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Oct 17, 2016

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Eric O


For those on this site, I'm wondering:

1. Is there is anything Trump could do or promote(not including breaking the law) that would disqualify him from being voted for by a Christian?

2. Is there anything Trump could do or promote that would be just cause for folks like Moore to say what they say?

If the answer to #1 is NO, then I would say its fair to warn people that they may have set Trump up as an Idol. You see, we must protect our way of life, liberty and freedom through our "idol" Trump. That is, Trump is going to save us from the road Clinton will take us down.

I'm leaning towards Trump for one reason, The courts. Trump is gone in 4 years but the judges are here for life. Even so, Its good for me to examine if Ive set Trump up as an "Idol" that will save us from Clinton.

I have to resolve if there is anything Trump can do that will disqualify him from my vote. Then Trust in Our God who has already declared that he is in control, even if Clinton gets elected.

Alex Guggenheim

There are many things Mr. Trump could do which would make him second to Hillary as a choice (in the end we are getting one of the two, noble fantasies about someone else are just that, fantasies, and so I'd like to have a say as to which) but he hasn't done anything to place him there. He has chosen a conservative Christ confessing Christian as his #1, indicating his admin's trajectory and pledged to fulfill a conservative and constitutional platform.

But what could he do to make him second to Clinton? Pledge less vetting of Muslim immigrants, dismiss border control more than Hillary, collude with the press more than Hillary, mishandle classified materials in great numbers than Hillary, delete more emails than her, have more corrupt political surrogates than Hillary, be more unhealthy and deny it more than Hillary, promise more taxes for more social programs than Hillary and be more of a globalist than Hillary and this is for starters. Hope that helps.

Eric O

Thanks Alex,
I probably should have clarified "Character" issues not "policy" issues.

Alex Guggenheim

I thought colluding with major media, illegal servers and mishandling classified material and deleting emails and so forth more than Hillary would qualify as character issues, were he to do these.

Scott Shaver

Russell Moore, ERLC, Joe Carter et al had better think again about what happens when the "fog of ignorance clears". I've read nothing but "clouds of ignorance" from these guys.

Regardless of what banner they think they're waving, I wouldn't follow these guys to a free buffet at an expensive Brazilian steakhouse.

Scott Shaver

Somebody needs to remind Moore, Mohler and Carter that, despite the inclination of their egos, they do not speak for nor do they figuratively represent American "evangelicals" in any official capacity outside their own delusions.

My vote for the Republican nominee used to based on the unfitness of the democratic candidate to lead this country in the spirit of The Constitution. Now my vote for the Republican nominee will be cast primarily as a protest vote to the sniveling, whining and misrepresentation of both Christ and culture at the hands of guys like Moore and Mohler.

Max

I would feel a lot better about this election if I observed widespread humility, repentance, prayer and seeking God's face in churches across America. In the absence of that, God will do what He always has - give us a leader to test and try us until we do. Right now, it appears that either candidate would fit that bill. Until the Church House does what it needs to do, the White House will continue to be a reflection of who we really are.

Alex Guggenheim

Mac

I understand your sentiment but disagree that a humbled andv repentant church would be reflected by the White House.

The early church exploded but was persecuted. It isn't a guarantee that civil leadership will appear accomdating if the chuch is obedient.

However, in this case, amazingly we have a candidate who so recognizes the vital role of Christian expression to this nation that he chose an outwardly confessing believer as his Vice and repeatedly has met with Christian leaders for counsel and prayer. He may not be born again (or he may, I am certainly not permitted to judge that as God, so I won't but using worst case scenario here) but he is a friend of them!

Alex Guggenheim

Max, I mean above

Scott Shaver

At this level Max, it's not even about the election any more. Its about overly pious and terminally egocentric baptist college professors who've never had a real job or had to function outside the audience of a church house.

Scott Shaver

Not to mention that most of these bozos have only briefly if ever pastures a local church.

Max

"... overly pious and terminally egocentric ..."

Scott, there's certainly no shortage of that in New Calvinism! Last time I looked those qualities were not on the fruit of the Spirit list.

Max

"It isn't a guarantee that civil leadership will appear accommodating if the church is obedient."

Alex, wouldn't it be worth a try? I just don't see any movement in the direction of repentance and revival by the organized church ... nor widespread faithful obedience in the pew (barely in the pulpit). The reason we don't have much holiness preaching in 21st century American pulpits is that we don't have many preachers living holy lives. When I say "holy", I don't mean being Pentecostal about it - I mean holy and pure Christlikeness expected of all of us who bear His name. Who knows, in the midst of genuine revival, perhaps a national son bought-by-the-blood of Jesus would make it to the White House and exert a healthy influence on the nation. It's happened before.

Alex Guggenheim

Max

I certainly agree the church, in her logistical abundance or what is often called material wealth, has forgotten her spiritual wealth and is now expressing herself by and large in a very worldly and carnal fashion.

I would say this is true worldwide with the exception being in certain areas or with certain local churches which are a significant minority.

Lydia

"I probably should have clarified "Character" issues not "policy" issues."

You might not be old enough to remember that Hillary hired Betsy Wright to deal with bimbo eruptions and hire investigators and pundits to drag Bills conquests who spoke up....through the mud. Then Hillary did her famous TV interview where she insisted personal lives should be private and those who were outraged over Bills perpetual bad behavior were part of a right wing conspiracy out to destroy them. It worked. Whatever they do, works. Deception is like that.

If operating above the law such as compelling the FBI to destroy evidence and the long term pattern of selling access to the highest bidders are not character issues for a "public servant", then we are in big trouble-- as we are with the establishment oligharcical Clintons. Frank and Claire Underwood.

So my choices are a bombastic jerk or a long time deceptive "public servant" who is above the law and protected by the institutional establishment like the DoJ and FBI. Americans can be so silly. No guarantees with Trump. Plenty of proof and guarantees with Hillary over a few decades of "public service".

Scott Shaver

"Public Service" is correct Lydia, the "public" and some sheiks have served her very well since leaving DC "flat broke".

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