In case you missed it, Wayne Grudem, world-renowned theologian and Trinitarian-controversy-starter- extraordinaire, recently wrote a lengthy, 12 million-page
book essay on why he’s voting for Donald Jermaine (please tell me that’s his middle name) Trump this election at townhall.com.
Aside from the fact that its probably not wise for pastors/theologians to openly endorse presidential candidates, here are a few of my initial concerns with his argumentation:
- His first point is that he believes that Trump’s a “good candidate with some flaws”
He 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. These are certainly flaws, but I don’t think they are disqualifying flaws in this election.
On the other hand, I think some of the accusations hurled against him are unjustified. His many years of business conduct show that he is not racist or anti-(legal) immigrant or anti-Semitic or misogynistic – I think these are unjust magnifications by a hostile press exaggerating some careless statements he has made. I think he is deeply patriotic and sincerely wants the best for the country. He has been an unusually successful problem solver in business. He has raised remarkable children. Many who have known him personally speak highly of his kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity.
Maybe all of this is rooted in his belief that fallible prophecy is a thing and the sign gifts are still around for use today, but all of this I think this and I think that mumbo jumbo shows us that he’s just speculating the best case scenario for our favorite reality-star-turned-presidential-candidate. Which is odd to me: He’s one of the greatest theological minds of our time, yet he puts so much blind trust in an unregenerate, lawless man who’s every thought and intention is continually evil (Gen. 6:5), rather than taking into account his long track record of publicly funding baby-killing politicians, misogyny, actual racism, lying, and cheating.
Not to mention, he never uttered an anti-abortion sentiment once in his RNC nomination speech.
2. His second point is that Christians should seek the good of the nation they are exiles in.
Should Christians even try to influence elections at all? Yes, definitely. The apostle Peter says Christians are “exiles” on this earth (1 Peter 1:1). Therefore I take seriously the prophet Jeremiah’s exhortation to the Jewish people living in exile in Babylon:
“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare” (Jeremiah 29:7).
By way of modern application, I think Christians today have a similar obligation to vote in such a way that will “seek the welfare” of the United States. Therefore the one overriding question to ask is this: Which vote is most likely to bring the best results for the nation?
To which I say, what if “best thing for the nation” is for Christians to stand with integrity and show the world that they wont vote for any ‘ol lawless demagogue simply because they have an “R” by their name? Voting a lawless demagogue into office that has just as much chance of banishing Baby-Murder Worship Centers in America as Kermit Gosnell in a pant-suit will just breed more and more Constitution-averse and constitutionally-assinine buffoons.
Trump is power hungry and greedy, simple as that. He’ll use us until he doesn’t.
3. And my personal favorite of his reasons to vote for Trump and his VP, My Pants:
Some may feel it is easier just to stay away from this messy Trump-Clinton election, and perhaps not even vote. But the teachings of Scripture do not allow us to escape moral responsibility by saying that we decided to do nothing. The prophet Obadiah rebuked the people of the Edom for standing by and doing nothing to help when the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem: “On the day that you stood aloof, on the day that . . . foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were like one of them.” (Obadiah 1:11).
Israel is under the Unconditional Abrahamic Covenant in which God promises, “I will bless those that bless you, and curse those that curse you (Gen. 12:3).” Edom would suffer God’s judgment because they would not defend God’s covenant people, and therefore they were cursed, as the Covenant promised. Edom would never be populated again:
Though Edom says, “We have been beaten down, but we will return and build up the ruins”; thus says the LORD of hosts, “They may build, but I will tear down; and men will call them the wicked territory, and the people toward whom the LORD is indignant forever.” Your eyes will see this and you will say, “The LORD be magnified beyond the border of Israel! (Mal. 1:4-5)”
So how far does Wayne want to take this one? If we don’t vote for an unsaved man, will God “tear us down” and will we “receive the Lord’s idignance forever?” Am I and Donald Trump under an Unconditional Covenant that promises blessing when I bless The Donald and curses when I don’t? Of course not. God was talking to Edom under specific circumstances, and in relation to God’s covenant people Israel, not the Church, in which “all things work out for the good of those that love God and are called according to His purpose (Ro. 8:28).” This sort of screwy application is a result of not making a clear distinction between Israel and the Church: two separate programs, one earthly, one heavenly. Oh how we love to spiritualize things and make meaning, and therefore application, that wasn’t intended by the author.
I like Wayne, he just got this one wrong. I don’t want to be saddled with the decision of voting for either of these candidates.
I don’t think Wayne wants his grandkids snickering everytime President Trump mocks a handicapped person, saying, “Well, Papa over there voted for this guy to be the representative of you and I and our great US of A, and he’d done this act before Pa voted for him…I guess Pa endorses this kind of thing.” Wayne shouldn’t have written this article and endorsed the guy for everyone to see on the interwebs forever.
I don’t have time to touch everything else with this article as its 1am and I have wedding things tomorrow, but have at it in the comments.