Trump, Clinton, and the Christian Voter

The coming election dominates the headlines and the conversations of many.  I am asked daily about the election and my thoughts on the candidates.  Like you, I confess that I am often perplexed and confused.  I have prayed, read the Scripture closely, conversed with thoughtful believers, and read widely.  I would like to share with you several guiding principles, some of what I have been reading and a few conclusions that I have come to personally.

 

Guiding Principles

  1. As a follower of Christ, I must seek to think about these things biblically.  I must not simply turn on my favorite news program and draw conclusions and make my decisions solely off what I hear.  I must not be conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing of my mind (Romans 12:2).
  2. As a citizen of the United States, I must seek to understand the candidates, their platform, worldview, and stance on the issues facing our Nation.  Do not make decisions from one source or based on your impressions of a candidate.  Educate yourself.  Further, I remind you there is far more going on in this election cycle than the election of a President.
  3. As a follower of Christ, I must not separate my faith from my responsibilities as a citizen of this Nation.  I do not lay down one and take up the other.  I must render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.  What is God’s?  Everything!  I must love and serve Him with all my being, mind, heart, life and vote.  Here lies the dilemma that many are facing and rightly so.  How can I love God and walk in faithfulness to Him and vote for one of the Presidential candidates that will be on the ballot in November?
  4. As a part of the Body of Christ, I must not attack my brothers and sisters personally in conversation or collectively on social media.  We should be marked with a sober humility and prayerful, thoughtful discussion as we move through these days together.  Whoever is elected President will come and go.  Life will go on good or bad until Jesus comes.  Then, He will set all things in order.  As followers of Christ, we will do all of this together.

 

Helpful Blogs

  • Why voting for Donald Trump is a Morally Good Choice by Dr. Wayne Grudem.  I have been impacted by Dr. Wayne Grudem in more ways than I can count.  His writings have helped me understand and unpack many things.  Even though this article gave me pause, I was not compelled by his argument and frankly disagree with his attempt to take a moral dilemma and turn it into a moral responsibility.  

 

Books

The following books are helping to shape my thinking as I seek answers to the immediate questions before us and the ones that are yet to come.

         

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“Who are you going to vote for?”  “Are you going to vote?”

At this point in time for the sake of my conscience, I will not vote for either candidate.    With that said, I am not telling you what to do.  If you are a follower of Christ, you must seek God and follow the principles above and more.  You cannot at any time set aside your faith and you must not in such a time as this.   Let me be clear, I will go to the polls and vote.  There are many other races and important issues before us.

Comments

  1. Thank you! W.Grudem’s article threw us for a loop and we found ourselves wishing we could hear your thoughts. It is heartening to know we have a pastor resolved to adhere to Biblical principles

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