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Recently, I read an article (one of many) claiming Biblical justification for voting for Trump.

This particular article cited Luke 9 claiming that even those who appear to be our enemies, so long as they support our cause, are worthy of our support. On the surface, the notion is true. Jesus said so.  But we must consider the greater context.  The man in that passage was doing God’s will, as best he could. In the case of this election, we are faced with a man, Trump, who claims to be a Christian so that he can gain the support of Christians. When we examine his life, we see that there is no evidence of the fruit of the Holy Spirit of God in his life.  Trump has proven himself to be a thief, a panderer, to be one willing to do or say anything to accomplish his goals.  Trump has even supported the Clintons – both in word and financially. Second, as a Christian, I must remember that when I vote, I will cast a vote for someone. At the end of the day, when the votes are counted, no one will say so many people voted for Clinton, so many people voted against Clinton, so many people voted for Trump and so many people voted against Trump.  There will be tallies of people who voted for each of the candidates.  Likewise, when I stand before God, I will give an account of who I voted for. Will it be a vote FOR Trump? NO! Will it be a vote FOR Clinton? NO! My vote will be for the Constitution Candidate, Danny Castle, who represents my values. If you were a student of the Word of God and a student of History (as opposed to those referenced in 2 Timothy 3), you would understand some things:

You would understand that there have been times in history when the judgment of God was necessary for the purging of the sinful people. Do I want to be a part of God’s judgment? Absolutely not. However, when I look at the direction this once great, once Christian nation has taken, I cannot help but believe God’s judgement is at hand. I cannot help but believe God would owe the people of Noah’s day or the people of Sodom an apology if He allowed our nation to continue on its path of decadence. God has allowed His people to walk willingly into captivity many times. When God wanted to tenderly lead and guide His people, they wanted a King. He allowed a King. Still, God’s will for His people was, ultimately, accomplished.

You would also understand that your assertion that a ‘Third party’ or ‘minority party’ candidate has no chance. In fact, one fo the greatest Presidents of the United States was a third-party candidates. Do you remember a President named Abraham Lincoln? He was the first Republican President, and he was a third-party candidate.

Second, you mist ask, “Is it God’s will to support evil?” The real question is whether you trust God or not. Personally, I trust God more than I trust Trump. I still believe God can do miracles. Do you recall three young men who were commanded to bow before their earthly king. When the music was played everyone bowed – except these three brave young men. The king was furious and demanded they be cast into a furnace! Then the king’s eyes were opened. He didn’t hear the screaming of men being burned alive – instead he saw the men walking around in the furnace. They were walking with a fourth man who appeared to be the Son of God. When the king called them out, they didn’t even have the smell of smoke in their garments. They did what was RIGHT in the face of persecution and in the face of peer pressure (such as the peer pressure of those who claim we MUST vote for Trump).

There is a swelling crowd of peer pressure to vote for Trump. Isn’t the crowd always right? Well, no. See Matthew 7:12. The majority of people are led astray. It is a simple, Biblical fact.
Third, you must do right. By nature of the FACT that you have gone through such efforts to defend your choice to vote for Trump, repeating several times that you didn’t want to vote for him. Could that be you arguing with the Holy Spirit? When is it ever right to do wrong? There is no case in the Word of God where someone was rewarded BY GOD for doing wrong. God expects, no, He DEMANDS perfection from us. Yes, we fall short and yes, we need salvation. But our need for salvation does not negate God’s demand. There was another case where a woman had gone away from God’s will. He left here with a simple command:

John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Finally, I have to ask one last question: Do you really believe God? If you do, if you really trust God, then you must trust that He will take care of you and he will take care of the President. Obama has been the worst President to date. If he could, he would completely dismantle American. But he hasn’t. Have you considered asking why Obama hasn’t gotten his way? Could it be that God’s Word is true? One last verse for you to consider:

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.

It simply DOES NOT MATTER who is in the office. God will do whatever HE needs to do to accomplish HIS will Yes, God could use Trump. Yes, God could use Clinton. But, my fear of what Clinton wants to do cannot dissuade my faith in God an my fear cannot lead me to vote for one I cannot morally support. It is proven that Trump will do or say anything to get elected. He IS a supporter of Clinton. He is a supporter of homosexual and transgender perverts. He is a supporter of the wholesale murder of the unborn. He IS immoral in many of his actions. I simply cannot vote FOR a man who is a supporter of so many things I stand against. I will trust God and I will vote my conscience. That means I will not vote for Trump.

2 Timothy 3:1-7 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Daniel 3:1-30 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellers, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellers, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews. They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever. Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellers, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellers, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.

Matthew 7:12-14 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

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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.