I just can’t do it. I can’t support either of these two individuals. Both of them are SERIOUSLY flawed–personally and professionally–and I can’t stand the idea that either of them will be leading our nation for the next 4 years. I cannot personally align myself with a narcissistic, egotistical, self-centered, brute of a man, but nor can I align myself with a egotistical, conniving, disingenuous and at-least-incompetent, more-likely-criminal woman.
I have seriously and prayerfully struggled with the concept of simply ‘not’ voting for anyone for President, rather than voting for an individual I cannot support.
Yet, these are our two choices (and please don’t talk to me about any of these 3rd party candidates).
So, what will I do?
First, I will pray…for my own wisdom, for the collective wisdom of the electorate in America, for the will of the Lord, and for each individual. I will pray for Donald and Hillary, that the Lord would show them their need for Himself, and that they would humble themselves and seek Him as they try to lead well.
Second, I will consider who they surround themselves with. Who is the person who’s their Vice President? What is he like? Is there anything more positive about them than about the leader of the ticket? What do I know about their other advisers?
Third, I will consider their party’s platform–what they (as a group) are declaring to be their priorities in policies, laws, etc.
I will try to view all of these things as I try to view all of my life–from the perspective of my faith, based on the Word of God.
None of these –people, parties, or platform–will be perfect…far from it.
When I consider the first point, I have been praying, and will continue to. Some of my friends tell me that Donald Trump has become a born-again Christian. I hope and pray that is true, as I hope and pray that Hillary Clinton will do so. Honestly, so far, I do not see any ‘fruit’ of that. Yet, I have been praying for them…as Paul wrote, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior…” (1 Timothy 2:1-3)
Secondly, when I consider who the candidates have surrounded themselves with, I think Mike Pence is a great guy. (I actually wrote him a letter 5 years ago urging him to run for President. I’m sure that letter had no impact on him–pretty sure he never saw it)…but I think he is a man I could willingly, enthusiastically support. When I also think of others that are around Mr. Trump, advising him…Dr. Ben Carson, Newt Gingrich…I like these guys and this is a great positive. I pray that Mr. Trump, if elected, listens to these men.
Thirdly, when I consider their party’s platform, I think of our Constitution. It was unique in history, laying out a system of laws and limitations on government, so that the American people would be free to ‘be the best they could be’. It is a unique document in history, and I believe it should continue to set the tone–including limiting government’s interference into our lives.
I believe in the first Amendment–the right to Free Speech–especially with respect to the ‘free exercise’ clause for religious belief. “The government shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion–nor preventing the free exercise thereof”. I am convinced that this right– to believe, teach, preach and live by my faith–has been under constant assault, and that will increase in the near future if Hillary Clinton gets elected.
When it comes to the 2nd Amendment, I do not own a gun (yet), but I am a supporter of the right to “keep and bear arms”.
When it comes to moral issues–I support the right to life. I understand that things can get very difficult in some cases, and I understand that ‘the life of the mother’ is perhaps a valid exception, but the reality is that our society has allowed this to become far too commonplace, as a means of birth control…even to the point that some will defend the practice till the very end of the pregnancy–long past the ‘viability’ threshold. As a Christian, I simply cannot support this.
When it comes to the Supreme Court, I believe that we need someone who will nominate ‘Originalists’–those who view the Constitution as a document to be held to–as opposed to ‘Activists’–those who view the Constitution as a ‘living document’ in need of change.
For all these reasons, I–personally–have made the decision to vote Republican tomorrow.
I do so with no amount of fanfare and celebration because of the man at the head of the ticket…but make no mistake: The ticket, the Party Platform, and the future of the Supreme Court causes me to make this decision.
I do not assume that you will follow, just because it’s me saying this. In fact, you must not do that! You must pray, read, and consider that God would have you do.
I will vote republican, trust God, and move forward in faith!
…and I will pray (as I shared at church this past Sunday–listen to my blog (Link below)…that The Church in America would “…humble themselves and pray, and seek His face, and turn from (our) wicked ways”…so that He “will hear from heaven and will forgive (our) sin, and will heal (our) land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14-15)