Over the last several months, I’ve been very critical of Donald Trump’s supporters. It seemed that the majority of them were unable to describe what it was about his policies or principles that made them want to vote for him. Any questions I asked of them were answered with a combination of stump speech sound bites, nationalistic fervor, or poorly designed memes. That was a representation of the initial base, but things have changed. There are people who clearly have a brain but who are starting to follow Trump. It took a while, but I finally understand the appeal.
There’s one thing that truly separates Donald Trump from Adolf Hitler. Both rose through fear and lies. Both were narcissistic. Both were authoritarians. However, Adolf Hitler was evil. Say what you will about Donald Trump, but his self-serving delusions of grandeur and failures of leadership represent a bad President, not an evil one. Comparing them without acknowledging this extremely important portion of their character is, as Trump would classify it, completely unfair.
Ted Cruz has been one of the only candidates who has stood by his faith unabashedly throughout his adult life. He doesn’t just use religion as a campaign tool. Instead, he has a faithful belief in the role of God in our lives and for our country.
The country and the world hasn’t been in such a precarious situation as the one we’re in now. Two terms for Barack Obama has brought this nation to the brink. We must have a strong leader who can bring conservative Christian values back to the White House and return us to the proper path that we’ve strayed from since Ronald Reagan left office.
We are, by our nature, worldly people. I once believed that people in the past were less worldly, but the more I read the more I realize that things shift but they don’t really change. The adversary has planted a seed of worldliness that grows like a weed through society and spreads through our hearts. Fighting against the urges can be challenging even for those who are cognizant of it.
Faith has become a central point of this election cycle to the point that Donald Trump has attacked the very Christianity that Ted Cruz and Ben Carson espouse. It is clear based upon his actions and statements that the Bible is nothing more than a campaign prop. For some reason, many conservative Christians are so spellbound by his rhetoric that they fail to see the truth.
I have a confession. I’ve never donated money to a political campaign. Even if I love a particular candidate, I’d rather my charitable dollars go towards, well, charities. With that said, I have no problem with donating my voice and offering my prayers. With the South Carolina primary coming up, I strongly encourage both regardless of your chosen candidate. For me, my voice is going out for Ted Cruz.
For the last seven years, we have seen the results of having a man with questionable faith sitting in the Oval Office. The economy, foreign relations, and tranquility in domestic affairs have been affected by it. The Constitution has been under attack and the Bible is being pushed aside faster than ever before.
Whether or not Donald Trump is a repentant born-again Christian is between him and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I won’t even attempt to judge him since it’s not my place. However, when deciding who to vote for in the coming election, it’s important to take faith into account. We’ve seen what happens when we keep faith out of the White House as we have for the last seven years.
In this hectic political season, it’s easy for those of us who follow both conservative politics and Judeo-Christian doctrine to lean towards politics. As I write this on the Sabbath, I find my mind drifting towards politics. The two don’t have to exist as mutually exclusive components in our lives. The separation of church and state doesn’t have to exist in our own minds. For this reason, it’s important to discuss how faith plays a role in elections.