This year’s presidential race has been like none other I’ve ever seen. It’s been unprecedented and unpredictable. Most of the time, it’s been a sad and depressing spectacle to behold. Before the Iowa Caucuses, I gave my endorsement to Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a decision which I don’t regret in the least. His candidacy and his ultimate failure to win represent something significant and historical, but I’ll wait until another post to get into that. Suffice to say, I was saddened (though not surprised) when he announced that he was dropping out.
We now have before us, Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee. Let me say right now that I’m unashamedly part of the “Never Trump” crowd. There is absolutely no way that I could ever in good conscience give my vote to that man. Apparently I’m part of the minority of people in America who still think that character matters when picking a candidate for public office. In today’s world, that’s just a quaint and archaic way of looking at things. Even in Christian circles, there is little thought or care about what the Scriptures say concerning such matters.
It is an understatement to say that Trump is unqualified for this or any other office of public trust. He has proven to be a chronic liar. He is a serial adulterer who has literally bragged about sleeping with other men’s wives. Trump is a misogynist who has said some of the most disgusting things about women. On national television, he even joked about having sex with his own daughter. When asked about matters of religion, Trump openly admitted that he’s never asked God for forgiveness–essentially mocking the grace of God. And I could go on with countless other examples. I haven’t even gone into his business practices, but I digress.
The thrice-married billionaire doesn’t seem to think he is accountable to anyone higher than himself, something that should worry everyone. He brings to mind that repeated phrase from the Book of Judges, that “every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” If a man cannot govern himself aright and maintain good character, then he isn’t fit to be in any kind of position of leadership or oversight. Thus begins my case against the candidacy of Donald Trump.
Certain Christians have maintained that it’s perfectly acceptable for a believer to back Trump. Some say this because he’s the only viable candidate left to oppose Hillary Clinton (I’ll get to her later) while others completely overlook his character and genuinely believe that his policies are beneficial for America. Either way, both of these groups lack discernment and give terrible reasons for supporting the man. The Scriptures are abundantly clear that God doesn’t bless pragmatism. Just ask Abraham. Moreover, the Word of God declares immorality in leadership to be a curse upon a nation:
“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)
“As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people. The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.” (Proverbs 28:15-16)
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” (Proverbs 29:2)
Add to that list Psalm 2 in its entirety along with the numerous accounts of various wicked kings. If the Scriptures are clear that having sinful leaders will result in calamity, then why would we purposely invite such an evil? Rather than back candidates of good character and conviction, too many Christian leaders have jumped on the Trump bandwagon. Even before he was the presumptive nominee, Evangelical leaders like Jerry Falwell, Jr. and Robert Jeffress had endorsed him. This type of shameful conduct must be publicly called out and rebuked. These men are literally backing evil and openly inviting God’s judgment.
Notice I haven’t even gotten to any of Trump’s policies yet. His lack of moral character is enough to disqualify him. On those grounds alone, there never should have been any consideration of him whatsoever. Yet here we are. This is a point of commentary more about the state of the church in America than it is about Donald Trump. And that’s another post for another day.
Regarding his policies, Christian conservatives aren’t going to get any type of return on investment if they choose to back Trump. During the primary season–a time in which Republican candidates tend to woo their conservative base–Trump never backed away from his liberal stances. He promised forward motion for the homosexual agenda. Concerning the unborn, he is pro-abortion and has openly advocated changing the GOP platform to reflect that stance (Planned Parenthood called him their favorite Republican). Trump supports the transgendered revolution of anarchy in public restrooms. To date, he has done absolutely nothing to advance the cause of religious liberty.
What of this other policies? Trump is not a free-market capitalist. He supports protectionism and other “crony capitalist” measures. At one point he even voiced support for some kind of single-payer healthcare system. Trump is your stereotypical corporatist who will tolerate the status quo on the myriad of government programs already in place. In fact, he will expand the size and scope of the Federal government if it suits his agenda. He cares absolutely nothing about the Constitution and he can’t be trusted when he claims that he would appoint constitutionalists to the Supreme Court–that’s just bait for conservatives who are still reluctant to back him.
By the way, if you want to catch a glimpse of what a Trump administration would look like, then just look at his actions on the campaign trail. I’m not just talking about the smears, deliberate lies, and tabloid rumors launched against his opponents. Trump is a man who, like Barack Obama, will engage in the worst type of race-baiting in order to stir up his own base. He will openly incite violence and use intimidation against those who protest his rallies. When attacked by his opponents, Trump has said in so many words that he’s willing to shred the First Amendment in order to silence them.
This is by no means an exhaustive post and it wasn’t meant to be. It’s an overall analysis of Donald Trump, the man as well as the candidate. I pray that I’ve painted an accurate picture of this man who may very well be our next president. It’s not a pretty picture. If you get nothing else from this post, then please know and understand that there is absolutely no biblical justification whatsoever for supporting Trump. None at all. He’s not a David, but an Ahab. In fact, Trump becoming the presumptive Republican nominee ultimately represents yet another indicator of God’s judgment upon America.