Do we believe what we say we believe? Which principles are we willing to sacrifice on the altar of expediency? Should the Bible be a guidebook for our whole lives or just certain parts? For me, the answer to all of these questions has led to my resolute opposition of a Donald Trump presidency.
I have been told by sincere Christians that we have to choose the “lesser of two evils,” that we have to vote for Trump because Hillary Clinton would be so much worse, and even that Donald Trump is God’s chosen vessel to restore America (more on that later). Despite being mocked and hated for this position, it is my view that if we are to serve God with our whole lives (which every believer is called to), we cannot ever, under any circumstance, stand with evil, even if it is to prevent a greater evil.
There are countless Biblical reasons why every follower of Christ should be #NeverTrump, some of which will be highlighted in this blog post. Ultimately, each of you will have to study the scriptures and come to your own conclusion. I hope this blog helps.
No Partnership With Darkness
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 6:14-15,
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?”
Another translation instructs the believer to have no partnership with darkness, which should be one of our guiding principles in everything we do. The neglect of this wisdom has led many to divorce, failed business partnerships, church splits and broken relationships. Believers are quick to quote 2 Corinthians 6:14 when advising a teen concerning friendships or romantic relationships, yet do not see the relevance when it comes to filling out their ballots. However, this scripture does not say,
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? But, don’t worry about politicians, because after all, you’re not electing a pastor.”
Do not be unequally yoked means do not be unequally yoked. No partnership with darkness means no partnership with darkness. Serious students of the Bible know that there is never a distinction between the spiritual and the secular. Everything that God commands applies to everything that we do, no exceptions. As Chuck Missler teaches, God expects us to be good stewards of everything He has given us. In America we have been given a government of the people, by the people and for the people and we are accountable to our Creator for it’s stewardship. As I heard someone else explain, we have representatives not rulers in America, and we need to start behaving as such.
Despite Donald Trump’s claims of Christianity, the fruit of his life (which we are told to judge) proves otherwise. As I discussed in my previous post, Why I Can’t Vote For Him – Trump and America’s Founders, Trump has frequently disregarded morals and ethics in favor of what best serves his interests and regularly demonstrated his immersion in darkness (i.e. his three “marriages,” affairs with married women, ownership of a strip club, nauseating interviews with various publications and television and radio programs, including Playboy and Howard Stern, incestuous statements about his daughters, incitement of violence at rallies, racism, misogynistic treatment of women, mocking of disabled people, and so much more – investigate for yourself; I won’t provide links because of the vileness of some of the content). Furthermore, although he has been pandering to the Christian right of late, he has stated that he has never asked God for forgiveness, explaining that he doesn’t bring God into that picture, which should lead any reasonable follower of Christ to question how one can claim Christianity while never asking God for forgiveness.
Donald Trump embodies darkness, unbelief and lawlessness and while you may think that it’s just a vote for the lesser evil, in reality you are joining yourself to everything he is. You are telling the world that he speaks for you, that he is the face of everything you stand for. And, you, like the GOP, are accepting a philandering, bigoted, con-man as your representative. But, even if the whole nation falls for this fraud, I will never willingly associate my name with such wickedness.
Proverbs 14:7 instructs us to “go from the presence of a foolish man,” which is a theme that carries throughout the Bible. In fact, God has a tremendous amount to say about fools. A quick search on biblegateway.com resulted in 196 uses of the word fool and related words (foolish, folly, etc.). Most of the verses I read could aptly be used to describe the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. Here are just a few with corresponding statements and/or actions by Donald Trump.
Scriptures About Fools
|“Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is favor.” Proverbs 14:9, NKJV||“If I told the real stories of my experiences with women, often seemingly very happily married and important women, this book would be a guaranteed best-seller (which it will be anyway!).”
|“A wise man fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages and is self-confident. A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man of wicked intentions is hated.” Proverbs 14:16-17, NKJV||“Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”
“I’d like to punch him in the face.”
“Whoever the hell brought this mic system, don’t pay the son of the b—h … This mic is terrible. Stupid mic keeps popping,” he continued. “Do you hear that George? Don’t pay him! Don’t pay him. You know, I believe in paying, but when somebody does a bad job like this stupid mic, you shouldn’t pay the bastard.”
|“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” Proverbs 18:2, ESV||“We have to see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them maybe in certain areas, closing that internet up in some way. Somebody will say, ‘Oh, freedom of speech. Freedom of speech.’ These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people.”
“His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald’s being – you know, shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this, right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. They don’t even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it.” –Donald Trump, suggesting that Ted Cruz’s father may have been involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Fox News interview, May 3, 2016
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems…they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” –Donald Trump
|“If a wise man contends with a foolish man, Whether the fool rages or laughs, there is no peace. The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, but the upright seek his well-being. A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back. If a ruler pays attention to lies, all his servants become wicked.” Proverbs 29:9-12, NKJV||“‘Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?’ Trump exclaimed in the magazine. ‘Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?’ … And Trump wasn’t any classier when he reacted to Paul’s accusations on Wednesday, going after the Kentucky senator’s appearance as well. ‘I never attacked him on his look and believe me, there’s plenty of subject matter right there – that I can tell you,’”
“#JebBush has to like the Mexican Illegals because of his wife.”
