For Christians, The 2016 Election Is A Nightmare
With both party conventions now completed, the two remaining major-party candidates in the 2016 Presidential election are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Both candidates have flip-flopped on many issues and are known to be unable to trust. For the Bible-believing American population, this election presents a nightmare. The Democratic and Republican parties have nominated two individuals without a hint of morality and know how to play the political game. Christians have no dog in the fight that is the 2016 Presidential election.
Clinton does not have nearly the immense support from Christians compared to Donald Trump. Hillary is a Christian’s political nightmare: pro-same-sex marriage and most importantly, pro-choice.
The Democratic nominee has been a outspoken supporter of same-sex marriage in the past ten years. In the early 2000s, Clinton supported the Biblical definition of marriage: between a man and a woman. Now, Hillary has changed her position on the issue and has encouraged Christians to silence themselves in their disagreement.
Most importantly, Hillary Clinton has outspokenly supported abortion throughout a woman’s pregnancy. Clinton has stated countless times that a human fetus has no Constitutional Rights until it is born. Her view on abortion is directly against the Bible; her belief places comfort above life. Through her view on abortion, Clinton has stated that life, in every stage, is not worth protecting.
In the two most important issues to Christians, Clinton’s views stand against those in the Bible.
Donald Trump’s rise to the top of the Republican party was mostly due to his overwhelming support from Christians. Like those of all other Republicans, Trump has intricately gained Christians’ support by tapping into their frustrations and fears. He has magically become pro-life and according to many prominent ministers, a new Christian.
Sadly, Donald Trump’s beliefs and policies are contradictory to those of a Christian man, young or old.
Christ told his followers to love their enemies and to pray for those who persecute them. Trump recently stated he believes it’s morally okay to murder the innocent families of terrorists. He also has been responsible for the growing hatred of innocent people of Muslim faith. While there have been many major terrorist attacks by Radical Islamists in the past few years, Trump’s outspoken beliefs of banning Muslim refugees from entering the country and increased monitoring of Muslim citizens have increased the hatred against Muslim Americans.
The Republican candidate speaks without any thought of the future consequences. Proverbs 21:23 says, “Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.” He’s made many racist and misogynistic comments throughout his career. In a 1991 interview, he stated (referring to women), “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” The two direct results of most of Trump’s words are outrage and divide.
After countless press conferences and rallies, the Donald’s actions and words reflect those of someone who has distanced himself away from the teachings of Christ, not someone who has drawn near.
Christians have overwhelmingly supported Trump through the primaries, even with his actions and comments. But, regardless of who wins this year’s election, both candidates do not properly reflect the views of Christ. This election will be tough for Christians; there is not a clear-cut Bible believing candidate to support. Instead, there is a candidate who stands for many things against the Word of God and another candidate who’s wooed millions of Christians with the occasional moral statement, while exhibiting a life of lukewarmness.
For Christians, the 2016 election is an ongoing nightmare. The most important duty Christians have in this election is to pray for each candidate. The only person who can decrease the pain from the next four years is Christ.