On Voting

Well, election season is upon us, so let’s get the obligatory article about voting out of the way. Now, my goal here is not to turn this site into a political commentary site. I’m not looking to take market share from the likes of Ben Shapiro or Sean Hannity. That said, we mustn’t silo our Christian beliefs away so they don’t influence our politics. Just the opposite, our politics must be informed by scripture, just like every other area of our lives.

That’s easy to say, but not so easy or comfortable to apply in our current fractious political climate. It can feel overwhelming trying to figure out how to honor God with your vote. Many mainstream Evangelicals say you shouldn’t vote for Trump, and advocate a ‘third way’ that sounds suspiciously like an excuse to vote Democrat. Others are Trump all the way because they love to see him step on toes and offend people. Still others stick with the mantra of Orange Man Bad and oppose all things Trump because… Orange Man Bad. And nowhere in any of the chaos is there the slightest sign of chill.

Thankfully, we can clear this up pretty quickly by considering the purpose of government, as laid out in Romans 13:3-6:

For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.

Paul, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, makes it very clear that government was instituted by God to do two things: reward good deeds and punish evil deeds. That makes our job as Christians who vote much simpler; we should vote for the candidate that will reward good and punish evil. So the question is who will reward good and punish evil, Donald Trump or Joe Biden. Well, let’s take a look at the greatest injustice of our time: the slaughter of unborn children in the womb through abortion.

Trump has vocally and vehemently opposed abortion, and taken every legal option available to him to deny Federal funds to organizations that provide abortion. Some in the Orange Man Bad camp have complained that he hasn’t done as much as other presidents to end abortion. When they do this they forget, very conveniently, that Congress makes laws, not the president. Trump can’t force Congress to vote the way he wants, so arguing that he’s not pro-life because he hasn’t passed more pro-life laws is dishonest. Donald Trump is staunchly pro-life.

Joe Biden, on the other hand, opposes the Hyde Amendment; which prohibits Federal funding for abortion. If that’s not clear enough, just look at the Democratic party platform. The Democratic party is radically pro-abortion. By running on the Democratic ticket, Joe Biden is proclaiming his support for abortion.

There’s only really one question to ask at this point: is it just to murder babies? We all know the answer to this is no, but some evangelicals still persist in saying you can vote for Democrats because they favor reparations and other policies that will supposedly increase the quality of life for black people, and calling this pro-life. Now, I’m all for a better quality of life for all people, but poverty is not inherently a justice issue, as I’ve talked about before, and disparities between poor black people and others today are not the result of racism, as Thomas Sowell explains quite well. Anyone who would vote for the murder of babies, just to raise their standard of living is a moral monster, and is not living consistently with God’s will, or His view of justice.

I think we’ve pretty much sewn up the case for a Christian not voting Democrat; don’t vote for people who promote murdering babies. In fairness, though, that’s not the same as making the case for voting for Donald Trump. Well, now I’m going to do what’s called a pro-gamer move.

One of the SJW Evangelicals’ favorite verses is Micah 6:8, which reads as follows:

He has told you, O man, what is good;

And what does the Lord require of you

But to do justice, to love kindness,

And to walk humbly with your God?

Well, what’s more just and kind than ending the mass murder of defenseless human beings? For all his faults, Trump is committed to ending abortion. He’s also done everything in his power to end the rioting that has been sweeping the nation. What it boils down to is that the Trump administration promotes righteousness and punishes wickedness better than a Biden administration would. Trump opposes the greatest evil of our time, Biden supports it.

This is the point where lefty Evangelicals accuse me of idolizing Donald Trump. This is a dumb objection. As I’ve already said, Donald Trump has his problems. I’m not saying that Trump can do no wrong; he certainly can. What I’m saying is that Donald Trump will do a better job of punishing evil and promoting good than Joe Biden would. That’s not idolatry.

To sum up, a vote for Trump is a vote for someone who, despite his personal faults, is trying to stop the murder of babies babies and punish those who steal and destroy the property of the innocent. A vote for Joe Biden is a vote for murdering more babies. No matter what other issues you think are important, the literal murder of the most innocent and helpless people on the planet outweighs them all. It’s a very simple issue with little in the way of nuance, that would have been common sense among Christians just a generation ago. Vote for the guy who’s against murdering babies. That guy is Donald Trump.

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