Would Evangelicals Vote for the Devil if He Supported Their Cause?

By Michael Brown Published on December 10, 2018

We’ve been hearing this for the last three years, and I don’t think it will go away anytime soon: “All you evangelicals who voted for Trump are so hypocritical. You would vote for Satan himself if he supported your political agenda. As for President Trump, he’s just using you for his own self-gain, but you’re too power-hungry to see it.”

This accusation resurfaced in recent days when the president remained silent during the recital of the Apostles’ Creed at the funeral for President George H. W. Bush. (In contrast, the Clintons and Obamas and President Carter all joined in.) “There’s your evangelical president,” the mockers hooted with glee.

In response, I noted that Trump’s silence, whatever the cause, didn’t bother me in the least since we didn’t vote for him because he was a strong evangelical Christian but rather because he strongly supported issues important to us. And our vote for Trump was just as much a vote against Hillary.

Getting Our Vote Again

The same scenario could easily repeat itself in 2020. If it was Trump against Bernie Sanders or Kamala Harris or Corey Booker or Elizabeth Warren or Beto O’Rourke, Trump would very likely get our vote again.

Not surprisingly, my article drew some sharp responses, including this post on Facebook: “So if a candidate promises to support evangelicals’ political policy issues then issues of morality, honesty, religious commitment, faithfulness and compassion are set aside. It seems that evangelicals will embrace anyone who supports their political agenda no matter how loathsome that person is. They obviously believe political imperative Trump’s adherence to the teachings of their church. Sad.”

This tweet was just as strong: “How is a self-serving act like pandering in order to get elected considered friendship? Would you vote for Satan if he told you he’d end abortion, got rid of gay marriage, and destroyed radical Muslims? Does God instruct us to do wrong in His name to get the right result?”

Fair Questions

These are actually fair questions: How far would we go? And how genuine is President Trump’s commitment to evangelicals’ social and political goals?

Let’s answer the second question first: It’s clear by now that Trump is not just playing political games and pandering for evangelical support. For whatever reason, he seems to be acting out of conviction when it comes to nominating pro-life justices or standing with Israel.

I, too, questioned Trump’s convictions during the primaries, quite strongly and quite frequently. I documented his waffling positions and warned against looking to him to defend our liberties, all the while hoping out loud that I was wrong. (Every one of these negative articles, unedited, is reprinted here. I’m not trying to erase or revise the past.)

Trump’s Commitment

But after two years in office, after scores of excellent judicial appointees, after pulling out of the Iran deal and moving the embassy to Jerusalem, after undoing many of the radical, pro-LGBT policies of the Obama administration, after continuing to look to evangelical leaders for counsel and input, I believe Trump’s commitment is sincere.

Perhaps the opposition from the left has strengthened his resolve.

Perhaps the close relationships he enjoys with evangelical leaders has impacted him.

Perhaps God has sovereignly changed his heart, even beyond his own understanding.

Either way, I no longer believe he is simply pandering for political favor. In fact, at this point, the burden of proof is on the skeptics: Please tell us why, exactly, we should not believe the president at this point. Please give us your evidence, not just your accusations.

How Far Would We Go?

As for the first question, namely, how far would we go in our voting to realize our social and political agenda, the question is fundamentally flawed.

How so?

Simply stated, it accuses us of ignoring our biblical and Christian values in order to gain political power whereas we voted for Trump because of our biblical and Christian values.

Biblical and Christian Values

Abortion is not a political issue to us. It is the paramount moral issue of our generation, the ultimate issue of justice. What could be more “Christian” than fighting against the slaughter of innocent babies in the womb?

LGBT activism is not a political issue to us. It is a moral and spiritual issue, since we recognize that the definition of family and the definition of marriage are the bedrock of society. To tamper with them is to tamper with our foundations.

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It’s the same thing with fighting against radical Islam. We see the genocide of our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East as something near and dear to God’s heart. It is not simply “politics,” nor is it another item on the evangelical checklist. It is an issue that concerns Jesus Himself.

These are His family members, parts of His own body. He does not want us to sit idly by as these precious children and women and men are butchered and tortured and buried alive and exiled.

And since, in our view, Trump is on the right side of these issues — issues of morality, of love, of faithfulness, of compassion — we continue to support him.

But there’s more to the story.

Faith Leaders Helping Trump

Evangelical leaders close to Trump give him biblically based input on sensitive issues like immigration and prison reform and the rebuilding of our inner-cities.

