The Never Trump movement was dead, they said. “On life support.” It’s true that they’ve had some big-name defections after four years of this president keeping his promises, but the contempt for Donald Trump lives on in some circles. As we’ve been reminded these last couple of weeks, there will always be a fiercely indignant wing of the church who believes that Donald Trump is morally unfit for office – and no amount of good he does for the world can change that. In 2016, I might not have agreed with that sentiment, but I would have understood it. Now, four years later, the argument is too flawed and naïve to take seriously.
Do I think character matters? Absolutely. Anyone who listened to me four years ago knows that I wrestled with the same questions most Christians did after our primary candidates didn’t win the nomination. Ultimately, it came down to two options – just as it does today: Donald Trump or a radical liberal. Back then, I didn’t know what Donald Trump would do, but I knew what Hillary Clinton would. She’d appoint activist judges, support and fund abortion until the moment of birth, strong-arm countries (including our own) to adopt LGBT extremism. Did I think Donald Trump would be a champion of conservatism? I think my words were, “I doubt it.” There were no guarantees about the kind of president that Trump would be. Unlike everyone else, he’d never been in office. He didn’t have a political record. All we had to go on were his promises and the fact that he wasn’t Hillary Clinton – and that, in my mind, was enough.
To my surprise, and every other conservative’s, it turned out to be more than enough. More, in fact, than we ever thought possible. He shattered records on originalist judges, pro-life policy, national and international religious freedom, he surrounded himself with a team of principled men and women of faith (including his vice president) and hired more to run his government agencies. He didn’t just stop Barack Obama’s outrageous policies, he overturned them – taking on an agenda that no other Republican (moral or not) had the stomach to. On policy, he’s arguably the most conservative president this country has ever had.
Is he a sinner? Of course. Until Jesus comes back, our only options are imperfect people. So would you rather have a sinner who saves human lives and protects freedom – or a sinner who funds the killing of innocent children in the womb and shuts down the freedom we need to preach the gospel? If the church’s main concern is preaching the good news of Jesus Christ, then I guarantee they’ll have a much harder time under an administration that wants to silence their voice in the name of “tolerance” than the one in court right now fighting for the church to open.
Here’s another thing these critics get wrong. November 3rd is not about electing a spiritual reformer. It’s about electing individuals who will respect the rights of Christians and others to live by their faith and fully engage as citizens of this country. How do we accomplish that without voting? If these Never Trumpers truly care about life, liberty, family, and faith, what do they suggest we do as an alternative? Live under a Harris-Biden administration and watch hundreds of thousands of innocent babies die? Hear the cries of Christians in other countries go unanswered? Surrender our country into the hands of radical, anti-God Marxists? Witness the end to religious freedom – and every other freedom?
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