The Ethics Of A Trump Vote As Seen In Masterpiece Cakeshop

I will never encourage someone to vote against their conscience, but I will challenge them to reevaluate how their conscience is framed.

Every network in the District had eyes on The Court as they heard oral arguments for perhaps the most anticipated SCOTUS case of our time: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. "We've got your back!" a large crowd chanted outside The Court to show solidarity with the judicially besieged cake-designer.


Among the crowd I noticed acquaintances and Church-branded celebrities who unapologetically identified as never-Trumpers during last year's election. To be clear, I don't doubt for a second their sincere concern for Jack, but it did beg the question as to where this sentiment was last November. Without Trump, we wouldn’t have Gorsuch, and without Gorsuch, Jack Phillips wouldn't stand a chance.

I will never encourage someone to vote against their conscience, but I will challenge them to reevaluate how their conscience is framed.

For example, the difficulty that came with voting for Trump was real, I won't deny it. His character and history of immorality was unbecoming of a leader, thus our consciences may be inclined to say "no." But there was a bigger picture to consider– a bigger picture that is now tangible with Jack Phillips.

The Court's dialogue on December 5th highly suggested a 5-4 decision come June '18. However, which side gets 5 is up for debate. As per the usual, all eyes will be on Justice Kennedy. As the swing vote, he has the potential to deliver the fatal blow to one side.

But as I alluded to above, had Hillary been elected, the late Justice Scalia would not have been replaced by a jurist of Gorsuch's caliber. A Hillary appointee would have tipped The Court's demographics from 5 conservatives and 4 liberals, to 5 liberals and 4 conservatives, thus rendering Kennedy's swing vote superfluous, and Jack Phillips would be doomed.

I’m not suggesting a presidential vote be decided based on one man’s court case. But given the culturally-fueled cases heading to The Court in recent years, and evidently more to come, it is imperative to note that Jack is simply one tangible example of how millions will be influenced by the high court.

When voting for a president, we don’t vote for a person– we vote for how that person will run the country. If I don’t care for the person, but I know that their policies will save the lives of the unborn, then I can’t shake how selfish it would be for me to vote otherwise (including not voting/voting third party.)

Vacancies on The Court was the primary issue last election season.

Why? Because other critical issues, including the pro-life agenda and religious liberty, depend on this judicial hierarchy for sustainment.

Abortion is the worst genocide the world has ever seen, and it's happening right now, legally, and enthusiastically supported by our elected officials.

This hits home for me. Every night I go to bed with the burdensome reality that thousands of innocent lives were taken that day. Combating this horrific reality should contribute to the development of one’s conscience (see 7 Ways Trump Has Followed Through With His Pro-Life Commitment.)

But for never-Trumpers, the immorality of one man transcended the righteous pursuit of crippling the most victim-laden genocide in global history. I will always be open to dialogue, but I will never understand how Christians justified passing up an opportunity to suppress this horrific reality.

Dr. Russell Moore

Among the most notable never-Trumpers at The Court was a man who I've long admired, Dr. Russell Moore. Moore currently serves as the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Think of his position as the political arm of the SBC, and he's a fantastic fit for such a role. Coexisting with my admiration for him is my disappointment with the position he took in last year’s election. In response to evangelical's hopes of Trump's pro-life promises, Moore stated:

"Why Trump would be more faithful to vows to religious political activists than he has been to people named 'Mrs. Trump,' they do not tell us."

But the truth is, "they" (Trump-supporting Evangelicals) did tell why we had such hope. While I admit Trump doesn't have the best credibility in the pro-life community, Mike Pence, Marjorie Dannenfelser, Ben Carson, and other influencers in Trump's administration are staunchly pro-life– in ideology and action.

But to be fair to Dr. Moore, even amidst his vigorous deliveries towards evangelicals who supported Trump, he did assume a posture of wisdom and humility:

"There’s a massive difference between someone who enthusiastically excused immorality and someone who felt conflicted, weighed the options based on biblical convictions, and voted their conscience. In a heated campaign season focused on sound bites, this distinction can get lost in the headlines, so it bears repeating." (read whole article here)

Again, Dr. Moore is an incredible man who courageously and routinely stands up against evil in the Church and culture. I use him as an example of a never-Trumper who took a charitable approach to each side and landed where he genuinely thought was right, despite my ardent disagreement. We can all learn something from this mature form of dialogue.

On voting your conscience, I’ll conclude by repeating a statement I made earlier: It’s not about voting against your conscience, it’s about reevaluating how your conscience is framed. I cannot sacrifice the lives of the unborn on the alter of conscience towards one person.

The immorality of one man will NOT determine my role in saving the unborn, protecting the religious liberties of my fellow Americans, or anyone else (read: MANY) who would have fallen victim to the evil-infused policies of Hillary Clinton.

-JWR _______________________________

Hi, my name is John and I love coffee. As I write this I’m sitting in a local roastery sipping a “mudslide” espresso with cream and two and a half sugars. There are few things in life that I feel merit precise orchestration with no room for error, coffee is one of them.

My life belongs to Jesus. I am his son and He is my King. His work in my life is reason enough for my faith to be made complete. He lived to die for me so that I may be credited righteous thus I will live for Him. I believe one area that has been greatly ignored by Christians is culture and politics. We must be active in representing our faith in these communities, but not in a relativistic or compromising way. Full bio

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