I don’t often delve into politics, mainly because those discussions rarely end well. I’m also persuaded to mostly keep my mouth shut because I possess a “different” mix of views that have liberals despising my conservatism and conservatives raking me over the coals for my liberalism, and that’s without fitting comfortably into a “moderate” segment. In those online surveys that plot you on a graph and identify you with your closest candidate, I’m off in a third quadrant no man’s land where no candidate likes to roam.
I like to think of myself as more than a one-issue voter, but I am a one-issue deal breaker. Calling yourself pro-life doesn’t ensure my vote, but being pro-innocent-death (abortion, euthanasia, etc.) guarantees that you will not get my vote. And don’t give me that line about not voting for X is a vote for Y. I don’t go for the lesser of two evils and I’m about to explain why.
From this post title you will find a hint of the seeming inevitable unless something drastic happens. More and more it looks like Donald Trump is going to be the Republican nominee against Hillary Clinton. For the reason above, Hillary will never get my vote. I just don’t see a need to promote something like #neverHillary, because let’s face it—most self-identified conservative evangelical Christians are in no danger of voting for her.
Yet our cultural slice is a significant part of the fuel behind the shocking rise of Trump.
This is a man who has built a large portion of his wealth on the backs of the middle class and poor (Vegas). He has made derogatory comments about women again and again. He feeds the feelings of anger and discontentment. He said in a debate that he would send soldiers after the families of terrorists, no matter what our laws say. The list could go on and on.
Yet in this all, people still flock to him because (at the moment at least) he is tickling the itchy ears of the angry, afraid, and dissatisfied. And more and more it seems it’s not that people are ignorant of his suspect character, it’s that they don’t care because he says what they want to hear, especially what will make them feel safe and secure.
We sacrifice our concern about a person’s character because he claims to give us what we want. Yes, he’s evil, but he’s the lesser of the two evils, people say.
But what does God’s word say? Proverbs 29:2 tells us, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan” (NLT).
Character should be one of our uncompromised requirements of the leaders for which we vote. Righteous leaders tend to breed a better community and country, while wicked leaders tend to bring complaints and hardship.
Trump may say what people want to hear, but we don’t have to look that hard at his words and actions (past and present) to see that he fits into the latter half of this proverb.
They’re all crooks some will say. And? That doesn’t relieve us of our duty to seek out the most righteous people we can find to be our candidates of choice. They’re good deceivers, so seek to vote them out the next cycle if they talk a good talk but then prove corrupt. You don’t clean up a pile of dirty laundry by scrubbing them with mud.
Give me a candidate with quality character. Keep your Donald Trump.