The Real Binary Choice

“Not voting for Trump is a vote for Hillary.” Whatever. Hillary Clinton is not hanging over our heads like the Sword of Damocles. We’ve endured nearly eight years of Beer Summit Obama, with all its attendant “organizing.” Clinton is the most beatable Democrat since Mike Dukakis or Walter Mondale.

Perhaps FBI Director Comey thought he was doing America a favor by sparing Her an indictment which would hand the election to a salivating Donald Trump. I don’t know (we’ll wait for the book). But the Party of Stupid went ahead when a binary choice was not required and forced, through actual coercion of delegate consciences, Trump onto us.

There is a real binary choice, but it’s not between Trump and Clinton.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

(Hebrews 12:1-3)

A vote for Trump is a vote against God. A vote for Hillary is a vote against God. Therefore the only way to vote for God is to not vote for either.

I understand that Biblical scholars such as Wayne Grudem advise that not voting is a sin, but failing to cast a vote for satan is still voting. The negative choice is still a choice. Choosing not to vote for either of two unGodly candidates is not sinful. My civic and Christian duty is fulfilled by the positive action of making a negative choice.

America will be subject to political leaders, because that’s the government we have made for ourselves. Our founders did so with the specific and central recognition of a natural law beyond those made by men and women. Therefore they recognized the law giver as supreme.

This is not some religious doctrine. It’s not “Christians versus Muslims.” It’s not some tribal shibboleth. It’s the core stanchions upon which American governance and rule of law are founded. Placing our hope and trust mainly in a person or a political party is not only folly, it’s also sin and departure from the American way.

Now this I know:
­  The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
with the victorious power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.
Lord, give victory to the king!
Answer us when we call!

(Psalm 20:6-9)

The anointed gain victory through the Lord. Neither candidate in this race has acknowledged and bowed before God’s throne.

There is a binary choice in this election. There is a Sword of Damocles hanging over America, and over each of our heads. It’s not the choice between Trump and Clinton. It’s the choice between God and our own devices.

Only one person recognized that choice at the Republican National Convention, and he was booed as he spoke the words. I will vote my conscience. There’s only room for one King on the stage. Trump and Clinton both would claim that for themselves.

Joshua also offered the Hebrews a vote–a choice. We have a similar one this election.

Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.

See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.

But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.

(Deuteronomy 30:11-19a)

Vote your conscience. Obey God.

About the author

Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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