Wayne Grudem, as an evangelical theologian and seminary professor and founder of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, has been teaching about Christian ethics for nearly 40 years.
So, when a number of his evangelical friends told him they could not "in good conscience" vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, he decided to lay out his case for why the GOP nominee deserves the Christian vote. In a new op-ed at TownHall.com, he wrote that voting for Trump is a "morally good choice."
I do not think that voting for Donald Trump is a morally evil choice because there is nothing morally wrong with voting for a flawed candidate if you think he will do more good for the nation than his opponent. In fact, it is the morally right thing to do.
I did not support Trump in the primary season. I even spoke against him at a pastors' conference in February. But now I plan to vote for him. I do not think it is right to call him an "evil candidate." I think rather he is a good candidate with flaws.
He is egotistical, bombastic, and brash. He often lacks nuance in his statements. Sometimes he blurts out mistaken ideas (such as bombing the families of terrorists) that he later must abandon. He insults people. He can be vindictive when people attack him. He has been slow to disown and rebuke the wrongful words and actions of some angry fringe supporters. He has been married three times and claims to have been unfaithful in his marriages. These are certainly flaws, but I don't think they are disqualifying flaws in this election.
Click here to read the entire commentary in which Grudem defends his position, point by point.