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A Biblical Response to Trump: Confronting the Donald With His 'Favorite Book'
A Biblical Response to Trump
Before I give my Biblical critique of Trump, I first need to tell you where I’m coming from. I am a conservative republican who has been committed to voting my party in virtually every state and national election. I, like many conservatives, have been disappointed by my party’s establishment in Congress who have often not boldly fought the Democrats to repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood, stop illegal immigration, and pass other needed legislation. At the same time, I have been cautious about supporting anti-establishment candidates who have no political experience and therefore do not know how to work with Congress to pass legislation and are naive in dealing with foreign policy. I want a president who will boldly take on the liberals and bring change to Washington, but who at the same time will not overstep the boundaries the Constitution gives for the office of president. I want a president who will stand against radical Islam, but who will also know how to work with our Muslim allies in the Middle East. I wrote this paper not out of hatred for Trump or his supporters, but because I deeply care about the future of the leadership in our nation.
As a Christian, I also want to understand the times I’m living in from God’s perspective, like the men of Issachar “...who understood the times and knew what Israel should do” (I Chronicles 12:32). I also believe we are to avoid the evil people and practices of our day: “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them”(Eph. 5:11). Therefore, I want to compare everything I read in the news to the teachings of the Bible. Since Donald Trump says the Bible is his “favorite book,” I have sought to compare his speech and life to biblical teachings in this article, so that I can know whether or not God approves of him.
(Note: In addition to Scripture, this article contains many reliable news sources to back up everything that is mentioned in this article. You may want to read these articles for yourself in order to verify everything I mention for yourself.) In order to summarize Donald Trump’s life and rhetoric, let’s start by counting to four backwards.
4. Four Bankruptcies
At the first Republican debate, he claimed “I have never gone bankrupt” when, in reality, his businesses have gone bankrupt four times! (Now imagine him as president saying “the nation went bankrupt but I didn’t go bankrupt”). These four bankruptcies include the Trump Taj Mahal in 1991, the Trump Castle Associates in 1992, the Trump Hotel and Casino Resorts in 2004, and the Trump Entertainment resorts in 2009. Since his casinos were hundreds of millions of dollars in debt, they had to file for bankruptcy those four times. According to bankruptcy.com, fewer than 20% of public companies with assets of $1 billion or more have filed for bankruptcy in the last 30 years. Trump’s companies in Atlantic City are a part of that less than 20% of very wealthy companies that have gone bankrupt since the 90s because he managed hundreds of millions of dollars poorly. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much” (Luke 16:10). Donald Trump has defaulted on 4.7 billion dollars of debt; if we want someone who can solve our debt problem in Washington, he is clearly not the person for the job. “So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” (Luke 16:11).
Donald Trump also supports eminent domain to let the federal government take over private property. Now, because of a 2005 Supreme Court decision, the government can take private property away from owners to supply a big business with more space. Trump fully supports this eminent domain decision that has taken away the rights of many property owners. Consequently, one elderly widow almost lost her home because Trump wanted to use her property as a limousine parking lot for one of his hotels.
There is evidence that Trump cares far more for himself than for hard working Americans. In his opening statement at one of the debates, he said ‘wages are too high.’ One ad from the super PAC Make America Awesome points out, “Trump says American workers are paid too much.” Maybe that’s why he’s used cheap labor from illegal immigrants to build the Trump Tower. Trump’s casinos have also slashed worker benefits. His greedy business practices have obviously benefited him at the cost of many of his employees.
He also may be guilty of fraud for starting a fake university called Trump University. Many students were tricked into spending tens of thousands of dollars on this “university” and lost their money.
Mr. Trump may have hoarded wealth on this earth, but he has not stored eternal wealth in heaven by giving his money to the poor. “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:33-34). “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” (1 Timothy 6:9).
3. Three Marriages
Donald Trump has been married three times because he traded his older wives for younger models. First he was married to Ivana Zelnickova, then to Marla Maples, and finally to Melania Knauss (his third marriage was to a porn star). While multiple marriages and divorces are common in our society, they are contrary to God’s design. Jesus said, “But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery” (Matthew 5:32).
