I want to be very clear from the very beginning of this article. The following represents my personal views and is not a condemnation toward those who may differ. 

Though I personally have strong convictions in this area, I will admit the area is, in many ways, gray. The Bible does not explicitly give guidance regarding a political system like the one we have in America, of course, there are principles which may intersect and apply.

This is the closest I have ever followed an election cycle. From the beginning, I have done my best to keep up with the debates, interviews, and information – even when there were one billion different Republican candidates to keep track of. Sigh, remember those days?
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And as the span of the race grew longer, and the list of candidates became shorter, I became more and more convinced that I would not vote this year. The main candidates –libertarian party included – have all shown themselves to be morally bankrupt, and all present a message that is antithetical to Biblical instruction.

I have a long list of reasons that I will not be voting this year, however, for the sake of brevity, I will only include a few of the main ones.


1. There is no pro-life candidate running.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard people say they are voting for Donald Trump because he’s ‘pro-life.’

He’s not. I know he said he is in a few interviews but he is not. Historically, he has donated quite generously to political campaigns – Hillary’s included – which support abortion, and has personally said that he is “very pro-choice.” I don’t feel the need to rehash this topic too much since I already covered it in my previous article, Where the Leading Presidential Candidates Stand on Abortion.

I will say, this point is the crux of the issue for me. I could honestly end the article here. The support of abortion in any sense is unequivocally evil, and those who support it are they themselves evil. I will not and can not vote for someone in good conscience who would defend the murder of children as a “right.”

2. The Bible knows nothing of party loyalty.

Whether you consider yourself to be Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or associated with whatever party Vermin Supreme could be classified a part of, your loyalty is not ultimately to your party, but to God.

Martin Luther famously said at the Diet of Worms, “I consider myself convicted by the testimony of Holy Scripture, which is my basis; my conscience is captive to the Word of God.”  In addition, he stated that “acting against one’s conscience is neither safe nor sound.

Although his context was different, the truth of his words crosses over into our American political realm. Our conscience should, as Christians, be held captive to the Word of God. All issues – abortion, racism, education, war, etc. – must be viewed through that lens.

It seems that the phrase, “We aren’t voting for a pastor” has become the battle cry of professing evangelicals. A poor excuse to lay aside all Biblical morals and virtue in exchange for some political agenda.

If I have to choose between what’s best for the future of the Republican Party or what is honoring to God, I will choose the latter every time.

If I have to choose between what’s best for the future of the Democratic Party or what is honoring to God, I will choose the latter every time.

If I have to choose between what’s best for the future of the Libertarian Party or what is honoring to God, I will choose the latter every time.

And ultimately – and I know many so-called evangelicals would treat this as the highest heresy – if I have to choose between what’s best for the future of America or what is honoring to God, I will choose the latter. Every. Single. Time.

3. My life is gospel–centered, not politically–centered.

There’s an old gospel song that contains the words, “I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.” While I don’t want this to be received as some sort of official declaration of my eschatological position, there is so much truth to this.

This world is foreign to us. The Bible says that at times we literally groan, awaiting the adoption of our bodies. When the world stops feeling foreign, with all it’s politics, ideology, and man-centered plans, rest assured you have become far too entrenched in it.

True change will never come to America through legislation, presidential leaders, or anything else aside from the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we publicly place our faith in political leaders, we place a shadow on the gospel we are called to promote. And since any human system or leader will fail – some more than others – Christians can not permanently avoid embarrassment when they choose to put all their eggs in the political basket.

Al Mohler recently wrote: “The moral credibility of evangelical Christians is on the line, and it is of far greater value than any election.”

He could not be more correct.

In 2016, a time where everyone is clamoring for change, unity, and progress, I choose not to point to Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or Gary Johnson. I’d rather point to the Gospel. That’s what this country and this world actually need.

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