I keep seeing variations of the same theme. “How can a Christian vote for Trump?” “Why does Trump have the support of so many evangelicals?”
The answer is really very simple.
But fist, my disclaimer: I am not a Trump supporter. I never was. I did not vote for him in the primary, and I will not be voting for him in the general election. I’m just an outside observer…observing things. Disclaimer over.
By now, everyone’s familiar with the charges against Trump. He’s a disgusting brute. He’s rude, self-centered, egotistical, crass, and vindictive. He loves the world and worldly pleasures, and is unapologetic about it. He doesn’t see the need for God or Biblical values, either in his personal life or in society at large. Why would Christians vote for such a man?
When I was a little kid in Sunday School, I was always confused by Samson. He was listed among the “judges” of Israel…leaders who held power in Israel before they became a monarchy. But Samson wasn’t like the other “good” judges of Israel (like Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Deborah, and Samuel). Samson was a degenerate, vindictive, pleasure-seeker. Samson didn’t take God seriously. He squandered the blessings God gave him. He lied, cheated, and stole.
Wait…Samson sounds a lot like Donald Trump. Granted, I don’t think Trump has murdered 30 guys and stole their clothes in order to satisfy a bet he made, like Samson did. And unlike Samson, I’m not aware of Trump frequenting Philistine prostitutes (although, sad to say, would anyone be surprised?). But still, Trump and Samson have a lot in common. Both are “leaders” with serious (probably fatal) character flaws. Both are egotistical, crass, and vindictive. Both have clearly rejected God’s good and righteous expectations for their lives.
So again I ask…why in the world would a Christian vote for Trump?
There’s another person I remember from Sunday School. A very, VERY bad person. Jezebel. Jezebel was the wife of King Ahab of Israel. She wasn’t just nominally bad (like Samson). She was calculatingly evil…and proud of it. She lied in order to gain power and wealth. She encouraged the people of her country to reject God. She was corrupt and abusive of her power. She threw other people under the bus (or under the chariot, if you will), in order to save her own skin and stay in power. She rode the coat-tails of her husband to achieve the pinnacle of power. She even condoned MURDER of innocent people in order to benefit herself politically (of course, she got other people to commit the murder for her…she wouldn’t stoop to do it herself).
Wait…Jezebel sounds a lot like, you guessed it, Hillary Clinton.
(And before you go all ape crazy about this comparison, go back and re-read the list of abhorrent deeds again, one by one…then tell me they don’t apply to Hillary.)
The Bible refers to people who are “workers of iniquity,” the people who proudly ride under the banner of wickedness, and lead others to follow in their evil ways. They are the instigators of evil. Like Jezebel. Then there are the run-of-the-mill unbelievers. They simply follow in the degenerate ways of society around them. Like Samson.
Neither make good leaders. But one is clearly more destructive than the other. So, would you vote for a Samson to stop a Jezebel? There’s your answer.