Trumpwatch (34) – who should Evangelicals vote for?

The short answer to the question is – it is not for me to say, but let me first backtrack.

Those who follow my blogs and postings on social media etc. will know two things. Firstly, I am what used to be regarded as a floating voter and one who refuses to align to any political party, even though some will place me in the conservative with a social conscience box. Secondly, I broadly support Donald J Trump and believe he is better than any of the alternatives on offer as leader of the free world, even though I do not dismiss his many failings.

Not that “right” or “left” are particularly meaningful terms these days, imho, but in my life I have veered both far to the right and far to the left and for a long time have oscillated somewhere around the middle. These days I am conservatively inclined yet with concerns over those social justice issues that especially concern the left. I see conservativism, liberalism and socialism as all ideologically flawed insofar God is left outside the mix. In the last election that took place in the UK, December 2019, I voted for the Labour candidate because she was, imho, the better candidate, even though if I were to balance the issues, particularly the big one at the time – Brexit, I was more in agreement with her Conservative rival. A few years ago, when national and local elections were held on the same day, I voted UKIP locally, and polar opposite, Green, nationally. In all these elections, my favoured candidate lost.   

Going back to Trump, this is now my thirty fourth Trumpwatch episode, evidence that while there is a lot I don’t know about US politics, and I might be forgiven for not becoming much wiser from the recent bad tempered Presidential debate, although the Vice-Presidential debate that later followed was better when it came to informing one, I know a lot and a lot more than most. Trump continues to be ridiculed and vilified, and sometimes with good reason. Turning the other cheek and water off a ducks back are not parts of his political philosophy. While his faults may be glaring, he is not a pastor but more a gladiator – and who does it better? I continue to be alarmed good Christians of Evangelical persuasion despise the man, for reasons I cannot support. I note there are influential group of pro-life Evangelicals, who major on social issues (including influencing my own community activism) that support Biden and the Democrat Party, also imho for the wrong reasons.

So before I give reasons for the view I expressed in the first sentence and before doing so take a detour via the US Senate hearings, currently taking place, whether or not to accept Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the US Supreme Court, I should say why I hope Trump wins decisively on November 3rd. Unlike many elections when the choice is between the perceived lesser of two evils, I believe the alternative to Trump, Biden, or rather what he stands for or what might happen if he were elected, to be markedly a lot more evil. While the Abortion issue and the underlying worship of the god Molech is good enough reason to vote Trump, there is a lot more. That lot more includes the economy, jobs, national security, civil liberties, rule of law, China, Israel, Islam, globalism, religious freedom, a swamp that needs draining – for starters (see earlier episodes for my rationale). I can add the Democrat moving toward embracing Marxism and their deceitful attacks on Trump and that Biden is not of good character and will likely be a puppet to the evil cabal if elected. On these matters, forget about the man, for what Trump stands for is better. As one who is not a US citizen, my views matter less than those who are, yet whoever is elected it will have a big bearing on what takes place in the rest of the world.

Trump’s Supreme Court nomination, so close to the election, is no doubt politically motivated. Listening to the questioning by well informed and intelligent senators from both sides of the aisle, these last two days, has been eye opening, although, sadly, I expect the decision whether or not to approve Trumps nomination will be made on pure party political lines. My two cents is that Judge Barrett has shown herself to be a very impressive candidate and I hope this Trump nominee will be confirmed and she is elevated to be the next justice to sit in the US Supreme Court, although my qualms that this court holds too much power and influence (and another reason why I support Trump – is that the choice of who sits should be someone who faithfully interprets the law, not make it) remain. Two issues did get raised in Senate questioning that have a bearing on my original question: mail in ballots and the possibility of Dem leaning voter fraud and affordable care (one reason why some Evangelicals vote Biden, i.e. because of their concerns for the poor). It is likely, despite her protestations about being purely beholden to the law, she will side with Trump on these matters.

As for “who should Evangelicals vote for on November 3rd?” while I can not and will not say, despite giving my opinion, I will offer some thoughts. Firstly, because you are an Evangelical, it does mean you are subject to the teaching of scripture. While democracy is not a concept it much deals with, citizenship is. While it is true our citizenship is in heaven, we do have civic duties and that includes voting for the person who as best you can make out will best serve the people he represents. While for some abortion outweighs all other issues, it is not the only issue, and issues need to be weighed. Even though Trump may be pro life and Biden not, the reality is that abortion will likely continue regardless. While my mantra is “test and weigh”, it would be rather arrogant of me if I were to dismiss out of hand those fellow Evangelicals who see things differently.

My view is clear, God raises up and puts down leaders and our allegiance and trust must be to Him. I believe, in 2016, He allowed Trump to be elected and not Hillary, despite most expectations, and in doing so he showed mercy rather than judgement, for if Hillary had won I little doubt it would have led to disaster. Mercy and judgement are two sides of the same coin and in four years God’s special possession – the Church has not responded as it ought, so maybe we should expect judgment. Expect fireworks in the next three weeks – whether the Democrats laying blame for America’s Covid woes on Trump or startling revelations of wickedness in high places that included Biden, back in the Obama days e.g. Benghazi. I dare not predict the outcome on November 3rd but I know I must watch and pray that God will have mercy on us all.

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