That seems like a silly question, doesn’t it? Of course, as a US citizen in a US presidential vote, my concern should be the well-being of the United States of America, right? I mean, what else?
We’re deep in what has been called the “Silly Season,” the campaigning time leading up to a presidential election. I very rarely post about politics, but I wanted to share some of my thoughts about what should be guiding your vote (if you’re a Christian and a US citizen) in the US presidential election in November, and in any votes leading up to it, if you participate in those.
First, let me say that I think Christians need to stop believing that there is the possibility that a godly person will be in the US presidency. If that ever happens again, it will be only by the grace of God and I will welcome it, but it seems so incredibly unlikely. Take a look at the elections over the last several decades. It’s been a long time since we’ve had someone decent to vote for in a presidential election. It always seems to be the choice, on a scale of 1 to 10, between a 2 and a 2½ at best—a choice between the lesser of two evils, as the saying goes.
Also, I believe it’s useless to vote for a candidate in a party that has no possible chance of winning, so that almost always leaves only the Republican candidate and the Democratic candidate. As sad as that reality is, it’s reality in this country nonetheless.
I believe, for the Christian, the focus should be on the well-being of God’s Kingdom rather than on the well-being of America. I believe Christians should vote for the candidate that will allow the Kingdom of God to grow and expand the most. Of course, the new president will know nothing of these things—he won’t be a Christian after all—but we should vote for the candidate that will ignore us the most in terms of governmental restriction on Christian practice and activity.
In my opinion, it’s the healthiest strategy to vote for whichever candidate you think will provide the longest lasting freedom for Christians to continue to worship, preach, and evangelize. We are under the mandate of God to worship, preach truth, and share the Gospel message everywhere. I want a president that will hinder that the least, and that’s who I’ll be voting for.
Update & Recantation (May 5, 2016)
When I originally wrote this post, I never actually thought we’d end up with Trump and Clinton (maybe Sanders) as the choices for US president. In that light, a recantation, while embarrassing, was necessary.