Voting Decisions

Intersect, an online magazine of My Faith Votes, quotes Dr. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, as saying: “We are tempted to separate personal character and political policies as if they can be cleanly divided, but character is policy and policy is character.”

He goes on to say, “President Trump’s behavior on Twitter and his divisive comments and sub-presidential behavior are an embarrassment to me. Constantly….. But character is some strange combination of the personal, the principled, and the practical.

“I cannot accept the argument that a calm man who affirms the dismembering of babies in the womb has a superior character to a man who rants like Genghis Khan but acts to preserve that life.”

Although Dr. Mohler didn’t vote for Trump in 2016, now he says, “In the protection of liberty, religious liberty is fundamental. President Trump has corrected many of the infringements on religious liberty caused by the policy mandates of previous administrations. He has made religious liberty an American priority at home and abroad. Under his administration, the Department of Justice and the Attorney General have defended religious liberty. President Trump even extended conscience protection to those whose worldviews are not explicitly religious… My convictions lead me to a very clear conclusion in this election. I hope and vote for the election of Donald Trump and the Republican ticket…”

So do I, not only for these reasons. Like God called Cyrus, King of Persia, to do a job for him although he didn’t know him (see Ezra 1:1, and Isaiah 44:28-45:7) I believe God is using President Trump—perhaps in some ways in spite of himself—to accomplish his will and purpose. And I hope God’s will (and one of his purposes) is to bless America.


Judith Vander Wege

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