Should evangelicals vote for Clinton or Trump?
Matthew Anderson

This article reminds me of why I have always deeply distrusted and despised evangelicals. I’d normally chalk this drivel up to youth and inexperience, but decades of exposure to the self-imposed ignorance of evangelical “logic” tell me to approach this issue otherwise. Yea verily, every American is entitled to his or her own religious views. However, just like the Bernie Bots who are now desperately clinging to whatever “alternative” candidate they can scrape up, the evangelicals once again find that their absolutist views of the world aren’t squaring with reality. As if you couldn’t get more starkly different candidates. I’m curious how the author ever intends to find the perfect candidate, when any Christian doctrine (that I’m aware of, anyway) states that perfection is reserved in God alone.

But, hey, I’m no theologian, so let’s put this in simpler terms. I’m an American, and I care about my country. When I go to cast my vote in November, I’m not casting my vote out of “conscience.” I’m not casting it because I think one candidate is “purer” than the other. I’m not casting it because I “like” one candidate more or less than the other. I’m not casting my vote as an anti-vote to another candidate. And I’m not casting my vote because I think God favors one candidate over another. No, I will cast my vote for the candidate who I believe can manage the complexities of the world without starting wars or creating financial catastrophes. My vote is not about me. It is not about pleasing God. It is not some frivolous exercise in how cool and alternative I can be in “making a statement” by voting for some third-party candidate. To cast your vote under any of these pretenses is selfish, self-righteous bullshit. The fact that evangelicals actually find themselves “struggling” with their choice in whom to vote for in what is the most contrastingly obvious election in my lifetime only strengthens my conviction that it is truly a morally bankrupt organization.

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