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July 28, 2016 Posted by Dutch Sheets Ministries - No Comments
America is in a fight for her destiny. Our upcoming presidential election is about more than which personality or political party we prefer. And many are struggling with whom to vote for in the upcoming election. A well-known Christian author has written a well-circulated blog suggesting Christians shouldn’t vote for Donald Trump. His reasons center around the poor witness and example of Christianity he believes Trump has demonstrated, and his fears that this might continue, should he be elected. (As you may know, Trump professes to be a Christian.)
Others, even major Republican leaders, have also refused to support Trump on the basis of “principle.” Many good and sincere people are struggling to decide where they stand on this important decision. Though we cannot, as a non-profit ministry, endorse a candidate, I do have some thoughts that may help as you think and pray about your choice for President.
1) Firstly, like the aforementioned Christian author, I passionately desire to have a God-honoring, Christian President; and obviously, I too would prefer one that exemplifies Christian principles.
2) I, also, have been appalled by some of Trump’s rude, mean-spirited, and even vicious attacks on others; I’ve also been disappointed at times by the pride I’ve seen in him.
3) I am as suspicious as anyone when the timing of a person’s “conversion” to Christ occurs when it is conveniently needed, whether it be prior to an election or when going before a judge; and I, too, am always looking for the fruit such a conversion should begin to manifest.
4) I do not agree with all of Trump’s positions.
But here’s where I differ with some Christians: whether or not a person speaks kindly, would provide an appropriate Christian witness or, frankly, even professes to be a believer—though, again, this would always be my preference—are not my primary litmus tests for presidential candidates or important positions of national leadership. I’m glad General George Patton helped save the world during World War II, foul mouth and all.
Like all of us, I’ve known many individuals I would thoroughly trust in leadership or government who did not profess to be a Christian. And, on the other hand, I’ve known many professing Christians whom I would NEVER trust to govern. (The names Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama come to mind!)
I fear that sometimes we Christians insert the same religious mindset into elections that has divided the church for centuries: if one’s theologies and religious standards don’t agree with ours, we refuse to walk or work together. It seems as though many Christians have the mistaken belief that partnering or working with someone means we agree with and support everything they believe. How absurd…and how costly.
As an example, millions of Christians in the last presidential election refused to vote for Governor Romney because he was a Mormon. Their Christian principles, ideals and theology simply wouldn’t permit it. And what did those well-meaning, “principled” decisions give us? To name just a few:
• Another liberal, pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, legislating-from-the-bench Supreme Court Justice (and don’t forget they serve for life)
• The prolonging of Obamacare
• The reversing of 6000 years of biblical marriage
• The further weakening of our military
• The emboldening and empowering of radical Islamist terrorism, including ISIS
• Through the leadership of an unhealed and divisive President, racial division that has set us back 40 years
• The accruing of more national debt than all past president’s COMBINED
We Christians need to take another look at the principles we allow to guide us at the polls! We’ve “principled” ourselves into irrelevance and, ironically, a national loss of biblical principles. We must remember we are not electing a religious leader. And we will always be electing a flawed person to lead a flawed people. Unfortunately, the perfect candidate doesn’t exist.
When voting, consider not just the candidate, but also the issues we face. Which candidate is going to make the decisions that are best for the whole nation? And whose policies more closely align with the Word of God? Here is my suggested list of the ideals we should allow to steer us when we vote (not including the obvious intangibles of intellect, wisdom, etc.):
1) God-honoring. Does this person at least profess to believe in and honor God?
2) The sanctity of life. Where does this candidate stand on abortion?
3) The Supreme Court. What type of judges will this person appoint? At least 2 (and perhaps up to 5!) Supreme Court Justices will be appointed by the next President, which will tip the balance of power FOR DECADES. Life, morality, family, religious freedom, the Constitution and our very destiny as a nation are at stake. Reining in a renegade Supreme Court is of the utmost urgency.
4) Family. Where does this individual stand on marriage and the family unit?
5) America’s Judeo-Christian heritage. Does this candidate recognize, honor, and want to perpetuate this?
6) Our military. In light of the tenuous state of affairs around the world, would this individual build our military or cut it and make us weaker?
7) Limited government. Does this person believe government, higher taxes, and state-run programs are the solution to most problems; OR do they believe government should always be the last resort…and should be decreased in size?
It is absolutely critical—indeed, in my opinion it is a sacred responsibility—that all Christians vote in this election, and that we vote for the person who most fulfills these qualifications. Remember that no one is perfect and that we are NOT endorsing everything about the person for whom we vote. But never again should we lose by default, giving further control of our nation to those with whom we disagree most and who stand in opposition to God.
Dutch Sheets is an internationally recognized author, teacher, and conference speaker. He travels extensively, empowering Believers for passionate prayer and societal transformation. Dutch has pastored, taught in several colleges and seminaries, and served on the
board of directors of numerous organizations. Dutch's greatest passion is to see America experience a sweeping revival and return to its godly heritage. Dutch is a messenger of hope for America, encouraging Believers to contend for awakening in our day and
reformation in our lifetime. Dutch has written over 20 books, many of which have been translated into over 30 languages. Dutch and his wife Ceci have been married for 35 years and now reside in the Dallas area. They treasure time spent with their two grown
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Thank you, Charles, for this wonderful post. With the churches moving to the left, it seems to me some Christians are getting confused about the actual meaning of the word "principles." Watching this election, it's obvious to me that they mean their own personal principles formed by whatever means. The principles this article speaks of are the principles of God and set forth in such splendor in the Bible. I don't think the majority of Christians make Bible reading a part of their daily lives and if we all did that, we would be a much better nation. I came late to the Trump party and sometimes I want to wring his neck. But I know God uses the most unlikely people to do His work here on earth. For me, it's all about saving the republic and really, saving the right to practice openly Christianity itself. Who are we mortals to judge who is the right kind of Christian and who is not?
