How Trump Can Secure the Conservative Christian Vote
If the GOP candidate humbly regroups, he can and should win this critical faith-based support
Despite what mainstream media headlines might tell us, this presidential election is all about Supreme Court justices, abortion, marriage, religious freedom, and the Constitution of the United States of America.
A pretty compelling argument to vote, right? Yet I wonder if these factors will be compelling enough for many voters.
I see two key questions:
1.) What will it take to bring people out to the polls?
2.) With just over 20 days left in this election cycle, how will Donald Trump win the key battleground states of Florida and Ohio?
In the time remaining, I believe it’s up to Donald Trump to quickly regroup and do what no other candidate has ever done. He needs to spend a significant amount of his time reaching out to conservative Christians.
Considering America’s Future
In the 2012 election, 38 million conservative Christian evangelicals of voting age did not vote. Strangely, they decided that it would be best to sit home. Yet if just 2 percent of that number would have voted, Mitt Romney would likely soon be finishing his first term in office.
Governor Romney refused to reach out to conservative evangelicals; he didn’t want to compromise the values of his church. And at the same time, millions of conservative evangelicals decided they wouldn’t compromise their irrational conviction that they could not vote for a Mormon. And they reached this decision after watching the destruction of America for the four previous years. Their irrational theology convinced them there were no biblically based arguments to vote for a Mormon.
As an evangelical Christian, I did my best on a nationally syndicated program about financial issues within the economy to convince caller after caller that the 2012 election was about America. That it was about voting in favor of the future of a country God had built.
A Powerful Voting Force
Despite my efforts, 38 million evangelicals didn’t vote. Can you imagine the unexercised power in this voting bloc of conservative Christians? Instead of whining and complaining about the direction of the country, they could have seized their opportunity. Although they ignored it, today they have another opportunity to take back America. Donald Trump is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but he is certainly a step closer to the ideals that evangelicals can all embrace.
Winning this election comes down to about three weeks of reaching out to that huge voting bloc and convincing 5 to 7 percent of them to vote — assuming all the others who voted in the last presidential election will vote again. That could change things dramatically and turn this election into a win for Trump.
This is why reaching out to a voting bloc that cares about Supreme Court justices, abortion, religious freedom, traditional marriage, and a constitution built on Judeo-Christian values is a wise course. Simply put, Trump must reach this voting bloc; everything out of his mouth has to be about these issues, as well as jobs and the economy. Those things will persuade that key 5 to 7 percent to support him.
Putting Aside Pride and Vanity
The wisest man to ever live, Solomon, suffered from the grief of wisdom in the Book of Ecclesiastes. Early in the first chapter, he said, "Vanity of vanities … vanity of vanities. All is vanity" (Ecclesiastes 1:2, NKJV).
Close to the mid-point of the book, he added, "Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God" (Ecclesiastes 5:2). By the end, Solomon offers a stark reminder that people must set aside pride and ego: "Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil" (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).
Somewhere along the line, there must be a recognition and a humbling that all that has been achieved has been by the hand of God; all that we own is of God. Donald Trump has three weeks to get a grip on the vanity, pride, and ego — a losing formula — and rely on God. He has little time to come to that recognition and come humbly before God's people, in the hope that America might be saved. Impossible? Yes, for man — but not for God.
Maybe Trump has done this and we've missed it amid his struggles with vanity and pride. I do know that Hillary Clinton will not be used by God to save America unless she comes to the same realization. Unfortunately, she has deep-rooted ideological notions that run counter to God's standards. The bottom line: We need to vote for America, not necessarily for a flawed individual.
Dan Celia is president and CEO of Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries Inc., and host of the nationally syndicated radio and television program "Financial Issues," heard daily on more than 600 stations across the country and reaching millions of households on the National Religious Broadcasters Network, BizTV, and Dove-TV.