Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Collection of All Articles Opposing Both Trump and Clinton from a Christian Perspective

I chose to cast a blank ballot. The rationale for how to vote may be explained in a later short-post. Here I have simply linked to every single article (every one of them superbly excellent) that I have read that shares my view and argues for it from a Christian perspective.

I do not know many of the authors writing, and so I cannot affirm that the beliefs held by every one of the writers are my beliefs. For example, Matt Walsh (Roman Catholic) and Ben Shapiro (Orthodox Jew) have a different faith, but much of their writing against Trump is agreeable. If I include them, it is not saying that we're coming from the same place spiritually, even though we may largely be saying the same thing on the surface.

In other words, these articles will be articles that I have read and believe Christians can agree on the letter with nigh upon every word, but do not take that as an endorsement of everything a writer may say. This is an endorsement of the messages at face value only, and offered for the consideration of every professing Christian.

What is included above the break are must-reads. Beyond the break, I have bolded what are the more important articles according to my perspective, and given short citations in italic where appropriate, to indicate an article's message. My own comments are un-italicized.

Direct Treatments:

The Big Idea

Trump is Not Christian. Christian News, Heather Clark.“I like to do the right thing where I don’t actually have to ask for forgiveness,” Trump replied. “Where you don’t [do] such bad things that you have to ask for forgiveness. I mean, I try and lead a life where I don’t have to ask God for forgiveness.”

Trump Really Is Not A Christian. RedState. Reports on the interview Trump gave in the Playboy issue featured in the picture he took with Mr. and Mrs. Falwell, Jr. Also excerpts a CNN interview where Trump said the following: “I am not sure I have,” Trump said when asked if he’d ever asked God for forgiveness. “I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don’t think so,” he said. “I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”

Letter to Christian Leaders Not to Endorse Trump. Steve Deace. "Tyrants cannot be loved on. They must be broken. You will only know if they have been broken if you see the fruit of the spirit in their lives. Do they practice altruism, as in the right thing expecting nothing in return? Is there a public repentance, or a repentance of convenience? Meaning they tell you what you want to hear now just so they can get from you what they want. Anything short of that and I can promise you, as God Almighty is my witness, you are being played. And once that is revealed it will not be the tyrant that is exposed for scorn and mockery, but you. Every. Single. Time."
Every. Single. Time.
- See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/05/dear-christian-leaders-youre-playing-a-very-dangerous-game#sthash.RStnRyRb.dpuf

When you dance with the devil, the devil doesn't change. He changes you.

Anything short of that and I can promise you, as God Almighty is my witness, you are being played. And once that is revealed it will not be the tyrant that is exposed for scorn and mockery, but you.
Every. Single. Time.
- See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/05/dear-christian-leaders-youre-playing-a-very-dangerous-game#sthash.RStnRyRb.dpuf"

"But I am not afraid of Hillary Clinton. Let me tell you what I am afraid of. .. I am afraid of the message we will be sending this culture by compromising everything we claim to believe in, by supporting a man who embodies everything we supposedly oppose. And I’m afraid the cost for that message could transcend generations, as the culture declares we are the emperor who has no clothes. That when push comes to shove we offer them nothing not already of this world. The same fear-mongering and situational ethics they can get anywhere else. Just minus all that annoyingly sanctimonious moralizing. We will confirm for them they were right to tune us out. That we are who they thought we were. We will write the God-haters’ material for them. That will have consequences for our fellow countrymen that will last long past the next four years."
That will have consequences for our fellow countrymen that will last long past the next four years.
- See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/05/dear-christian-leaders-youre-playing-a-very-dangerous-game#sthash.RStnRyRb.dpuf

Michael Farris. Christians Cannot Vote "Lesser of Two Evils." "We [the Moral Majority] recognized, then and now, that no candidate is perfect, but we believed that there were certain lines which could not be crossed if evangelical support was to be forthcoming. If we say now that Trump has not crossed those lines, then we’re saying those lines never truly existed."

Mick Wright, 2016 RNC Delegate. Why Donald Trump Gives Me Hope. Medium-length among all the articles I've posted here. Recommend you read it carefully start to finish to get the message, which is well delievered.

