Watch: “Divided We Vote: Evangelicals and the 2016 Election,” A Special Television Broadcast

By Julie Roys

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Are #NeverTrumpers handing the election to Hillary and destroying the future of America? Are evangelical leaders, by supporting a morally flawed — or even unfit — candidate like Donald Trump, tarnishing the witness of the church? 

These gut-wrenching questions and accusations are pulling Christians apart in what has arguably been the most divisive presidential election in our lifetime. Given these deep divisions, how can Christians ever unify? What criteria should evangelicals use when choosing a candidate? And, what will be the long-term effects of this election on the Religious Right?

I explore these questions and more in Divided We Vote: Evangelicals and the 2016 Election. Joining me are Dr. Charmaine Yoest, a senior fellow with American Values, who is voting for Donald Trump and endorsing him; Dr. Erwin Lutzer, pastor emeritus of Moody Church, who refuses to endorse Trump, but says he will vote for him; and Dr. Vincent Bacote, who refuses to vote for either Trump or Clinton. 
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This honest, and sometimes raw, discussion exposes the diverse, but deep convictions driving evangelicals this election season. But it also offers hope, and reveals the spiritual bond between brothers and sisters that transcends political differences. Please watch this important broadcast underwritten by my friends at the Illinois Family Institute and share your thoughts in the comments below.

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5 thoughts on “Watch: “Divided We Vote: Evangelicals and the 2016 Election,” A Special Television Broadcast”

  1. I have found this election to bet he most difficult in my voting lifetime. I am a lady who has supported Christians; However, this election is far removed from Christian ethics. Past history has proven that we cannot endorse Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump does believe that a woman’s place is in the home to a degree. I do not believe in Abortion. I believe that it is murder. I do not believe in Homosexual behavior. Johns Hopkins University made a declaration on air last month that there is no such thing as a HOMOSEXUAL GENE in the brain. We are living in the most evil time that has existed in America. Trans-Gender Laws that control Americans and with no respect for the WORD OF GOD. We have seen the past events that have led us to this time in our American History. EVIL has eluded our lives to the point that we are no longer at liberty to present ourselves as a Christian in the public. Only because the evil forces are attempting to silence our FAITH IN THE CREATOR. They will be surprised when they enter DEATH’S DOORS. We have no choice but to stand strong in our faith. Is our FAITH being tested for what we have to face in the near future? GOD GRANT US THE GRACE WE NEED TO SERVE HIM WiTH HIS LOVE!!!!

  2. There are other candidates and even though I love Dr Lutzer, I disagree that it is a wasted vote. I am still undecided but I will vote either against Hillary by voting for Trump or another candidate who as of right now would be Darrell Castle of the Constitution Party, a Christ follower, pro-life, as far as I can tell, a man of high moral character and someone who would get us back to our founding documents as Americans, as I have gone back to our founding documents as Christians, namely the Bible. If every person who will not vote in this election, would instead vote for Mr Castle, it would at the very least tell the media and the major parties that we the people have a say on who we vote for, not the other way around.

  3. Art and Carolyn Carlson

    Thank you for your program tonight. The way Dr. Yoest defended Donald Trump was truly remarkable! You did leave out an important part in this debate; that of voting for an alternative party or a write in candidate. I don’t believe in all of what these 2 candidates represent either, but they are a welcome relief from Clinton and Trump. America needs more than 2 parties. The 2 parties we have are representing fewer and fewer Americans, especially Christians but also Libertarians and Green people. European governments have many parties and have to join forces to “form a government.” That is unheard of in the US but has all kinds of implications, many of them positive in our increasingly “look alike” parties. We’ve received emails from Gary Johnson urging us to vote Libertarian not because they might win, but because it will put their party on the ballot for the next election and give them government money to campaign. I do not consider my vote “lost” because I vote Libertarian, but an expression to get more parties into the debates and election process. Thank you. Art and Carolyn Carlson

  4. Thank you for the program and for making it available online. I love my country and have voted for the Republican nominee for president ever since I cast my first ballot in a presidential election for Ronald Reagan. As a Christian, my first and foremost allegiance is to Christ. The kingdom of God is far more important than earthly kingdoms. I can not in good conscience support Hillary Clinton for obvious reasons. I also can not in good conscience support Donald Trump for even more obvious reasons. The embrace of Donald Trump by Christians I believe is destroying our witness to a lost and dying world. We are more hungry for political victory than for spiritual victory. Spiritual victories do not depend upon political victories. Given a choice between severely compromising our collective witness (by voting for Trump) or not compromising our witness (by not voting for Trump) and perhaps allowing Clinton to win this election and perhaps facing persecution, I think the Christ-like thing to do is to not compromise. May God have mercy on us for what we’ve done as the church in America. He is a jealous God and I’m afraid we’ve made political victory more important than faithfulness to Him.

  5. I appreciate that you took the time to have this three evangelicals of varying opinion speak regarding the election. However, I was very disappointed with the fact that Dr. Yoest interrupted as often as she did to the point of seeing the frustration on the face of Dr. Bacote. At one point when Dr. Bacote tried to respond he was again interrupted by Dr. Yoest after which Dr. Bacote simply gesture with his hand like, “go ahead because you’re going to interrupt me regardless.” Julie, I think you could have done a better job as a moderator to not allow Dr. Yoest to interrupt as much.
    I’m not sure Dr. Bacote will ever want to be on the same panel as Dr. Yoest. When Dr. Bacote did get a chance to speak, what he said was very relevant and informative in helping me understand what he suggested as the mindset of the minority vote.
    And of course Dr. Lutzer spoke most representative of what I think most middle-aged conservative evangelical voters would be thinking when deciding to vote for Trump.

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