Monday, October 10, 2016

What's a Christian to do?

This is a post I've avoided writing for a while. It's not that there's little to be said on the subject, but rather that so much has already been said. I try not to beat dead horses, and many voices better than my own have already taken plenty of whacks at this one. Otherwise put, I have nothing to say that hasn't already been said, and said by people better at saying.

However, one of the reasons I write this blog is for my own sanity. It's an attempt to silence the voices in my head (if not silence, then at least have reasonable conversation with). This post serves primarily that purpose, but my hope is that at least a couple people will be accidentally edified by it.

So, all that said, let's talk about politics.

What's a Christian to do?

In the past, we've had it fairly easy. At the risk of oversimplifying, it's been a choice between Candidate A (who represents a party committed to biblical patterns of morality) and Candidate B (who represents a party committed to worldly patterns of morality). Sure, Candidate A isn't perfect, but at least we can trust their moral framework. Not so now.

For some Christians, the choice is still plain. For others, it's not. What I'd like to do here is lay out what I think are a few good, reasonable options for those of you who, like myself, are still feeling a bit on the fence about this election.

The Problem

Before getting into potential solutions, let's put a finger on the issue proper. The problem is that we can't trust either of the major party candidates. Clinton, in traditional Democratic fashion, is openly committed to all of the liberal sins that the Bible condemns outright (like the continued wholesale slaughter of 1 million babies a year). Trump has pledged to uphold conservative causes, but has spent decades demonstrating that he's far from a true believer in them. With the exception of economics, his past views have leaned quite leftward. Add to that years of not just admitting to but bragging about his sexual misconduct, now you have a leader who shows no personal commitment to biblical morality whatsoever.

In short, there's no moral high ground here. We have two untrustworthy candidates, just with varying shades and hues of untrustworthiness.


I've heard a lot of different Christian leaders make a lot of different cases. Some, and I try to say this humbly, are just plain dumb (I really mean no disrespect to said leaders, all of whom are undoubtedly much smarter than myself). Others I may not completely agree with, but can see the rationale. Here are what I would consider logically grounded, biblically consistent, tactically coherent options for a Christian voter:

1)  The Known Enemy
Vote for Hilary. She's a known enemy, but she's a known enemy. Clinton is evil, but she's an evil we have experience fighting. The moral right would be able to stop her from doing much of what she intends using time-proven methods.

2)  The Lesser of Two Evils
Vote for Trump. As bad as he is, he's not nearly as bad as Clinton. Who knows, maybe he'll even do some of the good he says he'll do.

3)  The Stand
Vote third party or write-in. While your candidate won't get elected, it makes a statement and puts you in a position to say "I didn't endorse this shenanigans" for the next four years.

There are issues the Bible is very straightforward on. The decision you should make in this election is not one of them. It's an open-handed issue, so there is room for debate. Two intelligent, Jesus-loving people can reach different conclusions and that's perfectly ok. At the end of the day, you are giving an account to God... so long as you can cast your vote with a clear conscience, that's really what matters.

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