WHY I DID NOT VOTE FOR DONALD TRUMP – A TEXT TO A DEAR FRIEND

I recently sent the following text to a dear friend:

Brother, I just want to let you know that I did not vote for Donald Trump this time around. I voted for Joe Biden. As a result I have been called a baby killer and told I like pedophiles. I have been told I am leading people to hell. 

I saw what Trump was provoking in evangelicals (the cult like loyalty) and turning people away from the purity of the gospel. What happened on Jan 6th at the US Capitol is just the tip of the iceberg of how deep into sin Trumpism is leading people. Evangelicals have lost so much credibility with the world and I am very grieved by this.

I hope this does not change our friendship, but I wanted you to know. It’s not about politics, its about the state of Christianity in our country and the heart of evangelicals.

I have written a number of articles addressing this and I pray that Pastors will have the courage to teach their congregations to live after the Spirit of Christ, being people of grace, compassion, understanding, and patience, rather than people of political strife and hatred towards those who have differing views. 

We will never win the lost through political warfare, only through the gospel of Christ. 

Jesus said, by this shall all men know that you are my disciples, because you have love one for another. If we would truly listen, we would see that God is actually using the lost to tell us that we are not representing his Son. And that is to the church’s shame. 

Thank you. I love you and I hope I haven’t disappointed you.

4 thoughts on “WHY I DID NOT VOTE FOR DONALD TRUMP – A TEXT TO A DEAR FRIEND

  1. I wish evangelicals would give President Biden the courtesy of actually listening to him. I have found far right rhetoric to be unreliable.

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    • I have listened to him. And I have found his actions to be more truthful of where his heart is. Satan speaks sweet lies, too.

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  2. It is the responsibility of our government to provide for the commonwealth of all U.S. citizens, and that includes civil protections related to equality. You expressed your opposition to President Biden by citing Jesus’s words, “by their fruits you shall know them.”

    Jesus did not say this in regards to political leaders and civil matters. He said this in context to false prophets within the house of God.

    Secondly, you emphasized your objection saying, “with tax funded operations”. Do you really think that when Jesus said, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” that Caesar was doing God’s work and using the taxes from the people within the Roman empire to support righteousness?

    Many evangelicals have lost their way and no longer espouse true New Testament evangelism. I fear you may have fallen into this category as well.

    Rather than living as ambassadors for Christ with the understanding that we are foreigners and pilgrims in this world, many evangelicals have draped their view of the gospel in an American flag, but the gospel is not of American origin, and civil protections for the LGBT community is not our enemy. The real enemy is our personal prejudices and hatred against those for whom Jesus died and to whom we are to be the fragrance of Christ.

    The LGBTQ community is part of the mission field which Jesus described as “fields white (or ripe) unto harvest” and we are called to reach them with the love and grace of Christ. We are not called to engage in political warfare against them.

    In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. ~ Matthew 5:43-48

    In his letter to Titus, the apostle Paul instructed Titus to teach the people to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior… Titus 3:2-7

    As Christians we are not called to “politically christianize the nation.” Nowhere is any such doctrine taught in the New Testament. And while many evangelicals think they are struggling and fighting for the soul of the nation, it’s actually the savor of being the salt of the earth that is being lost.

    We live in a nation where all citizens have the right to live free from discrimination, even those whose lifestyles we disagree with. With regards your immigration view, the President is not supporting “illegal immigration.” He supports immigration because the United States welcomes immigrants and was built by immigrants. Just admit you disagree with his immigration policy (and that’s Ok, it’s your right) and move on, but you are not speaking truthfully when you accuse the President of supporting illegal immigration.

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    • I voted for President Biden. My conscience is clear, because I value decency and empathy in humanity, and I value democracy for our nation.

      I do not value voter suppression, white supremacy, systemic racism, Christian nationalism, attempting to take health insurance away from fellow Americans during a pandemic, the spreading of conspiracies, a leader who cuddles up to dictators and who tends to behave like one, who lies constantly, who evades paying taxes, who tried to steal the election by claiming the election was stolen, who doesn’t follow science given by the experts, who uses Christians for his own selfish purposes, who bullies and throws everyone under the bus who doesn’t do his bidding as he did with his own VP, who incites an insurrection and an attempted coup against our government.

      At the end of the day, I am convinced that Donald Trump was destroying our democracy, and that was the most important issue on the table, even more important than abortion, because without democracy you no longer have a voice to stand for the unborn.

      In our democracy, no one is forced to have an abortion, but people do have abortions for many different reasons. Sometimes it is the health of the mother. What is our solution for helping the mother in such cases?

      Sometimes it’s because the mother has no way to support the child and is afraid, and doesn’t know what to do. What then? Sometimes it’s because the mother has been raped and is filled with shame. What plan do we have to help her? The list goes on and on.

      If evangelicals were more invested in true evangelism (not quick conversions, but the real lives of hurting people) fewer women would have abortions because they would know where to turn when they need help and are afraid. Instead, many evangelicals only know how to weaponize abortion politically and hurl insults like calling people baby killers.

      How about we actually care about real people in real vulnerable situations like the rape victim instead of heaping more shame on them by labeling them as a baby killer or a murderer.

      If we actually cared about the mothers, there would be fewer abortions.

      It doesn’t matter if you are disappointed with me (or saddened). You don’t know me, you don’t know my walk with God, my faithfulness, my life, my doctrine, my integrity, and the soul searching in the sight of God.

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