The release of sexually provocative comments made by Donald Trump over a decade ago and allegations by several women about groping that may or may not have taken place as much as three decades ago have cast doubts on the candidacy of Trump for the presidency. While Trump has acknowledged and apologized for the comments, he vigorously denies the groping allegations. In the light of this “October surprise”, can Christians still support Trump?
In a normal election the answer would be easy. We’d turn to a more acceptable candidate to support, even one from the other party. But this is no normal election. The only other candidate is Hillary Clinton. Considering a third party candidate is tantamount to voting for Hillary.
The Sins of Hillary
While the behavior of Trump has been front-page headlines and the leading story on television news, the sins of Hillary are seldom covered by the media. There is a conspiracy in the mainstream media to elect her and the evidence of that is now irrefutable.
Kimberley Strassel, writing in The Wall Street Journal, says emails recently leaked show that Donna Brazile, a former Clinton staffer and CNN commentator, sent the exact wording of a coming CNN town hall question to the campaign in advance of the event to prepare Clinton. Other media allowed the Clinton camp to veto which quotes they used from interviews, worked to maximize her press events and offered campaign advice. Strassel says, “The nation now has proof of pretty much everything she has been accused of.”
A senior FBI official involved with the Clinton investigation told Fox News this week that the “vast majority” of career agents and prosecutors working the case “felt she should be prosecuted” and that giving her a pass was “a top-down decision.”
Strassel says the evidence now proves the Obama administration was working as an extension of the Clinton campaign. The State Department coordinated with her staff in responding to the email scandal, and the Justice Department kept her team informed about developments in the court case.
The release of emails of Democratic campaign chairman John Podesta has revealed the deep-seated animosity to all things religious by these secular progressives. Although Podesta himself is Catholic, these emails show a plan to create false “Catholic” organizations intended to put political pressure on the Catholic Church to change their doctrines in accordance with the demands of secular progressives to liberalize their positions on abortion and gay marriage. Hillary Clinton is such a strong supporter of abortion that she has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in the country.
How Should Christians Respond?
Eric Metaxas, author of acclaimed biographies of Christian heroes William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, addresses this difficult question in an Op-ed recently in The Wall Street Journal. Metaxas says Wilberforce, who ended the slave trade in the British Empire, often worked with other parliamentarians he knew to be vile and immoral in their personal lives. He explains:
“Why did he? First, because as a sincere Christian he knew he must extend grace and forgiveness to others, since he desperately needed them himself. Second, because he knew the main issue was not his moral purity, nor the moral impurity of his colleagues, but rather the injustices and horrors suffered by the African slaves whose cause he championed. He knew that before God his first obligation was to them, and he must do what he could to help them.”
Today the most important issue is the Supreme Court. The next president will nominate at least one and possibly as many as five new justices to the court. The impact of these nominations will outlast the term of office of that president, possibly affecting court decisions for the next thirty to forty years.
In the last debate, Hillary Clinton admitted her purpose in choosing justices to nominate for the Supreme Court was to change the laws to better suit our current culture. In other words, she has no respect for the Constitution and will do everything in her power to change it.
Metaxas says, “It’s a fact that if Hillary Clinton is elected, the country’s chance to have a Supreme Court that values the Constitution – and the genuine liberty and self-government for which millions have died – is gone. Not for four years, or eight, but forever.”
While there is no certainty in the nominations that will come from a Trump presidency, he has already released the names of twenty justices he would consider for nominations as recommended by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, two highly respected conservative organizations.
Not voting is not an option. Refusing to make a decision in this most critical of all elections is to abstain from our most significant moral obligation – the determination of our future and that of our children and our grandchildren. Not voting will be passively electing one who champions abortion, disrespects religious freedom, disrespects the Constitution and uses the media and the Department of Justice to protect herself from accountability for her self-serving lies and criminal behavior.
Metaxas says it well. “Not to vote is to vote. God will not hold us guiltless.”