Currently, there is a deep divide in the Republican party. Since Ted Cruz dropped out of the race for President, many conservatives have decided to leave the party. I am one of these. For many years, the Republican party has been drifting to the left. Their claim is that the United States is moderate and the party must be inclusive. However, I do not believe that. I believe the majority of the nation is conservative, if not very conservative. Ted Cruz represented the Republican Party’s last chance at being the voice of conservatives it once was. With his resignation, hopes of the Republican Party representing conservatives died. The argument has been put forth that we, as conservatives, must vote for the Republican party or risk the election of a Democrat. That is the last thing any of us want. Our liberties are at stake, our religious freedom is at stake, our very way of life, Americana is at stake. Surely, we can set aside seemingly petty differences in the light of such a great potential loss, or can we? Is it permissible to ignore one’s conscience and ignore the character of the person for whom you are voting? No.
1 Corithians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
The verse, above, gives us a clear goal: every single thing we do, including how we vote, must be done to glorify and bring honor to God.
Proverbs 6:12-19 A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy. These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
This passage, from Proverbs, paints a clear image of Donald Trump. Consider the words in this passage:
Naughty: This word has two definitions: one is related to childishness while the other is mildly rude or indecent. We have clearly seen that Trump is no gentleman. In his public speaking, he frequently uses foul language and he has referred to oral sex in his speeches. This passage also speaks of a forward (difficult to deal with) mouth and heart, and one who devises mischief. At this point, I could not more clearly define Donald Trump. However, the passage continues…
Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Again, in pride, in his lying tongue, in his war-mongering, in his adultery and in his sowing of discord, Trump exemplifies these traits.
So, we are back to the question: Must we vote for one candidate to keep another from being elected? The argument being put forth is that Trump is no angel, but he is the lesser of two evils. I submit that the lesser of two evils is still evil. How does voting for evil, whether the lesser or greater, please and honor God? How does voting for evil fit within 1 Cor 10:31?
So, is casting a vote according to your conscience a wasted vote? No, it is not. The idea that one must vote for the lesser of two evils is a lie from the Republican party. It is being put forth in an attempt to create fear within the people. Must we vote out of fear? No. If we, as Christians, live according to what we see and what we know, then perhaps this argument would be persuasive. As Christians, we do not walk by our sight, we walk by faith, trusting God.
Hebrews 11:1-6 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
It is only through faith that we can please God. We must place our full trust in Him, even in political matters.
Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
In faith, we find that there is nothing which is impossible to us. Along with faith, we must simply trust God.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Finding what we seek is often not so much an issue of faith as it is an issue of prayer. What are we asking for and why are we asking for it?
James 4:1-3 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Again, if we remember that we are in the Laodicean age, we must be concerned that we are asking for prosperity so that we can consume that prosperity on our own lusts. Are we asking for prosperity to fulfill our own desires or do we want prosperity to enable us to spread the Gospel of Christ?
As we pray, do we genuinely seek revival, even in ourselves, or are we holding back some personal, secret sin?
2Ch 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
There is a clear formula here: God’s people must humble themselves before God and repent of their sins – including the secret, pet sins, then will God forgive us and heal our land. Notice: God did not say that everyone had to humble themselves, pray, seek God’s face and repent. This is a promise to GOD’s people. If God’s people will do these things than we are promised the result. The problem is that too many of God’s people are entangled in their own personal, secret sin, some sin they are unwilling to give up.
So, what do we do with the election? We must vote in a way which will please God, we must trust that God will do what is right and we must believe that God can take care of everything, including the leaders?
Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
God is perfectly able to control the king (or President) and direct things in our favor, or for our betterment. We must also reconcile ourselves to the fact that God may intend for the church to go through a time of trial, upheaval and even persecution. We must remember that, as Americans, we have been blessed to live in a time of peace and relative safety. Our Christian ancestors have not been so fortunate. Our time of persecution may be upon us. Whether it is our turn for persecution or not, we must accept that God’s will for us is perfect.
Finally, we must remember that we are responsible for who we keep company with and from whom we derive pleasure.
Romans 1:28-32 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
There are many who claim that we must support the “lesser of two evils” for the sake of the party. But when the lesser of the two evils is still evil and when the lesser of two evils is described in Romans 1:28-32, can we vote, in good conscience, for that evil? Can we please God and vote for evil? I say no.