I thank you for your letter to Christians about voting (“A letter to Christian supporters of President Donald J. Trump”, published Sept. 30”). It expresses your opinions very distinctly. It also poses some problems.
When in a debate such as you suggested, you, as moderator, cannot eliminate those things which are important to the people you are talking with. It is like building a box. But you have put up three walls that no one is allowed to touch, forcing them to think as you do.
No homosexuality, no abortion. Then you quote from Proverbs 6 and include ‘hands that shed innocent blood’. Could that be the thing we can’t discuss? I will let you decide. Not to mention, those verses could very well line up with the Democrat nominee. This is not ‘deflecting’, but abject, verifiable truth.
It is not ‘rationalizing’ to think that no one is perfect. For instance, your use of 2 Timothy is very illuminating. I know that you would agree that text, without context, is pretext. 2 Timothy is a ‘pastoral’ letter. The people that Paul describes are leaders and teachers in the church, not those in government authority. Context is important.
In conclusion, let me quote Romans 13:1 (in context),” Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”
Being as you have never accepted the elected President as President, you are in violation of the very words you are quoting to support your view. Which candidate dropped out of the race in 1988 because of plagiarism? Which candidate went to an all-black college? Which candidate had a son who was attorney general?
Trying to demean candidates based on what they have said in the past is awkward and self defeating.