[NOTE from the editor: Pastor Joshua Turk has given permission to republish this article. He dives right into the topic, assuming the reader already knows what “evil” means. But just to be sure you don’t misunderstand, let me explain.
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and CREATE EVIL: I the LORD do all these things. (Isaiah 45:7)
Not sin, but evil—there’s a difference. Evil does not always mean sinful or wicked. God never creates sin, but he does sometimes create evil. Evil often means something that is harmful, hurtful, bad (not in a sinful way). God gave David three evils to choose from in 2 Samuel 24:12-15 as punishment for his sin, God did not give David three sins to choose from. David was wise enough to choose a lesser evil. Now, on to the main article!]
THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS: A BIBLICAL PRINCIPAL (HILLARY CLINTON / DONALD TRUMP)
Choose the lesser of two evils—it’s a Biblical principal. Those who say that they are through with the “lesser of two evils” argument are showing that they are being unreasonable.
Would you rather be in debt $5 or $10? Choose the $5, you’ll be better off.
Would you rather have one eye poked out or two? Choose one, you’ll be better off.
People are faced with “choosing the lesser of two evils” all the time in their lives. We don’t always have the choices that we want so pick the lesser of two evils. It’s a sensible thing to do.
Consider the four lepers of Samaria when the Syrians besieged the city. They were faced with 3 evil choices.
And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die. (2 Kings 7:3-4)
THEY CONSIDERED THE OPTIONS THAT THEY HAD, NOT THE ONES THAT THEY WANTED.
- Enter the city = death
- Do nothing = death
- Go to the Syrians = possible death but a chance for life (the lesser evil).
They made the choice BASED ON THE OPTIONS THAT THEY HAD that gave them a chance to live. They were sensible. They picked option #3 and that choice brought them life!
God always directs everyone to be logical and sensible. Choosing the lesser of two evils is correct and legitimate logic.
You only have two viable candidates (Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump). Pick the lesser of the two evils. If you don’t, you get the greater evil… you will be worse off.
I VOTED FOR TED CRUZ IN THE PRIMARIES. HOWEVER, HE IS NO LONGER AN OPTION. I got over it and moved on. Continuously pointing out the faults of Donald Trump is pointless; I don’t need to be convinced—I know. However, HE IS THE OPTION THAT WE HAVE. If you were being reasonable you would LOOK AT THE OPTIONS THAT YOU HAVE (Hillary/Donald) and pick the one that is the less evil.
Ted Cruz is no longer a candidate, he dropped out, the people didn’t choose him. If you don’t vote for Donald Trump then you are likely to get Hillary Clinton. Which will be worse for your future?
Consider a person that gets gangrene in one of their limbs and the doctors diagnosis is to amputate, no other option. You either amputate the hand/foot or your future gets worse, you have to amputate the arm/leg. And then, if you don’t amputate the arm/leg you just die.
Life is full of tough choices, choose the lesser of the two evils, amputate the hand/foot (Donald Trump) or loose an arm/leg (Hillary Clinton).
I always vote for the lesser of two evils because I don’t ever want the greater of two evils. Are you willing for the greater of two evils (Hillary Clinton / lose a arm/leg) to win because you don’t like the lesser of two evils (Donald Trump / lose a hand/foot).
Imagine a parent of two children at the beginning of a car accident. The parent can save one child or lose both. What should the parent do? If you can’t save both at least save one.
If you were really going to vote your conscience you would see that Hillary Clinton is a much greater evil than Donald Trump and you would vote for Donald Trump to stop the greater evil, Hillary Clinton.
[NOTE from the editor: It is NOT SIN to vote for Trump—a lesser evil than Clinton. It’s NOT a vote or support for his passed sins, but a vote and support for his promised policies. In fact, it’s the wisest thing to do in the situation we’re in, as Pastor Joshua Turk pointed out. America has sunk into sin and godlessness, and I agree with many who say we’re now being judged. We have a choice for our punishment though, and to not try to get the lesser punishment is not wise.]