No Choice!

Bad Choices

Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: (Daniel 2:20-21)

The Republican National Convention looms ahead within a few short weeks, and it appears that Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP candidate for President of the United States. The prospect is disheartening to many Christians including me, but unlike me, many Christians are resolved to “suck it up” and vote for Trump as the “lesser of two evils.” I don’t know about you, but I am tired of voting for the lesser of two evils. I voted for the lesser of two evils in 2008 when I voted for John McCain. I voted for the lesser of two evils when I voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. What did that get us? It got us eight years of Barrack Obama! To me, Donald Trump measures up so far below either McCain or Romney that it’s like drinking the dregs of cold, stale coffee.

I have stated openly that I will not vote for that man. Unless he assumes some real principles greater than his own ambitions, I cannot with clear conscience bring myself to cast my ballot for Trump. I will vote, but I will either vote for a reasonable third or fourth party candidate or write in my choice, which at the moment happens to be Ted Cruz – the only principled, constitutional conservative that ran in the primaries. Ted Cruz also holds solid Christian values, and lives by them.

Many of my friends criticize me for making that statement saying, “That will just guarantee Hillary will be the next President” (provided she doesn’t end up in prison). Is that true?

As Christians we should make our decisions based on biblical principles. Does the Bible give us any guidance? The verse above says that God removes and sets up kings, i.e. rulers. Arguably, presidents of the United States, are not “rulers” per se – at least not constitutionally – but now that is highly suspect considering how President Obama has performed in his administration. Whether kings, rulers, or presidents, the principle holds true: God sets up and takes down rulers.

At the installation of Solomon, King David blessed the Lord saying, “Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all” (1 Chronicles 29:11-12, emphasis mine). Clearly, David recognized God’s sovereignty over all earthly matters. The Apostle Paul applies this concept as to how we should relate to those in power over us. “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God” (Romans 13:1, emphasis mine). In Paul’s day, Rome resembled a republic somewhat like ours, except that citizens did not elect their leaders. The Senate was composed of the aristocracy, who obtained their position though inheritance, appointment or through bribe. The point is that citizens had no say in their government. Under these circumstances, Paul exhorts Christians to submit to their leaders because “the powers that be are ordained of God.” The Greek word translated “ordained” is tassō and it means “to arrange in an orderly manner.” When we consider some of the tyrants that ruled Rome and their persecution of the saints, we might wonder what kind of “orderly manner” God arranged, but Paul clearly affirms that God controls who sits in power. Nero, Diocletian, Muhamad, Napoleon, Hitler, Lennon, Stalin, Putin, Obama, Ayatollah Khomeini and many more could be listed – all had Divine appointments. No leader or ruler on earth exists or has ever existed that God did not put in place.

That said, if we truly believe God’s Word, can we honestly say we have any real influence on who will be our next President? Can we realistically assume the responsibility for who will lead us? The Bible says that God makes those decisions.

So, what is the use in Christians voting?

The United States of America is unique among all the nations of the world and among all the nations throughout history. In no other nation has God vested power in the governed, i.e. the people, rather than in governors. At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in 1788, it is said that a lady asked Benjamin Franklin what kind of government they had given us to which he replied, “A republic, Madam, if you can keep it.” We stand at the precipice of losing our republic. By many standards, one may say we have already lost it; but we can still vote for our leaders – for all the good that does. The problem is that most of the leaders we elect are unprincipled liars seeking their own gain, personal privilege, and power. They hear the people’s cries and promise to fulfill their wishes (like “repeal every word of Obama Care”), and once they are elected they become deaf to the voice of the people.

What are we to do? We must do what is right before God. That is what we do! “Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times” (Psalm 106:3).  “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous” (1 John 3:7). At the conclusion of his exposé on the vanity of life seeking pleasure and possessions, Solomon sums up, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, emphasis mine).

What is the right thing to do? Chief Justice John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, said, “Providence [meaning “God”] has given our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as privilege and interest, of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers” (emphasis mine). For Christians, then, the right thing means preferring Christians as our rulers. Of course, someone will undoubtedly retort, “We are not electing a pastor, we’re electing a President.” Perhaps, at this point, it behooves us to elect a pastor in the truest sense of that word. A pastor, i.e. a “shepherd,” looks out for the welfare of his sheep even to the point of giving his life for them. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). Wouldn’t that be a great attribute in a President! – or any of our elected representatives for that matter!

