As a Christian, who should I vote for, 2016?

Who should we vote for?

In one sense, the answer is very complicated.  In another sense, the answer is straightforward.  I will begin with the straightforward answer and then get into the weeds if you choose to indulge.

The Straightforward Answer:

As Theologian Wayne Grudem has pointed out when both candidates are corrupt and morally reprehensible, then one needs to vote for the party platform he or she believes in.  Since ideas have consequences, and since the ideas of the left are largely not in agreement with Biblical Christianity, and since the ideas of the right and largely compatible with Biblical Christianity, then a Christian should vote for the party platform and candidate on the right (especially when justices are given so much power in this country to change the course of history).

The following is Wayne Grudem’s assessment:

“Once I put the choice in those stark terms, there is a good way to make a decision. Since I find both candidates morally objectionable, I am back to the old-fashioned basis on which I have usually decided how to vote for my entire life: Whose policies are better? Do I agree more with Trump’s policies or with Clinton’s?

“It isn’t even close. I overwhelmingly support Trump’s policies and believe that Clinton’s policies will seriously damage the nation, perhaps forever. On the Supreme Court, abortion, religious liberty, sexual orientation regulations, taxes, economic growth, the minimum wage, school choice, Obamacare, protection from terrorists, immigration, the military, energy, and safety in our cities, I think Trump is far better than Clinton (see below for details).” – Wayne Grudem 

Keep in mind, like Grudem I despise Trump.  I believe he is one of the worst candidates the Repiblicans have ever put forward.  But the Republican platform is one of th  best in decades.  I do not fully trust Trump, he has made racist remarks and has degraded women.  Does this mean he’s a racist? A chauvinist? From the heart the mouth speaks.  Can he be forgiven? Is he pliable? Sure.  Has he asked for forgiveness, not completely.  He asks forgiveness halfway or not at all and makes his supporters defend the indefensible.  Hence the #neverTrump movement.

Does he believe the things he has said?  Or is he simply a fool without self-control of the tongue? This is where we begin to get into the weeds and realize the answer is not straightforward for the Christian voter.  Not to mention Hillary will actually undermine the constitution and our nation will spin further from the vision of our founders.  
The Weeds:

I have watched, read, and listened to everything I can get my hands on in the past year from CNN to Real Clear Politics, to Ben Shapiro and Michael Medved to Fareed Zakaria, to National Public Radio and the BBC.  And here is my conclusion: to vote for Clinton is to vote for someone who is likely a legitimate criminal.  

Here is the case against her:

She either made intentional decisions to put a server in her basement to hide correspondence with officials to sell secrets to communicate under the radar in a way so as to conspire and hide information from her political opponents and the American public; or she is plain stupid, ignorant, incompetent; or she could be both.  

Based on what FBI director Comey said in early July 2016, at minimum she was careless/reckless and should not be trusted with national secrets (based on that alone she should have had charges made against her).

Now, the evidence seems to suggest there was intent, on her part, to be deceptive and that there was a cover up involving more than Clinton, potentially POTUS (at minimum the DOJ). Why would she have her aides “wipe” 30,000 emails unless she had something to hide? Why did she claim to have 1 maybe 2 devices that she used in relation to her private server, and later it was discovered there were 13 devices, most of which she destroyed? (She lied) This points to intent.  Not to mention the new revelation of 650,000 email communications on Weiner’s laptop, a laptop that belonged to Hillary’s top aide, Huma Abedin.  Were they all from Hillary or about Hillary? No. But appetently FBI director Comey saw something of significance to cause him to write a letter to congress to inform them that he was re-opening the case concerning her emails (and as of today, update – sounds like July decision is upheld: careless but no evidence of intent – except “bleach bit” – look it up).

This is a big deal, even though not indicted.  Why? Because the evidence points in the direction that she should be.

