I could have just given my thoughts on this question and been done with it, but I thought it would be an interesting experiment to put this question to some godly people I know. In this post, I will share seven of the responses that I got. I will not reveal the names of the people who gave their answers. This is purely a sampling of viewpoints to help us understand one another better.
- “As a Christian, it is not hard to know who to vote for in an election, just look at the party platform and vote for candidates on the platform that most align with the Bible. I used to say vote for the person and not the platform, but the two big parties are so far apart, you should vote platform. I am not voting for him because I think he’s a great guy or Christian, but for the most part, he has to hold to what the party platform says. If there was a better Republican choice, it would be great, but he’s all there is.”
- “I don’t admire him as a man, but as a President, he has done more good for this country than any president before him. He does not carry his morality over from his private life to his political life. He truly loves this country and is one of the most patriotic people I know. These sentiments seem to fly in the face of many Scripture verses such as ‘as a man thinketh in his heart so is he.’ I believe President Trump loves this country and against all that has been thrown at him, is doing the best job!! If the President was to publicly bring shame to the office, that would be the line. Although there have been many accusations, they’ve all been made with an agenda. Clinton was not a nice man, husband, or dad. President Trump is not in that category now. I don’t hold the past against him.”
- “Well, to be honest, I don’t think Trump is a born again Christian. I think he’s a ‘Christian’ in name only, not that he doesn’t respect the faith. Clearly, he does. Sadly too many people are assuming he’s a follower of Christ. As for how we can vote for him, I appreciate how Dennis Prager has explained it. ‘If you needed major heart surgery, would you look for the best cardiac surgeon, or would you make sure that surgeon is not obtuse? If you had to fly for a living, would you choose an airline that uses professional and safe pilots, or would you look for a pilot who is friendly to those who board his plane? If you need a good lawyer, would you look for someone who is a law expert, or would it be more important to see if that lawyer had a good personality?’ To me, it is a no-brainer. I didn’t vote for him [in 2016] due to his demeanor. However, over time he has proven that he keeps his promises. He has also proven to me that he would not come in saying one thing and then go in another direction. In other words, his policies, his values, his patriotism, those are the things that I can look at much more than his obnoxious, bullish personality.”
- “Before we can examine a good conservative and honest leader with faults, let’s examine ourselves. If we’re perfect, then we have a pride problem.”
- “At least with Trump, you know what you are getting. He has supported Israel and Christ more than any other president we’ve had. Top ‘Godly’ men have said that they feel he is a Christian after spending time with him. He claims to be a Christian. Yes, he is ruff and gruff. Yes, he says things that may not sound Godly. He stands up against abortion and those who support it. He feels EVERY life is essential (referring to unborn babies here, not BLM). He is pro-Israel, pro-Christian, pro-life, pro-freedom, pro-American. Why would you not vote for him? My wife doesn’t like him but will vote again for because of these things. The first time she was reluctant to do so, but the fact that he would appoint justices to the Supreme Court was another thing that pushed her over the edge. Then he did it twice. Now, up for a third in his first term. That on its own is huge.”
- “The historian and moralist, who was otherwise known simply as Lord Acton, expressed this opinion in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887: ‘POWER TENDS TO CORRUPT, AND ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY. GREAT MEN ARE ALMOST ALWAYS BAD MEN.’ President Trump isn’t always a very likable man. But he isn’t running for Pope: he’s running for a second term as our president! He is a very powerful man, accustomed to getting his way. That tends to make a man brusque — and even unlikeable (think of people you’ve known in your life who may fit into this mold….). Consider him — at the very least — as the lesser of the two evils.”
- “For me, I don’t admire him for much as an individual. I agree his behavior is often not what godly behavior should esteem to be, but neither is mine at times. I appreciate his love for the country and her people based on many different legislative and Presidential actions. These include reducing our country’s emissions by a large margin after dropping out of the Paris Accord. In contrast, all other country members either stayed the same or raised theirs. I like that he has protected a lot of public lands. I like that he has held other countries to their promises to pay for things we always pay for, but they don’t (import/export wise). I like that he has never accepted a paycheck but has put that money into different programs that help people. I like that he has lowered POC’s and all other minority or protected groups unemployment. I like the way I see him reach out to military members that have been badly injured. I like that he wants to keep America free and calls things correctly like protesting is always ok, and he will hold people to the standard that he knows they can reach. He denounces criminal behavior but understands that nonviolent criminals are filling our prisons and believes we should take another look at that. I could name many other things, but these are some of the ones that are important to me. I would rather vote for a man that gets great things done for the country even though his defensiveness can be excessive. I am also voting for the party that most resembles my beliefs on going forward with the country. Therefore, even if the opponent was a smooth talker (Obama), fun, engaging, etc., he would have proven his ACTIONS are good. So, personal admiration is not something I require for our country's leader — I wish he had both the talk and actions. Still, I will take proven actions over smooth talk for the country any day. And I would never marry him or look to him for my spiritual matters. I won’t guess if he is a true believer or not…nor should anyone.”