When I was growing up, my mentors said:
- The ends do not justify the means.
- Integrity is who you are when no one is looking and something you stand by.
- A man’s word is all he has.
Today, I’m told, “If you do not vote for the lesser of two evils, you are giving it to the greater evil.” And, “This person always acted like a moral pervert but he wasn’t really one. He was just doing what it takes to be successful. That’s the great thing about him, He does what it takes to win.” Or, “He says what He thinks!” “At least you know where you are at with him.” And, “He’s changed his position on that now.”
I’m encouraged to vote for something because the result we want is more important than moral integrity. As if having a socialist, democrat, greedy thief, who may take away Christian freedoms, is something God can’t help Christians live under.
However, that is exactly what Christian’s have lived under for centuries in most places of the world. We are not guaranteed peace – God does guarantee us persecution. And if the only way to avoid persecution is to sell out on my morals, than persecution is headed my way.
Exod 1:17 “The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.”
Acts 4:19 “But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge,”
The ends do not justify the means. For me this means: a no vote for Trump may mean a Hilary win but that is not the same as making a yes vote for Hilary or a yes vote for Trump. It is trusting God and living by integrity.
If you do a casual search for Trumps own words you will find that he has bragged about sexual relations with many women (which he now says he wouldn’t say), he brought strip clubs to his casinos (which he may no longer own), his wife posed nude for pornography (and she may become our country’s first lady). You will find this in his own words and without media manipulation. He now claims that he wasn’t as bad as he used to make it sound. He only said those things and acted that way to be a success.
So, as long as he is working for the things you believe in, you can rest assured he will say whatever is necessary to win and you may get what you are asking for.
Mk 8:36 “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”
But what about when he changes his mind (like he has so many other times). Then he will do whatever it takes to win a position that you do not want. Then what? My God will meet my needs in that situation as well.
Are you playing Russian roulette this voting season. I think it is better to put down the gun and place your confidence in the hands of a faithful creator. Even if it means suffering.
1 Peter 4:19 “Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.”