Christians, Politics, and the Moral Dignity of Giving Up

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I rarely post articles about politics because of the divisive nature of the topic. But after Sen. Ted Cruz suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination a day or so ago, I’ve seen somewhat of a crisis happening in the Christian community as to how they will vote in November. Everyone has his/her own idea, but I’m going to attempt to share some logic as I see it in hopes that Christians who read this can use it to come to a decision.

What We Know

It’s looking more certain that there are now only two contenders for the November election – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. For Christians, this presents a dilemma because on one hand, Clinton is certain to continue the Progressive agenda, which is virtually the antithesis of Christian ideals, while on the other hand, there is uncertainty about where Trump stands, though his record is also inconsistent with Christian ideals. Since Cruz’s campaign suspension, large numbers of Christians are refusing to support either candidate, threatening to either not vote at all or to vote third-party. Depending upon the source, data shows that Trump and Clinton will likely have similar support in November. Therefore, if there is any division in either party, that party is certain to lose the election. Those are the basic facts.

The Sinking Ship

At this point, I’m going to propose a metaphor. We’re all on this ship called the United States, and this ship is sinking. The Conservatives on board were originally split as to whether we should go to Port Trump or Port Cruz, but now it’s certain that we’ll never make it to Port Cruz before sinking. What do we do?
Clearly, those in favor of Port Trump are going to start bailing and rowing toward Port Trump, but they need everyone’s help to make it before the ship sinks. Those who were in favor of Port Cruz are now split into two groups: One group just decides to sit down and do nothing, sing ‘Kumbaya,’ and convince everyone that nothing’s wrong because God’s in control. The other group decides that giving up their right to do something is unpatriotic, so they decide to repaint the deck, as if their efforts were actually contributing to something. That’s where we are now, Christians.

Reasoning For Pointless Behavior

I’ve been trying to understand the reasoning behind these Christians who have decided to either not vote or to vote third-party, which everyone knows is a wasted effort. Clearly, the ones not voting are just not concerned or are just giving up. But what about the ones who will waste their effort? Most of the people I know who are taking this stance are people who consider themselves patriots and who value their hard-earned right to vote. But they refuse to cast an effective vote for someone who may oppose their ideals. It’s a conflict in moral values to do so, so they exercise their right in a completely vain and useless way to avoid feeling unconcerned or unpatriotic.

Some Things To Think About

Does wasting valuable effort really relinquish Christians of the blame when the ship sinks? We all know where this ship is going if it doesn’t reach Port Trump. There are only two possible destinations at this point, and anyone who doesn’t help out in the effort to elect Trump will be guilty of all of our destruction. It’s that simple.

Some are saying that a third-party vote is sending a message, and thus it isn’t a wasted effort. Really? The GOP has threatened several times to refuse nominating Trump even if he accumulates the required delegates (which would certainly hand the election to the Progressives). Trump isn’t the GOP’s man. He has been placed in this position by the people. So exactly who are you sending a message to? I’ve watched over the past months as Trump has become a champion of the concerned citizens of the US. The population has had it with having the Progressive agenda crammed down their throats time and time again, and they’re ready for something different, something to hope for, something that isn’t a part of the system. Personally, I don’t trust Trump, and I never have. He’s a very successful businessman, and as such, he has seized an opportunity and marketed himself as a much-needed bridge across the chasm the Progressives have dug. He’s become the people’s champion, but I’ve always been concerned that he’s just a snake oil salesman giving a pitch to seal the deal. One way or the other, he’s succeeded, and it wasn’t the GOP that put him there. So I say again, who are you sending a message to when you vote third-party?

Some are saying that blaming those who abstain or vote third-party is a bullying tactic and that laying blame doesn’t help. I’m fully aware that laying blame after the fact is usually pointless. But to warn those people beforehand of the consequences of their actions, pointing the finger at them in an attempt to wake them up to the reality that they can be the difference in whether this ship survives or sinks very much has a point. Those screaming and crying about having the finger pointed at them need to man up, grow a pair, and help out before it’s too late.

Final Word

As I said, I don’t like Trump. I don’t trust him. But now that he is the only remaining Conservative candidate, refusing to support him in November is a guaranteed victory for Clinton and another term of Progressivism. In a perfect world, we’d have a better choice, but we don’t. Those are the only two possible outcomes. Because of that, I don’t see that I have any choice in November but to cast an effective vote for Trump in an effort to turn this country around. I encourage my Christian readers who are here in the US to think carefully about this and consider the practical value of what they will or will not do in November.

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