I have been told The Master’s College president John MacArthur announced from the pulpit this morning that he will vote for Donald Trump.
In this The Master’s College video (see also a description of the entire panel discussion), MacArthur says, “I am not voting for Donald Trump, I am voting for a worldview.”
I don’t think “worldview” will be on the ballot. We don’t enhance the influence of Christianity in the culture by voting for a presidential candidate. It is deeply troubling to hear so many Christian leaders look to an election result to prop up Christianity. Watch:
Evangelicals for Trump have taken on this tortured reasoning. Eric Metaxas was among early endorsers of this approach.
But please consider this: A vote for Donald Trump is not necessarily a vote for Donald Trump himself. It is a vote for those who will be affected by the results of this election. Not to vote is to vote. God will not hold us guiltless.
The evasion of responsibility is highly disturbing. If you are going to vote for Trump, own it.
Earlier this year, John MacArthur blasted fellow evangelicals for supporting Trump. At that time, he said Trump was “a model of everything , everything that is destructive in morality in our culture.”
Let’s remember another people (from a Lutheran newspaper in the early 1930s) who voted for a worldview:
The point is not that Trump is Hitler (although I think he could be the vanguard of a distinctly American fascism), it is that the reasoning for supporting the worldview is alarming. All along the way, evangelicals have had the option of getting behind a conservative independent candidate. Many of us have called for it and the times were ripe for it and yet evangelicals have gone along like sheep and justified every new scandal. This is not a movement that deserves widespread support nor has much hope of attracting the faithless. This problem is much bigger than this election.