They seek to be a positive moral influence on him, whether he listens or not.

Of course, we wish he would not lash out in his tweets at Rex Tillerson or LeBron James or others. We wish he would be more careful and accurate in many of his statements. But we believe that, overall, he’s doing more good than harm, including taking a stand for our most fundamental freedoms.

To be sure, there are lines we would not cross in our voting (for my personal views, see here). But frankly, we do not see Trump as the devil incarnate. And we believe he is standing on the right side of some of the most important moral and cultural issues of the day.

To repeat: That’s why he has our vote, and there’s nothing hypocritical about it.

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  • Maltus Flavius

    It seems that the left believes that Trump is the Devil incarnate and they themselves are “saints”. Such Hypocrisy! Even laughable at times IMO.

  • kenneth20754

    Do these folks ever give positive arguments for voting for Mrs. Clinton instead?

    • zonie6044

      Are there any?

      • kenneth20754

        That’s why I’m asking. They shake their shaming fingers at Christians who voted for Trump but never offer a case for voting for Clinton instead. I think it’s because they know that Clinton’s policies were and are unacceptable to social and fiscal conservatives and don’t want to say the only reason to vote for her is that she’s not Trump.

  • NellieIrene

    Somehow we are hypocrites because we voted for a flawed human being? All of the candidates were flawed human beings. Some covered it up better. And some had friends in the media to cover it up for them. Most presidential candidates claim to be Christian. And yet none of them have lived unsullied lives, or have lived up to God’s standard of perfection. None of them have come even close.

    It is clear Trump has governed in a way that far surpasses our greatest hopes. So their angst can’t be our supposed hypocrisy. I think it is because of this flawed man’s zeal in trying to fulfill his promises. It must be quite the bitter pill fr them to swallow.

  • Brown: “For whatever reason, [Trump] seems to be acting out of conviction…”

    With all due respect, I find Dr. Brown’s observation naive. Trump has shown that whatever it is he aims for and acts upon, it is not by any conviction, Christian or otherwise, he may hold, but for self-serving reasons, whatever they may be. Any convictions he may have reflects a narcissistic attitude and a racist agenda. This is not an unwarranted judgment but one based upon his own actions and words.

    From my perspective, Trump gets no points for “acting out of conviction” because his “conviction,” generally speaking, is just plain inimical to the Biblical mandate to love others as you love yourself and to consider others as more important than yourself. From a non-religious perspective, he has shown no real concern for the interests of our country and its citizens.

    Brown: “But after two years in office, after scores of excellent…”

    Whatever good is accomplished under his administration, again, I do not credit Trump himself. He works against the good being accomplished. Just look at what good, from an evangelical point of view, Sessions has accomplished, and what does Trump do? He fires him. And, that is just one of the countless clear examples of Trump’s self-serving accomplishments, what Dr. Brown calls “acting out of conviction.”

    Brown: “I no longer believe he is simply pandering for political favor.”

    How can Dr. Brown fail to see that Trump is still playing politics and, apparently, acting out of fear, especially now since the Mueller investigation is closing in on him, of getting his head handed to him?

    The burden is on the skeptics? You want evidence not just accusations? The evidence is all over the news. How do you miss it?

    Here’s one already mentioned piece of evidence: He fired Sessions while Sessions was enacting Trump’s agenda, and doing so at a furious and successful pace (as reported by CNN).

    Brown: “…the question is fundamentally flawed. How so?… it accuses us of ignoring our biblical and Christian values in order to gain political power whereas we voted for Trump because of our biblical and Christian values.”

    As I see it, from the conversations I had with other Christians, they voted for Trump mainly on the basis of two issues, abortion and the LBGTQ; the economy came in third (not a very scientific statistic). In any case, these are reasons I take into consideration when voting for a candidate. However, I concluded Trump to be a national security risk and a danger to our democratic values while watching all the presidential debates and, to my mind, that trumped (no pun intended) any reason from a Christian view for me to vote for Trump.

    To destroy our democratic republic and institutions would destroy any attempt to fulfill our moral concerns, from a political perspective; it just can’t be done under authoritarian rule. And, even if it could be, are Christians willing to place our country under authoritarian rule in order to fulfill their morally political concerns?

    I’m not.

