Who Should Christians Support in the 2016 Presidential Election?
In Matthew 16:3 Jesus implies we should discern the signs of the times. While the 2016 USA election is obviously not in the context, I believe Christians should be discerning the signs of the times that we are presently in, and vote accordingly. One of the signs of the times is the ever-growing push towards globalism, that is, a one world government. Globalists are everywhere: in both the Democratic and Republican parties, owners and CEOs of major corporations, in the media, in foreign country leadership, in the unelected bureaucracies of government, in the unelected “World” organizations (WHO, WTO, WB), etc. These people are unknowing dupes of Satan as he is masterminding the plans for his Antichrist. How should Christians respond to globalism? Should they support it or resist it? Should we not resist the known strategy of Satan, since we have read the book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ? Clearly Christians should be aware of, and resisting all the schemes of the devil. (2 Cor 2:11).
We can tell which presidential candidates are globalists by their response to the Brexit vote in the U.K. President Obama and Hillary Clinton were against Brexit. Donald Trump supported Brexit with Nigel Farage now supporting Trump. The fundamental precept of the Trump campaign is USA nationalism (The Wall, MAGA, Renegotiate the Bad Trade Deals). A Donald Trump presidency will deal a (temporary) blow to Satan’s one world agenda. I say temporary because God has ordained the events leading to the 70th week of Daniel, a.k.a., the seven year Tribulation period, so it is going to happen. However, given the apparent worldwide revolt against globalism, maybe God is pushing the clock back a little before His wrath is poured out on “those who make the world their place of permanent abode”.
Another sign of the times is the fight over abortion. So what is the Christian, i.e., Biblical, position on abortion? Is it murder or a woman’s right to choose? A woman hiring an assassin to kill her pre-born child looks like murder to me. Whatever happened to “Thou shalt not kill”? In the top four presidential candidates according to current polling, there is only one pro-life candidate. Hillary supports partial-birth abortion, the Libertarian Johnson says it’s a private decision of a woman, and Jill Stein defines the morning after pill as “contraception”. Donald Trump is the only pro-life candidate in the top four, as evidenced by his recent statements, choice of VP candidate and his published list of Supreme Court choices, labelled as a Who’s Who of the pro-life movement by the anti-life movement. If a Christian considers only one position, it should be a candidate’s stance on abortion.
Another sign of the times is our two-party system. There have always been other parties but none can muster much more than 5% of the popular vote. Why is that? Christians tend to be conservative on both social and fiscal issues, which the Republican party has stood for, at least in rhetoric. The Democratic party tends to be hostile to many Christian beliefs, more in actions than in words. Libertarians are social liberals, which is anathema to the majority of Christians. Given that half or more of the current Republican leadership embraces globalism, why don’t Christians flee the Republican party and either form their own or support the Constitution Party? While this seems logical to me I also recognize that Christians often vote Republican because they don’t want a Democrat to win and the Republican candidate is the only viable alternative, that is, has a reasonable chance of winning based on history. My belief is that if there was a Christian-only party, it would never win anything because there are not enough Christians in this country. Perhaps there is a willingness on the part of Christians to align with strange bedfellows in order to defeat a common enemy. The Republican party includes agnostic conservatives, libertarians, members of cults and isms, and globalists, none of which possess a Biblical worldview. Sometimes Republicans win, in spite of their propensity to shoot themselves in their collective feet. Is it wise, or shrewd, or even permissible for Christians to align themselves with non believers in order to elect a candidate that is sympathetic to their worldview? History demonstrates this willingness on the majority of Christians. I believe this falls under the Biblical arena of personal convictions (see Romans 14), i.e., no right or wrong answer.
I have mentioned Donald Trump. Should Christians support him? His rise through the Republic primary to become the Republican presidential nominee is quite remarkable, if not miraculous. Even more, the remaining top two candidates were both anti-establishment. In the end the most vocal Christian failed to obtain sufficient support (thanks to those strange bedfellows we align with). So now we have Donald Trump, clearly a populist candidate with broad support from the hoi polloi (average Americans) but hated by almost everyone else. For those who want their vote to count, there are really only two candidates in this election—Hillary and Trump. As proof, look at the wildly inaccurate and manipulated polls, and history. Let’s face it, what is the probability that someone other than Trump or Hillary will win this election? 1%, 0.1%, 0%? I say virtually zero. Yes, God can do anything and He might, who knows? I just wouldn’t count on it. Well, maybe we should “try” by voting for someone below the top four? I am all for trying but in an way that embraces wisdom. If Christians want a viable third party then they need to start to work on building it on Nov. 9th, with the goal of having a viable party by the 2018 midterm elections. Waiting until the 2020 primary season is too late. Who’s with me?
In the meantime, what to do about Trump for THIS election? There are well-meaning Christians leaders, like Russell Moore, a “NeverTrumper” and the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty conference, who says that Donald Trump’s character disqualifies him from both being president and being worthy of our vote. Moore points to Trump’s past immoral behaviors as proof of his character. The problem with this is that everyone has sordid thoughts and behaviors somewhere in their past. How does Moore know where Trump’s heart is at this very moment, or where it will be during the next 4-8 years? Check out 1 Cor 6:9-11—“and such were some of you”. How does Moore know what God might be doing in Trump’s heart at this time? There is some evidence that Trump had an Acts 16:14 moment where God has recently opened his heart. Recently Trump confessed to a past moral failure, stated regret, and pledged to do better. This sounds like repentance to me. Is it true repentance or political convenience? Only God knows. Should Christians give him the benefit of the doubt? I think so. But perhaps we also need to, as Jesus said, look for the “fruit of repentance”. Is there recent fruit in Donald Trump’s life that might confirm a heart of repentance? I believe there is plenty of evidence, which is far more important than concentrating on his past foolishness. How about “good works”? See here
Does he show compassion for most people? He is the only candidate to recognize the gross injustices in our ghettos and propose real solutions. (It looks like Trump has read/viewed Dinesh D’Souza’s “Hillary’s America”.) Does he support religious liberty? Do you remember any candidate in recent history that has campaigned to remove the Johnson amendment? What does his family say about Donald Trump? How in the world did he raise such impressive children given his “poor character” and “disqualifying leadership”? How has he acted recently around professing Christians? I haven’t seen him attack them, rather, they gather around to pray for him. Maybe they are just deceived and not as enlightened as Russell Moore.
I have concluded that Donald Trump is not only worthy of my vote but also my time and money. Although I am all for the Rapture occurring sooner rather than later, I am also all for resisting the schemes of the devil in every way I can, and specifically the movement of globalism in this election. I also look at who hates Donald Trump: the globalists, establishment Democrats and Republicans, the media, the Hollywood left, the leftist CEOs of our major corporations, the global elites, Islamists, President Obama, the Pope, the UN, George Soros, China, Mexico, Black Lives Matter (thanks for the list Ted Nugent!). Why do Russell Moore and some other Christian leaders that echo his position want to align themselves with these ungodly, anti-Biblical people? I just don’t get it.
Thanks for reading my opinions, which are my own.