October 21, 2016
Dear Fellow Christian,
Like many of you I have found this election to be a particularly difficult one, which is amazing considering we’ve been through the 2008 and 2012 elections, where I will admit I voted for McCain and Romney, but not very happily.
I’ve been praying about my vote in this crazy 2016 election and I began to wonder if I wasn’t just making it difficult…maybe it really wasn’t. After all God is not the God of confusion.
After spending a considerable amount of time searching God’s Word for His perspective on kings and those in authority and not just assuming I knew what God’s Word said –a definite pattern began to emerge. This scripture passage in particular found in Deuteronomy 16: 18-20 fairly well sums it up, (the capitalization and underlines are mine);
18 “You shall appoint for yourself judges and officers in all your towns which the Lord your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. 19 You shall not distort JUSTICE; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous. 20 Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”
In this passage the Israelites would soon be entering the land of Canaan and so provision is being made by God for a permanent civil government and its administration. Notice God tells the Israelites that:
“JUSTICE, AND ONLY JUSTICE YOU SHALL PURSUE! “
In fact justice, maintaining law and order, and not showing partiality seems to be what God mainly wants to see in a king (read president), for that requirement is repeated several times.
Leviticus 19:15 “You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor.”
Proverbs 28:4 “Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but such as keep the law contend with them.”
Proverbs 29: 4 “The king gives stability to the land by justice, but a man who takes bribes overthrows it.”
According to Romans chapter 13:1-7 and 2 Peter 2: 13, 14 the Lord God has placed national governments over mankind for one reason, and that is to punish evil and reward those who do good! We seem to want it to be more complicated than that but it’s really that simple.
GOOD GOVERNMENT IS ONE THAT WILL PUNISH EVIL AND REWARD GOOD.
I did find one other passage that pertains to choosing a president that adds a little more depth, Exodus 18:21, “Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth.”
Yes, moral character in a President of the United States is important to me and having a committed Evangelical Christian would be nice but….
But if things were different and this election had former President Jimmy Carter running for re-election as an Independent 3rd party candidate (let’s pretend he was 20 years younger and with no health issues), I don’t think I or anyone else could find anything wrong with his moral character. And he is a godly Christian man, in fact a Southern Baptist Sunday School teacher.
But I would not vote for him.
His position on Israel killed it for me, and after the 444 day Iran hostage crisis during his 1st term, I don’t think he could handle a nuclear Iran. But most importantly, I doubt Jimmy Carter for all his morality and good character, could deal with the utter corruption that has a foot hold in every top level of our government. In simple terms, I don’t think he could restore some measure of justice in America. It’s going to take an aggressive lion-hearted man to accomplish that.
The proverb that tells us there is a way that seems right to man, but it’s end is death is one we usually apply to non-believers, but we, as Christians are not immune to thinking something is so right surely God must agree. God seems more interested in justice than in Christian piety in government leaders in spite of what we often think.
So this decision has become trouble-free for me, (unless something else that sounds like it might be a legitimate accusation against him and has some actual proof for it pops up)— I’m voting for Trump. I’m confidant he will restore and pursue justice, he will punish evildoers, I don’t know what anyone would bribe him with? (Money? Promise him his own TV show? Seriously?), and I believe he reveres God and is extremely transparent and truthful.
He’ll also bring back balance to the Supreme Court, he stands with Israel, be a friend to Christians, and he gave a very clear answer on Roe VS Wade during the 3rd debate without the usual dodging candidates do when the subject of abortion comes up.
As to the other choices, for sure, in my opinion, Hillary Clinton will do the direct opposite of pursuing justice, (good grief that woman will open the door and invite evil to come on in and stay awhile), nor do I see how a 3rd party candidate that can’t possibly in anyone’s wildest dreams get elected is going to pursue justice from the sidelines.
There it is. I’m a Christian and in good conscience I’m voting for Donald Trump.
Now maybe I can sleep at night.
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