    But the question Dr. Brown was asked is not flawed. The question was “Would you vote for Satan if he told you he’d end abortion, got rid of gay marriage, and destroyed radical Muslims? Does God instruct us to do wrong in His name to get the right result?” That Evangelicals voted for Trump on the basis of “Biblical and Christian values” was the whole point of the question, as I read it in the article. That is, the question is asked, “Would you vote for Satan if, like Trump, he claimed to support Biblical and Christian values?”

    Of course, the scenario in the question is ludicrous but, as such, the answer seems to be “yes.” And in consideration of this question, we can assume Dr. Brown and evangelical leaders and Christians who support Trump, can very well say: “And since, in our view, Satan is on the right side of these issues — issues of morality, of love, of faithfulness, of compassion [issues for which Satan himself, like Trump, has shown he has no genuine concern] — we continue to support him.”

    To suggest that Trump is doing “more good than harm” is short-sighted. It is the long-run that concerns me. I thank God that our democratic institutions are still holding strong against the battering ram of Trump’s attacks against it. Nevertheless, once he’s out, it may take some hard work and a few years to get our country back in working order and the institutions we hold dear made trustworthy again.

    But, hopefully, we can, while getting our democracy back in order, make it more efficient, more friendly to Christian concerns, and see values inimical to the Biblical mandate overturned and the political climate more conducive to the legislation of moral values Christians can subscribe to and uphold.

    In the meantime, supporting Trump may not be as much a matter of being hypocritical, as being foolish.

  • porcupineman1454

    “It’s clear by now that Trump is not just playing political games and pandering for evangelical support.“

    That is indeed not clear to all of us.

  • Anthony Cieszkiewicz

    For many of us, our vote against the increasingly leftist Hillary necessitated that we vote for someone other than Hillary which resulted in us voting for Trump. Given that she had been coronated by Obama and MSM we were most surprised by Hillary’s electoral defeat. Locally we replicated that approach resulting in 0’Rourke’s defeat.

    • Woobiefuntime

      There was other options like voting for a third party party conservative candidate. They could of won by winning enough electoral votes to force the house of representatives to vote in a candidate.

      • Anthony Cieszkiewicz

        Certainly you jest as there were no truly orthodox candidates on my ballot. In one sense as bad as it may get for this society under the increasing denomination of the leftist of the Democratic Party those that service their circular firing squads may realize the futility of their world view. We are seeing the beginnings of that in France as one segment of socialist rioters or another take to the streets to protest the socialist government they elected.

  • Jim

    The question of whether we would vote for Satan is a straw man since Satan would never support our causes. However, let me turn the question around. Seeing how wicked and corrupt Obama and the Clintons are, it appears the left has tried their best to vote for Satan to push their agenda.

    • Woobiefuntime

      That is the trap that Satan would use because it is one that you wouldn’t expect. It’s like saying a false teacher is going to wearing a sign saying false teachers here

      • Jim

        Your analogy is completely off. If our agenda is in line with God’s agenda, the only way Satan will support God’s plan and purpose is unwittingly and unwillingy. Think about the cross. Paul said that if te powers that be knew what they were really doing, they would not have crucified Jesus. Satan only crucified Christ because he thought that he was thwarting God’s plan of redemption. Satan believed that murdering the Messiah would prevent God from redeeming Israel and the rest of mankind. He didn’t understand that the cross was God’s plan. The same applies in this case. Satan only acts in defiance and opposition to God, so as long as we are in line with God, Satan will not line up with us.

        • Woobiefuntime

          Paul also talked about people coming into his congregations and trying to force people to come under the law. How many people out there in the churches think that they are saved just because their actions. Those are the people I’m talking about . They could be tricked into supporting what they think is a good thing but isn’t .

          • Jim

            Once again, Satan is not going to do good. It is not in his nature.

  • Jim Walker

    Haven’t we read Matthew 15:8
    “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”

  • In other words, Yes.

    • Jim Walker

      Well if promises made are not kept, he’d be a 1 term Presatan.

  • Royce E. Van Blaricome

    “It’s clear by now that Trump is not just playing political games and pandering for evangelical support. For whatever reason, he seems to be acting out of conviction when it comes to nominating pro-life justices or standing with Israel.”

    Clear as mud. Ya know Dr. Brown that I love much of what you do and say but sometimes I really wonder where your discernment is. To think that Trump isn’t constantly keeping the “Evangelical Voting Block” in mind I think is at best naivety. And we have yet to see just how Pro-Life & Pro-Israel his SCJ nominees are. The recent refusal to hear the KS & LA cases leave many wondering.