This is one Christ follower who will be voting for Trump, and will be faithful in praying for him daily.
Please reread the article. My conclusion was that he is going to vote for Trump. However he leads a 501 c 3 religious organization which cannot endorse one candidate over another.
There within IS THE Problem that Lyndon Johnson set forth. The inner city churches can foster a political belief for Demon-crats but others can't? Just look at the Black Liberation Church of Rev. Jeremiah Wright ... Obama's paster for 20 Y E A R S was that not a political church ... "God Damn America" ????
Then we have our V.P.Joe Biden performing a "wedding" ceremony of two men on Tuesday, which was a statement by the Obama administration letting America know how they feel about Biblical heterosexual-only marriage. Biden obtained a license from the District of Columbia before officiating the service for Brian Mosteller, the director of Oval Office operations, and Joe Mahshie, a trip coordinator for Michelle Obama. Remember back in 2011 when Obama said he would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act? Over the past 8 years he has done his best to destroy Biblical marriage, and he covers the Cross of Jesus at speeches, and he still has 3 more months left to destroy our unique Christian America!
It was kind of sad to see that the "father of all lies" was not mentioned by a Christian author and that the other candidate who has been identified as a habitual liar was not mentioned either. We have become neutered as Christians and afraid to identify ourselves with God's truth. There are consequences to being truthful! Consider John the Baptist. Let's not leave out the other candidate's character when trying to justify voting for Trump.
Thank you very much for this post. I've been trying to express similar thoughts, but never as eloquently as Dutch Sheets.
Gayla : You must not have voted for a President in your lifetime. I cannot recall any candidates that meet your criteria except possibly Reagan. I would ask, Why do you need to know about Trump's finances? Remember how Sen. Harry Reid passed on false information he had heard on the grapevine about Romney's taxes? If the manipulating press and Democrats weren't bringing it up would you be interested? Do you know the finances of all your National, State, & local candidates? How will you be able to vote for them if you don't have that information? But I bet you have and will vote for them.
If Trump is for gun control why did the NRA endorse him?
Polls for the most part are controlled by liberal media to deceive the public. Figures don't lie but liars figure!
We have had a divided party for years! Trump has just brought it out into the open. Have you never heard of
Rinos? How have so many Senators and Representatives become wealthy after taking office? Christians need to learn to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves when navigating the world of politics.
Hello Gayla. I read your comment and I thank you for your strong conviction. Might I suggest the following as an interpretation of what Pastors across the country are implying to Christians without actual endorsements.
I grew up in the deep south, in a Southern Baptist church under the teachings of the King James bible.
As complex as the bible may seem, I have one belief that allows me to live peacefully in this world, and be a good citizen even though many things are happening in this country that depress me daily.
There are 2 very different worlds. First is God's promise of a future with him. That is why I profess to have God in my heart. The second is man's world full of all the things God has blessed me with while I am here, and lots of bad people trying to control my life. These two worlds are not the same. As God directs us to follows man's laws, good or bad, while we are here temporarily, he suggests that we are to work as Christians to change the bad through whatever method available according to man's rules. God did not put in this situation, and he did not make the rules. Nor is he going to divinely save us from our own troubles, for when he intervenes, I will be headed to be with him. We must fix this problem according to man's rules. Praying for intervention can be a part of it, but I do not believe that means we can do nothing.
In the meantime.......
If strongly convicted Christians stay home, we will get Hillary, and that fixes nothing. If DT is not being honest when he professes that he loves America, we work harder next time. God did not choose our remaining candidates. I also have many questions that probably will not be answered before Nov. 8, but I can clearly see the difference between so-so and evil.
Till God takes us home, Please help me try to save this country each and every election cycle.
Hi Gayla, my skin is fairly thick so no insult taken. My bible is full of passages about obeying the laws of man while here on earth. As Christians we are citizens of heaven living on earth till we go home.
I believe you are confusing the Declaration of independence with the Constitution. I do not think God is mentioned in the Constitution. That would take away from the many, at the time, who were not of faith. We do believe rightly so that the framers were divinely inspired by God through prayer and guidance. Man's laws, to which I was referring, are very different and much more complex than Gods laws. We do refer to our rights as Natural rights bestowed upon man by God. This the framers did understand when both of the above documents were penned.
Knowing my neighbors, and having taught many about the use of a firearm, God will definitely be personally tasked with pulling off the next American revolution.
My differences between the 2 candidates clearly define Clinton as one who will not, nor her party platform, protect your Christian views, so the choice is clear. We all say our values are under attack.
Sitting this one out is not an option.
Regarding the quote from DT. Not scripted, and he sounds like Obama when he gets to rambling without a script. Slow down as you read it. The discussion refers to the Iranian Nuclear Deal and the disaster that will bring upon us. I wish us all the ability to ad-lib that well at that age.