Let me make what is an extremely obvious statement even to supporters of the likely GOP candidate, Donald Trump. Both likely presidential nominees from the two major political parties are nothing short of being morally bankrupt.
Both Trump and Clinton support abortion. Neither will fight to make it illegal or stop it in the least bit. Both support Planned Parenthood, with Trump somewhat waffling on their abortion aspect, only to come back around and say things should be left alone. Neither support Biblical marriage. While Trump says he thinks marriage is best between a man and woman, he has said he believes people should have rights to marry if they want to. Both candidates support the government's push on North Carolina and Mississippi to overturn their religious liberty and bathroom bills which make it illegal for transgender people to use the restroom they identify with. Both are upper echelon fat cats who have made quite a pretty penny for themselves at others' expenses throughout the years. Trump is a womanizer. Unless a woman is very attractive and submissive to him, she's likely to be attacked and receive threats. Let's be clear. Neither Clinton nor Trump are conservative, Christian, or moral. Both pander to the American people to get what they want. And both rightly describe the monikers of the "two evils" label.
And so with that said, I want to push back on this notion that Christians need to get in line and vote for the lesser of two evils, i.e. Trump, to keep Clinton and the Democrats out of office. I hear the argument that we know what we're going to get with Hillary Clinton, and at least with Trump we can hope he's not as bad as he seems. I have to say that when I hear Christians talk that way, it turns my stomach. No wonder we're powerless in the world. No wonder our faith has been ridiculed as hypocrisy. No wonder we're losing our voice and becoming more and more marginalized.
The phrase, "the lesser of two evils," in itself invokes fear and is motivated by fear. I hear people say, "I'm afraid of four years of Clinton," as if four years of Trump is guaranteed to be paradise. When I read scripture, I don't find a single place where we're supposed to be motivated by fear. "For God has not given us a spirit of fear . . ." Yet, it appears that seems to be the motivation.
See the time for Christians to stand up and rally isn't just when Target says any gender can go to any bathroom or dressing room in their stores. Christians need to rally against evil perpetrating sin on others at every level. The idea that Christians feel they need to put their vote, thus their hope and trust, in a politician to save our country is absurd. I know. I know. They'll say, our hope is in Jesus, but He's not on the ballot. "We're going to hold our noses and vote Trump, and pray the Lord helps us." That's like saying, "I'm going to drive this car off the cliff and pray that God keeps it from totaling and keeps me from dying." As Christians, we don't get to put our trust in evil and pray God gives us a lesser consequence for doing so. But they'll say, "Clinton is despicable. She left Americans to die in Benghazi, and she leaked American secrets . . ." And I'd agree that voting for her is a non-starter.
They say, "Clinton will be able to put liberal judges on the Supreme Court that will change America for the rest of our lives." Because Trump won't? What is it that we're so afraid of with the Supreme Court doing? Oh yeah. We're afraid of our religious liberties being taken away. We're upset with the Supreme Court ruling on marriage. We're afraid of what the Supreme Court will do with the transgender law. We're concerned about the Supreme Court taking away our guns. A President Trump will be nominating the same kinds of justices that will support all of those things. "Not the gun part. We've got to keep our guns." If that's your argument, I'm exhausted. Trump has not always been so pro second amendment, and even if he is, you're willing to trade lives, liberties, and marriage so that you can keep your guns? Where is that in scripture . . .
Because Christianity seems to constantly respond to fear and pressure, we've lost our saltiness. The church has continually bowed to the will of the state for years now. We're not a mighty army fighting for truth and grace. We're a divided faction motivated by fear and misplaced hope in quasi-Christian politicians with more concern for our political nation and well-being than the mission and message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Liberal America has learned that if you pelt Christians with enough pressure, they'll abandon their positions. They'll abandon their brothers and sisters. They'll either bow down and take what's coming to them, or they'll align themselves with another force that will stop the liberal agenda, whether it's Christian or not. The fact that Christians would rather compromise their beliefs and support, (a vote is a sign of support), demonstrates to a lost world that we want to win, (or stop them), at all costs. A lost generation doesn't understand how the preacher can preach on the sanctity of life and then vote for someone to be placed in power that plans to continue killing babies. For them, that's hypocritical. I'd tend to agree.
The Christian movement doesn't fight back. We boycott until we can't stand not shopping at our favorite store. We go to church until the preacher makes us mad. We vote for evil to stop evil. We're better players in the temporary political field of America than the eternal harvest fields of creation. We've learned to comply and just get in line, and because that's what we've been doing for the last few decades, our voice has become marginalized at best. "Ignore them, and they'll go away." And we go. "Pressure them, and they'll stop." And we stop. "Threaten their guns, and they'll abandon their morals." And we are.
Do we still believe that God will supply our every need according to His riches in glory? Do we still believe that the wrath of man doesn't work the righteousness of God? Do we still believe that the righteous will not be forsaken, nor his seed begging bread? Do we still believe the Bible? Are we guilty of making Washington our source instead of God? Are we voting to keep our ways of life, while sacrificing the ways of Christ? These are honest questions I struggle with when I hear Christians say they have to vote for the lesser of two evils. What fellowship does light have with darkness? Why should Christians place their hope in darkness and immorality and hope for a moral outcome? The idea is preposterous, and Christian pastor, you preach against such ideology on a weekly basis with your congregation. You tell them not to put their trust in the world, but to depend on God. Who is bowing now?
