The citizens of the United States of America are currently in a dilemma as they vacillate constantly over their vote choice between the two opposing party candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
More agitated is the Christian Community as they weigh every argument and conclusion. Lifegiva.com, being deeply concerned about the decisions of Believers in the US, decided to follow through popular Christians’ views about the 2016 election polls.
In this article, we have compiled the views and stands of Church Leaders, Professors of Theology and Music Artists.
As you enjoy a good read, keep in mind to pray for the gift of discernment for every American Christian to place their priorities wisely, and the strength to make their choice and go out to give their vote, come 8th of November, 2016.
The ongoing Election Debate has being described by Professor of New Testament Studies, Darrell L. Bock, as a dilemma many Christians face in this election cycle. Consider the following as Darrell L. Bock tries to articulate this dilemma;
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, has repeatedly made known his deep opposition to the Republican businessman.
“What we have in the Donald Trump phenomenon … is an embrace of the very kind of moral and cultural decadence that conservatives have been saying for a long time is the problem, and conservatives who previously said we have too much awful cultural rot on television now want to put it on C-SPAN for the next four years … with either [Trump or Hillary Clinton].”
Trump responded by taking to Twitter to call Moore a “truly terrible representative of Evangelicals” and “a nasty guy with no heart.” Moore has since changed the bio on his Twitter profile to reflect the jab: “terrible representative of evangelical Christianity, due to nastiness.”
Oak Hills Church pastor and popular Christian author, Max Lucado said Trump wouldn’t pass the “decency interview” he required for his three daughters’ dates.
“I’m a pastor. I don’t endorse candidates or place bumper stickers on my car. But I am protective of the Christian faith. If a public personality calls on Christ one day and calls someone a “bimbo” the next, is something not awry? And to do so, not once, but repeatedly? Unrepentantly? Unapologetically? Can we not expect a tone that would set a good example for our children? We stand against bullying in schools. Shouldn’t we do the same in presidential politics?”
Even Pope Francis has this to say;
“A person who thinks only about building walls… and not of building bridges, is not Christian. A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel. I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and I will give him the benefit of the doubt.”
He, however, declined to say whether Americans should vote for Mr Trump, who is leading the Republican race for president.
Here’s what Lecrae Moore has to say;
“Christians, like other groups, are often stereotyped and what a Christian wants in the nation’s next president is not necessarily what politicians assume. For a lot of people, groups, Christians included, issues are homogenized and so to be a Christian, I’m either this staunch conservative Republican or I’m this tree hugging liberal. You’re stereotyped. It’s almost assumed that people know what your issues are going to be. It’s a problem, he said, that extends to civil rights as well”.
For decades, as I applied this agenda, I regularly concluded that Republican presidential candidates were better on issues like abortion, marriage and family, and religious freedom, while Democratic candidates were better on racial justice, economic justice, and the environment. So I have voted for both Republicans (George W. Bush) and Democrats (Barack Obama). But 2016 is astonishingly different from other election years. Hillary Clinton is bad and good in the usual ways. But Donald Trump is not only bad in many of the usual ways—he is also bad in the ways in which I have usually preferred Republicans. Trump’s recent pro-life stand is not credible. Historically, he has supported abortion access, even to partial-birth abortion, and still supports Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest supplier of abortions. Trump’s personal marriage record is horrendous. He humiliated his first wife by publicly flaunting an affair. He is now in his third marriage, while Clinton has remained with her husband in spite of his despicable behavior. (Source)
I don’t vote for candidates or political parties. I support those who will lead the country righteously, honorably, and wisely. In many ways, this is a single-issue election because it will affect every dimension of American life: the makeup of the Supreme Court. Antonin Scalia’s sudden death made this election the most significant of our lifetime. The next president will nominate perhaps three or more justices whose judicial philosophy will shape our country for generations to come. Unelected, unaccountable, and imperialistic justices have a history of imposing horrendous decisions on the nation. One decision that still plagues us is Roe v. Wade, imposed on America in 1973. It divided the nation and has led to the murders of 54 million innocent babies. This killing goes on every day. That leads us to ask what the judiciary will look like in a Trump administration. I attended a June 2016 event called “A Conversation with Donald Trump” in New York, with more than 1,000 other religious leaders. Before the meeting, 30 of us met Trump in a private session in Trump Tower. Most were evangelicals or conservative Catholics. I asked the candidate about his concerns regarding religious liberty. I liked that he promised us emphatically that he will work to protect our religious liberties. He has since released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees that is stellar. We must pray that, if elected, he will keep his word. (Source)
As a black Christian in an urban environment, I consciously struggle to give my allegiance to either political party. In this way, this election gives many white evangelicals a sense of what it’s like to be a black believer in America today. As an African American, I’m marginalized by the lack of compassion on the Right. As a Christian, I’m ostracized by the secularism of the Left. As a man, I’m greatly concerned by subversive attempts to deconstruct all “classical” definitions of manhood. I fraternize with a remnant of people who have the cultural and theological aptitude to engage both Carter G. Woodson and G. K. Chesterton. We walk the tightrope between conservatives and progressives. We share an anxiety and sense of displacement in the current socio-political landscape. I have had zero interest in either candidate this election. Many people are fearful about the next president, as they should be. Our newly appointed chief will likely nominate Supreme Court justices. The thought of either candidate appointing justices scares me. Many Clinton supporters seek a secular utopia that progresses past logic. Many Trump supporters want to resurrect bigoted ideologies. Neither of these Americas is great to me. (Source)
“I can’t look into the future and tell you what will happen if Hillary Clinton becomes the president, or if Donald Trump becomes the president. Nobody can do that. But looking at all of the information that we have, and the history that we have, it would appear to me that, if this election is a referendum on the last eight years that we just experienced, it will be something from which America, apart from an intervention of God, will never recover from,” He said.
He proceeded to express his profound concern over the judges being nominated for federal courts and expressed his grave fears over what he believes will happen if Clinton wins, saying that,
“The Supreme Court will lean as far left as it ever has. What that means to the future is way beyond the importance of an eight-year tenure in the White House. Because the Supreme Court is so much more powerful, looking at it from the long term.”
With an election that has some conservatives saying that they will either sit out or write in a candidate who is not on the ballot, Rev Jeremiah urged them saying, especially to the evangelicals,
“The problem is that Americans think that they have to find a paragon of Christian virtue in order to be satisfied with their candidate. As I’ve heard it said more than once, ‘We’re not electing the pastor of America, we’re electing the president of America. There’s an important question faithful voters need to ask themselves, ‘How can this candidate lead this country in a way that assures us that we have the best possible change to advance the cause of Christ?'”
While Rev. Jeremiah said that he knows that it’s potentially an election that leaves Christian voters feeling as though there isn’t a candidate whom they can revere or even like, he believes that people must decide which one of these is going to advance the cause they give priority to. He also said that the current culture has declined and that his decision to seek the best possible option is really about ensuring that the future can be as protected as possible.
With all these various views, the conclusive stand about the choice to be made is embedded in Rev Jeremiah’s closing charge to all believers, simply saying,
“My passion and messaging on the election matter is rooted in the fact that I believe my arguments are true. I don’t take seriously my responsibility to make the best choice — it may not be a perfect choice, but it must be the best choice, and then go execute my vote — I am being derelict as a Christian, and as an American. At this point in time, I have to make the best judgment I can, knowing what I know,” he said.
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