God told Malachi, “‘So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth. The man who hates and divorces his wife,’ says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘does violence to the one he should protect’” (Malachi 2:15-16).
Trump was unfaithful to ‘the wife of his youth’ (Ivana). He cheated on this first wife by committing adultery with Maria Maples. This is a blatant violation of God’s command, “You shall not commit adultery” (Ex. 20:14). Trump also dodged the Vietnam draft and spent his time partying and being immoral with women. He later said that sleeping around was “My personal Vietnam.” He said that instead of dodging bullets he was dodging sexually transmitted diseases. He has hypocritically attacked Bill Clinton for past sex scandals, while overlooking his own adulterous affairs. (Ironically, Bill Clinton has kept the same wife, while Trump has changed wives twice).
Not only has Trump been a womanizer, He was also the first person to open strip clubs in casinos to make extra money.
“Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart” (2 Tim. 2:22, NASB).
Hold down the control key and click on the link below to see a video exposing Trump’s history as a womanizer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkV0WTsCwYw&feature=youtu.be
2. Two Parties
Trump has the most liberal record in the entire republican field of presidential candidates. He has been pro-choice, pro-amnesty, pro-Wall Street bailout, pro-higher taxes (he supported the biggest tax increase in history), pro-assault weapons ban, pro-universal health care, and even pro-Hillary. Here are some of his past liberal quotes: “In many cases, I probably identify more as Democrat. It just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats than the Republicans (Trump in ‘04 with Wolf Blitzer and CNN).” “I’m very pro-choice. I hate the concept of abortion... But I just believe in choice” (Trump in 1999 on Meet the Press). “I’m very liberal when it comes to health care. I believe in universal health care” (Trump in 1999 with Larry King on CNN). “I’m a big fan of Hillary. She’s a terrific woman. She’s a friend of mine” (Trump in ‘08 on CNN).
To see for yourself brief video clips of Donald Trump stating his liberal viewpoints, hold down the ctrl key and click on the link below:
Not only did Trump approve of liberal Democrat policies, but he also gave millions of dollars to liberal politicians (like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, etc.) It was partly because of Trump’s donations to liberal politicians in 2004 and 2006 that the Democrats (including Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid) took control of the House and the Senate and paved the way for much of Obama’s liberal agenda to pass Congress.
Of course, since Trump is running as a Republican, he is now pretending to be a conservative on the campaign trail (he was a popular television actor, so he’s great at pretending). However, at certain times, he has slipped some of his past liberal views into his rhetoric: He has said he supports a single payer health care plan (the same health care policy as Bernie Sanders); he said he supports higher taxes on the rich; before the Paris Attacks took place, he sounded like an isolationist (“We don’t need to be the world’s policemen”); when he was asked about his view of Kim Davis being jailed for not issuing same-sex marriage licenses, he said he wished she was not jailed, but the Supreme Court’s decision is “the law of the land and you have to go with it;” while most Republicans want to immediately defund Planned Parenthood, Trump has said that he thinks Planned Parenthood does wonderful things and that we need to look at the positive side of Planned Parenthood; he said that he will remain neutral between Israel and the Palestinians and would "negotiate a deal between them," instead of standing with Israel; also he said that transgender men should be able to use the women's bathrooms and that people should use whatever bathroom "they feel is appropriate."
Unfortunately, many conservatives are ignoring his past liberal record and many of his current big-government policies because all they seem to care about is supporting his plan to stop illegal immigration. For example, Ann Coulter, who has become a single-issue voter on immigration said she does not care if Trump conducts abortions at the White House as long as he mass deports the illegal immigrants. What Trump’s conservative supporters don’t realize is that his plan to bring the immigrants back after deporting them is actually a form of amnesty.
