Edit: I’ve changed the title to be less click baity
This is an article that will make everyone angry, which supposedly social media algorithms will bring up a lot in your feeds. The more angry you are, the more engaged in social media you are. Which is a win win for “them,” right? Anyways, I, being a conservative evangelical (whatever that means anymore) voted for a president who for four years demonstrated that he would uphold my values. This includes primarily the right to life after conception, but also issues of religious liberty, transgenderism, originalism (in the interpretation of the constitution), and educational freedom.
And that’s the point. I vote primarily on the basis of these values, not on the personality of a person. I don’t feel like voting for Trump, I voted for Trump because he upholds values that corresponds with reality. Murdering babies is wrong. That is not a political statement, that is reality. Because reality is not determined by how I feel. Reality is determined by its creator. We do not create our own realities; God created reality. Therefore, God determines reality, not in some arbitrary manner, but what is real flows from his essence. God does not determine morality, what is morally good flows from who he is.
But the essence of our problem is that people are making decisions on the basis of their feelings rather than on the basis of reason and worldview. The people rallying at the capital building carried Trump paraphernalia. The controversy is centered on a personality. A personality who swore to uphold the constitution. A personality who flirted with an end constitutional order.
I must confess, when watching the presidential debates, I scoffed at the news anchor pressing hard on President Trump whether he would concede the election peacefully. I thought, “of course he would. . . how ridiculous would it be for him to do otherwise?” Some of his followers have resolved that violence is the last resort. But that must but be the case.
Christians in the dawn of the Revolutionary War justified their revolt by the doctrine of “lesser magistrates.” They believed the Magna Carta to be the highest governing authority. The king at the time, or the “lesser magistrate” was already rebelling against the higher magistrate. Therefore, this gave them the right to rebel against the king in order to reestablish pure governance.
In our modern situation, our highest magistrate is the constitution. I cannot support any theory, group, institution, or person that goes against our constitutional order. I’m no constitutional scholar or political expert; however, I find myself between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, I believe the Democratic Party’s eisegetical interpretations of the constitution destroys its integrity. On the other hand, the president I recently voted for tried to upend a constitutional process in a last-minute power grab. Politically speaking, I don’t stand by a person, I stand by the constitution.
Our cultural climate has been thrown in the oven and turned on broil. People on two very different sides feel very strongly about things and are led mostly by feelings. Just look at the political ads, most of them don’t want to reason objectively with you over coffee, but rather seduce you into a cohabitation that “feels right.” Thus, we, whether Christian or None (that is, people with no religious affiliation), conservative or liberal, must find a basis of political decision-making other than our feelings. This is not to say that feelings are unimportant, but they cannot be the sole basis for deciding how we are governed. I cannot emote my way through a math problem.
I feel confused about our presidential election. I feel upset that the president I voted for lost the election. I feel worried about President-elect Biden’s capability of being president. I feel abject depression about the countless babies who will be murdered in our modern holocaust. But I cannot allow my feelings dictate my actions. If the election was fraudulent, impeding congress and ending constitutional order is not the answer. What would fill the vacuum of ending the constitutional order? The personality cult surrounding Trump would be far worse form of government than the constitution. Lord Acton rightly said, “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” A new order centered around the personality of one individual without checks and balances is far worse than our current form of government.
But the good news is Trump is not our savior. America is not our salvation. Although God instituted government and it is good, but no human government can right all wrongs. Judicial systems can be corrupted. Presidents can be power hungry. Senators can be bought. Crimes large and small go by unpunished by human authorities. But there is a God who sees all. There is a God that will judge all. One day Christ will return and right all wrongs. One day he will establish a new city with his righteousness and loving-kindness.
And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.Revelation 21:23-27 ESV
Your name can be written in the Lamb’s book of life as well. Christ will one day right all wrongs, but we’ve all done wrongs. When a ball shatters only the corner of the glass, the whole window is broken and must be replaced. In the same way, when we break one law in one area, the whole law is broken. God is not a judge who can be bought. He will not let injustice slide. Instead, God sent his only Son to take the place of everyone who believes. We must turn from our sin and trust that Jesus’s sacrifice is all we need to cleanse us and appease God’s justice.