Dear Dr. Stratton,
Based upon your recent Facebook posts, it seems safe to say that you are planning on voting for Trump in the 2020 election. As an atheist, I seriously don’t see how any Christian can vote for Trump. Someone who shows every trait that goes against what a Christian should be. For someone who is so concerned about logical consistency, your voting actions seem to be inconsistent with your beliefs. How can you in good conscious vote for such a dishonest con man?
Thank you for asking this question, Chris. Your question is one that many non-Christians have asked me since the election of 2016. In fact, there seems to be a minority of Christians who do not understand why the majority of evangelical Christians support President Donald Trump.
Let me begin to answer your question with some background information.
I have devoted my life to finding evidence for God’s existence and the truth of Christianity. What I found was life-changing! Contrary to popular and, unfortunately, uninformed opinion, evidence from scientific data, the historical method, and logic-based argumentation point to the truth of Christianity. Consider the tip of the iceberg:
– The Kalam Cosmological Argument
– The Leibnizian Cosmological Argument
– The Moral Argument
– The Teleological Argument
– The Ontological Argument
– The Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism
– The Freethinking Argument Against Naturalism
– The Historical Argument for the Resurrection of Jesus (The Facts)
– The Historical Argument for the Resurrection of Jesus (The Explanation)
It is also vital to note that Christianity enjoys the “Ring of Truth” when compared and contrasted against other contenders. But why was all of this information “life changing”? Because if Christianity is true, then it follows that God created humanity on purpose and for a specific purpose. Thus, there would be objective facts about humanity irrespective of the subjective opinions from humanity. But how would we know these objective facts about our existence?
God provides revelation to demonstrate truth. The Creator reveals truth in the universe and sent Jesus to clarify the objective purpose of humanity (John 18:37). Jesus summarized the entire Law into two simple and easy to remember commands in Matthew 5:44; 22:37-39:
1- Love God first.
2- Everybody love everybody (from your neighbors to your enemies).
Most love the idea of love. What many do not like, however, are specific policies Jesus offers to inform us of how we ought to love all people. For example, many in today’s culture revolt against God’s model of marriage found in Mark 10:6-8 summarized as: “one man with one woman, becoming one flesh, for one lifetime.” In fact, Jesus often clarifies as how we ought to think, how we ought to live, and how we ought to love.
If there are objective truths about how we ought to think, live, and love, then it seems to follow that there are objective facts about how humanity ought to vote! This quickly draws deep dividing lines in the sand. This is the case because many cannot fathom how many Christians seem to “plug their nose,” look beyond character flaws, bad Tweeting skills, and poor debate tactics, and vote for Donald Trump.
Many Christians believe that loving policy “trumps” a loving character. One of several important matters of policy held by many Christians is that of abortion. This is because science supports the belief that the unborn baby is human (See “Pro-Choice: The Wrong Side of History, Science, & Logic”). Thus, abortion would be the killing of an innocent human.
With that in mind, consider a thought experiment designed to help bring understanding. Suppose Hitler was running against Trump. Further, suppose that Hitler was a really nice guy (remember this is a thought experiment), but simply had horrible policy. Further, suppose Hitler’s entire policy was exactly the same as Biden’s except his pro-abortion position was replaced by the holocaust of Jews (some six million Jews died at the hands of the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s).
Would it not be a moral travesty—a sin and failure—to not use one’s power to vote in an attempt to stop Hitler from gaining power (even if he was a really nice guy in every other aspect of his life and much “nicer” than Donald Trump)? Indeed, even voting for a third-party seems to be a moral failure when death is on the line. William Lane Craig clarifies:
… anyone who votes for a third-party candidate who has no realistic chance of winning is guilty of a dereliction of duty. He in effect leaves it up to others to determine who our public officials will be. There is too much at stake in our national elections to abdicate our responsibility to help choose our leaders.
I am definitely advocating that we prioritize policy over character.
Christians reason that abortion has murdered 60 million (and counting) innocent humans (far worse than Hitler’s holocaust). As a result, many Christians choose to “plug their nose” and cast a vote for Trump who will continue to appoint pro-life judges to courts across the nation (this is exactly why the abortion industry is adamantly opposed to another four years of a Trump presidency).
Bottom line: if a Christian ought to oppose Hitler in this thought experiment, then Christ followers ought to vote for Trump in 2020.
Of course, I do not expect this short article to end the debate, but hopefully possessing an understanding of the thinking of “the other side” will begin to heal this great divide in our nation. Christians ought to oppose—and vote against—evil policy, but ultimately, no matter who wins the election, my hope is in Christ!
Stay reasonable (Isaiah 1:18),
Dr. Tim Stratton
 To be clear, I am not a Republican. I am a proud and free thinking registered Independent who has voted for both Republicans and Democrats in the past. With that said, I believe there are many other reasons to vote in opposition of the modern-day Democrat Party. Not only is the DNC the Party of abortion (which is reason alone to vote for Trump), they are also the Party of Critical Race Theory, Cultural Marxism, and the LGBTQ agenda to silence Christians (not to mention “Transgender Bathrooms and Basketball“). Moreover, the Democrat Party often finds itself opposed to the God-given rights of the freedom of speech and the freedom of self-defense. If Marxism wins the day, then Christians will lose the freedom to peacefully argue against the evil of abortion (not to mention a multitude of other evils).
Moreover, if one brackets his Tweets, President Trump’s record over the past four years has been remarkable. He has proposed judicial and prison reform that was applauded by minorities. He has nominated judges to multiple courts who make decisions based on established laws and the Constitution, rather than their own opinions. He has promoted foreign policy that has sought to reduce the hostility of some of Israel’s neighbors for which he has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He has focused on preserving our Constitutional religious freedom (not freedom from religion, but freedom OF religion). And up until the COVID-19 pandemic the American economy was growing rapidly, unemployment was down to historic lows.
Wayne Grudem, who wrote the book Systematic Theology, explains why Christians ought to vote for Trump in this article in World Magazine.