of baby parts. With all due respect Mr. President-Elect, no Pro-Life person would ever answer those questions that way.
I've read some of your books, and your book, "The Art of the Deal," is indeed a jewel. In it you talk about how to manipulate thoughts and words to get what you want in the end. I just could not shake the feeling that this is what you were doing to those in the country who treasured the Pro-Life cause above all others. It came across as lip service sir. And I felt that so many were afraid of Hillary's America (rightfully so), that they didn't care if your Pro-Life stance was lip service just so long as we didn't end up with Hillary. For reasons I'll explain in a moment, I didn't join that crowd.
As a pastor, I preach grace. The name of my church has grace in it. I preach a Gospel message of non-judging, and I recognize that in some way, I may be judging you. Nevertheless, all I have to go on is your word, and you and I both will agree that politicians are notorious for saying whatever needs to be said to get whatever it is they want. You'll have to forgive me for my cynicism.
I watched the election coverage well into the early hours of today. I wrote in my vote for president, but between you and Clinton, I'd lie if I said I didn't prefer you to win. While I am not sure if you truly are Pro-Life or not, I know for a fact that she is as radical a Pro-Choice candidate the country has seen in years. Because of my uncertainty for your stance, I could not cast a vote for you, but it didn't preclude me from preferring you over her in the election.
I have to say that I am concerned in many ways on some of the comments you've made about women. As the father of two little girls, I've come to recognize just how much "locker room talk" and the like can hurt and demean women. You have beautiful daughters yourself, Mr. President. I know it has to sicken you to know that some men probably have and more than likely currently are speaking about them the way you've spoken about other women. Of the tape that surfaced from years ago, that didn't move me away from you. I recognize it was years ago, and again as a pastor who preaches grace, there are tons of things in my past that should they ever see the light, I'm sure people would look at me a lot differently. I'm no one to stand in judgment of you sir.
Your comments and actions towards Senator Ted Cruz's wife however was the tipping point for me in your actions against women. You made a personal attack on another candidate's family, in particular, his wife. You claimed Cruz attacked your wife though there was no proof of it, and even if there was, you demonstrated the temperament of fourth graders on a playground fighting over "Yo' Mama" wise cracks. You had a chance there to demonstrate grace even while offering a stern rebuke to whomever you deemed responsible for an attack on your wife.
Between that attack, my concern about some other actions during the campaign, and my conviction on being Pro-Life led me to write in my vote. I didn't write in because I thought that person would win. I wrote in because I believe I should vote, and I also believe that if Americans continue to just accept whatever the major political parties keep feeding us, then nothing will ever really change. If enough Americans would demand change on abortion, we'd see it. My hope was and is that as third party votes grow, the political elites will understand that there are issues that truly mean something to many of us that are constantly being ignored. I recognize that we've had five Republican presidents since Roe v. Wade, and it's still on the books. Republicans have controlled the houses of Congress separately and together several times since 1973, and it's still on the books. Some will call my vote a wasted vote. I prefer to call it a protest vote against a platform that claims to stand for something that continually ignores cycle after cycle.
Mr. President-Elect, as you prepare to lead this great country, please know I am 100% praying for you. I truly hope that you end up being one of the greatest presidents this country has ever seen. Your no-nonsense style reminds me of my favorite president, a Progressive himself, President Theodore Roosevelt. I truly hope you enact the policies that you campaigned on. And above all else, I truly hope you are as Pro-Life as you claimed.
With that, let me make one plea. In your victory speech, you mentioned a lot of the things you would begin working on. You mentioned infrastructure, our veterans, and jobs. All of those are extremely important. If I'm being honest, you sounded a lot like a business man who just won the presidency, and that's probably because you are just that. America in many ways is a failing company that you've now acquired, and I have no doubts that you've already started making plans to turn it around as you have in many of the other businesses and properties you've acquired over the years.
You mentioned in your address that you would not forget the men and women in our country who have so often been forgotten. May I humbly ask that while you're remembering those men and women that have surely been forgotten by big government and the bureaucratic fat cats, that you also remember the unborn who seem to be forgotten year after year regardless of who is in charge? Mr. President, they don't have a voice. The only time they are heard of is either when they're born or when they are forcibly ripped apart amidst their cries. Please don't forget them.
The reason why I am a Single Issue Voter on this is because I truly believe that as long as America keeps killing the innocent, we're doomed. I don't believe God is blessing America at all. In fact, since 1973, I believe we've only been blessed by God to exist in His grace. I don't believe God can bless sin, and a country that kills, murders, and dismembers innocent children will not stand in the blessings of God in my opinion. If it were not for praying people in this country fighting for the unborn, I'm sure that America would have already been subject to the wrath of God unlike any has ever seen.
In Leviticus 20:1-5, God speaks to His people about the worship of the false god, Molech. This false god had a hollowed out belly which allowed worshipers to build a fire inside the god. In order to worship this god, families would sacrifice their babies. In other words, for their own worship and hopeful answer to prayers and life's desires, families would burn their babies alive amidst the screams of the innocent. Their "worship services" involved the horrifying and terror-riddled screams of babies and children being thrust into a flaming inferno by their own parents.
God pronounced judgment on those who would do such a thing and even upon those who would watch and do nothing. While abortion is the murdering of a baby in the womb for convenience and is not the exact match of burning a baby alive, it is nevertheless the shedding of innocent blood of a baby, and God's wrath is kindled against the people who do such a thing and allow such a thing. In fact, God mentions this sin as some of the reasons He allowed Israel to be overrun by her enemies. While America isn't Israel, I don't believe God has changed His stance on innocent blood and the punishment for sin, "for the wages of sin are death . . ."
My conviction is such that a vote for a candidate that believes in abortion at all puts me as one who sees, but does nothing. After holding my own two baby girls, I can't imagine a more precious commodity to protect. And I would rather fall on the side of life for the innocent than the side of political expediency.
Finally, Jesus had something to say about children as well. In Matthew 18:6, Jesus is so serious about protecting the souls of children that He said it would be better for a person to tie a millstone around their neck and be thrown into the sea than for them to hurt or cause a child to fall into sin. If Jesus feels that strongly about hurting or tempting a child, how much stronger must He feel about the murder of an innocent child?
When America keeps shedding innocent blood of children, we're compounding the wrath of God upon this nation. We've literally murdered millions of babies, millions of American citizens, millions of our sons and daughters, in the name of convenience and choice. There will be a reckoning for this. The Second Amendment won't help us. Freedom of speech won't fix it. A balanced budget won't save us. A marriage amendment won't stop it. As long as innocent blood runs and puddles in and through our streets while body parts are sold like a flea market super sale on a Saturday morning, the judgment of God is being kindled.
So Mr. President-Elect, prove me wrong I beg you. I've never wanted to be more wrong about a political candidate. Please, don't forget the forgotten unborn while you remember the many other forgotten men and women in this country. Please appoint Pro-Life justices to the Supreme Court. Please use your influence to push Pro-Life agendas to a Republican controlled Congress for the next two years to stop this butchery. Please save a child's life.
The Bible says that love covers a multitude of sins. Mr. President-Elect, if you can find a way to save our sons and daughters from the bloodthirsty factories of hedonistic science, there will be many who will forget you ever had indiscretions. History proves this.
My prayers are with you sir. I wish you sincere congratulations on your historic win, and I truly, truly hope that you will indeed, "Make America Great Again!"
God bless you,
A burdened pastor