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Today while driving home from work I was listening to Sean Hannity interview Jerry Falwell, Jr., son of the architect of the famous “moral majority” and president of Liberty University.  Explaining his support for Donald Trump, who we now know will be the Republican nominee for president, he said that Christians need to stop looking for the perfect candidate and be pragmatic.  His argument is that a genuine, sincere, Bible-believing Christian will not be elected in the current social and political climate, and therefore we need to support the most electable person who will do the best political job.

On the point that a true, biblical Christian probably cannot get elected in 21st century America, I cannot but agree.  Not only is the hatred and opposition against Christianity burning out of control in our country, but a real Christian, in order to gain and maintain support from the many constituencies abroad in our country, would have to make so many concessions of biblical principle and conscientious conviction that it is difficult to see how he could win 270 electoral votes.

That being said, I think Jerry Falwell, Jr. completely misses the boat on calling us to be pragmatic instead of conscientious.  It is an old argument over whether Christians should vote for the lesser of two evils, but it should not be a difficult one.  Christ always calls us to be conscientious; He never called us to be pragmatic.  We are to be wise as serpents, true, but we are never given license to violate conscience and biblical principle in order to achieve short-term goals.  Of course, Christian churches and organizations no longer believe that, which is why they have merged so comfortably with worldly entertainment in the name of promoting evangelism.  Pragmatism is the name of the game among comfortable, 21st century American “Christianity.”  But it is not the hard road of discipleship and self-denial to which Christ calls us.  Our duty is to be holy, as God is holy.  This is God’s word to us through Moses and Peter.  Therefore, to support evil, even if it less than the opposing evil, is nonetheless to support evil.  The demand of Jehu the seer to King Jehoshaphat after his short-lived alliance with Ahab must be asked of us today: “Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD?”

In view of these principles, I cannot conscientiously support Donald Trump.  I say this even believing that Donald Trump would almost certainly be a better president than Hillary Clinton, who is the closest replica of Jezebel this country has ever seen.  Parts of his platform, on immigration and trade, I find appealing, and believe they would be helpful to this country.  But Donald Trump is also completely unreliable on abortion, which he fully supported in the not-too-distant past, and to this day says that it is proper to murder children conceived under certain conditions.  He has taken the side of confusion and wickedness in the transgender bathroom debate.  He said that Kim Davis should follow “the law” issued by the Supreme Court and hand out “marriage” licenses to same-sex couples.  His history is that of an unfaithful husband and unscrupulous businessman, and even during the presidential primaries his rhetoric was often vulgar, foul, and profane.  And yet, in spite of his infidelity and divorces, his profanity, his past support for such radical procedures as partial-birth abortion, Mr. Trump brags he is a Presbyterian, but also said that he has never asked God for forgiveness.

I do not necessarily believe that a man must yield evidence of being a true Christian before I would vote for him.  The presidency is a civil, not a spiritual office.  A man who is serious about honoring his oath to the Constitution would be worthy of consideration, even is his profession of faith in Christ (if he had one) was suspect on other grounds.  Nothing I have seen in Donald Trump makes me think he is devoted to Christ or to the Constitution of the United States.  His only real loyalty seems to be to himself.

So, in light of all these things, I will not be voting for Donald Trump in the November elections, and will not advise any other Christian believers to do so.

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