When pastors apply the Bible to politics people get angry. This presidential election season is particularly charged because “evangelicals” (is that even a word any more) are passionate about one candidate or another in a scenario where neither candidate is ideal. Not only is the nation divided but in this season, the church is on the issue of how to cast a vote that reflects a biblical worldview. Most of my pastoral peers have chosen to steer clear of all of this exercising silence as a form of wisdom. They were probably right.
I chose a different route believing that the confusing choices of the 2016 presidential election deserved to be sifted through the crucible of Scripture. To that end, I have one thing left to say before election day. I think electing Hillary Clinton as President of the United States is both likely and imprudent.
I think it is likely for many reasons but primarily because of the effect of the Electoral College. A popular vote election might actually turn Mr. Trump’s way but the Electoral College will probably hand a victory to Hillary Clinton.
Electing Hillary Clinton is not only likely but it is imprudent. I would cite two general reasons for forming such a conclusion: her character and her policies.
I have no doubt that politics at the highest level is a dog eat dog scenario. I still believe we have to look at moral character when we are choosing a president. I know. No one is perfect. And yes, presidents in the past have been immoral. But, my responsibility is to cast a wise vote in 2016. Even exercising a little discernment reveals lies and corruption in Hillary’s wake. The most recent and disturbing examples to me are the private email server debacle and the apparent attempts to incite riots at Trump rallies. If the wikileak emails are even partially true, then we have a real problem in the integrity arena. I could go on and on here but there would be no point. You either agree with me and have already exhausted this conversation or you think that I am drinking the Kool-aid of conservative propaganda.
Perhaps the more catalytic and imprudent matters are the positions Clinton demonstrates on the following issues:
Economy, Religious Liberty, Marriage and Family, Foreign Policy, and Life.
While there are some good position statements in the democratic platform in my opinion (Environment, eliminate racism, etc.), some of the positions are in direct opposition to the Scriptures. Consequently as a voter, I deem these positions unwise for the Nation to embrace. Read the Democratic Platform here and see for yourself.
You should know, I don’t consider myself a straight ticket voter. I try to assess each candidate in every election through the lens of Scripture. I cast a vote for the candidate whose moral character and whose policies most reflect an alignment with the Scriptures to the best of my understanding. This is why I won’t be voting for Hillary Clinton.
Likely, I have now offended anyone else who was not already offended by my previous attempts at applying a biblical worldview to the presidential election. That is regrettable. I wish we had a better way to dialogue. In any case, I am praying for you and for me as we cast votes in the next few days. Pray, seek God, and vote your conscience. That’s really all we can do. This is the extent of our responsibility.
As for the next President of the United States, whoever you are, I pray this this Psalm over you today and I commit to praying for you every day that you are in office.
“Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all those who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 2:10-12)