In November 2016, should Christians vote for
Donald Trump, the thrice-married,
pseudo-Christian showman who is at best a neophyte to conservatism? Or should
Christians vote for Hillary Clinton, who belongs in prison? Or should Christians not vote
Why have recent elections yielded such poor choices
for Christian voters?
2008 was the last time we had a qualified, truly Christian presidential
candidate. The media shunned him, few voters supported him, and
he exited the Republican primary after even Christians went after flashier
Since the tipping point in 2008, homosexuality
and other sexual abominations, as well as
Islam, have become
mainstream in America, which
has been in a social, moral and spiritual freefall(see
America in Decline).
So, who should Christians vote for now?
The presumption underlying this question for many is that if we were to somehow
elect the right president, he will be able to solve our problems and make
America great again. The voters are being told what they want to hear. Even if the
claimants sincerely want to solve our problems, they know that
they will not be able to do so, for many reasons.
For one, they won't have the money. The federal government already is heavily in debt and
has to borrow money every month to meet its expenses. Moreover, the
next president will have no say on how over 70% of the federal budget is spent.
As the chart below shows, 71.3% of the federal budget covers mandatory spending
on Social Security, Medicare, interest payments
on national debt and veterans' benefits. Tinkering with the remaining
discretionary 28.7%, already bitterly fought over, will
not make a big difference.
For another, they cannot stop demographic trends. For example, as the next chart shows, homosexual marriage is today supported by 38% of Americans born
before 1945 but 71% of those born after 1980. As the former die, support for
homosexual marriage will approach the latter figure, and the laws
of our democracy will reflect the majority's will.
What is the root cause of America's problems?
Bad politicians and government reflect our democracy's problems more than cause
them, for a bad tree cannot bear good fruit nor a good tree bear bad
Who can solve our problems?
America's problems have become too big for us and certainly too big
for any politician. The only one who can solve them is Jesus and His
Gospel, as evidenced by the low curve in the chart below despite its rebellious
trace the 0% curve:
Four centuries ago, God led a boatload of people from the comforts of Europe to
worship Him Biblically in a new land and blessed their descendents into a great
nation. At the height of our prosperity, however, we turned away from God, who is
withdrawing the blessings that always were and are His.
The growth of homosexuality,
poverty, addictions to drugs, pornography, lack of victories in Iraq and
Afghanistan, etc. (see America in Decline)
are the evidences of said withdrawal and His
wrath that is already being poured out on our nation:
"For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For
even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise
also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one
another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves
the penalty of their error which was due." (Romans 1:26-27)
What we need isn't more Representatives but repentance. As a nation and as
individuals, we must confess
our sins to God, repent, and cry out to Him for His forgiveness and
restoration(see Justice of God).