Some Thoughts on Trump from a Once Reluctant Trumper

This election is between President Trump and Senator Biden. But it is much more. It is a choice between American Freedom and Marxian Socialism. The election surrounds non-negotiables: heterosexual marriage, normality of heterosexuality, creation of only male & female, sacredness of human life, religious freedom, and pro-private property (Ex 20:15,17). None of which find a home in the Democratic platform, Democrats’ unified sentiment, and the position of Joe Biden. To vote for someone who does not have a chance to win, not vote, or vote for Biden is a vote from which America may not recover. A little election history can be helpful.

I define a Reluctant Trumper (RT) as being a Christian who initially supported one of the other Republican candidates in the 2016 Presidential election. Then, as Trump emerged as the Republican candidate, many chose to vote for him despite all the issues that made them choose others, sometimes several others, before him. When we chose to vote for him, we did so reluctantly. In contrast, a much smaller number chose the position of Never Trumper (NT).

Since being elected president and doing what he said he would do, some NT’s have said things like “He’s done some good things,” “I see a few positives,” or they give some other weak recognition of his undaunted stand for the sacredness of human life and religious liberty. That positive is quickly followed by vociferously attacking his decorum in a way that is not easily outdone by the Democrats. To me, making history as a pro-life president and his unabashed outspoken and decisive actions for the sanctity of life garnering only a light response like, “that was good” or “yeah, but his behavior” is a quite unsatisfactory gloss.

Especially when we are talking about a president who has done so much to fight for millions of babies being wantonly and systematically, with the highest level of barbarism, destroyed all day every day. Such trite responses seem to reduce his actions and the battle for the sanctity of life to coffee table talk approximating the level of discussions about getting extra checkout registers at the local market. That is a woefully inadequate recognition of his stand against this unending holocaust.

I, for one, cannot sit by and not solidly support a president that, in my lifetime, is the most courageous in words and actions for the unborn. Our strong stand with the president is not to condone his shameless discourteousness, name-calling, and crudeness. None of us who started as Reluctant Trumpers approve of his antics, denigrating conversational style, boorish incivility, unwillingness to nuance, and his egotistical rants, but we do not see those as something even remotely close in importance to fighting for babies lives.

When NT’s, or those who are reluctant to support Trump this election, point to his character, they are speaking about his vulgar and immoral behavior with women in his past; we condemn that as well; however, being a Christian means that we forgive people who repent of such, and, to my knowledge, Trump has. And there has been no evidence to show anything of that kind of behavior in well over a decade, which was not the case as with Clinton. Consequently, that comparison lacks credibility.

My point thus far does not even mention his most valiant battle for religious liberty, a stand that is of a caliber to which all of his recent predecessors pale in comparison. And, we must never forget that religious liberty is taken for granted only by those who have it as we do. It is prized to the heavens by those who do not have it or have lost it, and President Trump is fighting so our children will never know what it would be like to live without religious liberty.

While not trying to be overly reductive, it seems to me that Never Trumpers, those who may not vote for Trump this time, and Establishment Republicans see his failings and then his policies, whereas Reluctant and Enthusiastic Trumpers see his policies and then his personal failings. The sequence is significant. Importantly, many one-time Never Trumpers now support Trump–such as Glenn Beck, Ben Shapiro, Rich Lowry, Erick Erickson, and Albert Mohler.

Reluctant Trumpers have and continue to pray that he will change his abrasive behaviors and continue his policies. But, we recognize that we have voted for a number of politicians who were quite respectable and admirably civil except in their unwillingness to do the very things they promised to do to be elected. At this point, I think voting for someone like Trump may be a more moral option than voting for someone who says what we like to hear and the way we like to hear it, but once elected does little or nothing of what he said he would do for life and liberty.

The choice to vote for and support Trump in 2016 was not a choice between the lesser of two evils because that leaves only evil. Rather it was a choice between the better of two options, him or Clinton, which is the kind of choice every Christian regularly makes as we live in a fallen world, and that is not sinning. The choice this time is of the same nature, but the choice is much more clear. President Trump has a track record of doing what he said he would do, and the positions of the two candidates leave no uncertainty about the kind of future we are voting on for our children and grandchildren.

Considering our vote in this election needs to be with a clear awareness that there is a sophisticated and pervasive attempted Marxian revolution underway. Whether it will be successful remains to be seen. But its presence and significant success thus far are undeniable and startling. Resultantly, the election is not best understood as between Republicans and Democrats, Liberals and Conservatives, but it is between American Capitalism’s freedom, individual responsibility, religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and Marxian Socialism’s control, loss of individual responsibility, religious intolerance, and the wanton destruction of the weakest and most innocent of our society.

Ronnie W. Rogers