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So many Christians are trying to figure out whether to vote for Trump or a third party in November. Here is a helpful collection of posts from various viewpoints that explore the issues involved:

Why I Don’t Think You Must Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils– Dan Doriani (TGC)

Evangelical Views of the 2016 Election: Ethics and Theology Professor on Why Trump is the Best Candidate for President – Norman Geisler (CT)

Evangelical Views of the 2016 Election: Evangelicals, We Need to Start Looking Beyond the Candidates – Ronnie Floyd

4 Evangelicals, 4 Different Ways to Consider Trump – Trevin Wax (RNS)

Trump’s Moral Character and the Election – Wayne Grudem

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  1. Jamie Carter says:

    Odd, isn’t it, that it’s come down to Trump or 3rd Party for all true Bible, believing Christians – that the other main candidate is immediately ruled out – is it because she would be the very first woman to be president? Germany and South Korea beat us there and have amazing women serving as presidents not just because they’re women but they’re politicians who are also capable leaders – one of which boasts of the country with the strongest economy in Europe and has opened it’s doors up to refugees in a big way.
    Perhaps Christianity should take a dose of humility and consider Clinton as a viable option, after all, the Democrats couldn’t offer up a better person for the job and she won out.

    • Lisa Ellison says:

      For me, it has very little to do with the fact that she’s a woman. It is the fact that she directly opposes policies that I believe in and wants the Supreme Court to make law rather than stick to the Constitution.

      • Jamie Carter says:

        Does Trump support any policies that you oppose and vise versa?
        As I understand it, the Supreme Court has the daunting task of upholding the Constitution – like in the decision of Leser vs Garnett to uphold the 19th Amendment even though some states hadn’t ratified it and wanted to deny women the right to vote. To some degree, the Supreme Court interprets and applies the Constitution as various situations arise. Not all that dissimilar from how pastors interpret Scripture and teach how it applies to everyday life.

      • Brian says:

        But a good pastor interprets and applies Scripture, he doesn’t try make it say what it doesn’t. Same goes for the Supreme Court. Trump wants a responsible justice who will interpret and apply. Clinton wants a justice who will make the Constitution say whatever agrees with her progressive paganism.

      • Jamie Carter says:

        Sometimes the Bible can be interpreted to say two things, such as how it was used to support slavery and how it was used to bolster the anti-slavery position. A good pastor doesn’t just read the story of Onesimus and declare that the Bible says that God approves of slavery until the end of time as a moral good; one must understand the moral complexity of first century a.d. life and learn to discern the lesson that all people should be treated with respect and quick to forgive regardless of the status they were born with. So it is with the constitution, a good politician or constitutional lawyer has to understand how to intepret and apply it in our modern context where the original document did not think it would find itself. The constitution is at least a living document, subject to alterations and additions in a way that the Scriptures are not. Just as we are not a people of the first century, so too are we not a people of the eighteenth century and therefore both documents need to be carefully considered in order to craft the best understanding for the time and culture that is our own.The price of freedom and equality is living in a country where people may practice their different beliefs without being censored or controlled by others – just as the government cannot forbid the practice of Christianity, Christianity cannot control the government in the affairs of non-Christians. That’s what the founding fathers were trying to step away from – a place where church and state were too cozy and had stifled their freedoms when their own personal beliefs did not coincide with the preferred governmental version of Christianity.

    • Brian says:

      It is about policy and character – not her gender.

      • Jamie Carter says:

        While Mr. Trump certainly is a character, I’m not sure that he has the same character traits as presidents past had – Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln – I can’t imagine any of these guys having said half the things Trump had said and still being considered worthy of being president.
        As to Clinton’s character, she’s a skillful politician, having been in the business she’s capable of crafting an image that suits her purpose whatever it may be. Trump could learn a thing or two from her were he a humble man, but he isn’t.

      • Brian says:

        Neither candidate has good character. So I turn to policy, and find Hilary to be anti-Christian, against freedom of religion, and for abortion. I couldn’t even consider voting for her.

      • Jamie Carter says:

        Clinton identifies herself to be a Methodist who understands the difficult line between belief and law. Just because some Christians deeply believe that LGBTQ people are sinners, they ought not have the ability to override equality laws for the LGBTQ community. So it is with matters of life, just because Christians believe life to be sacred, they ought not have the ability to over-ride the vote of everyone who doesn’t see it their way. Christians aren’t the only population in the states with a vote and their vote doesn’t count as “more important” than those who aren’t among them. Take a real close look at third-world countries without access to birth control and abortion and you’ll find that poverty and hunger often runs rampant. You have plenty because you can choose the size of your family – don’t take that choice away from others whose resources are decidedly less than your own.

      • Brian says:

        Let’s just agree to disagree…

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