Vote for whoever you want to. Really. It's your right. But let's start calling things what they are. A vote for Trump is not a vote for the lesser of two evils. A vote for Trump is still a vote for evil even if you think it's a lesser version of it. On the side of eternity, I'd prefer that I voted for Christian principles and truth and trusted God to take care of me, my family, and His message in a fallen society. We're called as the church to redeem people and society, not place our trust in immoral politicians to do it.
I long for the day when I can see the church rally together and truly say no more to the immorality that's plaguing our nation. No more to the sin soaked, cultural pushes that are tearing apart our families and destroying our children. We talk about the power of the Holy Spirit in us, but it seems He only comes out to demonstrate in our church services nowadays. Of course, afterwards, we scurry back to our homes, turn on the "Christian" Fox News Channel with mini-skirt clad anchors and complain about how liberal America is taking our rights away.
I love political theater as much as anyone, but I've come to the place after holding my nose for the last several elections that I'm understanding my vote is not more powerful than the Holy Spirit. If the millions of Evangelicals in this country actually rallied together to support a Christian conservative candidate, that candidate would win. We had a few in these last primaries, but Evangelical America chose the road of anger, hate, and fear. When CNN runs constant commentary on how Evangelicals have abandoned their fellow believers in the race to vote for Trump, you know the church has their rose-colored glasses on.
Oh and by the way, when I vote for a third party this time, I'm not casting a vote for Clinton as some would like to say. A vote for Clinton is a vote for Clinton. A vote for Trump is a vote for Trump. A vote for someone else is a vote for someone else. The idea that all Democrats must vote with the Democrats and all Republicans and conservatives must vote Republican is hogwash. I have the right to vote, not the right to be ideologically brainwashed. When a voter registers for a party, they don't check their brain at the door. They don't check their soul at the polling place. A third party vote is a vote for neither the Democratic nominee nor the Republican nominee. When people say a third party vote is a vote for the opposition, they're actually just mad because you don't agree with them and support their candidate. Yes, I know there is concrete evidence that supports the notion that a third party run from a conservative would split the Republican vote, just as a third party run from a liberal would split the Democrat vote. But I'm still waiting on the concrete logic that states that voting for evil has ever helped restore godly principles in America.
You can go all Perry Stone if you want to and say that Trump might be a form of King Darius in the book of Daniel, and while heathen, will be a friend to Christianity. I'd say if you're looking for a King Darius candidate, Clinton actually grew up in church, knows where 2 Corinthians (not to be confused with Two Corinthians) is located in the Bible, and has some understanding of confession, that is understands that we all have indeed sinned unlike what Trump thinks about himself. I'd love for either candidate to be a King Darius, but I'm not voting for either one in the hopes that's what they become.
Candidate Trump says he wants to change the Republican platform on abortion and other statutes. President Trump will have the power and leverage to do so. I'm not giving him that power to protect my guns. Besides, if we continue on this immoral slope of sin, your guns won't protect you from the wrath that will be unleashed, for we will reap that which we have sown as a nation. And when it all comes down, will you be an American who is a Christian, or a Christian who is blessed to be born in America? Will you be on the right side of eternity, on truth, or morality? Or will you be the Christian who voted for evil, as "lesser" as you think it is?
I'm not judging anyone's Christianity here. Far be it for me to do so. Everyone has to vote their conscience, and I encourage everyone to do just that. My aim here is essentially to ask you to rethink this "lesser of two evils" approach and to consider what it communicates to the fallen world we're trying to redeem and minister to. I'm asking you to lay off your fear induced rhetoric accusing third party votes and Independents of voting for Clinton when they vote for someone besides Trump. Hopefully, you'll think about these things.
"Let us whenever we shall have the opportunity of using the right of voting, use it as in the sight of Almighty God, knowing that for everything we shall be brought into account, and for that amongst the rest, seeing that we are entrusted with it."
"As to standing up and standing out for Christ, it is looked upon as an eccentricity, or worse. Today if a young man proposed to sacrifice his position for Christ’s sake, father, and mother, and friends would all say: “Do not think of such a thing. Be prudent. Do not throw away your chance.” Once men could die for conscience sake: but conscience is nowadays viewed as an ugly thing, expensive and hampering. No doubt many advised Moses to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, but he steadily refused. He deliberately divested himself of his rank that he might be numbered with the down-trodden people of God."
"Yet another argument may have met Moses, for it is one which I have heard repeated till I am sick of answering it. Moses could do a deal of good by retaining his position. What opportunities for usefulness would be in his way! See how he could help his poor brethren! How often he could interpose at the court to prevent injustice! Moreover, what a bright light he would be in his high position: his example would commend the faith of the true God to the courtiers and great ones; nobody could tell what an influence would thus be exercised upon Egypt. Pharaoh himself might be converted, and then all Egypt would bow before Jehovah. Thus have we met with brethren who say, “Yes, I am in a church with which I do not agree; but then, I can be so useful.” Another cries, “I know that a certain religious Union is fostering evil; but then, I can serve the cause by staying in it.” Another is carrying on an evil trade, but he says, “It is my livelihood; and besides, it affords me opportunities of doing good! This is one of the most specious of those arguments by which good men are held in the bonds of evil. As an argument, it is rotten to the core. We have no right to do wrong, from any motive whatever. To do evil that good may come is no doctrine of Christ, but of the devil. Fallen nature may maunder in that way, but the grace of God delivers us from such wicked sophistry. Whatever good Moses might have thought that he could do in a false position, he had faith enough to see that he was not to look to usefulness, but to righteousness. Whatever the results may be, we must leave them with God, and do the right at all cost.”
"Of two evils, choose neither."
Now that will preach.