Voting for a pastor as President might not be such a bad thing; however, there is not one running for the office. Many of my Christian brothers and sisters fear a Hillary Clinton presidency so much that they are willing to vote for the reprobate Donald Trump as the “lesser of two evils.” By what standard they make that judgment I cannot discern. Joel Rosenberg offered 32 reasons a Trump presidency would be a catastrophe for America.[1] I also wrote about this and provided links to other articles giving reasons why Christians should not support Donald Trump.[2]

Donald Trump is no pastor. Judging from his “fruits,” he is not even a Christian. He may be a Presbyterian, but he is not a Christian, I don’t care how he labels himself. If Christians are to prefer Christians as their leaders, then, my friends, we have no choice. That is why, unless God raises up a principled, Christian man (or woman) that cares about this nation more than he/she cares about him/herself, the only right thing I see to do is write in someone I, in good conscience, believe is worthy of the office. To me, at least for now, that is Ted Cruz. My conscience is clear, and I trust in the sovereignty of God for the outcome, even if it is Hillary Clinton.

Friends, our nation rejected God a long time ago. God’s judgment is not coming upon our nation; it’s already on us, like it or not. What we see these days – the violence, perversion, disregard for law and order, etc. – is the judgment of God. Read Romans 1:18 ff. Even if Trump is elected, do not deceive yourself into thinking that he will be any better than what we have already. Remember that choosing the lesser of two evils is still evil. For that reason, I cannot vote for Donald Trump. I feel I have no choice.

Notes:


[1] Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog: https://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/32-reasons-a-trump-presidency-would-be-a-catastrophe-for-america/

[2] “The Trump Sounds,” https://erniecarrasco.com/2016/02/28/the-trump-sounds/

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12 responses to “No Choice!

  1. Earl

    Americans are so hungry for someone they see as a leader that all of Trumps real and perceived faults are ignored. Someone who refuses to be politically correct. Who puts biased reporters in their place. Hungry for a semblance of common sense. Closing borders and screening those entering the country.

    I admit that I get caught up in it too.

    But I have known all along Trump is not the real deal. He is not what the country needs. He just pushes the right buttons on key issues.

    Being an admitted conspiracy theory guy. (Cue the laughter) I got to asking myself if the Democrats and Republicans are two sides of the same coin. Their strings being pulled by the same behind the scene people. Whose to say Trump isn’t their man too?

    Americans are ripe for a despot. Trump may well be that man.

    Reading Rosenberg’s 32 Reasons a Trump Presidency would be a Catastrophy gives credance to my view.

    Will I vote in November? Honestly I think it’s a waste of time. Our choices being Trump, Hillary or maybe Bernie.
    Hillary is pure evil. As corrupt a politician that ever stood for office.
    Bernie? A Socialist (read Communist) touting economic policy that fails wherever tried. He is foolish to think it will work here. Those voting for him more so.
    Trump? Says lots of things to tickle the ear of people sick of the political status quo. But when the day is done may well be the same goose dressed in eagles feathers.

    I’m a monarchist. I want a King.
    Not King Trump or the likes.
    I bow my knee to Yeshua HaMashiach. KING OF KINGS LORD OF LORDS

    Come LORD
    Reign over us in fact not faith.

  2. Thanks. This will help me decide who to vote for.

    • Earl

      Mr. Nielsen,
      I can’t help but wonder what you will decide. Since I first voted In 1971 until now I’ve never been so flummoxed by my choices.

      Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee were the only two I had any confidence in regarding being Christain. Maybe Santorum if I overlook his Catholic beliefs.

      Unlike my good friend Ernie, I can’t bear to think about not doing what I can to stop Hillary. As bad as Trump may be, she is by any measure far worse. Far worse.

      Perhaps one good thing about a Hillary presidency would be a quicker end to this farce we call free America. It aint free!! If we think things are bad now, wait till she is master of the helm.

      Come LORD Jesus…!

    • Earl

      Mr. Nielsen,
      I can’t help but wonder what you will decide. Since I first voted In 1971 until now I’ve never been so flummoxed by my choices. I don’t like any of them.

      Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and maybe Santorum appear to be up right men, but they had no chance of beating the Democrat machine. They are too nice, too polite, too PC. The Democrats play with clubs, knives and pistols, while the Republicans appear to play with noodles and feathers.

      How do you decide? Other than his poking his finger in the Establishment eye and telling off the media there is little to like.

      Unlike my good friend Ernie I feel driven to vote considering Hillary just might win.

