Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? Which one deserves vote of Christians?
Each candidate makes their case to the pockets of Christians they encounter in person, on social media or in the news. They sharpen their brands in order to appeal, at least somewhat, to those in our country who live holding onto Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. And the candidate’s detractors, oh how they bash, crash and sling mud.
“Hillary is the Christian choice because she wants to change the social landscape for the betterment of all people! Jesus was the same way.”
“Hillary is a liar who took money from foreign nations in exchange for access to the American government. An ungodly woman!”
“Trump’s a Christian because he is pro-life, he’s pro-business and pro-legal immigration. After all, you don’t want Hillary in office do you?”
“Donald Trump is a racist, sexist, bigot who hasn’t foggiest idea of what it takes to run a country. God loves all people, how could we vote for someone who doesn’t?”
Sound familiar? These statements should sound familiar because they are paraphrases of the rhetoric that’s been in front of our eyes now for a year through television, social and print media.
We have so many voices in our culture telling us what to believe, that it’s hard as followers of Jesus Christ to know which is the voice of God. We have become confused, frustrated and hopeless as a result of choices in candidates that don’t seem like true choices at all.
From that loss of faith some of us want to let go of the reins. We want to take our hands off the wheel, cover our eyes and hope that Jesus returns to judge the living and the dead before November 8th. In the face of no true choices, some of us feel like we shouldn’t make the choice. The lesser of two evils is still evil, right? Some think the only true way to not choose evil is to not choose, to not vote at all.
I think that would be a mistake. Here’s why.
The real issue here isn’t the Christian choice in a candidate, but Christ’s voice in the world. If Christians remove their vote from the count, we’ve in essence removed Christ’s voice from the culture. Frankly, I’ve found the compassion and truth of Christ to be present in both Republican and Democratic parties; not in specific candidates, but in those who put forth the candidates, the people.
Who’s going to speak for both the rights of the unborn and the rights of women? Jesus was attentive in both. Who’s going to back our officers on the street upholding the law while at the same time giving a voice to those who’ve died unjustly at their hands? Jesus was interested in both. Who’s going to defend the laws of entering a country’s citizenship while at the same time proclaiming that all may come? Jesus was concerned with both.
We must remember that we don’t worship a president, political system or national banner. Christians at this time are at once citizens of the world and citizens of the Kingdom of God. The reality is America could perish as a result of the decisions we make. Who we elect as our leaders are important decisions. But the plan of God is greater, our Christ is bigger and it is His Kingdom to which we must fix our eyes. The fact is this world; our current decisions and directions are a footnote1 in the story of Jesus Christ.
Advice, in my opinion, is best given when sought. Allow me to give some unsolicited advice to my brothers and sisters in the faith. In order to make decision on a candidate, I would read more in your Bibles about Jesus Christ. From that reading you will learn more about His character, His passions and His will. Then pray. Ask Him who you should vote for, who’s in His plan? Who’s the footnote to the story? Then decide and vote on November 8th.
Don’t let this election cycle convince you that Christ isn’t present, close and working. Don’t let the faulty belief in our culture that as our country’s leaders go, so goes the Kingdom of God. Nothing could be further from the truth; there is nothing to fear. Take heart and pray that you can be the voice of Christ in our current culture.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV84)
1 This idea comes from a message from Andy Stanley in regard to subject of politics. North Point Community Church. http://northpoint.org.