A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about why, as a feminist, I can’t vote for Hillary Clinton.
An old friend of mine suggested I do a follow-up post on Donald Trump. Well, I think it goes without saying why feminists won’t vote for Donald Trump. Instead, this post will explain my reasoning as a Christian not to vote for Donald Trump.
Donald Trump is openly misogynistic
This is not just a feminist reason, but a Christian reason to oppose Donald Trump. While I certainly criticize the benevolent sexism commonplace among conservative Christians, outright misogyny thankfully occurs less often. At least benevolent sexism is coming from a genuine if misguided love for women. Misogyny stems from a truly ugly contempt of women.
In the New Testament, Jesus regularly interacts with women. He heals the woman with the issue of blood, going against Jewish law that treated menstruating women as unclean. His disciples include women. After His resurrection, Jesus first appears before women.
Jesus always treated women with love, dignity, and respect.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, treats women deplorably. Here are just a few of the comments he has said about women.
- “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
- “Rosie O’Donnell is disgusting, both inside and out. If you take a look at her, she’s a slob. How does she even get on television? If I were running The View, I’d fire Rosie. I’d look her right in that fat, ugly face of hers and say, ‘Rosie, you’re fired.’ We’re all a little chubby but Rosie’s just worse than most of us. But it’s not the chubbiness — Rosie is a very unattractive person, both inside and out.”
- “26,000 unreported sexual assults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?”
- “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?”
You can read all the terrible, sexist remarks at The Telegraph. Donald Trump sexism tracker: Every offensive comment in one place
Donald Trump is an adulterer
Donald Trump is currently on his third wife. He cheated on his first wife with his second wife.
I don’t have a Christian objection to divorce. If you want to argue about scripture and historical context, have fun. That’s not the point.
You don’t even have to be religious to hold a moral objection against cheating. But for Christians (and Jews), adultery is a clear-cut sin. “You shall not commit adultery” is one of the ten commandments.
Donald Trump is a liar
I am no Hillary Clinton supporter, but the whole “Crooked Hillary” is such hypocritical bullshit. Which is par for the course for most politicians, I guess.
According to Politifact, Donald Trump has lied more than any other 2016 presidential candidate.
Want to read a few of these lies?
You know what else is in the ten commandments? “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
Psst, that means don’t tell a lie.
Donald Trump is unrepentant
I cannot fault Donald Trump for being a sinner. We are all sinners, saved only by the grace of God.
But as Christians, we are called to repent.
Repentance, simply explained, is the Christian process of confessing our sins, asking for forgiveness, and honestly striving to do better.
Donald Trump has publicly declared his lack of repentance.
In an interview last year with Anderson Cooper, Donald Trump declared, “Why do I have to repent or ask for forgiveness, if I am not making mistakes? I work hard, I’m an honorable person.”
Earlier this year, Donald Trump repeated himself. “I like to be good. I don’t like to have to ask for forgiveness. And I am good. I don’t do a lot of things that are bad. I try and do nothing that’s bad.”
I’m not the only Christian who won’t be voting for Donald Trump. Quite a few other Christians have publicly spoken out against him.
Before I conclude, I also want to answer again a comment from my previous post on Hillary Clinton. Someone asked if I would support Hillary Clinton under other circumstances, or if I would still support Gary Johnson because of his politics. It would be fair to ask the same question regarding Donald Trump.
The honest-to-goodness truth is that I wrote both my previous post and this one because people asked me to. Which only indirectly answers the question, I know.
I support Gary Johnson because our political opinions are most closely aligned. However, I can have both a reason to support one politician and a reason to oppose another politician. Since multiple people requested both of these blog posts, I had to articulate my reasons not to vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
Anyway, I thought y’all might find a bit of the behind-the-scenes writing process interesting.
I know other people have their own reasons not to vote for Donald Trump. I could have written an entirely different post from a feminist perspective!
But as a Christian, I cannot in good conscience vote for a man who so clearly acts against Christian values.
Do your religious beliefs affect how you vote? How do you feel about Donald Trump? Share your thoughts below!