A Christian Vote – Courthouse News Service
I was kicked out of my church because of my political beliefs.
Well, technically not kicked out. A pastor strongly suggested that I leave the church, of which I had been a member for over 10 years and where I held various leadership positions.
My crime? Advocate for LGBTQ rights online and ask the Senior Pastor about a post that I felt was callous to transgender people.
While such an experience might shake her belief, it only strengthened my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior. And that’s why I can’t vote for Donald Trump on November 3.
Over 80% of white evangelicals backed Trump in 2016, and his road to re-election again has a expressway through the Bible belt.
But will a conservative qualified majority in the Supreme Court overturn Roe vs. Wade is it worth making a deal with the devil? It is more than a presidential election. Trump’s moral bankruptcy made it a referendum on our faith: do we worship Jesus or Washington?
I understand the propaganda runs deep. I was once one of you. I understand your confusion.
But when you die, Jesus won’t be waiting for you at the pearly gates wearing a MAGA cap, wearing a pro-life t-shirt, and having an AR-15 strapped to your back, no matter what the Franklin Grahams of the world do. did you believe. Instead, he will ask us what we have done to advance his kingdom.
Most conservative Christians I know let one issue dominate their poll: abortion. These Christians believe that if Roe vs. Wade is canceled, then the abortion would magically disappear.
This will not be the case.
Abortion existed before this historic affair and it will exist after its cancellation. The only difference is that women will die having an abortion using unsafe methods.
I have spoken to many women who have chosen to abort. None of them wanted to. None of them used it for contraception. Everyone felt hopeless, whether it was the lack of education, resources, opportunities or whatever. The repercussions of their decision lived with them far longer than the proceedings itself.
The problem with the Christian pro-life stance is that it only protects life from conception to birth. God forbid that the mother needs the help of the government after the child is born. Then it goes from being a life to a burden.
The irony is that many welfare programs backed by Democrats, and despised as “handouts” by conservative Christians, would likely do more to curb abortion than to reverse it. Roe vs. Wade. They would give hope and options to women who desperately seek them.
It is more like the way Jesus treated the woman at the well than what the Christian right is doing now.
Just as Christians don’t base their faith on a single verse from the Bible, neither should they vote on a single question. The Archbishop of Saint-Louis Mitchell Rozanski in a recent declaration recognized that abortion is a serious moral issue, but ignoring other issues such as race, immigration, and the environment does not properly form a Catholic conscience with your vote. The same goes for all Christians.
I’m not saying that Jesus would be a member of either party. He would reject both because neither is perfect.
But only one party currently prostitutes the teachings of Jesus to get votes.
In their zeal to save fetuses, âpro-lifeâ Christians have supported Trump, who is closer to the antichrist than to the servant leader modeled by Jesus.
The Trump administration has caged thousands of children at the border in inhumane conditions. Egyptian authorities did not throw the baby Jesus into a cage and separate him from Mary and Joseph as they fled from Herod, but he would have been if Trump were the pharaoh.
Look at the 10 commandments:
1. You will not have other gods before me. Trump has repeatedly called himself “the chosen one” and his sycophants have even called him a second coming, something the narcissist Trump has not shied away from.
2. You will not make yourself an idol. Trump has orchestrated numerous photo ops of his supporters praying around him and of course there was the infamous photo op of him using the Bible amid the social justice protests in Washington – all to manipulate the vote. Christian.
3. You will not misuse the name of the Lord. It involves having a flippant attitude towards God. Trump’s constant name calling and lifestyle shows his true attitude to God.
4. Keep the Sabbath holy. It’s about taking a day off from your hard work. The problem with Trump is that he doesn’t work hard enough. According to various reports, 60% of his time is spent on “management time” and he has taken dozens of golf trips at taxpayer expense.
5. Honor your parents. The dysfunction of the Trump family is well documented and the president’s retribution is a by-product. This vindictiveness and insecurity is one of the reasons that 178 and more members of this administration were dismissed or felt compelled to resign.
6. You will not kill. With more than 215,000 dead and his continued dismissal from masks and the dangers of the virus itself, Trump’s handling of Covid-19 amounts to negligent homicide.
7. You will not commit adultery. Trump cheated on his three wives.
8. You will not steal. Trump has repeatedly failed to pay his creditors, donated $ 2 million to eight charities after he embezzled funds to support his campaign and an additional $ 25 million to students swindled by Trump University. Trump, who boasts of being a millionaire, also Less paid income taxes as teachers, so it robs America as a leader.
9. You will not lie. Trump has lied more than 21,000 times so far during his presidency.
10. Thou shalt not covet. Trump covets women, power and money. Trump even coveted his own daughter, claiming he “maybe go out with her” if she was not related.
Trump’s moral depravity also includes the ‘grab them by the pussy’ comment, that 26 women accused him of sexual assault, his direct ties to Jeffrey Epstein, his refusal to condemn white supremacists, and his mockery of widows. and our military. Clearly, if you are not a rich white man who can be of use to him, then Trump doesn’t care about you.
The apostle Paul writes in the New Testament book of Ephesians that our struggle is “not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world.”
Now is not the time for blind obedience, as my former pastors demanded. Now is the time to question and demand more of our government and spiritual leaders. The future of our country and our faith is at stake.
Joe Biden is far from perfect, but he is much closer to the servant leader whom we Christians are called to follow. That’s why he has my vote.