The Intramural Christian Battle Over Trump

There are a few categories of Christians in this general election. Those that support Trump without reservations, those that support Trump with reservations, and, of course, the NeverTrumpers either not voting or voting “third party.”

All sides have made their arguments thoroughly in this intramural battle — and sometimes harshly. Here are two examples where writers haven’t pulled their punches. The first writer doesn’t say who he is voting for, the second one is voting for Trump:

Christians Need To Stop Pretending They’re Too Good To Vote In This Election
Scripture demonstrates that God’s people often must submit to and participate in ungodly political regimes. Opting out is not an option.
By J.G. Slavic

I’m a Christian, and I intend to vote. You will probably neither like my candidate, nor the fact that I participate in this election at all. Perhaps you’ll say I’m a pragmatist, or that I’m just a nutcase who will do anything to keep another candidate from getting into the White House. Perhaps, too, that I’ve betrayed the church and Christ, and am giving no thought to the future of the country.

Well, in voting this election, I read the Bible and believe I’m in the company of Queen Esther, Daniel, and Mary and Joseph. Let me explain. Esther, an upstanding Israelite maiden in the Old Testament, was compelled to marry the king of Persia. This king had a previous wife, Vashti, whom he lewdly objectified to entertain himself and his male friends in a drunken revelry.

Read more: The Federalist

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Last Chance to Defeat Political Correctness?
By: Edward J. Erler

You didn’t hear it here first, but you’re not going to hear it anywhere else with more conviction: The 2016 presidential election is almost certainly the last chance to stop political correctness, Progressive Liberalism’s ingenious, phenomenally successful invention for suppressing political dissent. Both political parties, the academy, the media, and adherents of the administrative state bow to PC’s imperious rule.

In National Review, a publication vigorously opposed to Trump, Jonah Goldberg recently remarked that Trump is incapable of thinking about the Constitution, having no ideas whatsoever about it. But Trump understands something important that Goldberg can’t or won’t: the people, not the media, political elites, or intellectuals, are the source of the Constitution’s legitimacy. Trump is appealing to the ultimate source of authority for the Constitution, “We the people,” not “We the intellectuals and political pundits.” If Trump wins, the pundit class’s opinions will carry even less weight than they do today. Goldberg’s subtle kind of political correctness regards direct appeals to the people as corrupting them, in the way that all populism is corrupting. Rather than reaffirm the primacy of consent, Goldberg prefers that the consent of the governed be screened and qualified by the pundit class.

Read more: The Claremont Institute

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