Samuel Whitefield (do not know who he is). 4 Things to Consider Before You Vote Trump. "Some may argue that we must promote Trump for the sake of the Supreme Court, but are a few Supreme Court judges worth our integrity?" ... "Abortion is serious but it does not mean that we promote wickedness in order to get a supposedly “pro-life” candidate who realistically will not change the status quo? Should we promote anyone regardless of their character if they promised they were not pro-choice anymore?" Both of these points directly challenge MacArthur's voting rationale (link at far bottom of the article). This article is very similar to Erickson's in that it makes a focused appeal to consider the church's witness. It is simply much longer and much more meticulously cited with footnotes.

Erick Erickson.
Reconsidering My Opposition to Trump. He points out Grudem's (see far bottom, after the break) hypocrisy in refusing to vote for Giuliani for the same things that he is now rationalizing away to vote for Trump. "That I see so many Christians justifying Donald Trump’s immorality, defining deviancy down, and turning to anger and despondency about the future tells me I cannot in good faith support Donald Trump because his victory would have lasting, damaging consequences for Christianity in America. We harm our witness and the testimony of the strength of our Lord by embracing the immoral, unrepentant strong man. We harm our American virtue by buying into the idea that one man can make America great again. Further, we risk losing Donald Trump’s soul for the sake of our selfishness."


There is much more content after the page break.

Albert Mohler and Russel Moore Both Refuse to Vote for Either Hillary or Trump. Explicitly, in their own words.

Russel Moore. Washington Post. Trump Has Destroyed the 'Christian Right' (And That's A Good Thing). "There is good news, though, behind all of this, regardless of how this election turns out. The old-school political Religious Right establishment wonders why the evangelical next generation rejects their way. The past year is illustration enough. The evangelical movement is filled with younger, multiethnic, gospel-centered Christians. They are defined by a clear theology and a clear mission — not by the doctrinally vacuous resentment over a lost regime of nominal, cultural “Christian America.”
The people who have used the gospel to sell us politically cynical voting guides have done damage. But they are not replicating themselves in the next generation."

Matt Walsh of the Blaze Tells It Like It Is. "Right down the list, you are blithely embracing every single thing you say you’re so angry about. Trump is the very embodiment of corruption, deception, cowardice, and elitism. He is precisely the sort of man you supposedly detest."

Max Lucado. Trump Doesn't Pass the Decency Test. "I’m a pastor. I don’t endorse candidates or place bumper stickers on my car. But I am protective of the Christian faith. If a public personality calls on Christ one day and calls someone a “bimbo” the next, is something not awry? And to do so, not once, but repeatedly, unrepentantly and unapologetically?"

Bruce Ashford, Evangelical. (PDF file). A "White Paper" detailing, very fairly, the things that both credit and detract from Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Ross Douthat, Roman Catholic. NYT Article. Focuses on the pro life lobby in his piece.

Liberty University Board Member Mark DeMoss. “It bothered me that he [Falwell, Jr.] said Donald Trump reminded him of his father,” DeMoss said. “Donald Trump certainly does not demonstrate Jerry Falwell Sr.’s graciousness and love for people. Jerry Falwell Sr. would never have made fun of a political opponent’s face or makeup or ears. He would not have personally insulted anybody — ever.”

Joel Rosenberg. 32 Reasons A Trump Presidency Would Be A Catastrophe for America. Follow-up article, 7 More Reasons.

David French, National Review. March 29. No, Donald Trump Isn't Better Than Hillary. "Hillary Clinton is the most beatable likely Democratic nominee since John Kerry, and the GOP is poised to nominate the one man least likely to beat her, and the one man who would be just as bad in the White House. I don’t vote for despicable people. I don’t vote for leftists. And I will never, ever, vote for Donald Trump. He’s no better than she is."

Thomas Sowell. An Unmitigated Disaster. "If a third party candidate could divide the vote enough to prevent anyone from getting an electoral college majority, that would throw the election into the House of Representatives, where any semblance of sanity could produce a better president than these two."

Old Woman's Obituary says she died rather than vote for Trump or Clinton.