From Ben Shapiro’s perspective, the election is the opportunity for American voters to play the role of holding authority accountable.  If we elect Clinton into office, there is a real chance that she could be pardoned by Obama or even pardon herself once she became president.  Read that line again.  It came from a prosecutor interviewed on Fox News yesterday.  (Listen to Shaperio here: ).

Why do you think the White House and Democrats are putting pressure on the resignation of FBI director Comey? Could it be Obama is included in these emails? I had a personal conversation with a close friend who worked in the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s office.  I asked him 18 months ago about the emails.  He almost had a canned response, “Everyone in D.C.’s doing it.  If she goes down, 1/3 of D.C. Politicians could go down with her.” Interesting.  So curruption is widespread and condoned privately in D.C.? This doesn’t mean we should ignore what she did.  Instead, clean up Washington.

I have read that Obama wrote Hillary several emails under a pseudonym according to Wikileaks.  So the President seems to have a vested interest (as does Loretta Lynch, who just happened to have a 37 minute private meeting with Bill Clinton in July just a day or so before Comey dismissed the email charges in early July – Lynch’s meeting with Bill was on a private plane, indicating he went out of his was to intercept her at the airport.  Oh, he just happened to land at the same airport Lynch was at.  It just happened to happen.  Like they bumped into each other in the hall).  So the President and DOJ have a vested interest in making sure the email investigation gets buried.  What are they hiding?

This is not an America influenced by Judeo-Christian values.  If Obama or Clinton claim to be Christian, they have obviously not read the New Testament.  Or at least they don’t understand it.

What about Trump:

I don’t like how bombastic he is.  He definitely seems to not know the Bible either.  I dislike his rhetoric about minorities and women, especially the Hispanic community.  But I had a conversation with three of my Hispanic friends in the past 36 hours.  They are for Trump.  One said, “I like the party platform and I think Trump is pliable.”  The other said, “His speech about people from Mexico coming over to America is mostly true.  Trump is just telling it like it is.  As a Mexican American, I don’t want to offend people, but hey, Trump is telling the truth.”  The third is an independent who realizes how bad a Clinton presidency would be and wrote about the dangers of Clinton taking office:

This causes me to pause.  I don’t want my half-brother thinking I’m a racist for voting for Trump.  But I also don’t want a corrupt criminal in office who literally will forever change America away from Judeo-Christian values, which in the long run will take away my freedoms as a preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Based on the above, especially considering my Hispanic friends’ perspective, there is a case you can be for Trump and not support his rhetoric and not yourself be considered a racist. 

Ideas have consequences.  Progressivism is destroying our country.  It is time to conserve the principles our nation was founded on. 

I would vote third party, but realistically that is a vote for Clinton and progressivism. 

What to do!?! 

Pray, hold my breath, and vote for the Repiblican Party Platform? It is a risk either way, but a Clinton presidency will continue to drift us from Judeo-Christian values into progressive relativism and the social ills that follow.  As Ben Shapiro put it you, the voter, can play a role to hold the DOJ and justice system accountable by your vote.  For me, I will vote for the RNC party platform as much as my conscience will allow.  Regarding Trump, I still need to pray on it. 



5 thoughts on “As a Christian, who should I vote for, 2016?

  1. Ryan…….totally agree. Hard times but we know God wants us to trust Him and use our heads too. Privilege to vote. Privilege to know Him and His plans. Thanks for writing and sharing. I will vote for party platform.

    1. I haven’t actually filled out my ballot yet, and it is hard to convince myself to vote for Trump. I may still end up leaving it blank or changing my mind (never Hillary though).

  2. Hi Pastor Ryan. Thanks for your knowledge of the current election situation and your candor. I spoke briefly with you about it about a month ago. You mentioned the possibility of third party candidates. That interested me and so I did some research. I read and listened to Evan McMullin from Utah and he really impresses me. I simply can’t force myself to hold my nose and vote for either of these two candidates. After much thought and agonizing over it, I decided to vote for Evan McMullin. I know it’s a throw away vote most likely (unless there’s a tie and the House of Representatives gets involved, another long shot) but still.

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