Dealing with political murkiness in his own time, Charles Spurgeon famously said, “Of two evils, choose neither.” I find I am in agreement with him given the choice between the two presumptive presidential nominees thus far, Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. In his column, “Politics Ought #NeverTrump Principle,” Jared Wilson of TGC lays out the matter very nicely and I encourage you to read it.
I have Christian friends and family who disagree with my position and, given the difficult socio-economic times and the global complexity of issues we are facing as a nation, I cast no stones at those who choose a different tack from me. The sanguinity we have as Christians at such political junctures, I’ve spoken of previously here.
If I were an atheist or agnostic, I would vote for Trump hoping against hope he would appoint conservative judges, knowing that there would be zero chance of that happening with Clinton. But I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I believe in His sovereign control over the destinies of nations and individuals. So I don’t have to take the risk of choosing one evil over another. The only risk I take – which to me is no risk at all – is trusting in my Lord. I am free from casting a vote for evil in any and every form it takes only to serve political or national interests. I am free to serve only Him.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” — Daniel 3:16-18
5 thoughts on “Of Two Evils, Choose Neither”
A daring column, sure to upset some.
I have come to the same point as you. I choose to accept no culpability for electing either of these two individuals. Instead, I currently intend to write in the name of the Wisconsin governor who I preferred to support when this sordid campaigning process began so many months ago.
I agree that we need not fear for the ultimate future, since our Lord remains with us. As for the short term, I weep for the nation we Americans are bequeathing to our children and grandchildren.
A write-in candidate is a good option, if only to lend motivation to voting for conservative candidates down ballot. As they say, I haven’t abandoned my country, my country has abandoned me, but, God willing, the next generations will reclaim what we have lost.
It is difficult when the options seem so hopeless. It just reminds us however that God is still in charge and it is he who sits on the throne. Great thoughtful post.
Thanks for the comment, Keith. I was just reading this in Isaiah, the prophet who saw God sitting on the throne of grace. (Is it any wonder he could give us the comfort he rec’d?)
“Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who have an anxious heart,
‘Be strong; fear not!’”
— Isaiah 35:3-4
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