I was recently asked if I was going to vote for Donald Trump for president. The reason most people ask me these types of questions is because they are looking for a spiritual tip. They figure if I’m voting for Trump then maybe there is something spiritual there and they should do the same.
So when they asked me about Trump, here is what I said…
Well first I laughed and then I said NO, I don’t plan on voting for Donald Trump. Even though I think he is entertaining and mixes things up in a healthy way, I would not elect him as our next Commander in Chief. Now that is not a spiritual statement, but simply a personal statement based on my views about leadership. So don’t confuse my opinion with God’s opinion because God has a very different perspective on politics and here’s why….
Throughout the Old Testament, God was very concerned with the political process of Israel. This is because the Jews are God’s chosen people going all the way back to Genesis 12. But this kind of spiritual and political relationship is exclusive only to Israel and no other nation. In the New Testament, politics are a non-topic and never mentioned. This is because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is to go forth into all nations without any racial or political restrictions.
Matthew 28:19-20 – Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
So it’s important for Christians to remember that God is not concerned about our political parties, the language we speak, or the color of our skin. He is concerned with our heart and desire to follow Him. (see my blog post, “Is God a Republican?”) This is why we never see God telling the disciples to stage a political revolt against the evil dictators of their time. Instead, he calls Christians to racial and political tolerance in order to spread the Gospel (c.f. Acts 10:17-35), and to remain faithful during times of persecution (c.f. 1 Peter 1:1-7).
So when I share my personal political opinion about Donald Trump, be very clear that is not God’s opinion. God doesn’t care about Donald Trump’s politics or presidential candidacy. He cares about Donald Trump’s soul and need for a Savior.
So should you vote for Trump? That depends on your leadership requirements and whether he fulfills them or not. Of course your walk with Jesus should inform your politics from a moral perspective, but remember there is no other spiritual connection. So when you vote, make it your vote and be careful not to claim that you are making God’s vote.
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