Donald Trump and the evangelical vote
I continue encountering people who tell me I have to pick between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Obviously, everyone wants me to pick Trump, knowing I would never pick Hillary. They just cannot seem to understand why I would sit out the election with so much at stake.
I think Christians are under no compulsion to ratify evil with a vote. We can sit this one out. For those worried about the Supreme Court, if either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump are the answer to any question, we are well past the need of a Supreme Court to save us from ourselves.
You have every right to vote for Trump or Clinton. But I will not vote for either. I would hope you have the Christian decency to not declare Trump a good Christian or a moral person to justify your vote for him. This is a man who has repeatedly declared he has never repented of his sins, which is a basic, fundamental tenet of Christianity.
We know that St. Paul was a Roman citizen. He used that fact a number of times in Acts to get himself out of various punishments or strike fear in those who had punished him. He appealed to the Emperor himself over time as a Roman citizen.
Paul talked about the government. He talked about the government as God’s hand for judgment and punishment on earth. Paul, like Peter, told us to submit to governing authorities. He told us to pay our taxes. He told us the governing authorities are God’s servant. But Paul, a citizen of Rome, never wrote about voting. As a citizen of Rome, Paul had the right to participate in some assemblies and cast votes. He never wrote about that aspect. Paul did write in Romans 14:23, “whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.”
I would suspect the same could apply with voting. If you are fine voting for an unrepentant serial adulterer who has called for war crimes against innocent women and children because you think he is better than Hillary Clinton, go for it. But don’t tell me I should violate my conscience to join you. So long as you avoid justifying your vote for Donald Trump by claiming him a mighty warrior for the Christian faith, I’ll avoid passing judgment on you voting for Trump.
Charles Spurgeon preached “Between two evils, choose neither.” Christians are under no obligation to pick the lesser of two evils or judge between the evils of two lessers. We can withhold our endorsement by withholding our vote. We have the right to participate in the process, but just because we have the right does not mean we have to exercise that right.
In “A Man For All Seasons,” the Duke of Norfolk implores Thomas More to join with him in accepting Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn in order to spare More’s life. They have this exchange:
The Duke of Norfolk: “Oh confound all this. I’m not a scholar, I don’t know whether the marriage was lawful or not, but dammit, Thomas, look at these names! Why can’t you do as I did and come with us, for fellowship!”
Sir Thomas More: “And when we die, and you are sent to heaven for doing your conscience, and I am sent to hell for not doing mine, will you come with me, for fellowship?”
I will vote for neither Hillary Clinton nor her donor and friend, Donald Trump.
Erick Erickson is a Fox News contributor and radio talk show host in Atlanta.