Why I am no longer a Republican

By S. Michael Houdmann, Got Questions Ministries

As of August 2, 2016, I am no longer a Republican. Why? Simple. One word: Trump.

If approximately 45 percent of the Republican party in the primary elections thought Donald Trump was the most qualified of the candidates, I can no longer in good conscience identify myself politically as a Republican.

Now, do not misunderstand, I am still very conservative politically. In fact, the Republican primary process opened my eyes to what is, and is not, conservative politics. I am first and foremost a follower of Jesus Christ. My relationship with Christ and belief in the authority of God's Word is what informs my worldview. I truly believe that conservative politics much better fits a biblical worldview than liberal/progressive politics. But, what has recently become clear to me is that with Donald Trump as the standard bearer for the Republican party, being a Republican no longer fits my worldview.

Also, do not misunderstand, I am not going to vote for Hillary Clinton. No way. Never. Not in a million years. I am diametrically opposed to virtually every political position she takes. She is nearly as liberal as President Obama. What scares me is that she will likely be far more effective in implementing a liberal/progressive agenda than Obama has been.

I am honestly not sure who I am going to vote for in November. I very well might vote for a third party, write in a candidate, or I might vote for Donald Trump. How could I vote for Trump after what I said above? Because of the candidates with a legitimate chance to win the presidential election, the people Donald Trump will likely surround himself with and appoint to positions of importance will be far closer to me politically than the people Hillary Clinton will select. We are not electing a king. While presidential power has steadily increased over the years, the executive departments and the courts still have a lot of influence. If I do end up voting for Trump, I will not be voting for Trump as much as I will be voting for his vice president, his secretary of state, his supreme court nominations, etc.

My worldview will no longer allow me to identify myself as a Republican, but my worldview does allow me to vote for a terribly flawed candidate if that candidate is the best of the options. I have read good arguments for why Christians should vote for Trump. I have read good arguments for why Christians should not vote for Trump. It is not the purpose of this post to advocate for either viewpoint.

So, what is the purpose of this post? To encourage those who claim to follow Jesus Christ to examine their political viewpoints in light of a biblically informed worldview. Why are you a member of a political party? Can you in good conscience endorse your political party's leadership and its policies? Why are you going to vote for whom you plan to vote for? Have you truly thought through the issues, the candidates, the positions, and their implications/consequences?

We are in this world but are not to be of this world (1 John 2:15). We can be involved in politics, but we should not be obsessed with politics. Ultimately, we are to be heavenly minded, more concerned with the things of God than the things of this world (Colossians 3:12). As believers in Jesus Christ, we are all members of the same political party — monarchists who are waiting for their King to return (Revelation 19:1116).

May the presidential election this November, with the seeming choice being between two horribly flawed candidates, cause us to truly look to Jesus alone as our hope.

Image Credit: Joe Hall; "Close up of Deposit slit on Ballot box"; Creative Commons

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Published 8-3-16