Voting for the least of three evils

Seems like every four years, Christians complain that they have to "vote for the lesser of two evils."  And many follow that wonky wisdom by inevitably posing the Big Question: "Whom would Jesus vote for?"

When that Jesus-vote question was posited during polite conversation in the 2012 election cycle, I responded, "Oh, Jesus would definitely vote for Obama – if he wanted to punish America.  If He wanted to give America another chance, He'd vote for Romney."

Since America is a "free" nation (and God is all about "free choice"), Jesus lets America decide its own fate.

Now, in 2016, the cry has risen again that America has to choose between two evils, and Christians on both sides of the political fence are claiming that their candidate is Jesus's choice.

However, this election cycle really is different.  There really are not just two, but now three "evils."

America has been "fundamentally transformed," just as candidate Obama promised in 2008.  And part and parcel of that transformation are new "standards" to which even Christians must bow down (e.g., gay "marriage" is the law of the land).  That America is the New America representing the third, entrenched evil.  The continuation of that evil is also a very real part of the vote in just a few short weeks.

It's true that neither the Democrat nor the Republican candidate resonates with Christian voters who seek that elusive "purity"; one is a unindicted criminal retread, the other a foul-mouthed outsider.

However, Hillary Clinton has vowed to continue the antithetical Christian practices of the past eight years – and even add to the "progress."  Donald Trump espouses a message of retraction, rebuilding, and restoration.  Some might think that it's just campaign talk for Trump, but with his selection of Mike Pence as his V.P. and his alignment with Christian advisers and some true conservative leaders, Trump shows his willingness to listen to, and perhaps even be swayed by, traditional values.  Clinton will have none of it.

Leading up to the 2012 election, Rev. Billy Graham sent out an appeal to American Christians to take the opportunity to stem the downward slide of the country into moral decay.  Christians responded by either voting for Obama or by staying home in droves, claiming they just could not stomach voting for a Mormon.

For those of us who hoped and prayed that America couldn't or wouldn't get any worse, can Christians not agree that these last four years have been an acceleration of the decay introduced during the first four?

Now, Graham's son Franklin has put out a similar appeal, trying to stop America's decline.  He admits that Trump is an incredibly flawed human being in at least one aspect of his personal life.  But does anyone on either side of the political spectrum doubt what would have happened if the call to rescue lives in Benghazi had occurred during a Trump presidency?  Would Trump have done nothing?  Or would he have sent in the cavalry and unleashed the "holy hell" of America's firepower?  And if he hadn't responded with force and instead blamed the deaths of four Americans on a video...or a Valentine's Day card...or an ugly hand gesture, would the press have given him a pass?

The devil's been "given a foothold," and it may take this particular imperfect person with a heart for America to team with other patriots to begin to set things right again.

So, Christians – especially Christians who voted for Obama once, even twice – like it or not, Trump is certainly the least of three evils.

Seems like every four years, Christians complain that they have to "vote for the lesser of two evils."  And many follow that wonky wisdom by inevitably posing the Big Question: "Whom would Jesus vote for?"

When that Jesus-vote question was posited during polite conversation in the 2012 election cycle, I responded, "Oh, Jesus would definitely vote for Obama – if he wanted to punish America.  If He wanted to give America another chance, He'd vote for Romney."

Since America is a "free" nation (and God is all about "free choice"), Jesus lets America decide its own fate.

Now, in 2016, the cry has risen again that America has to choose between two evils, and Christians on both sides of the political fence are claiming that their candidate is Jesus's choice.

However, this election cycle really is different.  There really are not just two, but now three "evils."

America has been "fundamentally transformed," just as candidate Obama promised in 2008.  And part and parcel of that transformation are new "standards" to which even Christians must bow down (e.g., gay "marriage" is the law of the land).  That America is the New America representing the third, entrenched evil.  The continuation of that evil is also a very real part of the vote in just a few short weeks.

It's true that neither the Democrat nor the Republican candidate resonates with Christian voters who seek that elusive "purity"; one is a unindicted criminal retread, the other a foul-mouthed outsider.

However, Hillary Clinton has vowed to continue the antithetical Christian practices of the past eight years – and even add to the "progress."  Donald Trump espouses a message of retraction, rebuilding, and restoration.  Some might think that it's just campaign talk for Trump, but with his selection of Mike Pence as his V.P. and his alignment with Christian advisers and some true conservative leaders, Trump shows his willingness to listen to, and perhaps even be swayed by, traditional values.  Clinton will have none of it.

Leading up to the 2012 election, Rev. Billy Graham sent out an appeal to American Christians to take the opportunity to stem the downward slide of the country into moral decay.  Christians responded by either voting for Obama or by staying home in droves, claiming they just could not stomach voting for a Mormon.

For those of us who hoped and prayed that America couldn't or wouldn't get any worse, can Christians not agree that these last four years have been an acceleration of the decay introduced during the first four?

Now, Graham's son Franklin has put out a similar appeal, trying to stop America's decline.  He admits that Trump is an incredibly flawed human being in at least one aspect of his personal life.  But does anyone on either side of the political spectrum doubt what would have happened if the call to rescue lives in Benghazi had occurred during a Trump presidency?  Would Trump have done nothing?  Or would he have sent in the cavalry and unleashed the "holy hell" of America's firepower?  And if he hadn't responded with force and instead blamed the deaths of four Americans on a video...or a Valentine's Day card...or an ugly hand gesture, would the press have given him a pass?

The devil's been "given a foothold," and it may take this particular imperfect person with a heart for America to team with other patriots to begin to set things right again.

So, Christians – especially Christians who voted for Obama once, even twice – like it or not, Trump is certainly the least of three evils.