Stop saying “I’m not voting for a pastor-in-chief”. No one believes that the office of pastor and the office of president is the same. Rational people understand this, so to make such a statement is offensive. This is usually stated when someone wants to justify voting for an unbeliever. It also implies that faith, morals and character does not matter. It does matter because God’s standards for leadership is high. “Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.” (Exodus 18:21)
Our founding fathers certainly understood the importance of voting for godly men.
“Those, therefore, who pay no regard to religion and sobriety in the persons whom they send to the legislature of any State are guilty of the greatest absurdity and will soon pay dear for their folly.” Witherspoon, Works, Edinburgh, J. Ogle, 1815, IV:266-67
James Madison, declared in 1785: “Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governour of the Universe. . . .” The Papers of James Madison, Robert Rutland, ed., Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1973, Vol. 8, pp. 299, 304, June 20, 1785; cited in Barton, p. 120.
“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, Henry P. Johnston, ed., New York: Burt Franklin, 1970, 4:393
Noah Webster said, “When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God.” History of the United States (New Haven: Durrie & Peck, 1832) p.6.
Stop saying, “At least Donald Trump loves his country.” Every politician declares they love our country no matter what twisted and warped view they hold. Besides, when I hear this I want to scream. Guess what? So did Hitler with his extreme forms of nationalism. Study history and you will see where that lead. Hitler preached that the nation is not merely the root of your strength, but the root of your very life. He declared that Deutschland uber Alles (Germany above all) is a profession of faith which “fills millions with a great strength, with that faith which is mightier than any earthly might” (Richard Koenigsberg, Nationalism, Nazism, Genocide). Nazism was based on the belief that one should be deeply devoted, loyal and faithful to one’s nation.
What about being deeply devoted, loyal and faithful to Christ? If we make our nation as a “god” and vote with our pocket books we will suffer judgment. “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God,”(Exo 34:14)
Stop saying, “The party is more important than principles”. I’ve heard it over and over again. “A vote for a 3rd party is a vote for Hillary.” Really? So what you are saying is that if I don’t vote for Trump then I’m going to be giving my vote to someone who Trump has supported for decades? Right, that makes sense. Why don’t we stop saying we believe that God is sovereign and start living like it regardless of the consequences. A clear conscience makes for a soft pillow. Or, in the words of John Quincy Adams, “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”
Stop saying, “We must choose the lessor of two evils”. I have been searching for a place in scripture where God gives His children only evil choices. Where does He say “Here you go dear child, you must choose between the lesser of two evils”? That doesn’t fit with the theology of God being a good Father (Matthew 7:9-11). Sure, we’re tempted to succumb to the pressure of voting in this manner, but God always gives us a way to escape temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Let me add this, there is a place in scripture where God made David choose 1 of 3 punishments. David went against God and numbered the people. God chastises him and requires him to pick the so called lesser of 3 evils. “So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed: and there died of the people from Dan even to Beersheba seventy thousand men.” (2Sa 24:15). But remember that the choice was not because God was pleased with David, quite the opposite.
Stop saying, “God can use Trump.” It’s not that I disagree with the statement. Of course, God can use Trump. God always uses the weak and foolish things of this world. Did He not use a donkey to accomplish His will? (Numbers 22) But the exact same argument can be used for Hillary as well. So if you’re going to say that “God can use Trump” be sure and follow it up with “And, God can use Hillary.” God might just use either of them as His instrument of well-deserved judgment on our nation. Be careful what you ask for.
No one knows what November holds. And I’m not going to stand in judgment of those who vote one way or another. You must vote your conscience. But please, stop saying some of these things. Our testimony matters and the world is watching. My advice is that as Christians we repent, seek God, pray for His great mercy. “Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee,” Psalm 33:22.