A Christian Should Never Be a Republican

Rev. Mark H Creech laid out a very good argument for why a Christian cannot be a Democrat here.

Unfortunately, his implicit recommendation, that the Republican Party is for Christians, could not be worse. He laid out a number of reasons posited by Wayne Grudem, who, “in Politics According to the Bible, accurately describes the wide gap between Democratic and Republican principles which he says "involve a person's entire worldview and deeper spiritual commitments."

Needless to say, those differences are not as black and white as Creech seems to think, because increasingly, Republicans and Democrats share the same views on the very social issues that were once so divisive like Gay rights and abortion, and now even the role of government. A Lifeway poll in 2015 found that 70% of women who get abortions identify as Christians. In a May 3-7, 2017 Gallup poll, only 18% said that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances, while 29% thought it should be legal in all circumstances, and 50% thought it should be legal in most. Also, it is significant that Republicans are now championing the repeal of the death penalty which was once considered to be a biblical imperative for a godly society.

There is really no longer a wide gap between Democratic and Republican principles.

Creech wrote, after stating that a Democratic North Carolina representative was switching his party affiliation because his values were not represented, “I don't claim to speak for Rep. Brisson, but I suspect, knowing his love for the Lord and his unflinching commitment to a righteous culture, it became increasingly difficult to stay in a political Party that supports policies far removed from Christian teachings.”

If a group is defined by what it stands for, then the Republican Party is the antithesis of a godly organization. Its moral failing is an abiding weight that crushes any claim to being the preferred political organization for true Christians. For decades the Republican Party played the role of moral custodians – the ones who would defend biblical morality and, to wit, declare their Christian faith in order to woo Christian voters. They demonize other political groups as they themselves pander for the Christian vote.

Like a group that has been mesmerized en masse, the Republican Party has turned a blind eye to the obvious atrocities of the most corrupt administration in the history of the United States, for political power. By any objective reckoning, the abuse of the office of the presidency, the abuse of power, the disregard for the rule of law, and the lack of honesty by the Trump Administration is unprecedented. Add to that the lack of compassion and human decency, and we have a description of the Republican Party’s principles.

Its policies are no closer to the Christian teachings Creech alluded to. Trump famously called one iteration of the Obamacare repeal bill put forward by Republicans as cruel. Trump, a man devoid of empathy calling a something cruel is noteworthy. But Republicans want to deport Dreamers, innocent children who did nothing wrong, to a place they never knew. The Republican Party largely support white nationalism, a philosophy so dehumanizing, that even Evangelicals are calling on Trump to specifically renounce the alt right and white nationalists. These evangelicals pointed out that those racist views are anti-Christian.

That is what the Republican Party stands for. They are not promoting a righteous culture. They have instead given voice to the most hateful, apathetic, cruel elements of our society. Romans 2 describes what the Republican Party has become, perhaps always has been: hypocrites worthy of God’s righteous judgement. No, the Republican Party is also not for good Christians.

Christians are free to have the political view of their choice, but to do as Jerry Falwell Jr suggests and ignore the teachings of the Christian faith because a political party promises a few crumbs, is placing politics above God. In this regard the Benedict Option seems prudent. But better, a Christian should resist identifying with any political group and speak the Gospel truth while being beholding to Christ and him alone. That way we will not bring reproach on the Gospel.

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