We are one week away from hopefully the end of the craziest most absurd election cycle we have ever seen. I’ve felt dejected at times by this campaign season, but ultimately I am trusting in the Lord that He will continue to reconcile people to Himself, and He will continue to be seen as the only true source of “life to full.”
Something that has been really bothering my throughout this presidential election however has been the fact that the policy differences between Trump and Clinton have been overshadowed by their moral failures. It seems like every single week there is another piece of information that shows us just how similar Trump and Clinton are. For that reason, I’m refusing to vote for either of them. As a pastor it is not my job to analyze political policy (much of which I do not fully understand), but it is my job to discuss how each candidate lines up (or in this case, doesn’t line up) with scripture.
1. View of Human Life
Clinton: “I’ll stand up with Planned Parenthood and women’s access to critical health services, including safe, legal abortions.”
When it comes to Hillary’s view of human life it is sad to say that it stands in direct opposition to what the Bible would have to say. Verses such as Ps. 139:13 state “you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” Based on this verse it is clear that the formation of a baby in the womb is a work of God. And yet, Clinton would argue that it is the mother’s right to destroy the baby before birth.
Trump: On Syrian refugees; “We cannot let them into this country, period, our country has tremendous problems. We can’t have another problem.”
Yes, accepting refugees that had not been properly vetted would be an absolutely terrible idea. Trump however presents no solutions to the problem (accept killing ISIS and spying on Muslims). Trump does not recognize that many of the refugees in Syria (and other countries around the world) are just that; refugees. They are human beings, and we should be trying to find a solution that not only protects America, but protects human life in general. After all it is said in James 1:27 that true and pure religion is to “care for widows and orphans.” Trump views refugees as “another problem.” The Lord views them as people who are need of help, love, and mercy.
2. View of Women
Clinton: “every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported,”
Let me start by saying; if this was truly her stance on the issue, I would agree. However; if you go back to the 1990’s when controversy was swirling around Bill Clinton’s affairs and accusations of rape, Hillary did everything but “hear, believe, and support” those women. Famously Hillary Clinton called Monica Lewinsky a “narcissistic loony toon.” Not only that but it is known that Hillary Clinton also attacked and demeaned multiple women who claimed to be raped by her husband. With that being said, Hillary is far from valuing women in the way that God did when he created Eve and called His creation “very good!”
Trump: Access Hollywood, 2005, Leaked Tapes, Enough Said
When tapes released from 2005 reflected that in regards to sexually touching women Donald Trump believed “when you’re a star, they let you do it” he dismissed the comments as “locker room talk.” And in regards to this statement, he is correct. These are things that you would hear in a locker room, on Xbox live, or in most modern rap songs. With that being said, Trump tried to justify his comments by comparing himself to other men who act in the same way, despite the fact that it is sinful to do so. Based on these comments I doubt that Trump really views women in the same loving way that Jesus did when he stood up for the dirty, disgusting, outcast of woman who was caught in adultery in John 8.
Clinton: Email Scandal, Benghazi Scandal, Wikileaks
Trump: Trial for Fraud, Employing Illegal Immigrants, Sexual Assault Scandals
As for both Clinton and Trump this election cycle has been plagued with scandals. Whether warranted or not, both candidates have been faced with accusations of breaking the law, and lying about it. Clinton is better known for her scandals because she is currently under FBI investigation but to dismiss the women who accused Trump of rape would be unjustified because we simply don’t know if they are being truthful or not. The integrity of both candidates is pitiful and to boil it down to “just being politics” is ridiculous. We are electing the leader of country in the coming week and we have evidence that both of the major party nominees are liars to the utmost degree. Proverbs 28:6 states “better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse.”
I’m disgusted by these candidates. Not because they are they are sinful, but because neither of them will really fess up to it. Neither of them are Christians because neither of them will accept the depth of their failures. Without a genuine understanding of our depravity we will never truly turn to Jesus to be our Savior. I seriously doubt either one of these candidates have reached that point in their spiritual walk at this time.
I will not be voting for Clinton, Trump, Johnson, or the other lady that no one knows. I will be writing in a vote for a candidate that I believe truly exemplifies what it means to be a leader. I will be writing in a vote for someone who believes in true equality, fights for the sanctity of all life, and a candidate who is willing to admit their failures. After writing in my vote I will leave the polling place with a clear conscience, a renewed feeling that I did not bend in my faith, and hope that the next time we vote we will have an option that we can all agree is if nothing else; genuine.