Trump is a RINO (Republican in name only) in the Republican party who is claiming to be conservative, but has a record of liberal deeds. Similarly, the apostles in the first century had to deal with men who falsely claimed to be Christian apostles, but were living wicked lives: “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness” (2 Cor. 11:13-15, NASB).
- One big problem for America
I. He is not a true Christian
Of course, like most Americans, Trump claims to be a Christian, but he has shown his ignorance of basic spiritual principles. At the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa, it was obvious that he is not a genuine believer: When asked if he had ever sought forgiveness from God, he said, “If I do something wrong, I try to do something right. I don’t bring God into that picture.” He also had no idea about the purpose of communion: “When we go in church and I drink the little wine, which is about the only wine I drink, and I eat the little cracker — I guess that’s a form of asking forgiveness.” Recently Trump has arrogantly defended the fact that he’s never asked God for forgiveness claiming he doesn’t do anything wrong. He has become very deceived by denying his true sinful state. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (I John 1:8). Trump realized that most evangelical Christians are supporting more openly Christian candidates like Ben Carson or Ted Cruz, so he made some claims about his faith to try to win over the Christian vote. He claimed that the Bible is his favorite book, second only to “The Art of the Deal.” However, when he was asked to cite his favorite Bible verse, he said, “I wouldn't want to get into it. Because to me, that's very personal. The Bible means a lot to me, but I don't want to get into specifics.” (He obviously does not know enough scripture to have a favorite verse). When he was asked if he prefers the New Testament or Old Testament, he said, “Uh, Probably equal. I think it's just incredible.”
When he was asked about his church attendance, he said, “Well, I go as much as I can. Always on Christmas. Always on Easter. Always when there's a major occasion.” Trump is obviously a special occasion church attender. If his faith was truly important to him, he would be in church on a regular basis. “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (Heb. 10:25, NLT).
Trump claims to know Christ, but his life and speech deny Christ. The way that Trump has lived his life in selfishness, immorality, and dishonesty shows that he is not a true Christian: “They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.” (Titus 1:16). The malicious things he has said on the campaign trail to attack his opponents and minority groups also indicate he is not a believer: “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless” (James 1:26).
Unfortunately, like the rich young ruler, his many successes and great wealth have made him very selfish. He has not followed Jesus’ command to give his wealth to the poor and follow Christ: “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!... Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:23-25)
II. He is inexperienced and does not listen to those with experience
While many Republican voters don’t want to elect a candidate with experience, they need to realize that our next president will either need to rely on his or her own experience, or on the experience of his or her cabinet when making decisions. Therefore, if Trump were a wise candidate, he would listen to the advice and concerns of those with more experience in dealing with foreign policy, immigration, and legal issues. “Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray” (Proverbs 10:17, ESV). Instead, Trump has attacked and belittled anyone who has pointed out the basic flaws in his policies because he blindly thinks his way is always right. “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice” (Proverbs 12:15, ESV). Those with more experience have pointed out that there is not enough law enforcement to knock on doors in search of 11 million illegal immigrants and forcefully round them up to deport them to Mexico. (Even Ted Cruz, who opposes amnesty, has pointed out that it is not necessary to go door to door looking for illegal immigrants, when they can be caught through e-verify and a biometric entry-exit system). Those with foreign policy experience have pointed out that Trump’s plan to ban all Muslims from the U.S. is unconstitutional (it violates the 1st amendment) and it violates international law; the Council on American-Islamic Relations leader said Trump’s idea of having all Muslims in the US register on database has fascist qualities (similar to how Hitler forced all the Jews to register with the government); most Republicans have attested to the fact that Vladimir Putin’s aggression is dangerous and should be resisted. However, Trump has bragged about having a great relationship with Putin and called Putin’s recent endorsement a “great honor,” while shrugging off the fact that Putin kills journalists and political dissidents. Finally, while most Republicans support free trade with other countries (since it is essential to our prosperity), Trump supports bringing tariffs as high as 35 percent that would be bad for business and trade and would hurt our relations with trade partners like China. The problems with Trump’s policies show that he does not have the experience necessary to be president. When Barack Obama was running for president for the first time, Republicans accused him of not having enough political experience. Republicans need to hold Trump, who has much less experience than President Obama, to the same standard. Like Obama, Trump does not seem to care about the constitution or international law because he cares far more about enforcing his reckless agenda with executive overreach, if necessary. As one conservative columnist noted, “If you like president Obama’s use of executive power, you’ll love president Trump.”
