I often am asked why I talk so much about Trump when it is clear that Hillary is so wicked. I would hope that my audience already knows and understands that Hillary is wicked and that they are not voting for her. On the other hand there are many Christians who are still planning on holding their nose and voting for Trump because they fear what America will become if Hillary is elected.
I want to start by looking at the biblical role of government and the biblical standards for a ruler. Romans 13 shows us that the purpose of government is to bring judgment on those who do wicked. Starting in verse 3 we see God’s description of what government should be:
“3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.”
It abundantly clear that a ruler is to bring justice to the wicked. The response I usually get to this from Trump supporters is that God can use a wicked man to bring justice to the wicked. While that is true, when God does so it is in spite of the wicked rather than because of the wicked. If we are going to use that argument we might as well vote for Hillary because as they argue, God can use even someone as wicked as Hillary or Nero to bring justice to the evildoers. The reality is that we need to be promoting those who are in fact righteous to be rulers. Once we align ourselves with the lesser wicked in order to stop the greater wicked we have compromised what the Bible says about those who should rule and fallen into pragmatism based on human reasoning. The question then is whether or not it is possible to have a righteous ruler.
Looking at Romans 13 we also see that Nero was indeed a terror to those who do good. Therefore we cannot use Romans 13 to say that this is describing Nero lest we make God out to be a liar. Romans 13 is describing a righteous ruler and thus a righteous person is who we ought to seek as a ruler. The next response is always “if you are looking for a righteous person to rule then you are going to have to wait for Jesus to return”. I reject that claim completely. Yes none of us is righteous in our natural state. However in Christ we have been declared righteous and through sanctification we are being conformed into the image of Christ. If we are to look for a righteous ruler we seek one who has been made righteous and one who is seeking the Lord. When we choose an elder or deacon we don’t just choose anyone. We don’t say “well no one is really righteous so really anyone can be an elder or deacon”. Instead we consider how a man walks before the Lord and how he leads his family. Is it so hard to believe that we should also look for that in a “minister of the Lord” for justice? So a righteous ruler indeed can exist and be voted for. Let’s look at Scripture to see if it supports the idea of a righteous ruler.
In Psalm 2 we see God’s command to the rulers:
10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,
And you perish in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
The command is clear that a ruler is to “serve the Lord with fear” and to “kiss the Son”. Before this election I cautiously was willing to support a non-believer for President (or any other ruling office) so long as he was good on the issues. This election has pushed me to look into Scripture more to see if a man with such low moral character (one who is unrepentant and claims that he has never need to ask God for forgiveness) could be supported. God’s word has come back clear that indeed such a man that does not fear the Lord, a man who refuses to worship the Son is not fit for a ruling office.
When we look further into Scripture we find righteousness being a defining character that a ruler should have and wickedness being something to be rejected. In each of these instances it is the person’s character we are talking about. God doesn’t say that a ruler with a wicked character is fine so long as he promises to enact good policies, or so long as he will help the economy. He says righteous rulers are to be sought after and wicked rulers are to be rejected. This brings me to my main point. How can we expect a wicked person to rule righteously? How can we expect a man who embraces sin to be honest with his campaign promises? How can we expect an evil man to rightly punish evil? How can we expect him to not be a terror to those who do good when those who do good get in his way?
Are we to call God a liar when He says in Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.”? Do we think we can elect a wicked man and expect the people not to groan? Consider the following verses and ask yourself why we would expect righteous rulings to come from a wicked man. Can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit?
Proverbs 28:12 “When the righteous rejoice, there is great glory; But when the wicked arise, men hide themselves.”
Proverbs 28: 15-16 “Like a roaring lion and a charging bear is a wicked ruler over poor people. 16 A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, but he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.
Brethren I plead with you do not give way to fear of what might happen if Hillary Clinton is elected. Do we not serve a Sovereign God? The answer to fighting wickedness is not compromise with wickedness. The Bible is clear that there is such a thing as a righteous ruler. Let us only put our support by one who will serve the Lord with fear and who will kiss the Son.