Evangelicals and the 2016 Presidential Campaign
As a voter, what matters most in who you vote for as the next President: a person with good morals and character… or, someone who will simply get the job done with our defense, budget, jobs, immigration, etc.?
Here’s some groundwork for what has me scratching my head over how Americans are thinking when it comes to their voting criteria.
I keep hearing about the power of the voting block called “Evangelicals”. After all, America was founded on Judeo/Christian principals. What does Evangelical mean? Wikipedia in general defines it as: a movement of Protestant Christianity believing the essence of the gospel consists in the salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ’s atonement.
In laymen’s terms here are some key words to understand in this definition:
Gospel: an accounting of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Salvation: deliverance from sin and its consequences.
Grace: the free and unmerited favor of God on us. His blessings that cannot be purchased.
Atonement: how we sinners can be reconciled to God through Christ’s sacrificial death.
Currently, the top two Republican primary guys are pushing from different corners. While both mention similar policy ideas…Ted Cruz has openly pursued this block of Evangelicals and stressed his faith. On the other hand, Donald Trump has focused on the subject of national defense, trade deficits, etc.
Back to my opening question – if you are an Evangelical, how can you justify supporting Donald Trump? His “style” and personal history doesn’t appear Evangelical. For example, most Evangelicals wouldn’t call 2 Corinthians “Two-Corinthians. Yet, many prominent national pastors are behind him.
As for Cruz…while he doesn’t have a long history of being a politician, HE IS A POLITICIAN. So, are you concerned he won’t be able to get done what he says he’ll do in D.C.? If that’s the case, then you would fall in the camp of someone voting for a candidate who will simply get the job done.
At the end of the day, which wins out for you: strong morals and character or just get the job done and leave the moral compass on the sidelines.