Cruz Endorsement: Where Does the Principled Conservative Go Next?

I have been asked by a few different people if I am finally going to vote for Donald Trump now that Ted Cruz has endorsed him. I get some weird looks and responses when I say, “No. Cruz’s endorsement of Trump has no effect on my decision. If I was a blind follower of Cruz that might be the case, but I am thinking for myself and drawing my own conclusions.” People I respect greatly are folding and joining the “Trump Train” every day. I have to be honest that I am feeling a bit grateful that I live in Illinois for the first time in a long time. Casting a vote for a “Republican” here is meaningless. I live in one of the most corrupted states in the nation and there is an extremely small, next to nothing chance, that Illinois will result in a Trump victory….

I still don’t consider myself a “Never Trumper.” I am one of those evangelical Christians that would vote for Trump if he could somehow convince me that he has made a massive conversion and is well on his way to fulfilling the qualifications laid out by God Himself in Exodus 18:21. “Moreover, you shall choose able men from all the people– God fearing men of truth who hate unjust gain– and place them over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and ten, to be their rulers.” Do either one of these candidates even come close to this description? I am a huge fan of conversions. I am well aware that conversions can take some time and that God can use anyone, but I’m not seeing any convincing evidence that either candidate has converted and is moving anywhere close to proving themselves worthy of my vote.

I feel 100% confident that God is not using me to vote for a crummy candidate that He wants to use! I am 100% confident that by not voting Trump, I am not giving Hillary an extra vote. I understand that many are not confident about any of this–yet. I understand everyone’s fear, but getting upset about those of us that are confident about our decision isn’t helpful or productive. The most frequent reason I hear about why I need to vote Trump is to stop Hillary and I am supposed to have faith because of that response? I am supposed to vote for Trump to help God stop Hillary by using Trump? That’s what I am hearing from the Christians that try to convince me. Listen to yourselves… Please…. Because that reasoning sounds completely faithless to me! Sounds like your faith is in Trump, not God and I’m not buying it, especially after the debate AND Ted Cruz’s endorsement! Can we say confirmation????

I started an article a little while ago about how so many love that Trump is an “outsider” and that’s why they believe he will make a great president. Although, I find that statement debatable, I was originally pulling for Cruz because I liked that he had insider experience and still remained principled and not corrupted by Washington. Until his endorsement of Trump, I was impressed that he didn’t let the evil get to him. Now I find myself wondering what or who got to him? Now I find myself praying for him in a different way. I don’t even pretend to know what happened to him. What made him fold? Does he know something we don’t? Who knows?

Now I see him posting that Trump did a good job in the debate. I can’t imagine how a man like him could conclude that for a second! We all hear the rumors of people speaking out against the Clintons and ending up dead. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I am certainly not naive, something evil was lurking on that stage the night of the debate. I felt the same way when Romney folded in the debates against Obama. Now is the time for Trump to expose Hillary to the American people. Romney had an opportunity and folded in front of our very eyes and now Trump did the same thing. Both men had the perfect opportunity to win the election and expose their opponent to America when the most people are tuned in and paying close attention. Hillary is smirking and feeling overly confident in what exactly? All of America watches those debates. Many Americans only tune in to them and decide…. What the heck is going on if a highly principled man like Ted Cruz feels the need to endorse a candidate he seemed to despise all along? Makes no sense to me. Just confirms my decision to NOT vote for either candidate.

We will see what happens on the next debate. We need to continue praying for our entire nation. This is clearly not our normal election campaign.

photo credit: Nathan Congleton Ted Cruz via photopin (license)

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About the author: Judy Rice

Judy Rice is the proud mother of teenage triplets, Jillian, Spencer and Derek and wife to Gary, one of the most loving, hardworking, honorable men in the world. She is a Christian who is a huge fan of traditional marriage, freedom, and is pro- life to the core. She has a Masters in Counseling from DePaul University in Chicago and a Bachelors degree in Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before kids, she worked as a counselor, advisor and teacher at the university level. She clarified her world view in her thirties and believes her most valuable education continues to come from reading the Bible, reading in general, listening, paying attention and participating in meaningful communication wherever it occurs.

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