Presbyterian Pastor grapples with explaining Evangelical support for Trump. The Blaze. "Cunningham believes that evangelicals are aware that what Trump is saying is wrong, but that they still continue to support him, proceeding to offer up his theory: “We are never compelled by our ideals like we are by our loves.” "

Vote for PineStraw, a video that made its rounds on Facebook. Discusses the Christian-ethics of casting a protest vote.

Erick Erickson Miscellania:
Feb 2015, Advance Notice That I Refuse to Vote for Trump
I Have Signed No Oath of Loyalty to the GOP
James Dobson, after claiming Trump had been led to faith in Christ, back-tracked, and inadvertently stated that the person who supposedly brought Trump to faith was someone who is a known heretic.
Trump Voters Are Not Immoral. (they're emotional)

But see also, Trump Voters Aren't Stupid. They're Foolish. The Federalist. Paul David Miller. On the ERLC. "Foolishness has to do with life choices. Stupidity can be measured with an I.Q. test. Foolishness shows itself in your character and how you treat others. You would be cruel to blame someone for his stupidity, but you’d be foolish to exonerate the fool. Stupidity is an inheritance; foolishness is a choice."

And see Matt Walsh's (above) 'Tell it Like It Is' article for the argument that they're "either stupid, or not really angry after all." So that you have all sides of this contentious issue. What explains why people can be so wrong? Study, and reach your own conclusion.

Steve Deace Miscellania:
Trump isn't Conservative
Reasons People Are Claiming to Vote for Trump
5 Points to consider, and conclude that Trumpism is a Cult
(Still During the Primary) Trump Can't Win. Vote Cruz
Donald Trump is the Palm Sunday Candidate. Washington Times. This is a concept worth exploring, so this short article is well recommended.
Trump Is A Bully, Treat Him Accordingly. "With that said, there is no longer any point to statements from Cruz that he will support Trump if he is the eventual Republican nominee. Those days may or may not have been mistaken to begin with, but continuing on that path is simply indefensible and undignified now." This was one of the major missed opportunities for and disappointments with Ted Cruz. When it came down to it, he chose to try to act political.
Trump Proves Fox News Isn't Conservative.
Trump Still a Liberal in Late April 2015
Steve Rebuts Common Arguments Against #NeverTrump by #Trump2016
(Easter Post) You Can't Solve This By Human Effort. A Work of God Is Required
The Hero of the Bible is God, Not Flawed People. "Therefore, the primary role of Christian leaders, according to the Bible, is to lead unrepentant sinners like Donald Trump (who openly admits he's never asked God for forgiveness) to the Cross. Not the White House. For what good does it do a man to gain the whole world, but lose his eternal soul in the process? Did Jesus die for Trump to be president, or for Trump to be forgiven? Shouldn't we, then, as his followers emphasize that which he gave his life for? If we have come to a point as a culture that we're no longer going to urge unrepentant sinners to be forgiven, as Franklin's father Billy preached to the world over for decades, but instead cast our pearls unto swine by wish-casting them into powerful political offices, then the church is in no position to conserve American Exceptionalism for future generations.For the church herself is responsible for losing it.  "Consider how far you have fallen. Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place." Jesus Christ, Revelation 2:5 "
If we have come to a point as a culture that we're no longer going to urge unrepentant sinners to be forgiven, as Franklin's father Billy preached to the world over for decades, but instead cast our pearls unto swine by wish-casting them into powerful political offices, then the church is in no position to conserve American Exceptionalism for future generations.
