Who Christians should vote for in the days-away U.S. presidential election was the topic of discussion between Capitol Ministries’ Ralph Drollinger and Frank Sontag on his popular Los Angeles radio talk show Thursday.
After a lively discussion that examined Scripture, Church history, party platforms, and what the Bible says about selecting political leaders, both men agreed that overwhelming evidence shows that the Christian vote should go to Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Starting the discussion early in his live drive-time show aired on KKLA, Sontag asked, “Please try to clear up some of the confusion for many Christians who look at this election and say, I’m lost… ‘We can’t elect him, look what he said!’ Can you speak to Scripture that enlighten us that the Bible is full of many fools that God used?”
Drollinger said if Jesus made an appearance on Fox News and told America:
“‘I’m going to raise up a person to lead this nation who has tremendous and indefatigable strength, a man who has real issues with his hair, a man who is a teetotaler who doesn’t have any alcohol issues, but I am also going to be raising up for you a man who is going to be weak when it comes to women, and he is going to have an avenging edge to him.'”
“That sounds like Trump,” Sontag said.
Drollinger acknowledged that it did. “But that is exactly who Sampson was in Judges 13-16 and he makes it to the Hebrews 11 faith hall of fame!
“Sampson is singled out in Hebrews 11:32-34 as a man who God saw as a great leader of Israel. He led Israel for 20 years, and we can all identify him as a man who is very similar to Donald Trump.”
“I believe that God might be answering our prayers and raising up a great leader in Donald Trump. We are electing him to be the leader of the state, not the leader of the church.”
Drollinger explained that while the New Testament identifies strict and specific characteristics for church leaders (1 Peter, 2:13-14, Romans 13:4), it talks about the Institution of Government being established to reward good and punish evil, as an avenger of wrath to bring adjudication upon those who sin against others.
“So, looking through that lens, the candidate with the best potential to avenge wrath is Donald Trump, very easily,” Drollinger said.
Turning to faith, Sontag noted that both candidates claim to be Christian and that Hillary Clinton, the Democrat candidate professed to be a woman of faith. “How is a Christian to navigate through that?” he asked.
Drollinger explained that the theological backgrounds of the candidates were vastly different.
Trump attended Norman Vincent Peale’s church, who is well-known for his power of positive thinking, which is steeped in the Philippians 4 message. By contrast, Clinton’s background is in liberal Methodism.
The best way to explain the difference, Drollinger said, is that 120 years ago liberal theology, also known as the social gospel movement, invaded mainline Protestant churches and seminaries. J. Gresham Machen, theologian and professor at the Theological Seminary at Princeton, warred against the Seminary from succumbing to the new gospel. Failing that, in 1929, he and others created the Westminster Theological Seminary.
Drollinger explained that Machen said that liberal Protestantism is no form of Christianity whatsoever, that all the major doctrines had been denuded. Machen criticized liberal theology for not viewing Scripture as authoritative, for downplaying sin, and for not seeing Christ as a Savior, but for viewing Him only as a man with good ideas.
“Machen said that all those major tenets of saving faith are void in theological liberalism. They have been re-written,” Drollinger said.
“I do not see very much fruit, apart from the Holy Spirit’s intervention, of very many people coming out of liberal Protestantism and have a true saving faith, whereas people can come out of the power of positive thinking into true saving faith a lot easier,” Drollinger said. “Obviously, God can save anyone from anything, but from a human perspective, I bet on Norman Vincent Peale’s seed bed over liberal Protestantism.”
Drollinger also said that he was introduced to Trump by way of correspondence by one of Trump’s long-time supporters, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, who is also a member of the Members Bible study that Drollinger teaches on the Hill.
Drollinger has been sending Trump the weekly Bible studies that he teaches in Washington, D.C. and said that Trump had responded favorably with written notes. Drollinger said discussions are underway for Capitol Ministries to begin a Bible study in the executive branch of government in Washington, D.C. after the election.
Drollinger encouraged Christians to vote for Trump, and asks that supporters pray for God’s will in the election on Tuesday, November, 8.