Please note: I struggled with writing this post. Not because I don’t have strong feelings and thoughts about Donald Trump, but because as a follower of Christ, I am to speak evil of no one (Titus 3:2). I also struggle because I think we Christians more often than not speak out about what we’re against instead of what we’re for. However, in this situation, I can not stay silent about Mr. Trump. It’s not my intention to speak evil of him, but to simply highlight the facts of why I will not be voting for Trump.
Donald Trump appears to be going nowhere. And if things keep going the way they have, Mr. Trump will be the Republican nominee come the general election in November. I am a registered Republican, however, I will not just blindly vote for whomever becomes the GOP candidate.
Especially if Donald Trump is the name on the ballot for the Republican party.
I refuse to vote for him and here are a few reasons why:
- The man appears to be two-faced.
There are many, many incidents where it seems Donald Trump goes back and forth on issues. A few of them include: killing the family members of terrorists, his shifting stance on abortion, his back and forth on David Duke and the KKK, the war in Afghanistan, accepting Syrian refugees, and his thoughts on George W. Bush.
And then there’s his shifts on Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Healthcare, and Taxes.
I will state that I understand that politicians change their views over time. I’ve changed my views over time. However, some of these shifts are over the span of just weeks or even just days, thus speaking to inconsistency. How will we know that if elected, Trump will not up and change his mind, as he consistently does?
And there’s just the simple fact that Ben Carson acknowledged that “there are two different Donald Trumps. There’s the one you see on the stage. And then there’s the one who’s, ugh, very cerebral; sits there and considers things very carefully.“
So, which one will be elected? Which Donald Trump will be the commander in chief? Which Donald Trump will be making executive orders?
This inconsistency is troubling to me.
- The man appears to be a bully and childish.
The recent incident concerning the man being punched at a Donald Trump rally is upsetting. While Donald Trump states that he doesn’t condone violence at his rally’s, he’s now saying that he may pay the legal fees for the guy that threw the punch.
And this isn’t the first time he’s actually offered to cover legal fees.
Apparently, at a rally in Iowa, he stated: “If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them. Just knock the hell out of them. I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees.”
Sounds very elementary playground bullying to me.
Of course, Trump has an excuse as to why he stated the above. However, the whole nature of the situation still is very bully-ish.
And then there’s the whole “if they like me, I like them but if they don’t like me, then I don’t like them” crap.
One telling example of this is his initial response to when the Pope made a statement apparently referencing Trump:
“…the Mexican government fed the Pope a tremendous amount of stuff, Trump is not a good person….can you imagine I just got a call as I was walking up here, ‘Mr. Trump, the Pope just made a statement about you.’ I said, the Pope!…What did the Pope say, I like the Pope. Was it good or bad , cause if it’s good, I like the Pope, if it’s bad I don’t like the Pope.”
- The man’s pride and arrogance is troubling.
Donald Trump was once asked if he’d ever asked God for forgiveness. His response: “I am not sure I have… I like to be good. I don’t like to have to ask for forgiveness.”
I’m glad he likes to be good, however, we’ve all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. We’ve all screwed up.
While my intention is not to question Trump’s faith (that’s between Him and Jesus), I think his response is very concerning, especially because he states that he is a Christian. As a Christian, repentance is a vital part of our faith.
Setting aside the faith aspect, just the fact that he doesn’t admit to having weaknesses is off-putting.
John Wimber once said: “I don’t trust any leader that doesn’t walk with a limp.”
And then there’s what Trump said as he was throwing verbal punches at the Pope: “The new Pope is a humble man, very much like me, which probably explains why I like him so much!”
Really Donald Trump? You’re a humble man?
There’s a whole lot more that I could write in regards to why I refuse to vote for Donald Trump. In fact, this is just the start. There’s the impact his opinions and comments have had on children,
And unfortunately it doesn’t seem that there’s going to be an alternative from another party that is any better.
While I’ve not decided who I will vote for in November, my current plan is to write in a candidate, as Russell Moore suggested.
And in the end, when it’s all said and done… When the last ballot is counted and there’s no Al Gore around to demand a recount… Whomever gets elected… I will have to trust that that is who God wants in the White House.
“For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” – Romans 13:1
And at that point I will be responsible to pray for them and submit to them.
However, I am praying now that that person will not be Donald Trump.