For the church herself is responsible for losing it.
"Consider how far you have fallen. Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place."
Jesus Christ, Revelation 2:5
- See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/06/hero-of-the-bible-is-god-not-flawed-people#sthash.6N1eecfl.dpuf
Therefore, the primary role of Christian leaders, according to the Bible, is to lead unrepentant sinners like Donald Trump (who openly admits he's never asked God for forgiveness) to the Cross. Not the White House. For what good does it do a man to gain the whole world, but lose his eternal soul in the process? Did Jesus die for Trump to be president, or for Trump to be forgiven? Shouldn't we, then, as his followers emphasize that which he gave his life for?
If we have come to a point as a culture that we're no longer going to urge unrepentant sinners to be forgiven, as Franklin's father Billy preached to the world over for decades, but instead cast our pearls unto swine by wish-casting them into powerful political offices, then the church is in no position to conserve American Exceptionalism for future generations.
For the church herself is responsible for losing it.
"Consider how far you have fallen. Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place."
Jesus Christ, Revelation 2:5
- See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/06/hero-of-the-bible-is-god-not-flawed-people#sthash.6N1eecfl.dpuf
Don't Let them Lie to You Again"GOP nominates the old, white liberal in the primary with the highest name I.D. (handpicked by Fox News, of course). Said candidate then proceeds to run on no issues other than “Don’t those dastardly Democrats just suck?” Conservative base is lukewarm-to-hostile to said nominee as well, and said nominee doesn’t help his cause by passing on opportunities to capitalize on issues that excite conservatives. Meanwhile, Team GOP punditry lines up to tell us not to pay attention to that man behind the curtain, and instead let them cherry pick polls to assure us that this time it will be different than all the others. Because, unity. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. This is who the Republican Party is, and always has been. It is not the party of Reagan. It is the party that tolerated Reagan when it had to, and then proceeded to dismantle his legacy while also cynically capitalizing on it from the moment he left the national stage." Relevant to my decision to part ways with the GOP - a decision Steve Deace also took, re-registering 'unaffiliated.'
Attempt to Persuade Convention Delegates to Unbind from Trump and Elect Cruz.
Pence is Not That Great, and here's another article not by Steve but from another writer on the same site saying the same thing in a different way.
Personal Background on How Steve Was At First Pro Trump, Then Against. Hinging on the July 2015 event where Trump insulted McCain and claimed he didn't need to ask God for forgiveness because he's an immaculate piece of gold-plated perfection. It's an interesting article to read, to know Deace better. It's also an example of trying to reach the Trump people (noting the headline), without wavering in his certainty that he can't support the man.
Why Conservatives Lost: It's About the Culture, Stupid.
Should Ted Cruz Endorse Donald Trump? (No)
Steve's thoughts on Cruz's endorsement. I bolded this because the disappointment at Cruz's decision was severe in #NeverTrump conservative circles (not to be confused with establishment or moderate #NeverTrump folks. People I am in agreement with do not find common cause with Mitt Romney, who has nevertheless been consistently anti-Trump, but from an establishment GOP point of view). How he thinks through being disappointed without condemning Cruz personally is a good example, and therefore worth referring to.
This Election's Division Along Racial Bounds Shows the Church to Be in Worse Shape than We Realized.

