That is exactly what Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham said recently on the news: “Hold your nose and vote!” (Video below).
Yes, I am writing a political post. I would like to encourage my fellow countrymen to go out there and exercise their duty as a citizen of this great country- and vote. This election is of tremendous importance, one that will affect a lot of things in this nation and your own future. For my friends in other countries, I say pray for us! Pray that God would grant wisdom to the evangelical community to take action and face facts.
I find it very disturbing that many evangelicals, especially well known pastors such as Al Mohler and other leaders are going on TV and confusing the population, implying that we should abstain from voting or vote with a third party. Why is that wrong? Here is why:
- One of the two presidential candidates will win whether you like it or not: Trump or Clinton, there is no third party, that candidate from the third party has virtually 0% chance at the Presidency
- You cannot be “neutral” by staying home. That action automatically gives a vote in one direction or another.
- If you vote for a third party, your vote will automatically allow the wrong candidate to win. And it is like voting in vain.
- Many well known pastors are decrying the moral problems of candidates like Trump while they allow blatant immodesty, worldliness and sin in their churches and do not address specific sins from the pulpit. The evangelical church (and pastors) are plagued by divorces, pornography and other sins! Pastors should start correcting the church first, but they choose to point the finger at non-Christians.
- Why were pastors so willing to vote for a Mormon candidate (Mitt Romney) in 2012, and encouraged evangelicals to vote for him when Mormonism is a dangerous cult that is not at all Evangelical?! It is better to vote for a secular non-believer than a candidate from a cult.
- We are not voting for a pastor-in-chief, or a Pope, we are voting for a political candidate. A huge majority of America’s presidents had moral problems, including famous Thomas Jefferson who lived in immorality, as well as Andrew Jackson, so why do Trump’s moral problems surprise us, when he is a non-believer? Here’s what the Bible says: “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.” (1 Corinthians 5:9-11)
- The candidates are not Christians/believers, so we are not holding them to the same standards as we would Christians. Also, voting for a candidate like Trump under no circumstances means that we are excusing, endorsing, condoning or overlooking his behavior
- When we vote, we are not voting for the candidate’s personal moral standards- but for how fit they seem to be president, and the policies they promise to uphold.
- The other candidate (will not state her name) stands for absolutely everything that is anti-Biblical and anti-christian, but most evangelicals don’t seem to realize the danger that candidate poses. She betrayed our troops and did many other grievous things that disqualify her
- The candidate you vote for now will decide what justices are put in the Supreme Court (and those justices can stay there for 3 decades!) and will have a lot of power on lawmaking in the United States
By voting for the main Republican candidate it does not mean we totally trust that he will keep his promises and do exactly what he said. We know he may backtrack. But at least we did our duty and voted for one who claimed he will support the right policies, versus one who blatantly says she will enforce policies that are anti-Christian.
Biblical examples of those who had to join with secular people
to preserve freedom for God’s people
Esther was called to marry a King who was a pagan. She could have refused and had her head chopped off- but she married him and then rose up to save her people
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)
Here are other Biblical examples that brother Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis gave on his Facebook Page:
More reasons why you should vote
Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.
– Franklin Roosevelt
Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote. -William E. Simon
Franklin Graham’s Video
Franklin Graham’s logical, straightforward, patriotic response to these elections was a breath of fresh air!