My Contribution to the Conservative Case Against Donald Trump

National Review has conducted a symposium with conservatives across the landscape of conservatism on why they would not support Donald Trump.

In reading them, I think mine is pretty mild. I would, I admit in the piece, support Trump over Hillary. But you should know my position in the primary and it is, in part, this:

I take my conservatism seriously, and I also take Saint Paul seriously. In setting out the qualifications for overseers, or bishops, Saint Paul admonished Timothy, “If anyone aspires to the office of overseer . . . he must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil” (1 Timothy 3:1,6). I think this is also true of political leaders, including those within the conservative movement….

Like the angels in heaven who rejoice for every new believer, we should rejoice for Donald Trump’s conversion to conservatism. But we should not put a new conservative in charge of conservatism or the country, so that he does not become puffed up with conceit and fall into condemnation.

Go read the whole thing.

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