Every time a presidential election comes around, there is a lot to say from lots of groups of people. None are more vocal than religious conservatives, of which I am one. This year, presents a challenge for such voters. On the left is a career politician with a track record of corruption and who stands almost directly opposed to most values of the religious conservative. On the right is a proud serial adulterer who defies the core belief of Christianity that one must be forgiven by God.
There is a pragmatist argument that goes something like this: Trump will pick pro-life supreme court justices so therefore we must, like it or not, vote for Trump. This argument holds little water since Trump is hardly a pro-life candidate. He claims a change in his views regarding abortion but he claims that no laws should be changed and that planned parenthood should keep its government funding. It is clear that his picks for supreme court will have nothing whatsoever to do with being pro-life. Further, he espouses nothing of constitutional conservatism but seems to approach every problem from the view that the president must solve it. This pragmatic argument is grasping at straws at best.
However, there is more to note for the Christian. The entire notion of the pragmatic argument is wrong. Can God use an unbeliever? Yes. He has. But the Lord has never called his people to seek what seemed practical over what was holy.
When I make my choice at the ballot box, I consider the two things Jesus ever said about politics. 1) Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and 2) (to Pilate) You have no power unless I give it to you.
This means that Christians do have a duty to their country and that God and God alone is the maker of governments (to our blessing or to our judgment).
Understanding this, I go to the ballot box not as a part of a caucus or voting block, but as a believer in prayer. I will do my duty and will vote for whom I wish God would put in power.
I urge Christians not to run in fear to the pragmatic argument, but to stand in faith and vote for whomever may be most pleasing to God
And pray. Pray for our country and let your prayers be the fuel for your spreading of good news.
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