Welcome to the third and final part of this uninformed series.
There’s a saying: “Don’t talk politics and religion.” I believe this is nonsense. These are two of the most important things for us to discuss. I don’t believe we can just argue and complain, though. Discussion should be thoughtful and productive. As long as we can challenge one another and remain civil, I think these discussions are of inestimable worth.
As I’ve mentioned previously, these posts are a bunch of nonsense that I typed up quite a while back and never published. Since the election is today, I’m doing a marathon of editing and posting. This, I believe, is the crux of the matter.
I don’t spend much time on Facebook anymore. There are a lot of reasons, but mostly I just don’t have the time nor the willpower. When I do visit Facebook, I inevitably see the following:
- Trump is the “righteous” choice
- Please fast and pray that Trump will win the election
- Trump may be a wicked, horrible monster but sometimes God uses wicked, horrible monsters to achieve His purposes
And a lot of other nonsense like that.
At church, I’ve heard similar silliness:
- Trump may be a serial adulterer, but that just makes him a typical red-blooded man
- Trump may sexually assault women and have affairs, but his success at raising a good family makes up for that
- It doesn’t matter how bad Trump is – at least he doesn’t have blood on his hands!!!!!1
That last one is the big one for Trump supporters. It’s their “Get Out of Jail Free” card.
If you want to challenge yourself, do a search for the “biblical case for trump”. One particularly popular article featured on TownHall.com was titled “Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice“. The article gained extra attention after the author withdrew and then reinstated his support for Trump.
Here’s my summary of “why voting for Donald Trump is a morally good choice”: It isn’t.
I don’t believe that when presented with two options that one is always good and one is always evil. Should I stab this kitten or stab this dog? Should I steal a TV or steal a car? Well, the car is worth a lot more than the TV so stealing the TV must be a morally good choice! Nonsense.
I believe there was a time to make a morally good choice and that was during the primary. So let me ask this: If presented a choice between Marco Rubio and Donald Trump, which would be the morally good choice? I’m not a Rubio fan, but obviously Rubio is a much more moral choice. In that scenario, does that automatically make Trump the immoral choice? It’s not as simple as that. Besides, I don’t believe we can seriously talk about which of the current candidates is a moral choice. That’s poppycock. We had the best choices available to us and both parties chose the worst of all the available choices.
Since we want to use the Bible to justify our positions, how about this one?
Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.Jer. 17:5
I don’t believe God is supporting Trump nor Hillary. I believe His plan continues regardless of whatever stupid choices we make. Republicans are fond of saying that we shouldn’t worry about global warming because it’s ridiculous to think that the earth can’t recover from whatever man does to it. The same goes for this election – it’s ridiculous to think that God’s plan will somehow be thwarted if we elect Hillary.
If you want to make the Biblical case for a candidate, try using the Ten Commandments as your standard. I’m doing the math in my head and I think at best it’s a tie. Hillary might even have the edge on this one.
To be clear, if Hillary is elected it is not the fault of those who refuse to support Trump. It is the fault of those who supported Trump in the primary when we had a field of very good candidates. Those who chose a Democrat as their Republican candidate. Those who chose to put their trust in a charlatan instead of God.
This is the most important thing to take away from this election: If the case is truly as dire as most would have us believe, then we should be turning to God, not Trump.
I believe that in some small way, this election is a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. The Bible talks about false prophets who will deceive the elect. I don’t believe Trump is intentionally parading as a false prophet; however, many “elect” believers are professing that only Trump (not God) can solve America’s problems. Trump will Make America Great Again. Unfortunately, his promises are empty and cannot equal God’s promises.
I’ve long believed that the greatest danger of Donald Trump is that good people are turning away from God and instead turning to a man who promises happiness. They are being deceived. This became infinitely evident when I saw Ann Coulter’s newest book, In Trump We Trust. There is nothing that better symbolizes the core problem with Trump’s nomination.
There’s a verse in the Book of Mormon that was no doubt written for the times we live in:
And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land.Mosiah 29:27
If you’re still using the Bible to peddle Trump, you should check yourself before you wreck yourself. If times are as bad as you say they are (and I believe they are and getting worse) then God is the only solution.
Instead of looking for the man that can get us out of this mess, get on your knees and turn to God. Then get up and get to work knowing that God is in control.