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The Christian Case for Trump 2020

Evangelicals are one of the most important voting blocks in American elections. And as always, we should seek to vote according to our Christian worldview and convictions. And while this is not an exhaustive list of reasons to affirmatively support Trump with your vote, these are my top reasons to vote Trump in 2020.

Trump Is Effectively Pro-Life

One of the biggest concerns of Christians in political activism is the issue of abortion. The American electorate was reshaped by this issue placing many Evangelicals and Catholics firmly in the Republican Party. But not every Republican has equally stood up for this issue. President Trump has embraced numerous strategies. From cutting funding of America’s overseas abortion operations, Mexico City Policy, Trump engaged in a political football game that Republican Presidents have often play. But President Trump has nominated at a minimum one Justice to the Supreme Court that will overturn Roe v. Wade (Amy Coney Barrett). But in addition to overturning Roe, Trump’s judicial nominations at all levels are sure to make the Federal courts friendlier to state laws that enact restrictions on child killing and curb the abortion industry. A second term can lead to more Supreme Court nominees, and thus this would bolster the movement. Most uniquely Trump has made it more commonplace to use incendiary language when talking about baby killing. This was especially clear with the partial/post birth abortions Democrat governor’s like Ralph Northam in Virginia support. This includes using a platform like the State of the Union to employ this rhetoric. It is possible that Trump could do more to fight abortion, but Trump has certainly exceeded expectation on this issue and is deserving of a second term for those who vote on this issue alone.

Trump is Fighting Heretical Worldviews

Donald Trump is not an intellectual, yet he understands enough to know that the social justice movement in our country that peddles Critical Race Theory is destructive for our country. This movement is designed to eventually tear apart the country, institution by institution, a long march. Donald Trump’s fight to eradicate Critical Race Theory from the federal government is a fight with many spiritual implications. Critical Race Theory is a major thrust of the Social Justice Gospel, the most threatening ideology to the church today. Many Evangelical leaders and seminaries have gone woke pushing the idea that white Christians need to repent of systemic racism, a sin they commit by virtue of existence. Whether Trump is listening to Grassroots Evangelicals about this ideology or in unknowingly setting an example for the church, Trump’s waging war against this heretical false gospel has major spiritual implications for America. If this war is lost, then the federal government may be doomed to become overtly woke. However, if this fight is won, this may shift the culture. A vote for Trump would contribute to fighting a heresy, which is unique to this election, and so it is one of the more compelling reasons for Christians to vote Trump.

The Alternative is Godless

The decision to vote for Trump or not is not one that exists in a vacuum, and therefore, moral calculations must account for what happens if we do not vote for Trump. If Evangelicals listen to John Piper, then surely Joe Biden will win. But it cannot be understated that the Democrat Party is irredeemably evil. They legislate covetousness, homosexuality and transgenderism, and infanticide all while taking away foundational liberties.

As I have noted last week, it is immoral for Christians to vote for Joe Biden. So the calculation must be made that not voting for Trump, as Christians would hurt Trump and thus help Biden, because Evangelicals are a core constituency of Trump’s base. This calculation is not the same in a state like Maryland as it is in a state like Pennsylvania.

In the event of Trump’s victory, the evil policies of the Democrats will be forestalled at a minimum. In the event of a defeat, the godlessness of the Democrats will be unabated. Game Theory is therefore a strong argument in voting for Trump.

Trump does not hate us and does listen to us

The media vitriol that Trump receives is a masked vitriol against everyday Americans. The hatred that Trump receives is a hatred due for the winning candidate in 2016 not named Hillary Clinton. If Ted Cruz had won the vitriol would be the same, as it was in his 2018 reelection. The previous presidential losers were both called Nazis etc. Now, Trump does make himself easy to hate, but he is still a proxy for a larger elitist contempt against everyday American people that reigns in Hollywood, academia, and politics. But Trump captured a growing sense of anti-elitism in 2016, where the top two Republicans primary candidates were both anti-establishment. This movement against the political establishment was set in motion before Trump ran for President and now, he is this movement’s proxy. Trump does not hate everyday Americans. And therefore, he is willing strive for the black vote despite the Black Lives Matter movement. For a man with petty feuds he does not hate the common man and actually strives to listen to people who would not normally agree with him.