      On the bright side she or Bernie winning would accelerate Americas decline. Meaning an internal adjustment might be in the offering, i.e., “Watering Freedom’s Tree”

      • It’s interesting that a lot of good men are going for Trump, thinking that he will be all right, like Huckabee and I can’t think of his name, the former speaker–Gingrich. I really like Gingrich and it’s interesting that he is appalled by a lot of things Trump is saying and doing, but still he is supporting him. In the end I will probably vote for Trump, and praying that he will learn and get his act together fast.

  3. Lee

    I do not agree with all Trump does, but this is not a Christian nation, may have been close in earlier days, but not now. The Bible says “And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.” (Mark 12:17 KJV). Even He paid taxes. That was not a Christian nation, but He honored the part that he was responsible for. Voting is a responsibility and a privilege in this country. I am going to vote, because the Democrats will lead us into socialism a whole lot quicker. I am not wild about the choices, but one is better than the other.

    • Oh, make no mistake. I will not neglect my responsibility to vote, but I will not vote for Trump, and I will leave the outcome in God’s hands. Sometimes, I think, we think too highly of the power we think is ours. God is guiding this process. His will be done. Thank you for your comment, Lee.

      • Earl

        Ernie, Stephen and Lee,
        Thank you for sharing.

        We are all vexed by the world around us and seeing the terrible selection offered us is troubling.

        I will vote for Trump because the very thought of a Hillary presidency is appalling. Trump is a very poor choice indeed, but still far better than her. Her winning will have grave consequences re the Supreme Court.

        Then like Ernie “leave it in GOD’s hand.

        “And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:”
        ‭‭Daniel‬ ‭2:21‬ ‭KJV‬‬

        GOD grant us with strength to obey and endure.

        Ej

  4. May I suggest a question that probably has a deeper, spiritual significance than our wonderful right to vote within a “republic” which, by the way, Christians have been doing for years. God truly “sets up kings”! Why then, oh why, with all the supposedly Christian voters, prayer warriors and political pundits, would God place a man like Obama (a possible homosexual … who is rumored to be married to a transgender) in the White House for 8 years? This in light of numerous, widely-publicized Christian prayer conventions held over the years … each boasting 25 to 50 thousand attendees at a time. Big productions … but where are the results? Same with the recent Supreme Court decision concerning gay marriage. John Roberts was originally appointed as a conservative judge with Christian values, yet he was the SWING VOTE in favor of the LGBT movement! What’s up with that? If Hillary wins the White House, I think Christians as a whole are going to have to get serious in their personal walk with the Lord. The days are short! If God “sets up” Hillary, you can bet there’s a reason for it. At that point, Christians better wake up and lock themselves in their prayer closets with a true humility that touches the heart of God! May God have mercy on us all and protect America for a while longer from the principalities and powers of darkness that are already consuming this planet.

    • I believe you are right, however, I also believe that God grants His children the grace to sustain them through times of trouble. And I do believe those times are just ahead. Thank you for your comments.

    • Earl

      Prayergate,
      You are right regarding those huge Christian meetings. I attended several Promise Keeper and/or other meeting meant to stem the decline in faith and morals in the US.

      We also had the Moral Majority supposedly fighting the good fight. Did it or any of the other efforts do any good? Did America repent? Did America get better? NO!

      So what’s wrong? Why did none of these well meaning efforts succeed?

      Maybe we are asking the wrong questions and prescribing the wrong remedy. Not just over the past few decades either.

      Maybe telling people that all they need to do to find GOD is walk an aisle, shake the preachers hand, get baptized and be a good person is not the best way. Maybe something is not being said.

      While millions and millions have acted on that prescription, what evidence do we see that society is better as a result of that walk and hand shake? Very little it seems. First, second and third century converts changed the world. Today’s Christianity looks like, dresses like, enjoys the same lifestyle, listens to the same music and entertainment.

      At my church a man doesn’t dare ride the up escalator behind many women. You’ll get an eyeful and spend the first thirdly minutes during worship trying to get it and other images out of your mind.

      Could it be Christianity at some point left its original expectation of what it meant to be a Christian? I think so.

      America is broke because the church is broke. America will recover only if the Church recovers.

      Yes! You’re right. Prayer. Something I need to do more often and with more earnestly.

      To prayer I think we need to add what the early church practiced. Holiness as a by product of obedience. Now the question is… Obedience to what.

      Sorry for the long missive. Lots on my mind.