Christians Must Vote in Self-Defense
Because Constantine really was better than Diocletian.
I feel compelled to challenge the selective moral outrage of evangelicals who have identified as #NeverTrump and have encouraged fellow believers to waste their votes on protest candidates. Whatever Donald Trump’s personal failings, we have a clear moral obligation to stop Hillary Clinton, every bit as much as we would a home invader who crashed through our bedroom window. When so threatened, we would not stop the cop who comes to help us, and question him about his faith journey or his language.
Let’s look beyond two sinners, Clinton and Trump, to two very different Americas — starkly contrasting visions of the country, and radically different futures. As Secretary of State under President Obama, Hillary Clinton shares responsibility for rising chaos in Europe, the ascending Islamic State and genocide of the Church in the Middle East. She is penitent about none of these outcomes, but proud of her policies — and indebted to the sponsors of many of these evils (such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia). She promises more of the same.
We Have Been Warned
When Hillary Clinton told the United Nations that our religious beliefs “have to be changed” to accommodate abortion, she was openly declaring war on Christian believers and the Church.
For all Trump’s personal flaws, a Trump administration would be held by our Congress to the GOP Platform. It would hire thousands of wise people recommended by the Heritage Foundation and other solidly pro-family organizations. Under our watchful eye, it could begin to restore a culture of life in America, rebuild the foundation of public order, reduce debt, stimulate the economy, and protect religious liberty.
I don’t think Trump and Pence will “save America.” Only Jesus will. But as Christians knew in the time of Constantine — whom they welcomed, though he was a deeply imperfect man — we need the freedom to speak of Jesus. In fact, we demand it.
As I wrote with friends who joined me to found the American Association of Evangelicals (AAE), we have a moral duty to remember the grave advances of evil our nation has seen in the past eight years:
- A growth industry trafficking in human baby organs and body parts — funded and defended by the Democratic Party.
- The abandonment of a biblical view of marriage that protected and liberated children and adults from centuries of pagan slavery, poverty, polygamy and non-life-giving sexuality.
- The transgender agenda imposed by Obama-government edict.
- Doubling of our national debt, economic stagnation and increased welfare dependency.
- Increased minority unemployment, poverty and violent inner city lawlessness, with an accompanying loss of opportunity, self-determination and family stability.
- Heightened racial division and tension, and the growing phenomenon of paid demonstrators being recruited and dispatched to instigate protests that often become riots.
- Open borders and ‘sanctuary’ cities increasing drugs, disease, crime, gangs and terrorism.
- Forced refugee resettlement in hundreds of American cities without citizen consent, mandated by the federal government in collusion with the United Nations. “Refugees” are primarily non-assimilating Muslims, while authorities reject persecuted Christians.
- Hostility towards Judaeo-Christian religious liberty in our courts, media and universities including the suppression of conservative speakers, free thought and moral education.
- The widespread, political use of the IRS to intimidate conservative, patriotic and Christian groups that disagree with the current political establishment.
Attacking the Church and Dabbling with Occultism?
Hillary Clinton and her party promise more of the same, pursued even more aggressively. Her campaign chairman, John Podesta, was revealed by Wikileaks to be scheming to disrupt the internal workings of the Catholic church, and to be receiving from his brother invitations to occult-themed dinners with a performance artist who specializes in simulated cannibalism. How much more of a warning does God need to send us about what we’re facing?
This year’s election partakes of spiritual warfare. We know the stakes. We vote with our eyes open, and bear responsibility before God and posterity for the outcome.