Latest from the “mail bag”.
Periodically I will post a tweaked version of an email exchange I have had with a friend over an issue that I am being asked about regularly and that I know carries broader interest. Lately, I have received lots of questions around Donald Trump and especially a recent Wayne Grudem post concerning the necessity of voting for Trump given the disastrous Hillary Clinton alternative. I hope you find it helpful as you continue to pray with me for both candidates, our country, the coming election and our daily responsibility to engage others on the topic.
To: Todd Wagner
Guys, I know politics are so emotional, but I am led to make sure you guys have seen this article written a few days ago by a respected theologian. I don’t know him personally but certainly respect him and have a couple of his books. I have listened to the Real Truth. Real Quick. regarding the current political situation. I absolutely believe Jesus is our Savior and not Air Force One. I know you know that I believe God can do all things, any thing, and that He is firmly in control.
You also know me well enough to surmise that I would not vote for Trump in almost any situation, but this is not one of them and I believe Wayne Grudem says it well in this article.
As a leader at Watermark I am always willing to be sharpened. I want to get it right, but currently can not align with the Real Truth Real Quick position. I strongly believe that a write in vote is a vote for Hillary who is a murderer, as you implied, and that is a deal killer for me. After you read this article please sharpen me as to where Grudem is in error. At this point, his view point is almost verbatim my current position.
In the end, we will probably agree to disagree on this issue but wanted to make sure you saw this at least.
PS – I am sorry I seem to occasionally seem to be the fly in the ointment. I know you know I love you all and pray for you regularly.
From: Todd Wagner
No fly in the ointment friend, glad we continue to seek what is best together. That Real Truth Real Quick was shot months ago, but now that the two candidates are who they are it is without a doubt more applicable than ever. I have read Grudem’s article and several others like it. I still stand by my statement in the Real Truth Real Quick that there is a limit to the evil (incompetence/arrogance/childishness, etc…) that one can vote for. I continue to pray and listen as best I can to the Lord on whether or not Trump is a permissible option for me, especially given that Hillary is so obviously not. I know you will continue to do the same.
I believe there will be many people who genuinely love Jesus who will find a way to think they should, or in Grudem’s case, believe they must, vote for Trump. Romans 14:22 would apply here.
Since you were so compelled by the Grudem article, I thought I would share with you some additional perspectives that are worth reading as part of the “listening” process. The days ahead are going to be interesting to say the least and we should keep praying and listening. May truth and not fear of what could / will happen guide us. Our job is to do right and live with hope. May we never compromise what is right (Proverbs 25:26) or do anything out of fear (2 Timothy 1:7).
- Albert Mohler and Russell Moore Explain Why They Can’t Support Trump
- Wayne Grudem, Donald Trump and admitting when you’re not an expert
- A Response to Dr. Wayne Grudem’s Endorsement of Donald Trump
- Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Trump Card Argument Is Flawed: Hillary Clinton May Not Be Worse | National Review
- 7 conservative Christians who are not supporting Trump
- An Election Is Not a Suicide Mission
For now I guess the last article linked above could say eight.
- 2016’s Terrors Come From Trusting Presidents More Than We Trust God (If you are only going to view one resource on this list, read this one. And if you are only going to read a little read the last four paragraphs of this article.)
- If You Don’t Like Either Candidate, Then Vote for Trump’s Policies
- Should Christians Vote for Trump?
- Should A Christian Vote For Hillary Clinton Or Donald Trump?
- After much prayer and soul-searching, I have reluctantly decided to vote for the Trump-Pence ticket. Here’s why.
For me the reason I am still unable to say I/we should pick Donald are found in the warnings/judgments in Isaiah 3:1-5 and Ecclesiastes 10:16-17. (It goes without saying why I personally cannot even consider Hillary given her stated views on matters of life, family and liberty). As I have said, there is a limit to the “evil” I can support no matter what the alternative is. I know a lot of people have quoted Spurgeon’s, “of two evils, choose neither”, and while I do think there is some relevance to his statement for us, it is even more relevant to keep reminding ourselves that we do NOT have to choose between these two.
As I said in the Real truth Real Quick, a vote for righteousness (even if it is a write-in righteousness) is never a wasted vote. I just today checked into what it takes to make a write-in candidate legitimate in my state but I think I can make a case that even if I could not cast a vote that would count in my state’s eyes, it would count as a stand for good and therefore not a waste. My vote does not have to be recognized to be righteous.
We need to watch closely in the days ahead and prayerfully discern if Trump’s childish and capricious behavior makes him just as dangerous (possibly more so) because we have NO IDEA what he childishly/capriciously might do. Proverbs 26:12 has some instruction for us here. A “man” who thinks he knows more than everyone else does is capable of doing what no one else thinks he should do. Where pride exists as a pattern, nothing should surprise us.
I cannot vote for a person who fits the description of a pronouncement of judgment or a “woe” on a land, even though I know a Jezebel kind of evil potentially awaits. See my tweet below:
When one person is committed to evil & another may do evil-I need to pray for both & work to help the one who may not do evil commit to good
— Todd Wagner (@wordsfromwags) July 30, 2016
I am praying and would love to help any leader to “do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with the Lord”, but if they will not, I will have a hard time willfully installing them as a leader.
I see why some devoted followers of Christ WILL vote for Rep platform who do not love the Republican nominee. I see why some devoted followers of Christ will NOT vote for Rep nominee and love the Rep platform.
Up until I vote, I will continue to listen and pray the Lord graciously, miraculously, and obviously transforms one of the candidates or supplies a new one that can somehow win. But even if they can’t win, I don’t have to choose what I cannot convince myself is wise (Proverbs 22:3).
The book is not closed for me yet and I understand why some well meaning people will want to vote against “Jezebel” by voting for the “child”. Meanwhile, let’s stay at it by loving others with the gospel truth and sharing with others the better way.
You should make sure and vote every year you can…but if you want to change a nation, here is a better way. https://t.co/s7k9bDz2Ab
— Todd Wagner (@wordsfromwags) July 28, 2016
May the Lord give us wisdom and grace. Whatever we do, we should use the link I provided in the tweet below to keep us fully engaged.
Help us to wisely evaluate every candidate & policy against Ur Word. Give us wisdom to vote as U would have us vote. https://t.co/7gVwdr9UN8
— Todd Wagner (@wordsfromwags) July 30, 2016