Ben Shapiro with Stephen Crowder. "Trump Would Be Better Than Hillary, BUT..." "Also near the end of the segment, Shapiro also explains what Trump could do to make him drop his #NeverTrump position and support Trump for president." And he describes a total, continuing repentance.

Dan McLaughlin. Redstate. "A vote for Trump, even in the general election, is a suicide note for the Republican Party and the conservative movement. I will never vote for Hillary Clinton, but I cannot in good conscience ever give aid and comfort to Donald Trump and the poison he represents." (very little Christian emphasis in this article; nearly only political, but a dispassionate analysis of how Trump stacks up against previous republican candidates)

David French.
David French and His Wife Planned for Fidelity -- Sad! Denny Burke, SBTS Professor. "(2) Spouses who make concrete plans for fidelity to their marriage covenant ought to be admired and emulated, not attacked and caricatured. The French’s did a wonderful thing, and more couples ought to do the same. Why? Because good marriages happen on purpose, and bad marriages happen by default. That the French’s decided to plan for fidelity is a good thing—good for their marriage, good for their children, good for their Christian witness.
(3) I’ll take the French’s plan for fidelity over the Republican nominee’s serial adultery any day. Not only did the Republican nominee commit countless acts of adultery, he bragged about the married women he’d slept with. Are we really going to lampoon the French’s heroic fidelity while lauding the braggadocio of a serial adulterer? If someone is going to be disqualified because of marital issues, that someone is not going to be David French."
Who Is David French? Denny Burke. French elected not to run, but was briefly floated as a third-party option by Bill Kristol. In the intervening time, he and his wife were subjected to horrific abuse by Trump Cult, and their responses are  below.
Don't Bend Your Knee To Trump, Evangelicals. David French. Sadly ecumenical, where he says that the RCC and EOC 'represent the Body of Christ on earth,' but there it is.
Nancy French (David's Wife) comments on having received rape threats from Trump supporters, noting that she is a survivor of sexual abuse. "I realize now — only now after all these years — it’s all been a facade. The “religious right,” which I’ve defended my whole life, abandoned the posture of “family values” when they had the chance to gain a seat at the table.
Here’s the truth. The GOP once was alive but is now dead. It confuses me to hear the values preached from the podium but ignored in real life; it feels odd to just repurpose a political party into an extension of the trump Empire without acknowledging the values which had so recently dwelled there. My party — which should’ve been a place of a certain set of values — now shelters an abuser. I’m thinking of this when the GOP presses against me and asks me to close my eyes just one more time."
The Price I've Paid for Opposing Donald Trump. Same story by Mr. French. More background on Erickson's and Shapiro's roles in the #NeverTrump movement this past year, also (as it relates to being attacked by Trump Cult). "The misery is compounded when longtime friends and allies dismiss my experiences and the experiences of my colleagues as nothing more than the normal cost of public advocacy. It’s not. I have contributed to National Review for more than ten years now, and have been deeply involved in many of America’s most emotional culture-war battles for more than 20. I’ve never experienced anything like this before. I have to laugh when people accuse me of opposing Trump because it somehow makes me rich, or because I’m currying favors with guests at the “elite” cocktail parties that I never actually attend. I oppose Trump not just because he’s an ignorant demagogue and a naked political opportunist, but also because bigotry and intimidation cling to his campaign. Every campaign attracts its share of fools, cranks, and crazies. But Trump’s candidacy has weaponized them. Every harassing tweet and every violent threat is like a voice whispering in my ear, telling me to do all that I can to oppose a movement that breeds and exploits such reckless hate."

Philip Yancey Dumbfounded People Supporting Trump.
Yancey responds to the above reporting in a facebook post. "I was addressing Europeans who find it incomprehensible that so many American Christians have lined up behind Donald Trump. I was not endorsing a political candidate, and in the interview I acknowledged that some issues are so important (for example, abortion) that a Christian may decide to vote for a badly flawed candidate because of those issues. Rather, I was cautioning against the church selling its soul for access to power--a danger that Europeans know all too well"

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Indirect Articles Reporting on People or Trends

Russel Moore's Moral Minority. Told from an outside perspective, is a long-form article telling the history of the SBC (Southern Baptist Convention), the ERLC (Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission) which Moore heads, and the roles that Moore, Albert Mohler, Adrian Rogers, and other figures played and continue to play in the unfolding story. Why is this of interest to me? It is the denominational affiliation of the church I attend in my hometown. It should be very interesting to anyone unfamiliar with the SBC, and even those who are. It is good journalism. Money quote, in describing the "Conservative Resurgence" of the SBC's seminaries:
"The new S.B.C. is probably less culturally distinctive than its precursor, and certainly more theologically unified; it is a church designed for people who truly believe."
But see also, Russel Moore and Naming Names. Seth Dunn, Pulpit and Pen.
Russel Moore's Gospel response to Trump rage-tweeting him.
Russel Moore, Why This Election Makes Me Hate the Word 'Evangelical'

 Kevin DeYoung, The Gospel Coalition. 10 Thoughts for Clarity in this Election.

Matt Walsh, Let's Remember the 'Conservative' Leaders Who Sold Us Out. "We may forgive them if they seek our forgiveness, but we cannot forget, and we cannot rely on their leadership again."