God’s intolerance for false prophets is demonstrated throughout the Bible. They promised peace when God was telling His servants that judgment was coming. They mocked God’s prophets and their warnings. They prophesied out of their own imagination and told the people what they wanted to hear. In short, the false prophets made the people comfortable in their sin, leading them to believe that God was pleased with them and that life in Israel would go on as it was forever. Similarly, Trump and his surrogates promise to make America great again and constantly insist how fantastic everything will be under his presidency. His campaign echoes the narcissistic pandering that defined the false prophets of the Bible, declaring peace and prosperity while simultaneously praising the number one abortion provider in the United States for doing “wonderful things,” blaming Israel for their conflict with the so-called Palestinians, garnering endorsements of white supremacists like David Duke and supporting both same-sex marriage and transgender bathroom laws. There are even 2 “prophecies” (that I know of) that declare Trump as chosen by God to (1) be like King Cyrus, who restored the Jewish people to their own land and (2) “to bring honor, respect and restoration to America. America will be respected once again as the most powerful and prosperous nation on earth.” I believe both of these to be false prophecies which are inconsistent with God’s word and what He has warned would befall nations who turn away from him, embrace wickedness and/or mistreat Israel. First, from my research, Cyrus was neither wicked nor was he Israel’s ruler. Cyrus was known to be a generous king who was kind to captives and as a rule would always release them to return to their own land. Second, Cyrus was King of Persia, not Israel, and he was not freely chosen by the people. Our nation is ripe for judgment, not peace and prosperity. From abortion, same-sex marriage, adultery, divorce and pornography to our mistreatment of Israel, Christians being dragged into court for practicing their faith at work, and the banishment of God from public and private life, America is a nation that needs a wake up call, not a self-indulgent president who gives everyone permission to continue in sin for all will be well. I have heard it argued that God only judges Israel or that God is concerned with people, not nations. However, this is not what the Bible teaches. Isaiah 26:9 says, “For when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.” In Jeremiah 18:7-10, God declares, “The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it.” Finally, Proverbs 14:34 states, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” The Word of God chronicles several nations that were judged by God, including Egypt, Assyria and Babylon, thus I firmly reject the notion that our unchanging God has changed and is now only concerned with individuals or that Israel is the only nation that warrants His attention. Consider these words…
Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, the prophets say to them, ‘You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place.’”
And the Lord said to me, “The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.” (Jeremiah 14:13-14, NKJV)
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” (Matthew 7:15-20, NKJV)
“An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land: The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; And My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?” (Jeremiah 5:30-31, NKJV)
“Because from the least of them even to the greatest of them, everyone is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely. They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, Saying, ‘Peace, peace!’ When there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 6:13-14, NKJV)
“And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, say to her: ‘You are a land that is not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.’ The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured people; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst. Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain. Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, seeing false visions, and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord had not spoken. The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger.”” (Ezekiel 22:23-29, NKJV)
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” (2 Peter 2:1-3, KJV)
If we have learned anything from Barack Obama, it is that a candidate who promises to forsake the Constitution and rule as a tyrant is certain to do so. While Conservatives and Evangelicals have spent the better part of the last decade opposing the 44th president on the basis of his tyrannical leadership, many have embraced a candidate who time after time has declared his intentions to behave the exact same way. If Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States, we can expect:
- People prosecuted by the Federal Government for negative articles, speeches or statements about Trump.
- Severe censorship and restrictions on the internet and freedom of speech.
- The seizure of private property by the Federal Government.
- A forced registration of American citizens on the basis of religion. (Hasn’t this been done before?)
- The banning of all immigrants based on religion. (Different than carefully screening and restricting refugees from dangerous parts of the world.)
- War crimes committed at the order of the Commander in Chief.
What else will Trump do? No one knows, but we can make an educated guess based on Biblical principles and his own statements and actions. Trump is a wicked man who frequently praises tyrants and has made statements that clearly indicate his desire to rule as one. God repeatedly warned the people about the consequences of wicked rulers. To prevent this, He instructed Moses to set up for Israel a representative government of judges who had very limited power. Later, when Israel demanded a king, God was grieved, but, with a warning attached, gave the people what they wanted. America’s own Republican form of government was based on this model from ancient Israel and has served us well. Yet today, unfazed by the systematic stripping of our Constitutional rights, many of our citizens are demanding a king. The Democrats nominated one and the people chose him in 2008 and now the Republicans are following suit. Here’s what God has to say:
Like a roaring lion and a charging bear is a wicked ruler over poor people. A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, but he who hates covetousness will prolong his days. (Proverbs 28:15-16)
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan. Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, but a companion of harlots wastes his wealth. The king establishes the land by justice, but he who receives bribes overthrows it. (Proverbs 29:2-4, NKJV)
“He said, ‘These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men and your donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.’” (1 Samuel 8:11-18)
“Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves; Everyone loves bribes, and follows after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, nor does the cause of the widow come before them.” (Isaiah 1:23)
Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually. Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. You love evil more than good, Lying rather than speaking righteousness. Selah You love all devouring words, You deceitful tongue. God shall likewise destroy you forever … The righteous also shall see and fear … saying, “Here is the man who did not make God his strength, But trusted in the abundance of his riches, And strengthened himself in his wickedness.” (Psalm 52:1-7)
Wicked people become wicked rulers when given power. This has repeated itself throughout history and yet people continue to be deceived by wicked men and women who promise peace, prosperity and good times. From Venezuela to Germany to 2016 America, even Christians have fallen for self-proclaimed saviors who have risen to power only to mock God and oppress the people. False prophet, fool, wicked ruler – that’s who I believe Trump to be and why I will not support him regardless of how many Christian leaders or so-called conservatives endorse him. He a candidate who is diametrically opposed to every principle this nation was founded on and the polar opposite of everything that the Bible requires of a wise leader. If followers of Christ are to continue to be salt and light in this world, glorifying God in all that we do and lifting up Jesus as the standard-bearer, then we must not compromise everything we believe, everything we stand for, everything that we have spent our lives up to this point fighting for, to elect someone who is the moral and political equivalent of the person that we are trying so hard to keep away from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. To borrow from the wisdom of Alexander Hamilton, “If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.” May God save our Republic.