When other candidates criticize Trump’s flawed policies, he will never admit that he is wrong. Rather responding directly to their criticism, he just dismisses with bragging comments like, “Look how high my poll numbers are,” “I’ve built companies that are worth billions and billions,”etc. His various boastful cliches and his attacks on his critics make it easy for him to dismiss any criticism, while hiding his ignorance of substantive issues. He consistently demonstrates the fact that he is full of pride and arrogance.
III. A Liar
Trump’s campaign is driven by outrageous statements that are often total lies. Consequently, he has received the “Lie of the Year” award from Politifact because of his numerous statements and tweets that were either rated “false,” “mostly false,” or “pants on fire” after he was fact-checked (ironically, most of the attacks leveled on Trump by his opponents were either rated true or mostly true). You can see his long list of lies on Political in the link below (hold down the ctrl key while clicking on this link):
Trump obviously does not care about getting his facts right. All he cares about is saying whatever gets him the most attention and makes a point. For example, he falsely claimed that the Mexican government was sending rapists, drug dealers, and other criminals across the U.S. borders in order to draw attention to his immigration plan; he falsely claimed that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey were cheering as the World Trade Center collapsed in order to press people’s fear button and get them to support his Muslim ban; and of course the list of lies goes on and on.
The Bible clearly forbids lying:“Do not lie. Do not deceive one another” (Leviticus 19:11).
If Trump had the fear of God’s righteous judgment, he would take lying very seriously: “All liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8, NKJV).
IIII. Mocks, attacks, and threatens to sue other Republicans, journalists, etc.
He regularly tries to verbally attack and hurt anyone who disagrees with him (he especially tries to damage his Republican rivals in order to bring their poll numbers down and help his own to go up). Rather than responding to the genuine concerns his opponents have brought up about his policies, he cuts them down. He has a big vocabulary and a long list of insults that he has hurled at his opponents (many of whom were his friends before he started running for president). Please click on the link below for a must watch video giving an insightful report on some of Donald Trump’s hundreds of insults: https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/all-the-people-donald-trump-insulted-in-2015/2015/12/30/6b5364ee-af57-11e5-b281-43c0b56f61fa_video.html
Trump delights in mocking others because of his pride: “Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. The proud and arrogant person-- ‘Mocker’ is his name-- behaves with insolent fury” (Proverbs 21:23-24).
If Trump were wise, he would encourage and build others up --not tear them down: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29).
Not only is he always attacking others, but he frequently threatens to sue people who oppose him. He ran his business with literally hundreds of lawsuits, suing many people, businesses, and even entire cities. Lawsuits have been his way of getting revenge on others and asserting his power and dominance. For his long long list of lawsuits, check out the link below:
What Trump does not know is that it’s not his job, but God’s job to take revenge on others: “‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Rom 12:19).
V. He is promoting racism and Islamic hatred
Originally, Donald Trump supported amnesty for illegal immigrants (after all, two of his wives were Czech immigrants and even his parents were born of immigrants); during the gang of eight controversy in 2013, Donald Trump tweeted: “Congress must protect our borders first. Amnesty should be done only if the border is secure and illegal immigration has stopped.” Now Trump has dramatically flip-flopped his views on immigration to appeal to the many amnesty opponents in the Republican party (he probably intended to contrast himself with Jeb Bush and the Republican establishment, who were supporting a path to citizenship for illegals). He shattered the GOP’s hopes of winning the Hispanic vote with hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric. He has called the Mexican immigrants rapists, drug dealers, and murderers, when only a very small percentage of them have even committed crimes. (Ironically, his campaign has been built around mocking Mexican immigrants, when the immigration from Mexico to the U.S. is currently quite low and diminishing each year.) The hateful rhetoric he has used against Latinos and other minorities is causing some of his supporters to treat Latinos (and Muslims) horribly; some Latinos and Muslims have been called horrible names, beat up, and seriously injured by Trump supporters. I urge you to look at the link below to an article that covers several specific instances of how the implications of Trump’s hateful speech are causing horribly violent, real-life consequences:
Trump and his supporters are violating God’s command to be kind to the aliens: “And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10:19).
