I received the following email. I’m sure there are other Christians who hold a similar view:
From my perspective it is no less despicable for Christians to hitch their wagon to Donald Trump and his Republican enablers than it is to give ground to the Democrats and their agendas. Trump is the most vile, dishonest, unprincipled, incompetent and abusive person ever to occupy the White House. He is an unprecedented threat to our Constitutional system of democracy and our most cherished American values. To ignore this reality is to be duped into thinking that such a man can be trusted to advance Christian objectives. One thing that I agree with William B. Evans on is that this political divide has the potential to destroy evangelicalism. His defense of Trump as a pragmatic political calculation is pathetically lacking in spiritual discernment, in my opinion. Another four years of this cannot end well for any of us.
No candidate is perfect. To claim that Pres. Trump is worse than Woodrow Wilson or Barack Obama is ludicrous. Is Trump blunt and abrasive? Most definitely. I would rather have a President who speaks bluntly and doesn’t pick my pocket than a President who waxes eloquently and steals me blind. Jesus used some direct language as did the Apostle Paul. Brian Godawa writes:
[I]n order to express God’s animosity toward those of the “false circumcision,” Paul says, “I wish that those who are troubling you would even mutilate themselves” (Gal 5:12). The Greek word for “mutilate” here is apokopto, which means “to cut off.” ((Robert L. Thomas, ed., New American Standard Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible (Nashville: Holman, 1981), 1634.)) This is a nice English translation of saying, “I wish they would just go all the way and cut off their penises.” This harsh dialogue not only uses vulgarity to make a point, but it also carries a mocking to it. It’s a case of employing coarse sarcasm to express a deadly truth.”
Paul also called the high priest a “whitewashed wall” (Acts 23:1–10) that he never apologized for. Let’s not forget what Paul says in Philippians 3:8. “Dung” is less offensive than what Paul really meant.
Jesus said to “hate your parents” (Luke 14:26), described Herod as a “fox,”(Luke 13:32) to demean him as a “weakling, small-fry, usurper, poser, clown, insignificant person, cream puff, nobody, weasel, jackass, tin soldier, peon, hick, pompous pretender, jerk, upstart," ((https://www.jerusalemperspective.com/2667/)), and to pluck out your eyes if they offended you (Mark 9:47). He had some very harsh words to say to the Scribes and Pharisees (Matt. 23), as did John the Baptist (Matt. 3:7).
Trump is hardly incompetent. His list of accomplishment since his inauguration are impressive (here, here, here, and here) for someone who had no political experience and constant opposition from the Democrats, members of his own party, the Washington Establishment, and the bureaucracy.
People like the emailer claim that Trump is somehow spoiling “our Constitutional system of democracy and our most cherished American values.” Which ones in particular? They never say, or if they do, its often a misrepresentation or more disagreement over policy. Some are ideological purists who will only vote for someone as pure as Jesus, but even Jesus might not be pure enough because He ate with tax gatherers and sinners (Mark 2:13-17).
By the way, the Constitution doesn’t mention “democracy.” “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government” (not Republican Party). There are democratic (not Democratic Party) elements in our government, but the “voice of the People is not the voice of a god.” Our founders opposed a pure democracy. That’s why we have the Electoral College.
The emailer ends his comment with the following: “Another four years of this cannot end well for any of us.” Four years of what? Give me specifics? Am I supposed to believe that four or eight or twelve years of Evangelical support for the Democrats will end well for us? Are we to believe that non-involvement will end well? Does anyone suppose that Evangelicals will be left alone by the Democrats?
Consider the following:
The Trump campaign has added both “unborn life” and religious freedom to its list of core priorities as the president anticipates a possible second term.
The new bullet points have been added to the campaign’s agenda under the heading of “Defend American Values”:
- Continue nominating constitutionalist Supreme Court and lower court judges
- Protect unborn life through every means available
- Defend the freedoms of religious believers and organizations
- Support the exercise of Second Amendment rights
In stark contrast to Trump’s agenda, Democrat nominee Joe Biden has promised to defend abortion rights, which the abortion industry refers to as “women’s healthcare,” and has committed to embracing the Democrat Party’s pro-abortion agenda that includes codifying Roe v. Wade, fully funding Planned Parenthood and forcing American taxpayers to fund abortions. (Breitbart)
Let me know when the Democrats do what Trump is doing to “Defend American Values.” In reality, he and the Democrats are doing everything to destroy what’s left of American values.
I’m not naïve. The Republicans have done little to restore biblical values to our nation. Most of them are political sellouts. But I have to say that Donald Trump has done more fighting for “American values” than most Republicans in Congress have done in their long tenure in power. How do I know? The fact that hundreds of so-called Republicans are supporting the Biden-Harris ticket.
Dr. Wayne Grudem, ((Wayne Grudem is Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Phoenix, Arizona. He holds degrees from Harvard (BA), Westminster Seminary (MDiv), and Cambridge (PhD). He is the author of more than 15 books, including his newest book, Politics According to the Bible)) author of Politics According to the Bible (2010), writes the following, a position that is similar to my reasoning:
The question now facing the nation is not, “Does Donald Trump have an exemplary moral character?” or, “Does Donald Trump have flaws?” or even, “Do I like Donald Trump?” The question is, “Which of two package deals is better for the nation?”
(a) Donald Trump and Republican policies or
(b) Joe Biden and Democratic policies?
There are no other choices. The nation will either have the option (a) or option (b) as a whole package for at least the next four years, and probably longer. If I withhold support from Trump, that makes it easier for Biden to win, and thereby for Democratic policies to bring (in my opinion) great destructiveness to the nation (more specifics below.)
In making a choice between package (a) and package (b), questions about a candidate’s character of course are relevant. But, to my mind, the question is not, “Does Donald Trump have flaws?” but rather, “Is Donald Trump so clearly unsuited to be president that our only valid choice is to accept package (b) and the great damage to the nation that (in my opinion) will flow from Joe Biden and Democratic policies?” When I ask the question in that way, the answer is clearly No, and it isn’t even close. Package (a) is far preferable.
Let’s not make this about Donald Trump. Our nation has been a mess for a long time. Pres. Trump has exposed the festering sore of political opportunism. He will not be able to fix it, but he can mollify more infection from spreading while we as Christians get our act together. Millions of Christians have disengaged from worldview issues for a variety of reasons or excuses. Most are ignorant on the issues of the day. Their views have been shaped by the broader culture and not the pulpit. They send their children to government schools and support government programs. In effect, they love Big Brother.
Four more years of Pres. Trump will buy us some time. The rest is up to us on how we use that time.