Thursday, October 13, 2016

Why, as a Christian woman, I can no longer be silent about Donald Trump

DISCLAIMER: I am not saying you have to agree with me nor am I questioning your relationship with Christ if you do not. This is just food for thought from one lady.

I will begin by saying that if you are not a Christian, this post really isn’t to you and these opinions will be unpopular for different reasons. But I already know that this is an incredibly unpopular decision among evangelical Christians: to speak out against the Republican nominee. But, I can honestly say I am ashamed of what this election has done to our witnesses, churches, and our communities. Unfortunately, I know that many of you have already tuned me out. You have written me off as a left-leaning liberal. You think I am looking to start a fight, or I do not care about my country, the constitution, or my freedoms. But, it is because I care deeply about my country, constitution, and freedoms that I can no longer be silent. The one thing that “trumps” these deep convictions of mine are my desire to be the light in a dark world--my desire to show people who are hurting, who are in pain, who are forgotten, who are shamed, who are dirty, who are broken that they are loved deeply by a God who sees them and cares for them.  
            I had decided to remain silent about this election. To silently cast my vote on November 8 but, unfortunately, I no longer feel like that is an option. I have had people tell me that by voting third party, or write in, that I am throwing away my vote and I should be ashamed. I have had people tell me I am not a real Christian because of it. But after prayer and deep thought for months about the candidates I can say that my conviction is that neither is a good choice for our country.
(However, I will not address Hillary in this article because unfortunately I have not come under attack from fellow Christians due to my not being her biggest fan).

And here is why:

Trump’s stance on minorities:          
Trump:
  • ·      “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. … They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
  • ·      “Laziness is a trait in blacks.”

He told America that almost an entire group of people were rapists and drug dealers AND that the color of one’s skin indicates work ethic. Just to throw this in there: there is literally no biological, criminal, or accurate evidence to support that, but who cares what I think?
God:
Immigrants:
  • ·      Hebrews 13: 2 “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers because some in this way have entertained angels unawares.”
  • Zechariah 7:9-10 “Thus says the LORD of hosts, render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.”
  • ·      Mark 12:30-31 “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no greater commandment than these.”

Race:
  • ·      Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
  • ·      Romans 10: 12-13 “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
  • ·      Acts 10: 34-35 “So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”

Me: I am not advocating for open boarders. Nor am I saying that we should not have a vetting process for immigration or that we should do away with our criminal justice system. All of these systems are mandatory to maintain law and order in a very distraught country--but that is an entirely different blog post. I will say this: as the daughter of a pastor and former law enforcement officer I am proud of our flag and would never disrespect that. But, what I encourage people to consider is that Trump does not just say “we need stricter immigration standards” or “people who shoot people should go to jail.” Trump plays on people’s fears of difference. He is causing those of us who should be color, ethnic, nationality, and gender blind to hate and fear people-isolating them from our lives, our churches, and our ministries. I cannot support that. As Christians, we should see one kind of people: a carefully crafted individual, made in the image of God, and loved beyond comprehension or reason SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY ARE HUMAN. That is what a Christian is called to be.

Trumps view of women:
Trump:
  • ·      “If Hillary cannot satisfy her husband what makes you think she can satisfy America?”
  • ·      “I can grab women by the p****”

Seriously? As men who claim to want to protect their wives and women in general, and women who claim they care for their bodies "as a temple", you are okay with this?
God:
  • ·      Proverbs 31: 30 “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain but a woman who fears the lord is to be praised.”
  • ·      Ephesians 5:22-23 “…husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church…”

Me: Do you really think you are loving other women, yourself, or the next generation of children by saying that something this foul and explicit is just “locker room talk.” Do we really want a lewd, crude, immoral man before the next generation of men and women telling them that violence against women is okay? Or, that all we have to offer the world as a female is our looks? I certainly don’t.

Trump’s view on poverty (this is also in his tax plan that really only benefits the top 1%):
Trump:
  • ·      "My entire life, I've watched politicians bragging about how poor they are, how they came from nothing, how poor their parents and grandparents were. And I said to myself, if they can stay so poor for so many generations, maybe this isn't the kind of person we want to be electing to higher office. How smart can they be? They're morons."

God:
  • ·      Proverbs 19:17 “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”
  • ·      1 John 3:17 “But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?”
  • ·      Luke 6: 20-21 “And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.”
  • ·      Luke 3:11 “and he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”
  • ·      Proverbs 14: 21 “Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.”

Me: I am not advocating for the welfare state, nor am I saying the government should provide everything, that the working class should be taxed heavily, or that we should let people be lazy. But, what I am saying is this, how can you tell someone you love him or her and then believe that everyone on welfare is a criminal? How can you see a broken world and tell them it is obviously their own fault? That was not God’s mindset; why is it yours, and why are you claiming it is biblical? Do I think the church should be providing for these needs? Yes, but unfortunately we have failed our world. WE have gotten lost in greed and competition and big buildings and twinkling lights. We have lost site of what we are called to do; to go unto ALL the world with the gospel. And MR. TRUMP DOES NOT REPRESENT THE GOSPEL.

In conclusion: I am probably doing a write-in. Unfortunately, I think this presidential election is already a lost cause on multiple levels. I am focusing my efforts on voting in state and local elections now because those are the people we need to make change happen in this mess of a world. I am praying daily for my country. I am praying daily for myself to see the brokenness that exist and the pain that these debates are causing so many. So, yes, I am a bleeding heart. A heart that wants nothing more than to let everyone I meet know that they are important, valued, and cherished. That they are not a mistake, and that someone cares.
So, if you vote for Trump because you think that is honestly the best option--I am ok with that. But, do not slam those around you for thinking differently, because then all you have become is a vessel for hate… and honestly, if I were Satan, I think would think that's the best trick of all.


I also encourage you to read Dr. Daniel Akin, President of Southeast Baptist Seminary, article about this issue here: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/05/04/its-trump-heres-what-evangelicals-should-do-now.html