Trump has clearly alienated most of the Latino community from the GOP and caused many of them to support Hillary Clinton; 65% of Hispanics have an unfavorable view of Trump and only 14% have a favorable opinion of him, while 58% of Hispanics have a favorable view of Hillary Clinton and only 18% see her unfavorably.
The racism Trump has promoted has also been used against African Americans. When a Black Lives Matter protester was pushed and shoved during one of Trump’s rallies, Trump said “Maybe he should have been roughed up.” Trump later falsely tweeted that blacks killed 81% of white homicide victims, when, according the FBI, only 15% of whites had been killed by blacks. While he has tried to brag about having a great relationship with blacks, many headlines point out that Trump is breathing life into America’s white supremacist movement with the harsh racial slurs he and his supporters have used at his rallies. He is loved by David Duke and other members of the KKK, some of whom are using a “Trump card” as their conversation starter; he is also supported by Jared Taylor, an editor of a white supremacist magazine.
While Trump would probably deny having hatred for minorities, his speeches and the actions of his supporters indicate tremendous hatred. Not only can hatred lead to violence and murder, but in God’s definition hatred is the same as murder: “Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him” (I John 3:15).
The Bible tells us that God created man “in His image” (Genesis 1:27). Mistreating and cutting down anyone --even someone at the bottom of society-- is like mistreating or cutting down Jesus: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).
The Bible also teaches that there should be no racial barriers between those who know Christ: “There is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all” (Colossians 3:11).
Trump has also asserted an anti-Muslim agenda that has stirred up anger against Muslims across America (some people have even left severed pig heads at mosques). If Americans continue to be driven by this anti-First Amendment hatred, Muslims will respond with even greater degrees of hatred back towards America and ISIS terrorists will try even harder to kill Americans. A group of Somali al Shabaab Islamic militants (a group affiliated with al Qaeda) are already showing a video of Trump talking about his Muslim ban in their recruitment film. This radical Islamic group is trying to recruit other Muslims to overthrow the western-backed government of Somalia and replace it with Sharia Law.
As Jeb Bush has pointed out, Trump is a “chaos candidate” because he would not be able to work America’s Muslim allies in the Middle-East that we desperately need to help destroy ISIS; instead, he would turn our Muslim allies against us.
Rather than stirring up anger and conflict, like what Trump has done, God wants His children to be peacemakers: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9).
VI. He has built his campaign on personality rather than substance
The pundits have been asking themselves for many months, ‘If Trump is the most flawed and inconsistent GOP candidate, why in the world has he been their front-runner for so long?’ How could he have been a front-runner after saying outrageously vulgar things and having blatant flip-flops that would have shattered traditional politicians? The answer is simple: personality! If it wasn’t for Trump’s celebrity status and his brash personality, his campaign would have collapsed a long time ago (Trump recently boasted that he could shoot somebody and not lose voters). Many people only support him because of his zingers and humor, his anti-establishment anger, the fear that he invokes, or even because of his crazy hair. In reality people need a statesman, not a showman, to provide the competent government they are looking for.
