1. He claims he is a Christian when he is obviously not.
I don’t have to have a Christian for a president but I will not vote for a manipulative phony who demeans my Savior. Donald Trump is no disciple of Jesus and does not even appear to be a God-fearer. He is smart enough to know exactly what he is doing when he uses Jesus to persuade voters. Tragically, the man is spiritually lost and has deeply offended God. He has claimed – twice – that he has never needed to ask for God’s forgiveness. Christians know better. He arrogantly writes in his own books of committing adultery with some of the prettiest women in the world boasting that he has done so with even the married ones. He has profited off of the sex industry through strip clubs, encouraged drunkenness, gambling, vulgarity and lewdness through his casinos and has appeared on the cover of the pornography industry’s flagship magazine. This magazine and its founder has has led the charge in attacking Christian morals in America often mocking the scriptures and Christians. He is twice divorced yet claims he’s a unifier.
In short, Donald Trump is the poster child for phony, full of bologna wannabes. Jesus described such men numerous times as spiritually empty, lost, and going to hell. “By their fruit ye shall know them” (Matt. 7:16). In the day of judgment, when false professors cry out that they are believers, Jesus said “I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness’” (Matt. 7:23). Later on, he taught that “out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander” (Matt. 15:19). Long before Jesus came, the prophet proclaimed, “As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes wickedness’” (I Samuel 24:13). The Apostles echoed the same truth. It has been a well-known truth in every generation of believers that the very sins Trump brags of committing reveal his true spiritual state to be unbelief. “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality” (1 Cor. 6:9). Any sinner may repent and find God’s grace. Donald Trump can find full reconciliation with his Creator through the Gospel of Jesus.
So when Trump pretends to be an evangelical, he is false. Oh, he’s not the first to do this. It happens every election. But no candidate has ever been as offensive and disrespectful in doing so. Such blatant abuse of our Savior should repulse true believers.
- His character is deeply flawed.
On top of all the admitted debauchery, he has stood on national TV, on the debate stage, and on the dais of many rallies and flat out lied to everyone. He must or the truth about him will be known. If he ever admits a fault, an error, or a sin, his run is over. He too has read Alinsky and can shout down others, insult and ridicule them, and stay on the offensive with force. Lies are necessary for him to continue his momentum. But he who lives by this sword will die by it. His character will out, if not by exposure from others – and the Democrats are licking their chops to have their shot at such an easy target – his character will be exposed by his own behavior. Of course, a race with Hillary Clinton may become a pot and kettle comparison. The danger here is that as president, he will have the same disregard for ethics and law that he does now. How can one be easily convinced he will obey the law of the land when he can’t obey the rules on the playground?
Winning, in his mind, justifies everything. His Machiavellian edges have been sharpened by years of practice in the cut-throat world of big and get dirty business. He is not so brilliant intellectually as he is in dishonesty and wily trickery. The art of the deal is in the dealing and he deals from the bottom of the deck. Forget the liberals pragmatic ethos, “Slick Willies” are blue-plate specials to someone who has dined on shark. He is no simple Jesuit and Trump has moved beyond Alinsky’s ways. (Look out Democrats!) That was mere undergrad training. He has spent time in some of the world’s toughest Machiavellian laboratories. Who knows, with bigger weapons, he may outdo his master. And the White House may afford him such weapons. In his world, the ends justifies the means – absolutely. He does not love Jesus, admire Him nor value His virtue.. He does not love the Constitution nor admire the Founding Fathers. He loves victory. He loves winning his way. Not my way. Not your way. His way. As he often says, “I’m a winner.” And he wins. Wonder how that seems to happen so much? Sorry but I wouldn’t even play marbles with his kind.
- I do not need a playground bully to protect my faith and me. I have an amazing God who has already signed on for that!