    “after undoing many of the radical, pro-LGBT policies of the Obama administration”

    Such as? Ya mean like reversing BHO’s open Homosexuality in the Military back to DADT? Nope. Hasn’t happened. Ya mean like “no Trans Military”? Oops! Nope! Can be that one. Not a thing has changed. In fact, the recent signing of HIS USMCA treaty includes prohibiting discrimination based on SOGI. Now how far do you think his arguments to prohibit Trans in the Military will go with judges after HE institutes and addition to the 1964 CRA on his own accord?

    “In fact, at this point, the burden of proof is on the skeptics: Please tell us why, exactly, we should not believe the president at this point. Please give us your evidence, not just your accusations.”

    I just did. HIS USMCA is the most compelling. THAT is a HUGE step toward SOGI becoming a Civil Right.

    “whereas we voted for Trump because of our biblical and Christian values.”

    So, according to your line of reasoning you would vote for Satan if he promised to end funding to PP, protect Israel, and uphold other biblical and Christian values. And it is a falsehood to say that Abortion and LGBTQABCXYZ+50 activism aren’t political issues with us. They are. By very definition of “political”. Yes they are moral & spiritual issues but the very nanosecond you use them to make a political decision they are political. It’s a falsehood to say otherwise.

    The original question as shown in the title of the article is, “Would Evangelicals Vote for the Devil if He Supported Their Cause?” The straight-forward and simple answer is “Yes”. And they will in droves. All one has to know to see that is who is calling themselves “Evangelical” today.

  • Mauricio Escobedo

    WRONG QUESTION. Would Evangelicals Vote for a candidate who opposed murdering babies in Bethlehem, who opposed Adultery and called it out on the part of the political leader and opposed an unnecessary war because of marital infidelity? The answer is that Evangelicals would not because they cannot defile themselves with a rude, belligerent, religious candidate such as John The Baptist. THAT is why the Republicans lost the House and WE LOST the Republic: Evangelicals were too stupid to see that their well deserved arrest and persecution at the hands of Liberals has arrived! Judgement begins with the House of God.

    • Braid Penning

      Did you forget that Donald Trump committed adultery several times on all 3 of his wives and bragged about it?

  • Mauricio Escobedo

    Liberals arrested a Christian teacher for referring to a girl with a feminine pronoun;
    Liberals arrested a Christian counselor for telling a student that God loves her;
    Liberals arrested Christian baker for refusing to make a particular kind of cake for homosexuals;
    Liberals arrested a Pastor for calling homosexuality by its name: Sodomy
    Liberals arrested a student for bringing a Bible to Class;
    But Donald Trump (the alleged NAZI) hasn’t arrested a single person for atheism, paganism, Islam, sedition or treason. WHY?

    • Braid Penning

      None of that is true. ZERo Christians are in jail

    • Please provide the evidence. Thanks!

      • Not arrested, but fined – punished, etc. Do liberals have to see blood before they wake up to godless socialism?

    • Apparently, no evidence is forthcoming…

  • Brown: “For whatever reason, [Trump] seems to be acting out of conviction…”

    With all due respect, I find Dr. Brown’s observation naive. Trump has shown that whatever it is he aims for and acts upon, it is not by any conviction, Christian or otherwise, he may hold, but for self-serving reasons, whatever they may be. Any convictions he may have reflects a narcissistic attitude and a racist agenda. This is not an unwarranted judgment but one based upon his own actions and words.

    From my perspective, Trump gets no points for “acting out of conviction” because his “conviction,” generally speaking, is just plain inimical to the Biblical mandate to love others as you love yourself and to consider others as more important than yourself. From a non-religious perspective, he has shown no real concern for the interests of our country and its citizens.

    Brown: “But after two years in office, after scores of excellent…”

    Whatever good is accomplished under his administration, again, I do not credit Trump himself. He works against the good being accomplished. Just look at what good, from an evangelical point of view, Sessions has accomplished, and what does Trump do? He fires him. And, that is just one of the countless clear examples of Trump’s self-serving accomplishments, what Dr. Brown calls “acting out of conviction.”

    Brown: “I no longer believe he is simply pandering for political favor.”

    How can Dr. Brown fail to see that Trump is still playing politics and, apparently, acting out of fear, especially now since the Mueller investigation is closing in on him, of getting his head handed to him?

    The burden is on the skeptics? You want evidence not just accusations? The evidence is all over the news. How do you miss it?

