“Let every citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote…that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and to his country.” Samuel Adams
In the Christian life there is no such thing as the lessor of two evils. Even in those life-or-death worst case scenarios we love to raise during ethical discussions, there is always a way to avoid violating God’s standards. Right and wrong in the life of a Christian is based on the Word which is objective, unchanging and eternal in its perspective. It is those Christian values, principles and morals that distinguish us from today’s secular culture which bases its ever-changing standards on what is currently acceptable or adjudicated as moral.
In politics, just as in religion, the concept of the lesser of two evils is a con game that relies on a dangerous assumption that one can somehow quantify which candidate is going to hurt the country less. It’s impossible! The lesser of two evils is used by the left as an extension of the methodology of moral relativism, a sales pitch to force us to embrace the status quo, to rationalize our inherence to the sham, to fall in-line with the agenda. Heck, we have been dancing the lesser of two evils for generations and what do we have to show for it?
The ruling leadership of both parties support essentially the same methodology of centralized everything, globalize everything, control everything, grow government, reduce the effectiveness of the citizenry, turn the public against each other, and rob them while they’re distracted. If voters don’t understand this dynamic and how it is used to dominate the ebb and flow of our culture, then that voter knows nothing – he is lost.
During this election cycle what is fairly universally agreed upon is that Evangelical Christians overwhelmingly do NOT want Hillary Clinton to be the POTUS. What they do not agree on, however, is how to best proceed. Some say they will either vote third-party or stay home, even if Hillary wins. Others believe that you are a traitor to the cause if you don’t vote for the Republican candidate, regardless of how repulsive he is. As one supporter said: “we are voting with our middle finger.” Pastor Max Lucado said that to him this sounded more like the comments before a gang fight rather than a presidential election. God forbid that good people will be deceived through their own anger and pride into betraying all that they hold dear.
I can not vote for Donald Trump because he is the epitome of a Northeast Liberal. If he wins the general election, the Republican Party will become essentially what the Democratic Party of the 1990’s was under Bill Clinton. One that has fully embraced liberal social policies and the concept of bigger but more “efficient” government. There will effectively be one ruling party, as only marginal differences will exist between the Democrats and the Republicans. The conservative movement will be cast into the wilderness, marginalized and ignored by the Ruling Class, as there will be no vehicle, i.e. political party, in which they can hope to assume power or exert influence. And regardless of whether he wins or loses in November, the 2016 primary season and his nomination will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
We are reminded in Psalm 2 that there is always a conspiratorial nature to human government. Often, human leaders consider themselves to be demi gods, desiring to set up their little kingdoms on earth. They offer promises of hope, security and liberation, promises they have no intention of keeping. Rather than bend the knee to God or seek His wisdom, they seek the adulation and worship of the masses, to further inflate their egos.
When our choice is between two reprehensible, corrupt and immoral demagogues, remember that good does not compromise with evil because there is nothing to be gained by it. Either a candidate follows the path of truth and honor or they don’t and if they don’t, they do not deserve your vote.
“When we do away with the fundamental strength of the conservative movement, which is our ideas, values and principles, then we don’t have anything left but politics. A movement can survive the loss of an election cycle but it can’t survive the loss of its purpose.” Al Cardenas, former chairman, American Conservative Union.