Matt Walsh, While You Were Crying Over A Dead Ape, 125,000 Babies Were Just Murdered"Those who are not pro-life are either indifferent to the mountain of dead human bodies piled in medical waste dumpsters outside abortions clinics, or quite enthusiastic about the whole thing. The indifferent and the enthusiastic seem to outnumber the pro-lifers by wide margins.
But outrage over the death of a jungle beast is far more mainstream. And this was a beast directly threatening the life of a child. One can only imagine how most Americans would react if a demented zookeeper decided to kill a baby gorilla by dismembering it and crushing its skull. I expect angry mobs would burn down the zookeeper’s house and stone him to death in the street. Then they’d build a golden icon of the unfortunate creature and every year, on the date of its death, they’d make pilgrimages to the holy shrine. In fact, they’re pretty much already doing that with Harambe, and it’s only been two days.
These are the consequences when a culture severs itself from reality and rejects values that are rooted in a love of God and a recognition of moral absolutes. It doesn’t take long before this lost and detached cultures plunges into barbarism, paganism, and insanity."

Ken Ham. Gospel Relevance. God's judgment is bigger than  a single election. The solution won't be limited to the outcome of the election, then, either. This is about bigger things -- the Gospel. Our countrymen won't be saved by good laws or good leaders, but by saving faith and the renewal of the mind.

Ken here comments on the thing that most appears to appeal to people about Trump: authority (there's a bit of nuance between authoritarianism and authoritativeness, but they look largely the same in their presentation, so consider this)

Dennis Prager. Most Republicans Aren't Conservative. "American values were so successful that Americans came to take America’s success for granted. They forgot what made America uniquely free and affluent. And now, it’s not even accurate to say “forgot,” because, in the case of the current generation, they never knew."

How An Outsider President Killed A Political Party. Politico. "Many have called Donald Trump’s unexpected takeover of a major political party unprecedented; but it’s not. A similar scenario unfolded in 1848, when General Zachary Taylor, a roughhewn career soldier who had never even voted in a presidential election, conquered the Whig Party."

Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. Christian Post. Trump's Meeting With Christian Leaders Marks the End of the Christian Right. "The organizer of this meeting came to my office to tell me in person why I wasn't being invited. I had been too vocal in my anti-Trump views."

Transcript of a second meeting with evangelicals. Ronnie Floyd, former SBC president, asked this question: "If you’re elected president of the United States, what will you do to address the real need of poverty and crime, violence and a lack of opportunity in the urban areas of our country? And to heal the worsening racial tension in the United States of America?
Trump: Now, there is one word that would take care of a big chunk of it, and that’s jobs. We need jobs. [Applause] Our jobs are being taken away to other countries." That is the sum and substance of Trump's response. He did not address the second part of the question, because he does not have an answer. Because the Gospel is the answer. And Trump doesn't have the Gospel. 

Andrew Klavan, PJTV. Trump's Impulsive Authoritarianism Justifies #NeverTrump.

Todd Friel. Atlanta based radio host. Conservative Christian.. Are You Longing for Another Reagan? Don't, he says. We got Reagan, and abortion is still legal, and we've seen Barack Obama elected president twice. Political saviors don't fix countries. Only the Gospel can change hearts.

Glenn Beck. Mormon. "I Was Wrong About Ted Cruz." "He added about Cruz: "To become the politician is disappointing. Really disappointing. … He’s still a good man, he’s just a politician first.” "

After the Republic. Article arguing that the conditions that led up to the unfortunate election we just had are not going to be resolved by either Trump or Hillary, meaning that the situation will be exacerbated and that the next several elections will very likely be even worse.
"We have stepped over the threshold of a revolution. It is difficult to imagine how we might step back, and futile to speculate where it will end. Our ruling class’s malfeasance, combined with insult, brought it about. Donald Trump did not cause it and is by no means its ultimate manifestation. Regardless of who wins in 2016, this revolution’s sentiments will grow in volume and intensity, and are sure to empower politicians likely to make Americans nostalgic for Donald Trump’s moderation."

