My concern is not only for my nation, but also for the Church. It seems in every election cycle, we in the Body of Christ, have to choose between the lesser of two evils. I assume that would generally be the case in every election since we live in a fallen world and there have never been or will be any "perfect" candidates. I don't claim political astuteness, so my first criterion for a candidate is one that shares my values, concerns, principles, and, as close as possible, my worldview.
In my opinion, the candidates who come the closest to my worldview are: former Senator Rick Santorum, Governor Mike Huckabee, Dr. Ben Carson and Senator Ted Cruz. If I supported anyone else in the primaries, I would vote "against" myself. (I don't know enough about Carly Fiorina.)
Let me hasten to add that I have appreciated Donald Trump putting "political correctness" in its place! In many ways, he has been refreshing in the sea of political professionals. Mr. Trump has been hailed by some as a modern day Cyrus (see Isaiah 45:1). His expertise in economic matters is cited as to why we need him to lead us. The fact that he is a non-politician commends him to me.
However, his public record does not point to my worldview. His claim is that he, like Ronald Reagan, is emerging in his public policy convictions. I am glad to hear this, but, unlike Reagan, who transitioned over 16 or so years, Mr. Trump has only recently declared this. In addition, I have never heard or seen any retraction of his previous pro-choice and pro-gay marriage stances. By the way, if he is the candidate for the general election, I will vote for him.
But, at this point, my conviction and worldview move me to vote for Senator Cruz. He is a proven conservative. He has stood up time and again in the floor of the U.S. Senate and has almost been a lone voice pushing back against the policies of the last seven years. In other words, he has been in the fray and is still standing! His record is clear; Mr. Trump's record is yet forthcoming.
Furthermore, I am not comfortable forsaking my worldview, nor am I comfortable allowing nationalism and populism to define my vote. By voting for Cruz, the Body of Christ can vote their Biblical principles and moral values. In the election of 2008, many voted for our current president because they were "caught up" with him. Very few knew much about him and his particular views. I am still uneasy voting for a candidate who "catches me up."
This statement is personal. It does not represent FMCI or its members and friends. It is mainly an appeal to pray for our nation. Many are doing so and I am grateful for that.
Jim Hodges, Founder and President
Federation of Ministers and Churches International
2016 FMCI REGIONAL REFORMATION INSTITUTES
TEXAS: MARCH 24-26 at Brazos Covenant Ministries in Granbury
(Led by Apostle Merrie Cardin)
MIDWESTERN: APRIL 8-10 in St. Joseph, Missouri
(Led by Pastors Bob and Karen Flach and Mike and Ruth Matthews)
Site to be announced.
OHIO-EASTERN: APRIL 28-30 at Freedom Gate Church in Marietta
(Led by Pastor Rodney Lord)