Most of Trump’s adherents are uneducated people who are driven by simplicity and emotion rather than reason. He has taken advantage of those who are politically ignorant by talking to them at about a second grade level; he has a very shallow message and grossly over-simplified solutions to very complex problems (“Bomb the hell out of ISIS”, “Build a wall and make Mexico pay for it,” “Deport all illegal immigrants,” etc.). No one knows exactly how and where Trump would bomb ISIS; no one knows how he could possibly deport all twelve million illegal immigrants. What people know is what Trump says he wants to do, forget where and how he would do it. He may rant and rave about the problems in our nation and talk about his easy solutions in the funniest or most outrageous ways in order to draw more entertainment-hungry fans, but there is very little substance to what he is saying (House Speaker Paul Ryan has warned that if Republicans run on personality rather than substance, they will lose elections).
The way Trump attracts his supporters is similar to how Proverbs describes folly attracting her supporters: “The woman of folly is boisterous, she is naive and knows nothing. She sits at the doorway of her house, on a seat by the high places of the city, calling to those who pass by, who are making their paths straight: ‘Whoever is naive, let him turn in here’” (Proverbs 9:13-16, NASB).
VII. He would bring a devastating loss to the Republican Party
Of course, at the time of this writing, most of the Republican primary polls are showing Trump as the front-runner. The polls have made it look like Trump could easily win the Republican nomination, however, the general election would be a different story. Almost all of the general election polls between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are showing that if Trump got the Republican nomination, Hillary would easily win, possibly by a very large margin. Forget the “Trumped” Republican primary polls and check out how much Trump is losing to Clinton and Sanders in the latest general election polls by clicking the link below (at the time of this writing, polls show him losing to Clinton by 13 points and losing to Sanders by 18): http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/us/general_election_trump_vs_clinton-5491.html
The reason Trump would not survive a general election is because he has alienated Hispanics and many other important voting blocs by his offensive rhetoric. Trump supporters obviously love his rhetoric, but most Americans disapprove of it; his approval ratings are much lower than Barack Obama’s or Hillary Clinton’s. Check out how unfavorable his latest approval ratings are by clicking this link.
None of the other polls look good for Trump either: 50 percent of people said they would be embarrassed by a Trump presidency, and 52 percent think that he would make a poor or terrible president. The liberal media and the Democrats have scrutinized Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz extremely closely because they know these candidates would be very likely to win a general election. At the same time, the liberal media has often given Trump a free pass because the Democrats secretly want him to be the Republican nominee. They know that he can’t beat Hillary in a general election.
He is dividing the Republican party: “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand” (Mark 3:24).
Conclusion: How Should We Respond?
I pray that this article has exposed and removed the deception looming over Trump’s campaign. It is easy to get depressed and discouraged when look at the seemingly unbroken success of his campaign, however, if we join millions of courageous conservatives and take action, we can make a serious impact on this election. Together we can diminish the support for Trump and other RINOs and elect a serious, principled conservative if we follow four simple steps:
- Do not vote for him
It may be overwhelming to see Trump’s high poll numbers, but if conservatives would join together to stop him, we could make a big impact on this Republican primary. We need to send a clear message that the ‘silent majority’ does not stand with Trump and will not vote for him.
While many in the Republican party would support Trump if he gets the nomination, I simply cannot vote for him with a clear conscience. Even if he becomes the nominee and runs against Hillary Clinton, I don’t feel like I could support him in a general election (I would rather vote for a conservative third party candidate rather than support Trump or Clinton) because I do not want to be held responsible for putting him into the White House. Let me explain why:
Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have proven liberal records. We know that Hillary still supports all the typical liberal policies, but we aren’t so sure about Trump. Of course, since he’s running as a Republican, he says he has changed his past liberal views, but he also has made a habit of lying and he has, at times, slipped his past liberal views into his rhetoric. We aren’t sure what he would do if his true colors were revealed in the oval office, but we can be pretty sure, he would be more liberal than what most of his conservative supporters are expecting.
Also, both Trump and Clinton would be a threat to our national security. Under Hillary’s leadership as Secretary of State, ISIS has grown in power, America’s military has shrunk, and many radical Islamic Regimes have risen to power. Trump’s naive foreign policy is just as bad. Just like Obama and Hillary have under-reacted to radical Islam, Trump has overreacted by supporting a ban on all Muslims (including our allies) from entering the U.S.. This would give Muslims unprecedented hatred for America, and could cause more of them to join ISIS.