    Here’s one already mentioned piece of evidence: He fired Sessions while Sessions was enacting Trump’s agenda, and doing so at a furious and successful pace (as reported by CNN).

    Brown: “…the question is fundamentally flawed. How so?… it accuses us of ignoring our biblical and Christian values in order to gain political power whereas we voted for Trump because of our biblical and Christian values.”

    As I see it, from the conversations I had with other Christians, they voted for Trump mainly on the basis of two issues, abortion and the LBGTQ; the economy came in third (not a very scientific statistic). In any case, these are reasons I take into consideration when voting for a candidate. However, I concluded Trump to be a national security risk and a danger to our democratic values while watching all the presidential debates and, to my mind, that trumped (no pun intended) any reason from a Christian view for me to vote for Trump.

    To destroy our democratic republic and institutions would destroy any attempt to fulfill our moral concerns, from a political perspective; it just can’t be done under authoritarian rule. And, even if it could be, are Christians willing to place our country under authoritarian rule in order to fulfill their morally political concerns?

    I’m not.

    But the question Dr. Brown was asked is not flawed. The question was “Would you vote for Satan if he told you he’d end abortion, got rid of gay marriage, and destroyed radical Muslims? Does God instruct us to do wrong in His name to get the right result?” That Evangelicals voted for Trump on the basis of “Biblical and Christian values” was the whole point of the question, as I read it in the article. That is, the question is asked, “Would you vote for Satan if, like Trump, he claimed to support Biblical and Christian values?”

    Of course, the scenario in the question is ludicrous but, as such, the answer seems to be “yes.” And in consideration of this question, we can assume Dr. Brown and evangelical leaders and Christians who support Trump, can very well say: “And since, in our view, Satan is on the right side of these issues — issues of morality, of love, of faithfulness, of compassion — we continue to support him.”

    (But, of course, we know that Satan, like Trump, has no genuine concern for these issues and even opposes them.)

    To suggest that Trump is doing “more good than harm” is short-sighted. It is the long-run that concerns me. I thank God that our democratic institutions are still holding strong against the battering ram of Trump’s attacks against it. Nevertheless, once he’s out, it may take some hard work and a few years to get our country back in working order and the institutions we hold dear made trustworthy again.

    But, hopefully, we can, while getting our democracy back in order, make it more efficient, more friendly to Christian concerns, and see values inimical to the Biblical mandate overturned and the political climate more conducive to the legislation of moral values Christians can subscribe to and uphold.

    In the meantime, supporting Trump may not be as much a matter of being hypocritical, as being foolish.

  • phist

    I have to disagree about how those are fair questions. The questions imply that the policies we support are evil and that a leader who supports those same policies must be the leader of all that is evil (a.k.a. Satan). The questions are rhetorical meaning that they are not questions but statements (we support evil policies) disguised as questions.

  • Another political article by Dr. Brown attempting to justify his support of Trump against his critics. Please read his article before reading my response below:

    Brown: “For whatever reason, [Trump] seems to be acting out of conviction…”

    With all due respect, I find Dr. Brown’s observation naive. Trump has shown that whatever it is he aims for and acts upon, it is not by any conviction, Christian or otherwise, he may hold, but for self-serving reasons, whatever they may be. Any convictions he may have reflects a narcissistic attitude and a racist agenda. This is not an unwarranted judgment but one based upon his own actions and words.

    From my perspective, Trump gets no points for “acting out of conviction” because his “conviction,” generally speaking, is just plain inimical to the Biblical mandate to love others as you love yourself and to consider others as more important than yourself. From a non-religious perspective, he has shown no real concern for the interests of our country and its citizens.

    Brown: “But after two years in office, after scores of excellent…”

    Whatever good is accomplished under his administration, again, I do not credit Trump himself. He works against the good being accomplished. Just look at what good, from an evangelical point of view, Sessions has accomplished, and what does Trump do? He fires him. And, that is just one of the countless clear examples of Trump’s self-serving accomplishments, what Dr. Brown calls “acting out of conviction.”

    Brown: “I no longer believe he is simply pandering for political favor.”

    How can Dr. Brown fail to see that Trump is still playing politics and, apparently, acting out of fear, especially now since the Mueller investigation is closing in on him, of getting his head handed to him?

    The burden is on the skeptics? You want evidence not just accusations? The evidence is all over the news. How do you miss it?

