James Mullin at The American Thinker gives three conditions he would need to see before supporting Donald Trump for president:
First, we’d like a true conservative as your vice president. You two do not need to get along; that’s really fine with us. Second, we’d like to have it written in stone, who the names of your first two Supreme Court appointees will be. Third, we want to see – in writing – your tax plan for your first year in office (the one you will submit to Congress), with it being abundantly clear to us a) how you will simplify the tax code and b) how you will reduce the deficit.
Even if Trump met these conditions, should Christians support a Trump candidacy? I would argue they should not. While Trump can meet the conditions above to attract some conservatives, Christians should judge a candidate on more than these qualifiers.
- Where does a candidate stand on the important issue of life vs. abortion?
- Where does a candidate stand on issues concerning Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion?
- Where does a candidate stand on issues concerning government and corporate overreach on moral issues such as same-sex marriage, transgender issues, etc.?
- Where does a candidate stand on fundamental educational issues such as local control of public schools, school choice, and support for homeschool options?
As an aside, I do not believe Christians should require their candidates to claim to be Christians. As we have seen in the past, most presidents to date claim to be Christians, but govern according to their own values and beliefs, not biblical values and teachings. We are electing a magistrate, not a high priest. –Chris Eller
What issues do you think a Christian should consider non-negotiable when making voting decisions?