Why are the majority of students at the evangelical flagship, Wheaton College, supporting Hillary Clinton — arguably the most pro-abortion, pro-LGBT, and morally compromised candidate ever to be nominated by a major political party? In this bonus video recorded after we finished taping, “Divided We Vote: Evangelicals and the 2016 Election,” Wheaton professor Dr. Vincent Bacote answers this question. He also talks about the divide between Millennial Christians and older Christians and explores needs to be done to bridge the gap.
Dr. Charmaine Yoest of American Values and Dr. Erwin Lutzer of Moody Church also express why they believe Millennial Christians are voting for Clinton. Plus, we explore how evangelicals can heal the deep divisions exposed by this election.
As you’ll hear, I express dismay that the majority of Wheaton students are supporting Hillary Clinton. To be clear, though, this is not because I support Donald Trump. I have written repeatedly about Trump’s moral flaws and the need for Christians to publicly condemn some of his behavior and statements, whether they are voting for him or not. Given his serious flaws, I do not think there is a clear moral case for supporting him. And, in “Divided We Vote,” I argue that the “lesser of two evils” argument, otherwise known as consequentialism, must have limits or it can be used to support almost any evil, provided the alternative evil is greater.
That being said, I do understand those who are reluctantly voting for Trump. They argue that the moral flaws of both candidates offset — and that Trump represents a platform that most closely aligns with biblical values. Pastor Lutzer and Charmaine Yoest articulate this argument well in “Divided We Vote.”
What I do not understand is how professing Christians can vote for Hillary Clinton. There is no moral argument for supporting Hillary Clinton, though some evangelicals have tried. While Trump is admittedly morally unfit, Clinton’s moral failings appear to be treasonous. There is far too much evidence showing that Clinton used the Clinton Foundation to sell political favors to enemy foreign countries and big business for Americans to overlook. Plus, her platform — especially her radical support for abortion and prioritizing LGBT concerns over religious freedom — contradicts the values of Scripture. And lastly, though Clinton purports to support women, her actions show a deep-seated misogyny and betrayal of women.
Below are some graphics from the October 27th edition of The Wheaton Record, reporting the results of the student survey Dr. Bacote references.
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