Trump is a divisive figure and there has been a lot of argument about his presidency. Since it is near election day, I figured now is the time for me to be open about why I can’t, in good conscience vote for Trump.
The bible has plenty to say about what God does and does not want in people and leaders.
Micah 6:8 “He hath shown thee, O man, what is good: and what doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”
The book of Micah in the OT is a rebuke to Israel for dishonesty, idolatry, and corruption of government which led to the impoverishment of its citizens. In chapter 6 Micah tell them what God requires of them. Trump does not measure up well here.
He is not humble. His arrogance and pride are often on display. He frequently congratulates himself and lies about the success of his accomplishments when the evidence clearly shows otherwise.
These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. – Proverbs 6:16-19
- Proud? ✔
- Liar? ✔
- Murder? No.
- Deviser of Wicked Imaginations? ✔
- Quick to get into trouble? ✔
- False witness? ✔
- Sower of discord? ✔
A leader should be held to a standard above that of the normal citizenry when it comes to conduct and virtue. How can we ask someone to handle the temptations of great power if they do not also understand the burden of great responsibility?
The context of the Proverb 6, in that section, are practical warnings. Just prior to listing the things that God considers to be an abomination, Solomon tells us
A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers; frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy. – Proverbs 6:12-15
Trump bears more than a passing resemblance to the man being described here. And I do not want “calamity” to come to the office of the President of the United States nor do I wish it to be “broken without remedy”.
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. – 1 Tim 4:12
when speaking to Timothy Paul tells him to be an example in “speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity”.
This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach; not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; ( For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God? ) not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. – 1 Timothy 3:1-7
Trump has done little to help heal the division of racism in our country. Granted, the Presidential Office doesn’t not have much control over the specific causes of racism, but Trump’s rhetoric on the matter has inflamed existing tensions.
Deficit and Public Debt:
Commander in Chief:
Trump hasn’t had to deal with any major conflicts, and thus hasn’t been tested in this capacity much. But his recent remarks about soldiers who have died being losers is a disgrace.
But that isn’t true. As a Christian I have not been called to ensure who wins or loses. It is my responsibility to be obedient, and to choose candidates who reflect the character that deserves the office. It is God’s responsibility to deal with the consequences. And He is more than able to move when He chooses. All throughout the OT there are examples of God taking the unknown, the obscure, the overlooked and turning them into leaders. See David the shepherd who because king, or Gideon who defeated an army of tens of thousands with 300 men.
God is bigger than your politics. Choose faith. Vote for someone who truly deserves the office. For me that is someone who values the life of all people, pre-born, born, and every shade of brown from dark to light. Someone who understands the power of words to heal or harm. Someone who will take the long view and be wise, eschewing the short term gains for long term stability and growth.
This person may not exist… but we can do better than Trump or Biden.