Yesterday I received a letter from a dear friend from Asia. He and other Asians are watching the US elections; he was wondering why Darrow Miller and Friends had not written anything about the 2020 election. So I thought it might be good to share with our larger audience a contextualized version of what I wrote to him.
You are correct, I have not written much about the election this season.
In fact our nation is as divided as any time in our history. And Christians are divided over how to vote and whom to vote for. I had read the John Piper article you referred to (Policies, Persons, and Paths to Ruin) and understand his concerns about Trump’s demeanor and character. I share many of his concerns, but I totally disagree with his stance of Christians not voting for either candidate.
In addition I have read Dr. Wayne Grudem’s reply: A Respectful Response to My Friend John Piper about Voting for Trump.
These two articles faithfully represent a spectrum within the Christian family in the US today over this election and President Trump.
Over the generations, too many young Americans have given their lives to fight and die so that we may live as a free people. I, for one, think every citizen should vote, and especially Christians. We are to be godly citizens and that includes following, and helping to shape, the issues of our day that impact our lives. It means voting intelligently. It is a sad truth that only about 60% of professing Christians take their citizenship seriously enough to vote.
I was a Never Trumper!
In the 2016 election 18 people were running for the Republican nomination. Donald Trump was at the bottom, as far as I was concerned. I was a “Never Trumper,” primarily because of his flawed character, brashness, crude manners and big mouth. I did not like him and did not consider him trustworthy. But of course he was nominated. So, in the polling booth I held my nose and voted against Hillary Clinton. She was a known commodity and avidly pro-abortionist, willing to take the life of the most innocent human beings.
In hindsight, I’m glad I voted for Trump because of his significant accomplishments. In terms of support and substance, he has been the most pro-life president in recent years, perhaps ever. While I still have the same concerns about his character and his “mouth,” I am voting for him enthusiastically this year because of many—though not all—of his policies, including his stands for life and religious freedom and the positive impact he has had for the black community. He is fighting as hard as anyone to maintain our constitutional republic, while the Democratic party wants abortion up until birth and after—infanticide—as well as full socialism and the end to constitutional government.
I encourage you to read both Dr. Piper’s and Dr. Grudem’s articles. And if you are a US citizen, please vote in the 2020 election. The fate of the nation is in the balance.
- Darrow Miller