Additionally, many people including Hispanics, Muslims, journalists, and others who disagree with him have been offended and suppressed by his candidacy and would be harmed even more if he became president.
For those reasons and more, I cannot and will not support Trump or Hillary. Voting for Trump would be like giving approval to his sins (or deeds of darkness) and his reckless, unconstitutional agenda. “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them” (Ephesians 5:11). The scriptures command us to avoid and to have nothing to do with wicked men in these last days (avoiding them would include not voting for them): “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these” (2 Timothy 3:3-5).
2. Urge others not to vote for him
While we do need to be loving and gracious with any friends and family who support Trump, we need to explain to them why we cannot support him. Trump supporters need to realize that the office of president is not for the best entertainer; instead it’s only acceptable for a statesman with a proven conservative record, and it’s only for someone who takes this job very seriously.
I believe that God can use this paper I have written and the articles and videos of many other conservatives across this nation to change the hearts of Trump supporters. I appreciate the true conservative leaders (most of whom are not a part of the establishment) who are coming out in opposition to Trump, and exposing the liberal policies he has supported and still supports. Twenty-two of these conservative leaders contributed to the latest edition of the National Review magazine to explain why they reject Trump’s candidacy. You can read their articles by clicking the link below:
3. Pray for Him
While I disagree with Trump, at the same time, I do not believe in responding to Trump with the same spirit of anger that he is displaying. I have no intention of being a protester at any of his rallies and I will not call him any of the bad names that he calls his opponents. It would be more appropriate to respond to Trump the way Ben Carson did after a rally where Trump compared Carson to a child molester and called him “pathological.” Though Dr. Carson was grieved by these insults, when he was asked how to respond to Trump he simply said, “Pray for him.”
We need to respond to Trump in the opposite spirit that he is displaying: “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).
I frequently pray that God will take away Trump’s pride and humble him, so that he will repent for his sins and trust in Jesus Christ --not good deeds-- for salvation. I also pray that Trump will admit that he’s not ready to be president and give his support to a godly presidential candidate.
I pray that God will remove the deception from Trump’s supporters and they will realize that Trump does not really care about them, that he is not ready to lead America, and that he has supported many liberal policies. Finally, I pray that they will give their support to a genuine candidate with a conservative record.
4. Vote for a Serious Conservative
It is very important that we as Christian conservatives not only oppose Trump, but that we give our vote to a godly candidate with a proven conservative record: “But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain” (Exodus 18:21). In order to choose the right candidate, it is important that we not just listen to what the candidates say they will do, but that we look at each of the candidate’s records and their past political positions, and choose the most consistent conservative. Also, in order to not throw our votes away, we need to choose a conservative who has done well with fund-raising and has the grit to win in the general election. I am registered to vote in my state’s Republican primary and I will give my support to a true Christian conservative candidate who does well in the early primary states (I believe that candidate will be Ted Cruz).
It is time to for conservatives to unite and stand against those who claim to be Republicans, but are RINOs, and stand with those who have true conservative values. Together, we can change the course of this election, elect a godly candidate, and make history!
We can help to put the godly in authority: “When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan” (Proverbs 29:2, NLT).
When we elect godly leaders, we will help to bring God’s kingdom to this earth: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
Note: The four main points in this paper are patterned after a National Review article called “Four Easy Steps for Beating Donald Trump.”
Note: All scripture verses are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.
Holy Bible. La Habra: The Lockman Foundation, 1995, Print. NASB.
Holy Bible. Colorado Springs: Biblica, 2011, Print. NIV.
Holy Bible. Carol Stream: Tyndale House, 2013, Print. NLT.
Holy Bible. New York City: HarperCollins, 1982, Print. NKJV.
Holy Bible. Wheaton: Crossway Bibles, 2011, Print. ESV.
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