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A Morally Good Choice

August 2, 2016

That title came from this title of an article written by Wayne Grudem on in which he explains that voting for Donald Trump for President is the “morally good choice.”  He also explains that this decision is because he has been “a professor who has taught Christian ethics for 39 years…”

To show that he has actually been paying attention to the election he makes is clear that he understands Trump “is egotistical, bombastic, and brash. He often lacks nuance in his statements. Sometimes he blurts out mistaken ideas (such as bombing the families of terrorists) that he later must abandon. He insults people. He can be vindictive when people attack him. He has been slow to disown and rebuke the wrongful words and actions of some angry fringe supporters. He has been married three times and claims to have been unfaithful in his marriages.” 

After concluding that Trump is a “good candidate with flaws” he then explains his choice in detail and tells us that the actual question we need to decide is “Can I in good conscience act in a way that helps a liberal like Hillary Clinton win the presidency?”  His answer, to the surprise of no one who has followed his career, is a resounding no.

I could try to counter Grudem’s analysis as I am sure many are already doing.  I could point out that one of those flaws – infidelity – was reason enough for culture warriors like Grudem was grounds to not vote for Bill Clinton but I won’t.  (OK, on that infidelity thing I just did, didn’t I?)  But Grudem, like everyone else, is free to vote for who he wants and to try and persuade others.

Frankly, the essence of what Grudem says could have been said in a much shorter article; something like this:

  1. Donald Trump is the Republican nominee.
  2. Hillary Clinton is a Democrat and,as such, is so horrible that she must be defeated.
  3. Evangelicals need to be with Republicans and vote for Trump no matter how flawed he is.

Is it any wonder that the culture war has made evangelicalism, in the minds of so many – including many evangelicals – nothing more than a subdivision of the Republican Party?  I agree with Grudem’s fellow-evangelical Scott McKnight as he analyzes it this way:

“Grudem has time and time aligned evangelicalism with the powers. This endorsement of Trump is another instance. Evangelicalism’s status in American society is at an all-time low because of this alignment, and Grudem is one of the primary voices of this alignment. Evangelicalism has sold itself to the gods of this age; it is either going to die out or change course.

The best way to seek the good of our nation is to be the church in the nation, not confuse the church and the nation. Evangelical leaders would be more evangelical if they refused to endorse political candidates.”

What Grudem has said bothers me not because he likes Republican stances on political issues but that in calling himself a teacher of Christian ethics as his rationale for his choice he essentially says to us that “it is me and God against you” and that doesn’t sound all that ethical to me.


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One Comment
  1. I agree with you. I’m not comparing Trump to Hitler, but Grudem’s justification does sound like the old “Hitler was nice to dogs and children” argument. A man who says he has never needed forgiveness is mocking God.

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