The presidential election of 2016 is forcing all Americans to consider their moral compass in selecting a candidate to vote for in the upcoming presidential election. This challenging decision is perplexing for American Christians. Normally sincere Christians could resoundingly and – more often than not – proudly support the Republican candidate, but this cycle poses a peculiar moral challenge. The main concern Christians have regarding Trump is his flawed behavior, now and in the past. Whether the immoral action in question is Trump’s past infidelity, his crass language, or his bombastic sexist and judgmental comments about women, the conclusion seems to remain the same: Trump is not a person a Christian could support in good conscience.
Let’s say resoundingly and assuredly that yes, Trump is a flawed person, but who among us is not? We are all flawed humans, so our decision to support or reject Trump must rest on whether his flaws are so serious they outweigh all other considerations. Christian voters should consider whether the flawed Trump is a good candidate who supports the beliefs and values of Christian voters.
I intend to convince you that voting for Trump is not a morally evil choice. The fact that Trump is a flawed person does not necessarily make him evil, nor is there necessarily anything morally wrong with voting for a flawed candidate. On these grounds, voting for Trump can be a reasonable decision simply because he may ultimately do more good for the nation and Christian-supported issues than his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Consider for a moment the ill effects of Clinton appointing justices to the Supreme Court in terms of preserving Christian mores and values. Wouldn’t many Christians be upset as they watched liberal judges assault religious freedom protections in the First Amendment? Whereas with Trump wouldn’t most Christians feel confident and satisfied with Trump’s judicial nominees? Judicial protection of religious freedom is reason enough to support Trump over Clinton.
Further, consider for a moment the abhorrent tendency of liberals, such as Hillary Clinton, to support abortion—even late-term abortion, which amounts to infanticide. Clinton suggested that abortion, under certain circumstances, should be legal up until the final moment before live birth. How could any Christian in good conscience support a candidate who denies a basic principle of scripture—the protection of all of God’s children? The unborn should be protected, and Christians should vote for candidates who will protect the unborn. Trump has repeatedly stated that he will protect unborn children and that he finds Clinton’s comments and philosophy repulsive.
Christians should not be complacent and argue that the inaction of not voting is morally superior. Scripture reminds us the health of our city is a function of Christian activity; standing idly by while Clinton is elected president and then causes harm against Christian values is unbiblical. Rather, Christian voters should vote for Trump because he is the better choice for our nation and more importantly for Christian believers. He is the candidate who correctly asserts marriage is between a man and a woman. He is the candidate who believes that life is sacred and should be protected, even—especially—the lives of the unborn. He is the candidate who believes that religious freedom is a fundamental pillar of free societies. Trump also chose Pence as his running mate, an unashamed champion of evangelical Christian viewpoints.
Voters are not tasked with casting judgment on a candidate (or any person for that matter) other than considering which candidate will further the good of the nation and the kingdom of God. On these terms, Trump expresses more concern and agreement for the moral viewpoints of conservative Christians than Clinton.
Scripture reminds all Christians that we must partake in the welfare of our city (Jeremiah 29:7). The welfare of our city includes the question of what city our children will grow up in and what values the city will endorse. Trump’s expressed views on the sanctity of human life and religious freedom are much more in agreement with Christian values than those of Clinton.
Christian voters should focus on saving the nation from the tendency of liberals to undermine Christian values. In this election the only candidate running for the presidency who shows any support, even if only mildly and confusedly at times, towards Christian values is Donald Trump.