As we come up on the election season’s heels, many people are scrambling to find a candidate to support before someone else drops out of the race.
So far, there are 12 Democratic candidates and four Republican candidates left. Democratic party front runners include Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Yang, Tulsi Gabbard and Michael Bloomberg. Republican candidates include Joe Walsh, Bill Weld, Roque De La Fuente and Donald Trump.
Although the go-to stereotype of Christian politics is the pro-life, conservative, red-white-and-blue-blooded American, a recent post by news outlet Christianity Today caused a stir in Christian political circles.
An editorial titled “Trump Should Be Removed from Office” was published by the outlet on Dec. 19 of last year.
Many churches praised the piece while numerous scorned it, believing President Trump is the most pro-Christian president to exist in modern history.
As we get closer to election, what I want believers to think about and to understand is that no candidate on the ballot is God.
Any fears that may exist about Trump should be extinguished. Although media portrays him as an American dictator, Christian voters against him should understand that we have not lost any basic rights under his presidency. And that one of the current 12 democratic party candidates definitely does not have all the answers.
Likewise, Christian voters for Trump should realize he is not the defender of the church who will keep us from persecution. On the contrary, I would argue his identity with the church does more to deter possible converts. Like an employee and an employer with a strong relationship with each other, the employee should be asked to peacefully resign if their past actions are detrimental enough to the integrity of the company.
Christian voters on both sides believe God fits better into their own political beliefs, but I wish for them to understand that God transcends this. No matter who gets voted in, we the people are protected by God in everything. Our own identity is not found in a figure in a suit and tie or in a political party, but the Word that God has given to us.