    Here’s one already mentioned piece of evidence: He fired Sessions while Sessions was enacting Trump’s agenda, and doing so at a furious and successful pace (as reported by CNN).

    Brown: “…the question is fundamentally flawed. How so?… it accuses us of ignoring our biblical and Christian values in order to gain political power whereas we voted for Trump because of our biblical and Christian values.”

    As I see it, from the conversations I had with other Christians, they voted for Trump mainly on the basis of two issues, abortion and the LBGTQ; the economy came in third (not a very scientific statistic). In any case, these are reasons I take into consideration when voting for a candidate. However, I concluded Trump to be a national security risk and a danger to our democratic values while watching all the presidential debates and, to my mind, that trumped (no pun intended) any reason from a Christian view for me to vote for Trump.

    To destroy our democratic republic and institutions would destroy any attempt to fulfill our moral concerns, from a political perspective; it just can’t be done under authoritarian rule. And, even if it could be, are Christians willing to place our country under authoritarian rule in order to fulfill their morally political concerns?

    I’m not.

    But the question Dr. Brown was asked is not flawed. The question was “Would you vote for Satan if he told you he’d end abortion, got rid of gay marriage, and destroyed radical Muslims? Does God instruct us to do wrong in His name to get the right result?” That Evangelicals voted for Trump on the basis of “Biblical and Christian values” was the whole point of the question, as I read it in the article. That is, the question is asked, “Would you vote for Satan if, like Trump, he claimed to support Biblical and Christian values?”

    Of course, the scenario in the question is ludicrous but, as such, the answer seems to be “yes.” And in consideration of this question, we can assume Dr. Brown and evangelical leaders and Christians who support Trump, can very well say: “And since, in our view, Satan is on the right side of these issues — issues of morality, of love, of faithfulness, of compassion — we continue to support him.”

    (Of course, in reality we know that Satan has shown has no genuine concern for these issues and even opposes them.)

    To suggest that Trump is doing “more good than harm” is short-sighted. It is the long-run that concerns me. I thank God that our democratic institutions are still holding strong against the battering ram of Trump’s attacks against it. Nevertheless, once he’s out, it may take some hard work and a few years to get our country back in working order and the institutions we hold dear made trustworthy again.

    But, hopefully, we can, while getting our democracy back in order, make it more efficient, more friendly to Christian concerns, and see values inimical to the Biblical mandate overturned and the political climate more conducive to the legislation of moral values Christians can subscribe to and uphold.

    In the meantime, supporting Trump may not be as much a matter of being hypocritical, as being foolish.

  • DBC

    Very Sad – this is not the Dr. Brown I grew up loving – and his call to holiness. And we wonder why so many millennials are confused on the teaching on homosexuality when the bible is very clear.

    The same could be true with the idolatry the church has with Trump. The bible is so clear that we need to watch whom we associate with because it will ruin our reputation – our witness with the world…. Yet – this is ignored (just like the millennials ignore things) because Trump means money/jobs/being able to say merry Christmas, etc….

  • THE DAY JESUS CHOSE “THE LESSER OF MANY EVILS”

    We are not accustomed to thinking of Jesus as ever choosing the “lesser of two evils”, but He did. We put such high moral requirements on our Savior that the thought that “Jesus would choose any evil is repugnant”. Surely with His divine character He would not stoop to choosing evil in any situation, surely He would “miraclize it” so that He would have nothing to besmirch His character. Not so! God has mandated that He will work through people and all people are to some extent evil – Jesus is not evil, but only those chosen in spite of their evil.

    In fact, the example where Jesus chose the lesser evil was in politics, just as you and I must do as voting citizens. Additionally, he cast His vote to remain under the debauched rulership of Caesar Tiberias, who in his later years during the ministry of Christ was employing kidnappers to steal pre-pubescent boys and girls for forced sex with himself and each other as a means to satisfy his pornographic pleasures. Think of it Jesus voted for Roman taxes and Roman rule!

    When asked by the Pharisees he could have opted for other taxation or rulership plans. For example, He could have referenced Deuteronomy:

    “you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. (Deut. 17:15 NKJ)

    Therefore, the Jews would have defaulted to let us say the zealots, as a local Jewish rebel group, dedicated to throwing off the rule of Rome. The history of Josephus in the “Wars of the Jews” records how terrible the internecine warfare had been between different Jewish factions in the decades before the strongman Herod with Rome’s backing entered the scene to essentially rescue the Jews from themselves.

