4 Christian Arguments for Trump (and why I think they’re wrong)

Let me introduce myself. I am the author of “Seeking First His Kingdom: 61 Days of Worry-free Devotions.” I say this not to claim authority on the Bible (anyone can write a book) but to convince you that God and His Word are my highest priority.

During the primaries, most Christians were united in their lack of support for Donald Trump. Now that Trump is the Republican candidate, I’ve seen many Christians, including pastors, on social media lamenting that they cannot in good conscience vote for him. They are truly agonizing over their decision.

And I’ve seen a few Christians trying to rationalize voting for Trump. I’ve lumped their rationalizations into four categories, which I will attempt to address here.

1. Maybe God Knows We Need a Dirty, Shrewd Businessman Right Now

I really can’t believe that there was a widely shared blog post with this opinion. After decades of claiming that people should vote Republican because the Republican candidate was “more Christian,” you suddenly think that maybe Christianness is not so important after all? Remember all those Old Testament Israelites who had bad things happen to their nation when they started following idols and good things happen when they followed God? They didn’t have bad things happen because they failed to follow a self-proclaimed business tycoon or because they failed to fear the right kind of people. Do not be fooled.

The reason this blog probably gained some ground is because Donald Trump could not come up with a single Bible verse when asked, whereas Hillary, a Methodist, led a Bible study at one point. This is a big problem for people who have long equated Christianity with the Republican party.

2. At Least He’s Better Than Hillary

Of all the accusations against Hillary, only one has been proven true. She used a private server when she wasn’t supposed to. She acknowledged it and apologized. (Have all the other people in Washington who did the same thing apologized, I wonder? Notice that Colin Powell “didn’t remember” telling Hillary to do it and then it turned out that he had?) Things that have not been proven true or indeed been proven false: Clinton Foundation scandals, lying to the FBI, knowingly sending classified information over her private server, causing the Benghazi deaths, participating in unfair actions within the party to beat Sanders, and there are probably a few more I’m forgetting. Please research the claims! Even silly claims like “stealing from the White House” turn out to be similar to what other first ladies including Nancy Reagan have done: thinking gifts were to her personally, moving out with them, and returning them when the White House told her they were not personal gifts (which many things are).

On the other hand, we have a man who loves money, insults POW’s, claims his sacrifices are similar to the sacrifices of parents who lost a child in war, makes fun of people with disabilities, denounces entire ethnicities, objectifies women (my favorite is when he told Brande Roderick on national television that she’d be a pretty picture down on her knees), is probably going to owe a lot of people money for his “university” and contractor fees, and hey, if you’re going to blame Hillary for things that are unproven, why not blame Trump for the rape of a 13-year-old that he’s been accused of? He IS supposedly friends with a registered sex offender whose party he was supposedly at, after all. Looks pretty sketchy. And he did say he’d date his daughter if she weren’t his daughter. I don’t know, I just kind of have a feeling, much as you might have a feeling that Hillary is guilty of the things she hasn’t been proven guilty of. Even without the rape, to suggest that Hillary is somehow a worse candidate than Donald Trump is outrageous. It’s insulting to women and non-whites and veterans and anyone who cares about them. You know who cares about them? Jesus.

3. The Bible Says Women Shouldn’t Be Leaders

There’s a woman named Deborah in the Bible, and there’s an insidious lie about her. I don’t know where it came from or why it persists. Before Israel had kings, it had judges. Of all the judges in the book Judges, only one was a woman. Once when I was debating about women in leadership with a woman from my church who thought that women shouldn’t be in leadership in the church, I brought up Deborah, and my friend said something like, “But she was only a judge because no man could be found to do it.” This is a lie. Here’s what the Bible says about Deborah becoming judge. “Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at the time.” Absolutely no mention of why she was judge.

Was she a good judge? Apparently so. Her people won a battle and “the land was undisturbed for forty years.”

Then there’s the pesky message from Paul in his letter to Timothy. “But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man.” It’s one of my least favorite verses, and I have to admit that I enjoy telling myself that God’s calling of Deborah to be judge over Israel outweighs one sentence from one guy who was talking not about a nation, but about church leadership. Also, Paul says “I do not allow.” Well that’s nice for you, Paul. I do.

If you think I am too flippant with Paul’s words, then please skip down a couple verses to where he says that men in leadership in the church should be gentle, uncontentious, respectable, free from the love of money, not double-tongued… Please don’t apply Paul’s letter to Hillary and not to Donald.

And ask yourself, have you ever voted for a woman for senator or governor?

4. Supreme Court Appointments

I can honestly see your point about Supreme Court nominations. Everyone knows their importance. However, I have two problems with voting for Trump based on this alone.

1. Having more liberal justices, while it may have a pretty big effect, will in my opinion pale in comparison to the damage that Trump could do as president.

2. Donald Trump is neither truly conservative nor honest. I am not sure he would come through with conservative nominations.

(and a third point that I wish I’d added here before the election is that if you want pro-life justices, be aware that abortion numbers are BACK DOWN to pre Roe v Wade numbers due to education and birth control availability.)

I love you, brothers and sisters, and I love our country. Please tell me where I am wrong in my four points. I will not respond to comments, but I will read and give them serious thought if they are written with respect. But if you have figured out while reading this that you truly put anti-Democrat agenda above following God, please, for the love of heaven, just admit it. Don’t forget to vote, and let’s remember that we hope to meet Hillary, Donald, AND other voters in heaven and speak accordingly.

