As a Christian, I cannot vote for Donald Trump in good conscience.
Here are seven reasons why.
*My religious views and values play into most of the reasons I will not vote for Trump as President of the United States. If you don’t share my religious views (and even if you do), you may disagree. And that’s ok. I respect your right to have a differing opinion. Hopefully this article will help you understand why I cannot feel good about voting for Mr. Trump, because of my Christian beliefs.
1) My church leaders have encouraged “Latter-day Saints..to seek out and then uphold leaders who will act with integrity and are wise, good, and honest.”
Source: 2014 First Presidency letter
I don’t believe Donald Trump’s behavior embodies integrity, wisdom, honesty nor goodness. I would do my best to show love and respect for Donald Trump if I met him in person. But when it comes to casting my vote for who will become the next leader of the United States of America, I cannot in good conscience uphold Donald Trump’s presidency. I feel doing so would be a clear contradiction to the direction I’ve received from church leaders. (FYI, The LDS Church takes a neutral stance on political candidates and parties, see Political Neutrality video)
The recently released First Presidency letter in 2016 says something very similar,
Principles compatible with the gospel may be found in various political parties, and members should seek candidates who best embody those principles.
I don’t think Donald Trump is the presidential candidate who best embodies gospel principles. From three in-person experiences I’ve had, I’d say someone like Evan McMullin better embodies the principles the Gospel stands for.
2) 2 Timothy 3:1-5 encourages Christians to turn away from “lovers of their own selves” etc.
Source: 2 Timothy 3:1-5
The Apostle Paul in his second epistle to Timothy wrote
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers,incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Do any of these attributes apply to the behavior displayed by Donald Trump? Have you ever seen Mr. Trump act boastful, proud, self-absorbed, disobedient, unholy, accusational, fierce, highminded, pleasure-loving, betraying, or unthankful? If so, and if you believe the teachings of the Bible, then it goes to reason that you should “turn away” from Mr. Trump.
3) 2 Timothy 1:7 explains that “God hath not given us the spirit of fear”
Source: 2 Timothy 1:7
The Apostle Paul also explained to Timothy
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
I’ve heard some say the reason they are voting for Trump is because they don’t want Hillary Clinton to become President- in this case their behavior is guided by their fear of a Clinton presidency.
I recently saw a news story claiming that Russia would engage in nuclear warfare if the USA does not elect Trump. Likewise, if this influenced you to vote for Trump, you’d be voting out of fear, instead of “love”.
The faith vs. fear teaching is central in Christian teachings. For Latter-day Saints, faith in Jesus Christ is the first principle of the Gospel. Fear is the antithesis of faith. Where fear resides, faith does not.
Faith is a choice to trust in God and His promises for protection. Fear is to rely on the arm of flesh for protection. If we are doing what is right and trust in God, we have no reason to fear.
4) Traditional values are central to American prosperity
The prosperity the United States has enjoyed historically, has come because of traditional American values, not in spite of them. The Christian values of freedom, selflessness, service, honesty- all of these are values that engender trust and support among our allies. Violating these values and principles violates the trust and good will that many countries around the world have toward the USA. I don’t believe Mr. Trump to be the best ambassador of traditional American values. I believe his presidency would harm our relationships of trust and good will with many countries.
5) I cannot encourage a leader who commits sexual assault
The recent video that surfaced showed one instance in which Donald Trump admitted- even boasted to making sexual advances on women- including married women. He even alluded to using forceful persuasion to get women to commit fornication/adultery with him.
If this was the only reason to not vote for Trump, this would be enough.
And it was for many people.
After the video was released dozens of leaders around the country denounced their support of Donald Trump.
And this was just one video. Since the video was released several women have come forward accusing Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. At least one of the participants in the Miss Universe/etc. beauty pageants has come forward explaining how Donald Trump would barge into the women’s changing room unannounced.
I cannot vote for someone who sexually harasses women and prides in it. I wish it didn’t have to sound so harsh, but I think the video speaks for itself.
According to Christian teachings, sexual sin is an abomination. Alma told his son Corianton that sexual sin was
an abomination in the sight of the Lord; yea, most abominable above all sins save it be the shedding of innocent blood or denying the Holy Ghost. (see Alma 39:5)
6) I don’t feel inspired when I watch Donald Trump
I see Donald Trump inspiring hatred and fear- division and disrespect. Some of Donald’s most passionate supporters have acted on the “inspiration” he’s given them. It’s scary. America has worked hard for decades to get dispel racism and division. Let’s not revert to our more divisive past.
In contrast I have felt inspired while watching Evan McMullin vouch for the integrity of this nation. After his speeches I feel more inspired to be good, and to do good.
Also, Donald Trump does not have a glowing countenance. What I mean is that when people do good and are good, their countenances can shine.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! (see Matthew 6:22-23)
Here’s an interesting video of Donald Trump:
We can’t say he didn’t warn us..
7) There is a better option: Evan McMullin
I’ve heard the argument that a vote for third party is a wasted vote. Sorry to disagree with you, but I believe this is a faulty argument. A mentality like that could get America into a lot of trouble.
There is a real path to victory for a third party candidate, and that is to deny the two major candidates the 270 electoral required to become the next President, which would push the decision to the House of Representatives.
If no candidate receives a majority of Electoral votes, the House of Representatives elects the President from the 3 Presidential candidates who received the most Electoral votes. Each state delegation has one vote. (see Archives.gov)
If Evan McMullin gains the six electoral votes in Utah and Gary Johnson gains the five electoral votes in New Mexico, there is a very real possibility that Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Evan McMullin will be the three Presidential candidates sent to the House of Representatives for a vote.
I believe Evan McMullin has a real chance because of the controversies surrounding the two major party candidates. Also, McMullin worked for the House of Representatives as one of the chief policy directors.
Is there a chance the House of Representatives would elect a level-minded candidate like Evan McMullin to become the next President of the USA?