A reader protests:

This last blog [of yours] concerning the recent election seems little more than a petty swipe at the community to which you once belonged.  It is an act of discord being neither an act of unity or of fellowship.

For myself regarding this election, Trump is a base and vulgar man who appears blind to his sin.  However, I can think of a few men like him in history who are now held in high esteem with the Christian community.

Hillary, in my opinion, is in the line of Lilith, Jezebel and Herodias.  She is a liar and the daughter of the Father of Lies and has been from the earliest point in her political career which began in her teens.  She has always sought power for herself.

Can I imagine the repentance of Donald Trump and his redemption?  I can because I have read of many like him with whom God has done this very thing. 

As for Hilary, I lack that ability.  I can let go of reality for many things but that is not one of them.  Thankfully there is a Savior who does more than I can imagine.

So as you wrote on July 27, 2016:  "Each must follow the certain judgment of his own conscience, and this is mine.   May God have mercy on us all." 

Reply:

I’ve read and re-read my post, and I can’t see anything offensive about it.  I looked for an explanation of an apparent inconsistency on the part of Evangelical voters; the most plausible explanation seemed to be a change of mind about the importance of moral character in candidates; it disturbed me; and I frankly asked the reason for it.  Do you think fellowship requires that Christians not ask each other difficult questions?  I think fellowship requires that they ask each other difficult questions.

But you did try to answer the question I posed in my post -- thank you -- and I do respect your conscience.  Forgive me, but I don’t fully understand your answer.

This part of it I understand:

1.  You think both Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton are corrupt and morally blind.  We agree.

2.  However, you can imagine Mr. Trump repenting, and you cannot imagine Mrs. Clinton repenting.

This part I don’t:

1.  Since you give no reason, it isn’t clear why you can imagine one of them repenting but not the other.

2.  You don’t explain why the decision to trust someone with public office should rest on your imagination.

3.  This omission is especially puzzling because you agree that the Savior can do more than you imagine.

For my part, I can imagine either of them repenting – considering how much I personally have had to repent, it’s easy.  But judgments of political prudence must be based on what we know.

Next Monday:

A Question for the Teachers of the Church