    Alternatively, Jesus could have looked east to other governments such as the Parthians, who backed a Jewish Antigonus as king for the three years before Herod and his Roman support eliminated the last of this Hasmonean Jewish dynasty. One could go on forever with various political intrigues and other 3rd party remote possibilities but I digress.

    Of course, Jesus, Himself was the perfect man, perfect king, but He had other priorities. Certainly Jesus could have pointed to Peter or Simon the zealot as members of His own disciples who had strong militaristic tendencies or even political aspirations. But alas He did not! I suspect that Jesus knew Peter (and the people of Judea) were not equipped to raise an army to defeat the Romans in order to get a “more acceptable kingly candidate”. Jesus well knew of Judas of Galilee, a Jewish leader who led an armed resistance to the census imposed for Roman tax purposes by Quirinius in the Judea Province around 6 AD. The revolt was crushed brutally by the Romans. Judas of Galilee (and those like him) were therefore not good 3rd party write-in choices! At least Antigonus lasted three years and had a kingly blood-line of experience plus the backing of the Parthians.

    When Jesus lifted the denarius with Caesar’s face on it he surely could have simply thrown down the Roman coin and lifted a Jewish shekel or any other currency pointing the people in the right political direction. The Pharisees obviously wanted to “trap” him into voting for some anti-Roman political view as if he was a “super-spiritual self-righteous naivete” who would recommend voting for Jewish zealot #143 on the ballot:

    “Show Me the tax money.” So they brought Him a denarius. And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way. (Matt. 22:19-22 NKJ)

    Jesus chose to allow a less than perfect and largely evil empire to rule over His people. Certainly, the alternatives to Rome were for all “practical purposes worse evils”. Even Peter with his loud-mouthed Trumpian behavior might have been questionable!
    Would we say that Jesus has compromised His sinless nature by voting for governmental authority to remain with Caesar Tiberias? My goodness Tiberias was worse than Donald Trump! Yet, we have “out of touch” politically correct academics who recommend the following:

    “When Christians face two clearly immoral options, we cannot rationalize a vote for immorality or injustice just because we deem the alternative to be worse. The Bible tells us we will be held accountable not only for the evil deeds we do but also when we ‘give approval to those who practice them’ (Rom. 1:32).”

    quotation by Dr. Russell D. Moore president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

    Did Jesus give approval to Caesar Tiberias’ debauchery? I think not! What a misapplication of scripture by Moore! In fact, the scripture referenced by Dr. Moore is better translated “to take pleasure in” instead of “approve”. There are many politicians I have voted for that I did not “take pleasure in” certain of their actions and I know that Jesus did not “take pleasure in” the debauchery of Tiberias. Jesus does not “take pleasure” in everything I do, but by His grace I have been voted into heaven, Amen!
    Something is clearly missing in Dr. Moore’s “holier than thou” voting ethics. How would a Christian ever vote in an Islamic or non-Christian land, really? If we follow Moore’s logic, then Christians are disenfranchised in the public square. We become a voting block destined to obscurity; we are forced to moralize the politicians before we can vote for them; we are as fatally purist Pharisees who lost wars because they refused to fight on the Sabbath!

    War as an extension of the political process must be conducted with practicality. One of the criteria for a Just War is that it must have a realizable chance of winning. Voting for write-ins, minor candidates, or not voting in the final election does not meet this criterion and therefore is a poor stewardship of the freedoms God has given us in this nation.
    And there is “another side of the coin”! Jesus did say “Render to God the things that are God’s”. Today, primarily because of the Democratic administration and party, we are in danger with Freedom of Speech inhibitions due to LGBT and sharia law advocates. Freedom of Religion cannot occur without Freedom of Speech! If the church is misguided by Moore, et. al. to waste its votes and thus effectively contribute to a political victory by those who restrain religious liberty, then “How shall we render to God what is God’s (i.e., evangelizing, teaching)?” and “What shall we say to our ancestors and future generations?

    I will say that “I did not let academic snobbery go unchallenged when they retreated to the ivory towers of political correctness and self-righteousness.”

    May God open the eyes of Dr. Russell D. Moore and the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission!

  • Regina Watkins

    Thank you for helping us analysis the situation. People act like we could have voted for Abraham Lincoln, but we wickedly chose Trump instead. But it wasn’t like that…Hillary came with her own shortcomings, and we had to choose the lesser of two evils. I like that you have found the political good in Trump and that you have helped me know what to say when I am accosted.

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