One thing that my Logic course in college and my Philosophical Theology course in seminary taught me was this: Never is a strong word.

Never is an absolute term that should be sparingly used, not because there are no absolutes, but because the human mind is almost certainly unable to account for all of the possible variables in most circumstances where such a judgement is possible. Using ‘never’ in a rigorous argument sets that argument up to be knocked down by a single counterexample.

There are numerous instances where I could imagine a world where I would vote for Donald J. Trump, the least likely of which is clear evidence of a Pauline style conversion while on board Air Trump One. Even in the case of Hilary Rodham Clinton, I would decide to vote for her should the divine light of Christ appear and change her life.

Before any of my secular readers might suppose that all that matters to me is a religious profession of faith, I need to remind them, and perhaps even some of my Christian friends, what such a conversion, based on Scripture, entails.

To be converted, truly converted, into the family of God means that one is born again (cf. John 3). Upon such a radical conversion, a person receives new eyes to see the world as Christ saw the world; we are given the opportunity to see current events from a perspective that allow us to judge by more than mere human standards (cf. John 8:12-20; 1 Cor. 2).

The claim to have extraordinary insight is an extremely strong one, especially in the eyes of those who are secular. Yet, I do not propose that, at the minute of conversion, any individual suddenly has total control over the treasury of divine wisdom. The Christian still requires discipleship: through the mentoring of the genuine Body of Christ (cf. 1 Cor. 12:12-31), through the fellowship with the Spirit via prayer and immersion in His Word (1 Jn. 2:26-27), as well as through the crafting of his or her character in the furnace of God’s wisdom, Law, and love (cf. Heb. 12:1-13).

As a follower of Christ, I do believe that I have been given a new set of eyes, but one thing that I can say for sure: I will never have a perfect view of things this side of Heaven. I have learned as much, oftentimes, via the hard way of needing to endure the Spirit’s discipline for decisions that I’ve made as well as for views that I once held.

With these elements established, I feel confident enough to say that I could never support or endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States based on his own stance toward his moral failings, namely that he sees no need to repent of clearly sinful behavior. Such a failing of character in his own life and the fact that so many have voted for him underscores a wider lack of integrity and character within the soul of American society. What we have been witnessing this election cycle is that the American nation, generally speaking, has become a republic that repudiates virtue.

That being said, I still can envision a scenario where I could vote for Donald Trump in spite of the fact that I would never endorse him (as he stands now). I am aware; this is a paradoxical decision. The times we’re currently experiencing make it feel as though we’re living out the plot of a dystopian novel.

The American people are currently nursing a mortal wound whose healing requires something far beyond the capabilities of any politician. I do believe that the Democrats’ vision of fixing America’s issues would be like a surgeon using rusty instruments that, while they may stop the bleeding and close the wound, will produce an infection that will cripple and destroy the nation. In Donald Trump, we would find a physician who would merely slap a bandage over the wound and do absolutely nothing to heal the real issues plaguing the United States.

For me, the choice is between one party whose policies and beliefs will certainly lead to false solutions resulting in gangrenous infections that would be the demise of the country I love. On the other side is a candidate whose solutions are no solutions at all, but at least in voting for him, there is a chance to pray that we could survive four years of his presidency and hope for some sort of intervention that could heal our wounds before they destroy us.

This is not to say that I am even prepared to vote for Trump. I have no plans to do so. I am praying earnestly that by God’s grace and through the heart and dedication of “We the People,” a movement could arise where, in the next few months, a worthy third candidate steps onto the scene to provide us with a virtuous alternative.

This election cycle has awakened us to whole new possibilities that were heretofore unthinkable. I’m hoping that the unthinkable happens again and a third candidate accomplishes what no third party candidate in our recent history has done this late in the political and electoral game.

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4 thoughts on “How I’m Never Trump Without Being #NeverTrump

  1. None of us can know what is in a person’s heart. The only one who knows our hearts is God. Some of my friends threw up their hands and howled when President Obama apologized for Hiroshima. The Pope made a speech recently apologizing to all those he felt the church judged harshly in the past and that we as Christians should love everyone. (Note: The yellow press chose to only grab one headline from that speech- “Christians should apologize to homosexuals. So sad that the press has become an embarrassment to our country.)

    I am NOT a Democrat- I’m 100% Republican. But I can’t deny that President Obama has lately been making moves that show he has been listening to God on the same wavelength the Pope is. I believe that the leaders we have in power are helped put in place by God. And when our leaders begin talking forgiveness, peace and compassion- that is when we know they are staying open to what God wants them to hear. And that is ALWAYS a good thing.

    Trump may be wrong in so many comments but I believe he can be a good leader if he humbles himself and begins to realize he (elected) has a service to God and his people first and foremost and to economics second.

    Perhaps when Hillary Clinton is seventy she will be just as close. I do not think she is there yet.

    1. I’m curious; why would you say that Obama needed to apologize for Hiroshima?

      Also, what offenses did the Pope say that Christians need to apologize and seek forgiveness for? I only took the time to read one post on the topic, and the quotations from Pope Francis seemed nonsensical to me.

      1. Lol. Yes, I can see how you viewed Pope Francis’s press quotes as nonsensical.

        I am sure his speech was wonderful and full of love and peace but leave it to the press to butcher it.

        However, I do believe that President Obama has every duty to apologize for Hiroshima if God laid that on his heart to so- and who are we to judge and say God did not put him up to it?

        Both men are promoting peace and “blessed are the peacemakers.” In a very broad sense, promoting peace should always be their motivation. And since they are both world leaders and promoting peace, I do not think that should ever be considered a bad thing.

        The Pope said exactly that, “I believe that the church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it has offended but has to apologize to the poor, to exploited women, to children exploited for labor; it has to ask forgiveness for having blessed many weapons.” The press, of course, headlined the story with, “Pope Francis says Christians Should Apologize to Gays.” What a cheap shot. The problem (as you well know) is not a peace disrupted by heterosexuals- it is a peace definitely disrupted by those who do not agree with God’s natural world make-up. The press seems not to embrace or promote peace but instead create more division and conflict- and that’s a terrible shame.

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