I get this a lot: “We’re not electing a pastor-in-chief.” I also have to live with Ted Cruz’s flip-flop on Trump, after holding him up as an example of a principled Christian. I still believe Cruz is a principled Christian, but politics bifurcates faith, as it also bifurcates the country.
To me, the primary reason we’ve got two candidates as morally flawed (the most charitable word I can use) as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, is that people have cut off their faith in God from application in our country.
Trump, however, might be the only hope to turn bifurcated Christians to the truth. It will truly take a miracle.
Look around. It’s easy to see many who identify as Christians hold beliefs like:
Christ is God but…
- It’s okay to curse and cuss because that’s just expression (Ephesians 5:4).
- It’s okay to watch movies or TV or play video games filled with sex, violence, vengeance and robbery (Matthew 5:29).
- Its okay to play worship music and give glory to God as a UFC fighter pummels an opponent senseless (Galatians 5:23, Philippians 4:5, Colossians 3:12, 1 Timothy 6:11).
- It’s okay to make as much money as possible and give out of my excess (Mark 12:44).
- Preachers only want your money (Philippians 1:15-18).
- It’s not up to me to be a perfect Christian or preach Christ (Romans 1:16, Mark 8:38, Luke 9:26).
- I don’t have to go to church (Hebrews 10:24-25).
- I have to fight back against enemies of my faith and country (Matthew 5:44, Romans 12:17-19).
- I can cheat on my taxes because “render unto God…” (Romans 13:1, Titus 3:1).
- My employer treats me badly so I don’t have to do a good job (Colossians 3:23).
- God helps those who help themselves (John 15:5, Romans 5:8, John 3:16).
- It’s not my job to help the poor (Matthew 25:44-46).
- God is great, but we must support our country first (Psalm 20:7).
The Bible is not a buffet. You don’t get to take some and leave some. It’s God’s one–and only–love letter to humanity. I can see those who don’t believe in the Bible or the God who inspired it accepting belief in anything (Nobel Prize winner Francis Crick, co-discoverer of DNA, believes that aliens may have seeded earth with life), but Christians have a faith supported by history.
Those who support Trump have a bifurcated faith, which is a form of cognitive dissonance. Inside the church (if they go at all) it’s all Hallelujah and thank you Jesus, but outside the church, we must do things like the world. To those people, I suggest they read James chapter 1. Read it every day. And then read chapters 2-5.
Our country will not be blessed by God unless its people are obedient to God. Those who cleave to a man who says he speaks for them, yet does just about everything in life in contradiction to Biblical teaching, are deceiving themselves.
Those who vote for this man because he appears to be the only person who can stop a potentially worse secular progressive moral busybody are misplacing their trust.
That’s not a new thing. They’ve been misplacing their trust for many years. When confronted with Biblical truth, they held their hands over their ears.
“You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.”
When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.
While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. (Acts 7:51-60)
One cannot bifurcate faith in God. There’s no “work/life/God” balance. Either one commits his or her life to the Lord, placing all hopes and faith in Him, or one does not.
That being the case, if someone has done that and still believes voting for Donald Trump is the best course for America–knowing there’s a coming judgment–then that’s their privilege as a citizen of the United States.
Honestly, unless God performs some electoral miracle with Evan McMullin (who currently has my vote), I hope Trump wins. I know that’s selfish, as Jonah Goldberg wrote. Part of me wants it to show everyone how right we Never Trumpers are, that he’ll be a truly awful president. But the greater part of me wants him to face his own shortcomings and put his trust in the Lord.
Can you imagine the national revival that could happen if Trump became a committed Christian? That’s the one–only–reason worth casting a vote for the man. If Hillary Clinton was sworn in on a Friday and committed her life to Christ in her inauguration speech, the Democrats would be preparing impeachment charges by Monday. They don’t want a Christian leading the nation.
I’ve previously mocked Trump. I’ve attacked him on every issue imaginable. I’ve concluded that he will turn on Christians who disagree with him. I’ve given him no benefit of the doubt on many issues. And I repent of that. God demands that I forgive. I ask for forgiveness for the mocking, sarcasm, and rooting for Trump to step on every rake he sees.
Instead I commit myself to pray for Trump. I am not going to support him politically. I am not going to agree with his Godless attacks on people, or his suggestion to check out sex tapes. I am not going to claim Trump is a conservative of any stripe. But I will pray God does a miracle with his soul before November 8.
Our country is in deep trouble. The church has lost its salt and light in most cities–even in the so-called Bible Belt–and it’s quickly losing everywhere else.
Bifurcated Christians need someone to lead them to the truth. A Christian Trump may be the only one who can.
My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins. (James 5:19-20)
If Trump were ever to receive my vote, it would be in response to prayer and fasting, and for the sake of that passage from the book of James. Right now, I can’t do it (for reasons Erick Erickson very aptly explained). But I am praying for a miracle. I urge you do the same.