A young parishioner recently asked Pastor Jane Willan, “How can someone who is a Christian vote for Donald Trump?” She answers the question in an editorial for the Worcester Telegram. Simply put, Willan suggests that Christians may be acting selfishly. “I think it is because Christians no longer vote their faith. They vote their personal interests,” she writes.
She calls out Evangelical leaders for being hypocritical and self-serving. The Franklin Graham who once said, “If he will lie to or mislead his wife and daughter, those with whom he is most intimate, what will prevent him from doing the same to the American public?” about Bill Clinton, now shrugs off Trump’s adultery, claiming, “I think this thing with Stormy Daniels and so forth is nobody’s business.”
With “Christian leaders” like these, Willan feels simply embarrassed to be called a Christian sometimes.
Ultimately, Christians who care about the Common Good need to think about their votes.
“Christians need to bring their religion to everyday life and into the voting booth. We need to vote our beliefs, asking as we stand there with our ballot in hand: who will feed the hungry? visit the prisoner? welcome the stranger? seek to bring healing to those who suffer? If not our elected officials, then who?
This coming election vote your faith.”