Can a candidate make promises about issues then do something different in office? Yes. Can a candidate present a sense of good character in public then later be revealed to be a fraud? Sure. The same happens with pastors, spouses, employees, and in virtually every other relationship. But that sense of surprise and disappointment is not the same as knowingly delegating our authority to someone with poor character or wicked public stances.
Should Christians Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils?
A politician can make mistakes and support political positions that I disagree with, but that doesn’t make him or her evil. Additionally, it is statistically unlikely that every person agrees with their candidate of choice 100% of the time and on 100% of political issues. Yet, we’ve devolved to this place in American politics that anyone who doesn’t agree with me or votes differently than me is evil. (Actually, not adhering to either party results in an awful lot of people thinking that I am “evil”. Thankfully, my skin’s gotten thicker as I’ve aged and I’ve also grown into the ability to laugh at absurdity rather than rail against it.)
Yet, I do consider Donald Trump evil. I believe that he is not only NOT a Christian but also malicious and immoral. Evil. That is based on the filth he has spewed from his his mouth – JUST during this campaign! I think his actions and words have shown him to be a person with “poor character and wicked public stances”. I’m not interested in his positions on the issues because I don’t want that kind of person leading my country!
I can disagree with Hillary Clinton’s political positions without assassinating her character or announcing that she’s “evil” or “more evil” than anyone else.
In the upcoming election, we get to choose between Hillary Clinton (not evil, regardless whether we agree with her) or Donald Trump (evil, and there is proof of this based on his own words). It’s a sucky place to be, but an unfortunate reality with our two-party system.
And personally, I’ll choose the person who I don’t believe is evil (regardless of party affiliation) every time.