In a recent column on Townhall, Wayne Grudem, a research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona, writes, “I do not think that voting for Donald Trump is a morally evil choice because there is nothing morally wrong with voting for a flawed candidate if you think he will do more good for the nation than his opponent. In fact, it is the morally right thing to do.”
No doubt Professor Grudem means well. However, I cannot fathom how his description of the Republican presidential nominee can possibly lead him to conclude Trump is a good candidate with a few flaws. Here is Grudem’s description of Trump:
“He is egotistical, bombastic, and brash. He often lacks nuance in his statements. Sometimes he blurts out mistaken ideas (such as bombing the families of terrorists) that he later must abandon. He insults people. He can be vindictive when people attack him. He has been slow to disown and rebuke the wrongful words and actions of some angry fringe supporters. He has been married three times and claims to have been unfaithful in his marriages. These are certainly flaws, but I don’t think they are disqualifying flaws in this election.”
Grudem suggests we ignore all of that, plus Trump’s corrupt business practices, the pattern of lies, his ignorance and erratic behavior, and then decide voting for him is “a good moral choice.” We should call voting Trump “morally good” knowing he has supported abortion and same-sex marriage for most of his life? How can any believer logically conclude such a thing?
If all this does not disqualify Trump, then nothing disqualifies Democrat Hillary Clinton either.
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P.S.: Grudem says we should agree with him that voting for Trump is a good moral choice, and he goes a step further. Invoking Scripture, he says if we know we should make a good moral choice and we refuse, we sin. Therefore, he tells us, refusing to vote for Trump is sinful. Any number of pastors and professors will tell you not voting for Clinton is sinful as well.
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