The 2020 Elections and Christian Hypocrisy

Posted on April 26, 2021

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By David Ettinger

Consumed Christians
Millions of people are convinced the 2020 U.S. Presidential election was stolen. They contend then-President Trump had the most votes in certain states, but those states’ voting numbers were skewed in favor of now-President Biden.

I don’t know what the truth is. I haven’t researched the issue, and for good reason. I’m not saying I don’t care whether or not the election was stolen, but because of my Christian worldview, I’m just not inclined to invest my time or thoughts in it.

On the other hand, many evangelicals believe the elections were stolen. If left there, that would be fine. But many evangelicals don’t leave it there – they are consumed with it. They spend hours scouring the Internet for evidence of this “fact,” believing they can prevent it from happening again, or – hope against hope – that even now they can overturn the results.

I disagree with such behavior. Is this what God wants us to do? Is it biblically mandated? And most of all, based on what the Bible actually says, are Christians consumed in this activity hypocrites? I say “Yes, they are hypocrites.”

Key Verse
A key verse regarding political leaders is Romans 13:1: “Every person is to be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” Most Christians take this to mean God actually appoints leaders over nations. They particularly were vocal when President Trump won the 2016 elections.

I, on the other hand, have a different view. Though I believe that at times God puts specific leaders in office, I think this verse speaks of generalities – that God established the concept of government and implemented it, but for the most part allows people to vote as they will.

But many Christians take Romans 13:1 more literally, that God actually does appoint every governmental leader – including President Trump in 2016. Logic, therefore, dictates that evangelicals believe the elections of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton were God’s doing as well. But many don’t. And they don’t agree that President Biden is God’s doing, which I find hypocritical.

God’s Will
If you’re a Christian claiming based on Romans 13:1 that President Trump was God’s man and it was God’s will to have him elected, you have a problem regarding a sovereign God who does as He pleases according to His perfect will.

If it was God’s will that President Trump would have been re-elected, wouldn’t he be in office right now? I mean, if this is what God wanted, is there any force in the universe that could have hindered it?

And further, if you believe God appoints ALL political leaders – especially heads of nations – then can’t it be logically concluded that President Biden is in office right now because it is God’s will?

Based on the popular interpretation of Romans 13:1, you can’t have Trump being in office because it was God’s will, and Biden being there against God’s will. Either it was God’s will for both, or against God’s will for both. 

If you agree that Presidents reach office solely according to God’s will, then you have to concede the Biden presidency is God’s will. I can accept that God wants him there as a punishment for America, but it would nonetheless be God’s will.

The Bottom Line
It’s an utter waste of time for Christians to be consumed with what they believe is a stolen election. I believe if it were stolen, then God allowed it to be stolen, and hence the man he wants in office is the one there now. And if the election was not stolen, to me this is further proof that “God’s man” is in office – even if his presence there is a curse. Either way, God’s will was surely accomplished. Therefore, continuing to pursue the issue is nonsense. For whatever reason, God permitted it, and that’s good enough for me.

Heavy Christian involvement in politics is a dicey proposition, and we ought to tread there carefully. I don’t think the Bible promotes deep Christian involvement in politics, but it does promote the type of endeavors Christians should engage in.

Topping the list is sharing our faith with a lost and dying world. We are to be telling men and women that they are lost sinners who can only find redemption – and eternity in a real Heaven rather than a real Hell – by accepting the free offer of salvation in Jesus  Christ, who died for the sins of humanity.

We know for certain that engaging in this endeavor IS God’s will, and one in which we should commit to. The authenticity of the 2020 Presidential Elections? Let it go, Christian, you’ve got way better things to do with your calling!