For my Christian and pro-life friends:

This is for my Christian friends and my pro-life friends, the ones who will vote for Trump because of their pro-life stance. (If you are neither Christian and / or pro-life, this is not written for you).

Please know that I will later scrub this post from this account. I don’t speak on or write about politics. Ever. I don’t enjoy discussing divisive topics, and I detest how polarizing the election makes the people of the Church. However, I have to say this, and at 2 am I feel I should say this to someone else other than myself.

Pro-life friends, you are deceived if you think a vote for Trump is a vote for the pro-life cause.

If you consider yourself reasonable and open to hearing a point of view you may not have heard before please take the time to read this thoughtful essay: Pro-lifers who support Donald Trump are kidding themselves — and hurting the movement. If you don’t have time to read it now, bookmark it and read it as soon as possible. Quoting author Matthew Lee Anderson:

“I cannot believe the wishful fantasy that Donald Trump would save any more infant lives than Hillary Clinton will allow to be aborted. The Trump candidacy is a long con, a trap that will destroy the pro-life movement by permanently associating it with his racism and misogyny. []”

I can’t vote for Trump because his “stance” on pro-life issues is vague, and I feel like he’s purposefully vague to charm conservatives for their votes.

“It’s almost certainly true that Trump doesn’t actually believe anything he said during the debate, and particularly not about abortion. He was a pro-choice Manhattan liberal for almost all his public life, and has never shown any particular interest in the issue. His closest adviser, and by all accounts the only person he truly listens to, his daughter Ivanka, is known for her support for Planned Parenthood.” [source]

This aside…

Christian friends, you are deceived if you think a vote for Trump is the WWJD vote.

I cannot, in good conscious, vote for Trump because of the despicable way in which he has spoken about Mexicans, Muslims, black Americans, Asians, people with disabilities, veterans, and women. I won’t use this space to dive further into the deplorable way in which he has treated marriage or how his relentless pursuit of self-wealth and power runs anathema to pretty much everything Jesus was about.

Yet the other option, the Hillary option, is also frightening. She is duplicitous to say the very least.

Look, I have three children who ask me every day who I’m going to vote for. (For the record, my kiddos want Hillary because “we need a girl to be president!” Oh, how I love their sweet innocence). I will not vote for Hillary simply because she’s a woman.

I honestly hate that these are my choices.

In general, I really detest politics. In the past, I had said that I just wasn’t going to vote.

“… for the Christian committed to Jesus’s radical message of nonviolence, there are other reasons for abstention. Voting in federal elections is a gesture that can implicitly acquiesce to the powers and principalities of the world, violate Christ’s counter-cultural resistance to Caesar, and promote a most unChristian adversarial spirit among those who get swept up in partisan wrangling. Voting can also be a secular analog of cheap grace, providing voters with the comfortable impression that they’ve done their bit simply by pulling a polling booth lever, and thereby discouraging imaginative alternatives to social change.” []

Although I truly believe this, in the past, the thing that motivated me to vote is the fact that I come from a family of veterans, and I recognize what a huge price was paid to afford our country the great freedom we have in to vote, but really… does my vote actually do anything anyway? Up until 48 hours ago, I was set on not voting in this election.

But now, after a couple of nights of research, I think I can vote for Independent candidate, former CIA operative, businessman, and congressional aide Evan McMullin. I want to urge my Christian and pro-life friends to research more about him and perhaps do likewise. [NOTE: See how to vote for McMullin in your state here.]

I don’t think Evan McMullin will win:

“To actually win the White House, McMullin would need to pull off the implausible gambit of winning enough states to block either Trump or Hillary Clinton from reaching the 270 electoral votes needed to win. Under constitutional rules, that would then throw the choice to the House of Representatives.” []

Then he’d have to win the house. His path to the presidency basically looks like this: 1. Win Utah 2. Deadlock the Electoral College 3. Win in the House.

We are not very likely to get to this scenario, however, I’m hopeful that nationwide enough people will vote for him to A- shake up conservative politics and B- to show the rest of the country that this two party system is severely broken and 3- make a point that evangelicals do not have to hitch their vote to the republican nominee.

And since I’m talking to Christians in this post, Christians, please don’t be this person:

CHRISTIAN TRUMP SUPPORTER: But I can’t vote for McMullin! He’s Mormon!
ME: Um, but Trump isn’t a Christian…
CHRISTIAN TRUMP SUPPORTER: We’re electing a president, not a pastor!
ME: (no words, just frustrated head shaking)

Bottom-line: Don’t think you have to vote for the “lesser of two evils”. Don’t think that a vote for Trump is a vote for the pro-life movement. Don’t think that a vote for Trump is the Christian thing to do. Consider casting a different vote. Seriously consider McMullin.

I know I am. He’s the only candidate I can push the vote button for and not want cut off my hands, apologize to my countrymen, and shower in bleach immediately afterward. By voting for McMullin, I can look my kids in the eyes and explain who he is and why I voted for him and not be ashamed.

Again, Matthew Lee Anderson sums it up nicely:

“I am firmly committed to the proposition that America’s best days are ahead of her — but until we begin acknowledging the indispensable importance of character for the highest offices in our land, those days will remain a long ways off.
Voting for someone like McMullin is a vote for a future beyond 2016 and even beyond 2020. It is a refusal to resign ourselves to lowered standards for public service, and a repudiation of the despair that currently animates our political lives. Such a vote begins the process of demanding — slowly, surely, but ever more insistently — that our professional political class act with integrity, that they serve, that they restore the trust that the American people once had in their government.” [source]

Please let me reiterate that this was written off the cuff specifically for my Christian and pro-life friends. If you are neither of those, I respectfully ask that you refrain from adding your rhetoric to try to persuade me to be something other than Christian or pro-life.

Lastly (and maybe I should have said this first), please also know that I am not afraid of the future because I have faith in God’s providence. As morals decline and corrupt leaders continue to be given power, I know that God’s kingdom remains. What’s happening now doesn’t seem very different than the history that is recorded in the Bible. My hope isn’t in McMullin or politics or voting at all. My hope is in Christ alone. To that end, let us endeavor to pray for our leaders, to love (and to abstain from slandering) those with whom we disagree, and to remember “there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13: 1- ESV)

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Helpful links:
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Washington Post: Why People of Faith Don’t Have to Consider the Lesser of Two Evils
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Vox: Pro-lifers Who Support Donald Trump are Kidding Themselves and Hurting the Movement
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Christianity Today: Consider Evan McMullin
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Mathematically, a vote for Evan McMullin is not a vote for Hillary Clinton
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Three Reasons to Support Evan McMullin
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I Side With : Evan McMullin Candidate Guide (McMullin’s stance on issues)
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EvanMcMullin.com