Otherwise Relevant in Supporting this View

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are the Same Totalitarian Candidate, Ben Shapiro
The Defining Characteristic of Trump Supporters: Authoritarianism, WashPo
30-second Youtube clip of Trump saying he's not republican in his own words
Donald Trump's spiritual yes-men are prosperity gospel preachers and their allies. Sunny Shell
Andrew Breitbart probably would be a #NeverTrumper. Mediaite
The Word 'Evangelical' is now Synonymous with Moralistic Therapeutic DeismMichael Horton at Christianity Today.
A Third Party Vote Is Not A Vote for Hillary. RedState
Andrew Klavan Criticizes Voting for Trump Because You're Angry
Trump's Dozens Upon Dozens of Business Failures in One Place. National Review
Norman Vincent Peale, False Teacher. Tim Challies. Peale was pastor of the church Trump's family attended when he was young. When you read this article, his attitudes toward himself may make much more sense from a spiritual perspective.
Being A Secular Conservative is Inconsistent. Dennis Prager, TownHall
John Oliver's Investigative-Journalism Piece Eviscerating Trump (20mins)
Follow-up Oliver segment later in the year, on Trump's border wall
Abraham Lincoln's Opinion on the "Know Nothing" Party
Donald Trump Fires Back After Bible Accuses Him of Not Being Christian. BabylonBee (satire news site). "Pressed for comment, the Holy Bible released a one-sentence statement: “You will know them by their fruits.”"
John Calvin Commentary on Deuteronomy. Discusses how abusing the right to vote by choosing ungodly leaders naturally leads to God removing it from a nation.
CH Spurgeon Voting Rationale. (long article) "Mr. Spurgeon was by no means a blind follower of any earthly leader. He protested very emphatically against the appointment of the Marquis of Ripon as Viceroy of India. . . .” And why? For the sole reason that the Marquis was a Roman Catholic. Thus, Spurgeon reckoned, he had an allegiance to the Pope that transcended his civic oath. In a mainly Protestant nation, such a competing loyalty was dangerous. Competing creed, competing loyalty."
Should We Even Try to Reach Out to Voters Who Will Only Listen to Lies? RedState. On the subject of persuading die-hard Trump supporters to stop supporting Trump. There's a spiritual parallel here -- the Gospel is presented with authority, not persuasion, as the primary emphasis. If people are unwilling to accept basic facts, there is no use trying to teach them anything that depends on their accepting the simple truth. You cannot appeal to their intellect, so what do you do? You point them out as being wrong, and move on. Those for whom there is hope will come to their senses. Those who are set in their ways, you will most certainly not be able to change. (This is an application of the article's main idea. It is not explicit in the article).
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
This is who the Republican Party is, and always has been. It is not the party of Reagan. It is the party that tolerated Reagan when it had to, and then proceeded to dismantle his legacy while also cynically capitalizing on it from the moment he left the national stage.
- See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/05/dont-let-them-lie-to-you-again#sthash.k3evmOmX.dpuf
Trump is Destroying the Republican Party. The Federalist.
This Gospel Coalition Article. It tries to avoid arguing about which way to vote is correct, but makes an impassioned case for rejecting Consequentialist decision-making. It's short. Worth a quick read.
How Not to Waste Your Vote, A Mathematical Analysis.

Agree With Me But for How to Vote
I've included these here because I highly respect their theological consistency and readiness to engage with cultural subjects from a truly Christian perspective, that is, as I say, "not political for the sake of being political." But they seem to be intending to vote for Trump, and though it confounds me, I've included their reasoning here because of their undeniably Gospel-centered focus and that they do not qualify as sell-outs.

Todd Friel. "While a Christian ought to be vigilant to never endorse evil, does anyone really believe that a vote for one of two lousy candidates is a wholehearted embrace of their worldview? If our culture did hold that opinion, then I would agree. But we don’t, so I don’t." This is the very thing I disagree with. See Erick Erickson's article, "Reconsidering My Opposition to Trump," which I posted above, for the direct contrast to this reasoning process.

John MacArthur (+1 hr). Evidently taking the view of "not voting for Trump, but voting against Hillary Clinton," which I again consider a failure to seriously consider the insincerity with which Trump has taken any conservative-sounding positions, and also an overestimation of the significance of the party platform and the running mate's positions on the candidate.

Wayne Grudem. Initially wrote an article entitled, "Why Voting for Trump is A Morally Good Choice," and called him a "good candidate with flaws," which got him lampooned in the upstart BabylonBee. Then recoiled after the bus audio came out, and then wrote another (third) article, the one I've linked. One objection that he does not address is, once again, the major point of Erick Erickson's piece at the top, about the damage to the church's witness. He chooses to ignore the fact that Trump has repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to take liberal positions on every issue Grudem cares about.

- W

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