There are two candidates, on the republican side, that are clearly America’s choice, because they are so high in the polls: Donald Trump and Ben Carson. But is either one of these candidates God’s choice?
Will it be Donald Trump? He seems to be a likeable guy. I mean people are really drawn to him and he really has good leadership qualities. But there are a few things that concern me. In an article entitled, Why Evangelicals Should Be Terrified of Trump, it was pointed out that when asked if he has ever asked God for forgiveness, he said, no, that he doesn’t bring God into that picture, because he doesn’t believe he sins. He stated, “Why do I have to repent or ask for forgiveness, if I am not making mistakes?”
I hope Mr. Trump wasn’t serious; but there is no indication that he wasn’t serious. I think he really believes that he doesn’t sin or make mistakes. No doubt, this is why he seems to be so confident and boast so much about his own greatness and that he will make America great again.
Talking about his religion, he has boasted that he is a Presbyterian and that he has had a good relationship with the church over the years. He stated that he “will be the greatest representative of the Christians that they’ve had in a long time.”
Well, what does God say about people (like Donald Trump) who claim that they don’t sin? We have the answer in 1 John 1:8 and 10:
1 John 1:8, 10
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us… 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
Here is another passage that may fit Trump.
1 Peter 5:5b
God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Well, how about Ben Carson? Will he be God’s choice for president? People have said that he is such a humble man and that he is so brilliant. But again there are a few things that are very troubling when it comes to his faith. In an article entitled, Ben Carson’s Religion, Explained, it was brought out that he has a very live-and-let-live-approach to other religions. He wrote, “As a Christian, I am not the least bit offended by the beliefs of Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Mormons and so forth.” He also wrote, “Let us also remember that Jews, Christians and Muslims all believe in God, and while there are ideological differences in who Jesus was, we should find peace in the fact that we are all God’s children.”
Here are two other things that are quite troublesome about Carson’s faith: He doesn’t believe in a literal hell. He believes in annihilation. He also rejects Solo Scriptura, the Protestant belief that scripture should be held above all other things as God’s word.
No doubt Carson’s Seventh-day Adventist faith has much to do with his thinking. He definitely does not have evangelical beliefs. Or let me say it this way: he does not have a true believers faith—according to what the bible says.
In a recent blog post I received on my blog, Joel Rosenberg expressed that he believes the four best candidates are Cruz, Rubio, Santorum and Huckabee. He stated…
Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are the two brilliant, up-and-coming, and very compelling young Cuban conservatives.
Gov. Huckabee and former Sen. Rick Santorum are the two deeply principled, tried and tested, and very experienced previous Iowa Caucus winners.
I agree that these four are my best choice too, but the question still remains: what is God’s choice? So we must ask ourselves what God would want in a president. Certainly He would want one who can and will bring America to its knees before Him. Yes, we must choose a man like the biblical David who had a heart after God and who has the strength and courage to stand up and fight for the will of God.
O Lord, make the people of this country
See the candidate you desire.
Make us aware of Your choice.
Bring this one before us
And let us see him and desire him also.
Strengthen this one for the job ahead.
Keep Him in Your will until the time—
Until the day of his election
And all through his Tenure.