Culture At Large

A Christian Vote for Donald Trump in 2016

Daniel Howell

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series offering endorsements for the four major candidates in the U.S. presidential election. We ask that comments refrain from inflammatory language and personal attacks.

Come January, either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will occupy the White House. I’ll be voting for Donald Trump because I’m a Christian. Paradoxically, some have said they will never vote Trump for the same reason.

Obviously, Christians are divided on Donald Trump. Some Christian leaders, such as Jerry Falwell Jr., embraced Trump early, while others are so appalled by Trump they can’t stomach supporting him. I find myself somewhere in the middle. Trump was not my first (or second) choice for the Republican nomination, but as a conservative Christian I can’t quite grasp the #NeverTrump mentality.

Admittedly, Trump has problems. He is loutish. His understanding of economics appears roughly equivalent to a progressive Democrat. He dishonorably smeared his opponents in the primaries. Trump falls short of my aspirations for a conservative candidate, but let’s keep things in perspective: Hillary Clinton is despotic.

By despotic, I mean that Clinton possesses certain traits our founders warned us about. She doesn’t consider politicians public servants. (Her slogan is “I’m with her;” Trump retorts with “I’m with you.”) She seeks to expand government while enriching herself, and is thus the epitome of political corruption. From Tyson Foods to Loral Space to uranium for Russia, Bill and Hillary Clinton are Olympic champions of pay-for-play politics. Hillary Clinton believes the rules simply do not apply to her as manifestly displayed by the use of private email servers while acting as Secretary of State. Sadly, she is right. Despite clearly violating the Espionage Act and destroying her mobile devices with hammers, she will never be indicted.

Trump, on the other hand, vows to restore law and order at every level.

Trump has made genuine efforts to reach out to the Christian community.

What could be so horrifying about Trump that some of my fellow believers, even Christian leaders, would rather tacitly endorse someone like Clinton? A Religion News Service article by Emily McFarlan Miller offers a few answers. In it, Russel Moore is quoted as calling Trump's campaign “reality television moral sewage.”* Max Lucado said Trump wouldn’t pass his “decency interview” to date his daughters. Erick Erickson rejected Trump because he’s not had a “road to Damascus experience.” And Alan Noble will abstain from voting because Trump is “so unaware of his own depravity that he cannot recognize his need for forgiveness.”

Yet I would offer that Hillary Clinton is as depraved as they come. Are we seriously to help her win the presidency because Trump offends our sensibilities? Do any of these Christian leaders think Clinton has had a “road to Damascus” experience or desires an ounce of forgiveness for any of her numerous offenses?

In my view, it is foolishly short-sighted to help a villain like Hillary Clinton become president because the Republican nominee is more boorish than we’d like. None of Trump’s antics or solecisms will be remembered when Clinton is trampling the rights endowed to us by our Creator.

The Democratic and Republican parties are no longer two denominations of a common religion; they are polar opposites. Today’s Democratic party advances everything unholy and un-American. They celebrate sexual perversion, abortion at any stage, Balkanization, victimization, statism, and bankrupting future generations to pay for these sins. They earnestly seek to destroy (“fundamentally transform”) the America our fathers created. Like a polished mirror, Hillary Clinton perfectly reflects the values of the Democratic party.

Trump may be a dirty looking glass, a flawed representation of the Republican party, and—more specifically—Christianity, but he loves America and Christians. Trump has made genuine efforts to reach out to the Christian community. He recognizes that Christianity is under attack by the leftist agenda and that Christians feel silenced by the IRS. Trump met with leading pastors in New York City to hear their concerns. He wants pastors involved in the political process. By contrast, Hillary Clinton has assured us that our “religious beliefs … have to be changed.

Under a Trump presidency, we can pray that God will smooth his rough edges. Under a Hillary Clinton presidency, we can pray that God will free jailed Christians. Lest you think I’m paranoid, forget not Kim Davis, who refused to change her religious beliefs for the liberal agenda.

As Christians, we have three options: we can pout and stay home on Election Day; we can throw a defiant fist in the air and vote third party; or we can accept Trump with all his warts and actually advance some Christian causes for a change. To me, the choice is clear.

*In an earlier version of this piece, Moore was incorrectly quoted as saying that Trump was a “terrible representative of evangelical Christianity.” In fact, those words were Trump's response to Moore on Twitter.

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