Decision 2016: Robb’s (Yes) Closing Argument

Throughout the course of this debate, I have sought to persuade you that as a Christian you should vote for Donald Trump for president. Jason has sought to do the opposite and convince you not to vote for Trump. In less than two weeks, you will have to make a decision. As you think about what you will do, I want to summarize the cases that have been set before you this week so you can see clearly why the biblical choice is to vote for Donald Trump.

Jason has sought to convince you not to vote for Trump. The initial problem with his position is that he has no solution to offer you whatsoever, and he admitted this himself. His exact words were, “As for voting, I have no answer for you.” The biblical principles that he claims so clearly and definitively tell him what not to do fail to inform him what he should do in this situation. Yet this cannot be a true understanding of Scripture on this matter. For every “put off” in Scripture, there is a corollary “put on” (Eph 4:22-32). If the Scriptures tell Jason to “put off” voting for Trump, it would seem they would give him clear direction what to “put on” in the voting booth. No answer is forthcoming.

Examining his argument itself, Jason claims you should not vote for Trump by arguing that to do so compromises biblical principle, associates you with undesirable people, destroys your credibility as a Christian, and allows fear to dictate your actions rather than faith in a sovereign God. I have already explained how the credibility argument does not work because of the subjective nature of credibility. When combined with someone who is taking a stand on principle, using the credibility argument becomes absurd because acting in a way to maintain credibility exemplifies pragmatism of the worst kind: seeking the approval of men. I also have shown how it is possible and preferable to vote for Trump out of faith rather than fear, and I trust many of our brothers and sisters in Christ are so motivated. Those who are motivated by fear will, I hope, read my arguments and vote for Trump but from motives of faith rather than fear.

In the cross-examination essay, I gave Jason an opportunity to show how voting for Trump associates us with undesirable people, but he was unable to answer the question. He brought up a passage in Proverbs 1 that speaks of the dangers of joining with those who kill the innocent for profit and lie in wait for blood to enrich themselves. The group of people described in that passage sound far more like Clinton and the Democrat party than Trump and the GOP. Furthermore, the passage is not speaking of voting, but of actively participating in violent robbery. Jason later asserted he was considering voting for Evan McMullin, a Mormon. How is espousing polytheistic, idolatrous, self-righteous, hypocritical religion while claiming the name of Christ moral? It isn’t. In fact, it’s worse than Trump’s adulteries and casinos, at least according to Jesus, who said prostitutes and tax collectors would get into the kingdom before religious hypocrites (Matt 21:31). Jason’s inconsistency at this point undermines his entire argument.

But we must ask a further question: Does voting for someone associate me with every other voter who supports that candidate, and does it give the candidate a blanket endorsement of everything that candidate has ever said or done? Any reasonable person understands that it does not; otherwise, Christians could only vote for like-minded Christians who are only supported by other like-minded Christians. I can vote for Trump and at the same time call him to repentance for his sins. These are not contradictory actions. My vote is not a blanket endorsement of anyone; it is a simple statement that of the two options available to me, I think Trump is the better option. I will vote for Trump, and if I ever get the opportunity to meet him, I will tell him the good news of Christ crucified and risen. None of that is contradictory.

Jason’s central argument was that to vote for Trump is to compromise principle for pragmatism. We must ask, “What biblical principle(s) are we compromising by voting for Trump over Clinton?” Besides the Proverbs passage noted above, Jason cited nine other passages throughout his three essays: Prov 22:1; Dan 2:21; Matt 6:34; John 14:27; 1 Cor 5:6; 15:33; James 1:27; 1 Pet 1:13-16; 2:16-21. (He also alluded to others he did not explicitly cite, all of which were along the same themes as the explicit citations.) These passages essentially provide three principles: (1) God is sovereign (Prov 22:1; Dan 2:21), (2) Christians should not fear (Matt 6:34; John 14:27; 1 Pet 2:16-21), and (3) Christians should be holy (1 Cor 5:6; 15:33; James 1:27; 1 Pet 1:13-16). Who can argue with this three points? No sincere Christian! Jason, however, failed to show how voting for Trump violates these principles.

Voting for Trump does not diminish the sovereignty of God. Christians can vote for Trump from other motives besides fear. But what about that third one? Does voting for Trump make us unholy? It depends upon our motives. Jason asserted that voting for Trump makes us like the world. But is our choice of candidate what makes us like the world? What differentiates a Christian from the world when he enters the voting booth has to do with the heart. The unbeliever votes out of self-interest; the Christian votes out of biblically informed love for neighbor. This motive of love is what makes us different than the world. The principle of holiness, then, is only violated if we vote out of self-interest (to preserve our credibility, for example).

I have argued that the principle that motivates the believer to vote for Trump is in fact love for neighbor. We vote for Trump because we love our neighbors who have not yet been born, who need protection from being dismembered by their mothers in the womb (to the tune of over 4,000,000 over a Clinton term in office). We vote for Trump because we love our neighbors who are in dire need of affordable healthcare while Obamacare premiums more than double in some states (and skyrocket in all states), making healthcare thoroughly impossible to obtain for many. We vote for Trump because the moral priority in Scripture is life over ceremony, and Trump has promised to uphold this principle and appoint pro-life justices to the Supreme Court. Not only is a vote for Trump something a Christian does from faith, but it also something we do from love. Jason would have you believe this is a debate of principle vs. pragmatism, but the truth is that this is a debate about what it means to be holy. The Apostle Paul wrote, “The whole Law is fulfilled in one statement, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Gal 5:14 NASB). That is what holiness means.

Isaiah 1:17 says, “Bring justice to the fatherless” (ESV). Christian, you have an opportunity on November 8 to do your part in this election to make that a reality in this country. You can vote for Donald Trump and the rest of the GOP candidates. I encourage you to do so out of faith and holy love, and I pray to this end as well. Soli Deo Gloria.

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  1. Four posts defending a Trump vote without addressing the alt-right white nationalism of his campaign seems… incomplete.

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