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1 in 5 Women, 1 in 11 Men: My Day at a Rally to End the Statute of Limitations for Rape

1 in 5 women. I kept hearing that statistic about rape, and it seemed like a lot. I would picture five of my female friends and think, “One of them. Probably at least one of them.” For some reason, though, it hit me harder when I multiplied that to apply to my 250 female Facebook friends. 50 (FIFTY!) of my 250 female friends! My Facebook friends are all friends with me in real life, too, and the number made me sick. 1 in 5 is still a 1 in my head, and that’s one too many, but it just didn’t hit me as hard as 50. 50 women I know and love.

The statistics I’ve seen for men range from 1 in 30 to 1 in 11. Whatever the number, it’s too high.

And that is one reason that when my friend helped organize a rally at the Capitol to end the statute of limitations for rape and other sexual assaults in California, I said I’d go. You see, out of my 50 women friends who have, if statistics hold, been raped, I only know of 4 of them, and not a single one of those 4 ever told the police. 2 of them, when they finally told someone, had already missed out on the chance because of the ten year statute of limitations. 1 of them, when she told a family member, was wrongly advised, “That’s not rape.” There are so many reasons that victims don’t come forward for decades. Confusion, fear, shame… (You may be wondering, like I did, what idiot made a statute of limitations for rape, and the reality is that in 1851 all felonies but murder started out with a 3-year statute of limitations, and brave survivors and legislators over the years have slowly increased the time for rape.)

Several days before the rally, my car started making lurching sounds of doom. I ignored it for a while, but in the back of my mind, I worried about a two-hour trip to Sacramento. It sounded like the transmission. A couple days after the sound of doom began, my driver’s side window refused to roll up. “Okay,” I thought, “I’ll try to get it to the shop before my trip and get everything fixed.” Labor Day weekend was coming up. My mechanic didn’t have time until the day of the rally. I could either not go to the rally and take my car in, or I could make an appointment for the day after the rally and hope for the best on Highway 80.

Aside from all this, the two old friends I’d planned to go see after the rally both emailed the day before to say they’d been called in to work. I was supposed to start my period the day of the rally, too, and that always makes me crampy and fatigued. I’ve never liked to travel alone. Where would I park? Would someone see my open window and steal my car?

Maybe you’ll know what I mean when I tell you that I struggled at this point to decide whether all these things were signs from above that I wasn’t supposed to take this trip or whether they were merely hurdles to see how much I was invested in the cause. I don’t know how other moms feel, but after having a child I got really good at saying without any guilt, “Kid’s sick, I can’t go/help/work after all.” It would have been very easy for me to bail, but I didn’t want to, and in hindsight I guess I can say that that was the sign.

It was a very cold trip to Sacramento at 6 AM with my window down. I have to lean my seat back to avoid aggravating a 15-year-old C-section problem (my husband calls me low rider) and with the cold and the fear of breaking down, my neck craned forward tight as a sling shot ready to snap back.

But I didn’t break down, and I found a parking spot on the street only four blocks away, and there was a coffee shop with a restroom right across from the Capitol, which looked really beautiful against the September blue sky. Only about 20 people showed up. I couldn’t help but thinking that even if the rape victims from only Sacramento had showed up, there wouldn’t have been room for everyone on the lawns. I think I was about the only person there who was not a rape survivor. That was a little depressing.

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Before we were even all set up, a policeman approached us. Oh boy, I thought. Good thing we have a permit. He said, “I just wanted to say I support you. My daughters are swimmers and we followed the Brock Turner case. Did you know he just got out?” He was appalled at the short prison time for the Stanford rapist. Lots of the ladies wanted selfies with the policeman. He obliged.

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When we finished marching around chanting things like “SB 8-1-3, that’s what justice means to me” in our matching tee-shirts with the “no” symbol over “Rape Statute of Limitations,” we went into the Capitol building to a press conference with Senator Leyva, the author of SB 813. She had us stand behind her. She spoke, as did two other politicians, attorney Gloria Allred, who represents many of Bill Cosby’s victims, and three rape survivors. The two women survivors have missed their opportunity for justice because SB 813 is not, of course, retroactive. The man, however, was drugged and raped only about two years ago. He’s supporting the cause because he recognizes that in dealing with the emotional burden and coming forward in only a year and a half, he’s done better than most.

Every once in a while, the speaker would gesture to us and call us “these survivors.” I wondered if maybe I wasn’t supposed to have stood back there with everyone else. I also thought how sad it was that it was assumed that only rape survivors would bother to come to this rally, even though that was very close to the truth. I remained standing and considered myself a representative of my 4 friends, and even the other possible 46 (64 counting my men Facebook friends if 1 in 11 is correct).

It was a very hot trip home at 12 noon with my window down. Between the fires and the farming, I had to hold my shirt over my nose for at least an hour. But I had done it. I had done my little part. And now we wait to see if Governor Brown signs the bill. It’s on his desk now. It’s September 11th, 2016, and he has until the 30th. Perhaps it’s not too late for you to give him a call.

Update: Governor Brown signed SB 813 into law!

Mom’s Homework Advice

Does your kid stress out about homework? I wrote this list for my daughter years ago, and she STILL loves to look at it once in a while. Some kids need a very different kind of list, but if your kid is like mine, print this out and put it by their desk. When you’re frustrated, let the list speak for you.

1. Just turning it in is better than many do.

2. If you are only given a week to do it, it doesn’t have to look like you spent a year on it.

3. You always do a good job.

4. It’s okay if someone’s project looks better than yours. Tell them “Nice job!”

5. The teacher’s goal is for you to learn, not be stressed. Enjoy what you’re learning.

6. Whining doesn’t help. I’ve tried it.

7. God doesn’t check homework for entrance into heaven.

8. I love you no matter what your homework looks like.

9. Don’t say mean things about my friend (YOU!).