This makes Trump willing to listen to Christians on political issues. As a core of his base, we hold major sway on his actions as President. Now, at our own fault, I would argue we have not leveraged this enough because people like Franklin Graham can be a little more sycophantic than necessary. But overall, Trump appoints the judges we want and fights on cultural issues that we fight. With Trump, we get a President who listens to us. This alone is not reason to vote for him, but this cannot be ignored.

Conclusion

Overall these are some of the best reasons Christians should vote for Donald Trump, and I would argue the strongest case can be made voting for Trump than any other candidate, and most candidates, a case cannot be made.

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One Response

  1. I need to tell you something: People have had it with you. They’re done. They want nothing to do with you any longer, and here’s why: They see your hypocrisy, your inconsistency, your incredibly selective mercy, and your thinly veiled supremacy.
    For eight years they watched you relentlessly demonize a black President; a man faithfully married for 26 years; a doting father and husband without a hint of moral scandal or the slightest whiff of infidelity. They watched you deny his personal faith convictions, argue his birthplace, and assail his character—all without cause or evidence.
    They saw you brandish Scriptures to malign him and use the laziest of racial stereotypes in criticizing him. And through it all, White Evangelicals—you never once suggested that God placed him where he was, you never publicly offered prayers for him and his family, you never welcomed him to your Christian Universities, you never gave him the benefit of the doubt in any instance, you never spoke of offering him forgiveness or mercy, your evangelists never publicly thanked God for his leadership, your pastors never took to the pulpit to offer solidarity with him, you never made any effort to affirm his humanity or show the love of Jesus to him in any quantifiable measure.
    You violently opposed him at every single turn—without offering a single ounce of the grace you claim as the heart of your faith tradition. You jettisoned Jesus as you dispensed damnation on him.
    And yet you give carte blanche to a white Republican man so riddled with depravity, so littered with extramarital affairs, so unapologetically vile, with such a vast resume of moral filth—that the mind boggles.
    And the change in you is unmistakable. It has been an astonishing conversion to behold: a being born again.
    With him, you suddenly find religion. With him, you’re now willing to offer full absolution. With him, all is forgiven without repentance or admission. With him, you’re suddenly able to see some invisible, deeply buried heart. With him, sin has become unimportant, compassion no longer a requirement. With him, you see only Providence.
    And White Evangelicals, all those people who have had it with you—they see it all clearly. They recognize the toxic source of your inconsistency.
    They see that pigmentation and party are your sole deities.They see that you aren’t interested in perpetuating the love of God or emulating the heart of Jesus. They see that you aren’t burdened to love the least, or to be agents of compassion, or to care for your Muslim, gay, African, female, or poor neighbors as yourself.
    They see that all you’re really interested in doing is making a God in your own ivory image and demanding that the world bow down to it. They recognize this all about white, Republican Jesus—not dark-skinned Jesus of Nazareth.
    And I know you don’t realize it, but you’re digging your own grave in these days; the grave of your very faith tradition.
    Your willingness to align yourself with cruelty is a costly marriage. Yes, you’ve gained a Supreme Court seat, a few months with the Presidency as a mouthpiece, and the cheap high of temporary power—but you’ve lost a whole lot more.
    You’ve lost an audience with millions of wise, decent, good-hearted, faithful people with eyes to see this ugliness. You’ve lost any moral high ground or spiritual authority with a generation. You’ve lost any semblance of Christlikeness. You’ve lost the plot. And most of all you’ve lost your soul.
    I know it’s likely you’ll dismiss these words. The fact that you’ve even made your bed with such malevolence, shows how far gone you are and how insulated you are from the reality in front of you. But I had to at least try to reach you. It’s what Jesus would do.

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