This election has been caught up in the less-than-admirable qualities of the two nominees. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are not people you’d want to entrust your children to. There’s not much arguing that. On our side, conservatives are claiming the #NeverTrump mantle to voice their disapproval. Better, they say, to ensure Hillary Clinton’s victory than to vote for a man like Trump. Amid all the noise surrounding this election, I want to add my voice as a follower of Christ and a staunch conservative.
It is unequivocally true that God is sovereign. Ultimately, America’s future will not step outside His sovereign plan. Of that I am unshakably convinced. Part of that plan, however, has been to place a good many of His children here and entrust us with stewarding the privileges and duties of being a citizen of this republic. I cringe when I hear conservatives say, with good intentions, that they could never vote for someone like Trump. (Let me take a short aside here. If you have prayed over your vote and have been convicted by the Spirit of God that you shouldn’t vote for Trump, I can’t argue that. But if your refusal to vote for him is based on anything less, please keep reading with an open heart and mind.)
As the GOP primaries were taking place, I experienced often the rush of instinctive NeverTrump emotions. So much about his persona chafes my Christian sensitivities. Early on, I made up my mind to write in someone else. But then I began to understand an overriding truth about what we are facing. This race is not about the people who are running. It’s true that we have less-than-admirable nominees, but there’s a bigger picture here. Presidents serve four to eight years, but what happens during those years can impact our nation for generations. And that has never been more clear nor significant than in this election.
If Hillary Clinton is elected president, she will have free reign to appoint ultra-liberal justices, ideological comrades with Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. In unison with those stalwarts of judicial activism, Clinton’s appointees will render decisions upholding whatever legislation or rulings come down against Christian liberty and the freedom to practice our faith. And this won’t just be, as some people have said, a trend that will impact the court for decades. No, it’s worse than that. This anti-Christian judicial climate will burden us, barring some overwhelming move of God to author a huge American spiritual awakening, until America ceases to exist. It will be permanent. Under the shadow of a liberal Court, the popular hardening of secular attitudes toward Christianity, toward Christians, toward faith in Jesus and the increasing hostility toward what we believe will be such that our nation will never recover from it.
Donald trump is, I feel comfortable saying, an unsavory fellow, but he has voiced his desire and intent to appoint justices to the Court that are more like Antonin Scalia than the liberal ones I mentioned earlier. If he is elected president, for no other reason than his Supreme Court appointments, that will be a very good thing for Americans in general and for American Christians in particular. If you are a Christian who can’t stomach voting for Donald Trump, I suggest this – Check the box by his name, but don’t look at it as a vote for the person. Instead, count it as a vote for the liberty to continue to practice your faith. On the other hand, you should understand – in no uncertain terms – that by leaving that spot by his name blank because you stayed home, or you skipped the presidential line, or you voted for a third party, you are doing your part to bring about Christian persecution in America like few ever thought could happen.
If you think I am going overboard with that warning let me leave you with this. Earlier this year, the Civil Rights Commission issued a report declaring that the terms “religious freedom” and “religious liberty” spoken by Christians are actually codewords for “intolerance, homophobia, and ‘Christian supremacy’.” This is not a report from a liberal activist group. It is from a government appointed commission. Those same sentiments are espoused by the liberal wing of the Supreme Court – and will be the majority perspective if Hillary Clinton is elected president. With this mindset already in place in segments of our government, it is clear that we are hardly a stone’s throw away from the prohibition of the practice of true biblical Christian faith. That’s why I will vote for Donald Trump in 2016. That’s why I believe all Bible-believing American Christians should.