Rodney Shaw, Senior Pastor at the New Life Church in Austin, Texas, recently expressed that he feels neither Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump or Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton are Christian enough (video below).
Shaw explained his dilemma to KVUE:
I don't feel like I voted for or against anyone. I feel like I rolled the dice for the Supreme Court. I think my experience was similar to many in the Christian community, in that we felt a lot of angst, we felt torn.
There’s been nothing in either of the candidate’s life that has been overtly characterized as being Christian. I’m not saying that both candidates are anti-Christian, but there’s nothing expressly Christian that has been demonstrated in their lifestyle, in their choices, in their campaigns, in their policies, and so there’s not a clear Christian message, coming from these candidates.
Shaw plans to tell his congregation to forget the historical presidential race once it is over:
When this election is over, I am encouraging individuals, empty your brain of all of the junk. It’s time to move forward, get that stuff out. You need to purge your brain, purge your mind, purge your spirit. Don’t let this campaign cause you to go on being angry.
Article VI of the U.S. Constitution states in part: "[N]o religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."
While no religious test is required, Clinton said during a speech in September that she was "born and raised Methodist," noted The Kansas City Star, and she added:
So thanks to my family and my church, I embraced an activist social justice faith, a roll-up-your-sleeves and get-your-hands-dirty faith. As St. Francis of Assisi reportedly advised, "Try to preach the gospel always, and if necessary use words."
The scripture tells us that faith without works is dead. The Epistle of James tells us we cannot just be hearers of the Word, we must be doers. And I believe that with all my heart.
I am grateful for the gift of personal salvation and for the great obligation of a social gospel. To use the gift of grace wisely, to reflect the love of God and follow the example of Jesus Christ to the greater good of God’s beloved community.
Evangelist Franklin Graham told radio host David Wheaton on Nov. 5 about the Christian conversion of Trump three years ago, noted Right Wing Watch:
Well, first of all, three years ago this coming Monday my father celebrated his 95th birthday. Donald Trump was a guest, he came. And we presented a film that night, "The Cross," and my father gave an invitation and many people that night gave their hearts to Christ, and Donald Trump indicated that night that he did that.