I am a registered Republican—but I will not vote for Donald Trump.
I will not vote for someone who has so little respect for the Constitution of the United States that his response to protestors is to say, “I wanted to punch that guy in the mouth.” I will not vote for someone with so little respect for women that he equates the terms “political light-weight” with “bimbo” when speaking of a female reporter. I will not vote for a man who has so little respect for human life that he claims he could shoot a man on a crowded street and not lose votes because he’s so popular. I will not vote for someone who mocks anyone who is different from him, responds angrily to anyone who disagrees with him, and refuses to participate in anything that doesn’t give him the spotlight.
And I am very, very disappointed in all the “evangelical Christians” who stand behind this man.
Politics is hard. Government is hard. Living in a nation of over 300 million people from every race, ethnicity, and religion on the planet is hard. Throw into the mix a national heritage that says all people are created equal and a national constitution that says all people should be treated as equals, and being an American gets even harder. It’s so much easier to say ‘what’s in it for me?’ or ‘who is looking out for people like me?’ But the government of the United States is not supposed to be picking and choosing who gets respect or who gets a voice. And the President of the United States—the representative of ALL the people of the United States—should be the one raising the bar, not lowering it.
I have long stood against the idea that the United States is a “Christian nation.” My reasoning has been on theological grounds as well as historical and legal. But in recent months, the people of this country who have flocked en masse to support the biggest bully on the block have proven that we are not a Christian nation in any way. Christians are supposed to follow Jesus’ teachings to love their enemies, to put others ahead of themselves, to care for the weak and the outsider, to put living for God ahead of monetary gain, to be peace-makers, to be forgiving. Jesus stood boldly for what he believed, and so should we—not to ridicule others or throw punches against anyone who disagrees with us, but to love them enough to be beaten by them, enough to die for them.
I will not vote for Donald Trump. I will do my research, read articles, listen to the debates, and cast my vote for someone who can build bridges in Washington, DC, not walls. I will look for someone who will uphold the Constitution, not trample it underfoot to the thunderous applause of supporters who find freedom of speech and freedom of religion a little hard to take when it’s not their speech and their religion which are being protected. I will speak out against political candidates and their Christian supporters who think it’s okay to say anything and do anything as long as the majority goes along. The majority—among them many evangelical Christians—may support many things which neither the Constitution nor the Bible would permit. So if Donald Trump is the big “winner” of this year’s race for the presidency, please ask yourself what we as a people stand to lose.