Reverend Graham is a man I greatly admire and respect. I believe he is a godly man. He has done much for the Kingdom and has been a powerful advocate for Christian values and the Lordship of Jesus. There are few people that have shared the Gospel as fervently and eloquently as Reverend Graham.
That being said, he is wrong and misguided on Trump. Yesterday, a group of over 900 evangelical “leaders” went to New York to meet with the presumptive Republican nominee.
Reports state that few questions were asked (since reportedly Mr. Huckabee hogged most of the time bloviating and spewing useless blather as usual) and Mr. Trump rehashed the same talking points he has been using all along. He, of course, put special emphasis on the future of the Supreme Court; knowing full well the fears Christians and Conservatives have of having their precious religious freedom stripped away from them.
Most of these so-called “leaders” are prosperity gospel types, but there were some serious leaders there such as: Dr. James Dobson, Mr. Vanderplatts, Reverend Graham, etc.
I do not consider Jerry Falwell Jr. a leader in the evangelical community as he is a disgrace to his father’s name and ministry. Yes, Liberty University is my Alma Mater and I am ashamed that he is its chancellor. He has sold out every principle his father believed in and has single-handily destroyed the godly legacy of a great man. Shameful. He should resign in disgrace over his ungodly handling of the school, his father’s legacy, and his testimony. He should be a Christian first and foremost, not a power-hungry whore. Yes, I mean whore. A whore is someone that sells themselves for money or power, it is an accurate description of his tenure as chancellor.
According to the Christian Post, “Evangelist Franklin Graham asserted Tuesday that Donald Trump is a better option for America than Hillary Clinton, and pointed out that even godly biblical leaders like Moses and King David had huge flaws.”
The Christian Post proceeded to quote Mr. Jackson on Reverend Graham, “Franklin Graham made this point and it is a powerful one — there will never be a perfect candidate as much as we would like one. There will never be a perfect candidate. In fact, he said, ‘Look, I am a sinner, we all are sinners. We all fall short of the glory of God,'” Jackson recalled. “He said that we don’t get to choose between perfect evil and perfect good. We get to choose people that we believe are at least inclined to, open to, have the possibility of doing what is best for our country.”
There is so much wrong with these statements that I do not even know where to begin. First, comparing Trump or his imperfections to King David and Moses is ridiculous. King David was a man after God’s own heart, who sinned. Yes, it was a big sin. However, when confronted, he humbled himself before God, asked for forgiveness and suffered the consequences. Trump has admitted to never having asked God for forgiveness. Is this the sign of a humble and godly man? I think not.
Second, the so-called “perfect” candidate argument is a red herring. Everyone knows there is no such thing as the perfect candidate. Not even Ronald Reagan was perfect and he was probably as close as we could get (after George Washington of course). That’s not the argument. The argument is what differentiates Trump from Hillary?
Let’s be clear, these “leaders” did not meet with Trump as private citizens, they met with him as evangelical leaders. That changes the standard completely. The standard must not be, “the lesser of two evils,” because there will always be one who is less evil than the other. Stalin was arguably less evil than Hitler, would they vote for Stalin or would they not vote at all at take the consequences?
The standard then becomes: Would God approve of us, his representatives on earth, encouraging His children to vote for this man? Does he embody any of the principles found in Scripture? Is he even a Christian?
No, our President does not need to be a Christian, but as evangelical leaders their allegiance is to God first and man second. Whether they like it or not, they lead their flock and are responsible before God for their influence.
Would our Lord approve of us as Christians voting for someone who supported and donated to Planned Parenthood most of his life (he is 69) and who supported partial birth abortion even up to a year ago? Would our Lord approve of us as Christians voting for a man that has praised sleeping with married women (he stated that not getting an STD was his personal Vietnam), been divorced three times, and speaks creepily about his daughter?
Would our Lord Jesus approve of us as Christians voting for a man that has almost certainly never read the Bible yet lies about it every chance he gets? Would our Lord Jesus approve of us as Christians voting for a man that has stated that transgender people can use whatever bathroom they feel comfortable with? I could go on, but you get the point.
All of the above beliefs are true and easily verifiable with a simple Google search.
As private citizens, we are given far more latitude on who to vote for. As Christians, that standard is about biblical principles, not the cult of personality or the lesser of two evils. As a Christian leader that responsibility is magnified and requires a Christ-centered analysis above all else. All of the biblical leaders Reverend Graham mentioned that had sinned asked for forgiveness and expressed great humility before God. Donald Trump has not shown one iota of humility, Christian fruit, or the love of Jesus.
Mr. Trump has held many of the same beliefs held by Hillary throughout his lifetime. So, why is he a better choice? Because Donald Trump says so? Because he has an (R) next to his name? A fool says whatever he believes to work for his gain.
Reverend Graham, I would respectfully ask you to consider the following verses from Proverbs:
“A fool is someone who is unwise, lacks sense, and lacks judgement. Fools don’t want to learn the truth. They laugh at the truth and turn their eyes away from the truth. Fools are wise in their own eyes failing to take in wisdom and advice, which will be their downfall. They suppress the truth by their unrighteousness.”
“They have wickedness in their hearts, they are lazy, proud, they slander others, and live in repeat foolishness. Living in sin is fun for a fool.”
“It’s not wise to desire their company because they will lead you down a dark path. Fools rush into danger without wise preparation and thinking about the consequences.”
Reverend Graham, tell me Mr. Trump has not meet all of the above biblical criteria of a fool? He slanders, lies, is unwise, lacks sense and judgment, and does not take advice from anyone. The final verse tells us what will happen if we follow a fool.
Please, Reverend Graham, turn around before it is too late.
[Click on the link below for a more detailed explanation on why I do not support Trump, where I go issue by issue].