A believer in Jesus Christ trusts in much deeper promises than campaign slogans. Doubtless, religious liberty is in peril in America. While I am willing to let someone have the right to morally disagree with me they are less and less willing to let me disagree their choices. Worst of all, they are more and more aggressive in taking away my right to practice my beliefs. Freedom will be lost in any republic where liberty of conscience in not vigorously defended. Eventually, the republic itself will be lost. Many Americans of faith believe that we need the government to stand up and protect us from those who would deny us this freedom. Our government does not need to play church – which SCOTUS did on marriage – but they do need to make us all live by the constitution. The most genuine of believers in Jesus can be misled into voting for a candidate who promises moral security. Some are even in an angry panic. But is it possible that believing we need a strong man to protect us is an indirect admission of “no confidence” in God? In other words, to believe a man can protect me from those who would take my freedom may be, if one does not guard his heart, an admission of fear that my Sovereign God does not hold sway in such matters of history. Furthermore, it is to act as though one’s Heavenly Father has not given his word to protect His children – even in the face or grip of their enemies of their enemies. What? Has God not shown up for those who have been jailed for their faith? Has he been there for those who burned at the stake and given to hungry beasts when they kept the faith? Of course I pray for liberty and would fight to protect it but I will also fight to defend the name of my God. He is able! There is no need to panic and call upon an angry chest-thumping bully to care for me and mine. It is faith we need. Not a protector. I already have a Protector thank you. I do not need Trump, Carson, Rubio, or Cruz or whoever to protect me. My God is able to raise up such protection! While I hope to vote for one who will lead per the constitution’s intent, I will not trust the arm of flesh. The hymnist wrote correctly, “the arm of flesh will fail you; ye dare not trust your own.” Let alone Trump’s.
If you are voting for Trump because you are angry about the erosion of your religious liberty, understand, I am angry too. But I will not fear men. “ …do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matt. 10:28). Do not think you are protecting your children and grandchildren when you put your faith in men and not in God. You may be opening the door to the erosion of faith which is more valuable than freedom. Find a better reason to vote for a candidate.
- Trump does not cherish the constitution.
Romans 13 calls believers to obey the ruler of our land. In our nation, that is our Constitution. This is why public leaders are called to pledge loyalty to its words, principles, and doctrines and to defend it even to their own hurt if necessary.
It is not my intent to imply that Donald Trump disrespects our Constitution. Rather, it is my charge that he does not treasure it. He does not quote it, refer to it, acknowledge it, nor speak of it. Because it would be politically disadvantageous to disparage it, he would never speak ill of it and may even speak well of it, if politically helpful. But he does not cherish it or he would quote it, campaign on it, refer to it, interpret it and use it. Any candidate who does not have a deep enough respect for the Constitution to refer to it as the basis of our laws is not a candidate worthy of election. If Trump cherishes the Constitution and loves it, he has done a good job of hiding it for it does not seem to structure his thought, inform his policies, be on his mind or on his lips. What a man deeply loves cannot and will not be hidden. I want a president who has deep regard and love for the ruler God has allowed us, in His sovereignty, to live under. It is still, I believe, a good ruler and I will not vote for a candidate who does not readily submit to it.
There are other reasons I would not recommend voting for Donald Trump. Most of them are political. I will not go into them. By this time tomorrow, he may have his party’s nomination pretty well wrapped up. I won’t be surprised. Angry Americans have made poor choices before. We will survive. Who knows, he may be our most anti-left president ever and be able to dismantle the liberal bureaucracy. They won’t outmaneuver him if he decides they’re the enemy. He does like to win at all costs! But don’t vote for him because he says he is a Christian or because of his supposed virtue or because you think God needs a hit-man. We would do well to elect someone with character and deep loyalty to our constitution.
It all keeps us praying doesn’t it? Yet, our confidence remains in an all-knowing, loving, all-wise God who is the Sovereign Ruler over the affairs of all nations. “…Kiss the Son lest He be angry with thee! …Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him” (Psalm 2:12). He will provide His children all they need to glorify and honor Him regardless of man. Serve Him.
(Of course, these are my views and do not reflect on any position taken by any ministry I am affiliated with.)