Why I’m Voting for Evan McMullin

Evan McMullinThis will be my one and only political post on my website. I wasn’t really planning to post anything about the election, but with two weeks left to go before the United States of America chooses its next President, I felt the need to explain why this Former GOP supporter has chosen to cast her vote for a 3rd party candidate.

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There was a time — earlier in this very election — that I would have said you were throwing your vote away if you didn’t vote for one of the major candidates (i.e., Democratic or Republican). In fact, only a few weeks ago, I stated that I was voting for a platform, not a person, and in my mind, that meant I would vote for Donald Trump. To me, the most important thing has always been who is sitting on the Supreme Court bench. So, having a conservative president who places high value on the Constitution of the United States, and who is Pro-Life, was the driving force behind my vote.

But, there has never been an election year quite like this one.

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I am still stunned that out of all of the potential candidates, we were left with a choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. (Yes, I realize Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are also candidates, but neither of them appealed to me or seems to have any numbers behind them.)

Conspiracy Theory

So, let’s deal with this at the beginning. There is a theory being spoken of often — especially on social media — that McMullin is being paid by the Clinton campaign to split the vote and prevent Donald Trump from reaching the 270 electoral votes necessary to win. Not only is this an incredibly unbelievable scenario, but frankly, Donald Trump does not appear to need any help losing votes. He has been doing an excellent job of trashing his campaign all by himself.

I find it more believable that Donald Trump as a (former?) friend of the Clinton’s was convinced to run in order to throw the election to her.

Trumps & Clintons

They do look like they are enjoying each other’s company, don’t they? Somehow I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Trumps were invited to dinner at the White House early in the new year if Hillary were to win the election.

But Can McMullin Win?

The only way Evan McMullin would end up as president in 2017 would be if no one managed to get the required 270 electoral votes, he won Utah, and the House of Representatives was given the task of choosing between the top three candidates.

Let’s take a look at that scenario.  We currently have a Republican majority in the House. It is highly unlikely that they would choose a Democratic candidate given another option. Throughout the campaign, Trump has attacked his competition, and anyone who has withdrawn their support in the wake of his numerous, highly-publicized screw ups. I have to wonder if they would choose him either. That leaves us with Evan McMullin. Formerly in the CIA, formerly in investment banking, formerly a foreign advisor to the House of Representatives and formerly Chief Policy Director for the GOP. He may be a long shot. But stranger things have happened.

Why Vote for Evan McMullin?

Evan McMullinSo, why vote for Evan McMullin? First and foremost, I like what he stands for. His platform is reminiscent of what the GOP platform used to look like.

He is not a career politician. This might equate to some as a negative, i.e., lack of experience. In the early days of our country, our elected officials were simply men who believed in the principles this nation was founded upon. Let’s face it, there is a lot of corruption in politics. Having someone who isn’t involved in that mess, someone with a fresh point of view and without obligations due to favors, might be just what this country needs to get us back on track.

But, what do we really know about Evan McMullin?

I agree, he is an unknown. Dark horses usually are. We have not had the benefit of seeing him and learning about him throughout the campaign because he only recently stepped up to the plate. I’ve heard that this is suspicious (conspiracy theory again) or that he is just being opportunistic — even that he is narcissistic for thinking he could be elected President of the United States. I suppose that could be said for anyone who runs for that position.

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The point is, we know quite a bit about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Do you honestly believe either one of them are fit to be President?

Almost daily, we find out more about Clinton’s campaign tactics, her flagrant disregard for security protocol — but only as brief footnotes while what would seem to be newsworthy and important information for the American public gets buried by other news stories. This is a party that wants to rewrite the constitution — particularly the 2nd Amendment — and misinterprets the 1st Amendment to ban religious freedom instead of protect it. This is a party that believes abortion is just another form of birth control, and that murder of the unborn is a woman’s “choice”.

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Is Trump any better? Honestly, the thought of Donald Trump as President is almost more frightening. I can no longer believe that he will take advice from people in his cabinet, because he obviously does not value anyone else’s opinion now. When I see Trump, I see a man who is power hungry, who listens to no one because he thinks he knows best, who doesn’t have the slightest hint of diplomacy and speaks his mind with no regard for the consequences of his words, and who openly disrespects soldiers, the disabled, and women. He should not be allowed to hold the highest office of the land, and be our representative to the world.

The Religious Right

McMullin LogoI know I will be looked down on by many Christians who feel that as a Christian, I have the obligation to vote for a Republican for President. Evangelicals will be quick to point out that I am making a grave mistake by not doing so.  I’m sure my salvation will be questioned by some.

The truth is, I’m held to a higher authority. I have not made my decision without prayer and meditation. In the end, I have to follow Paul’s advice to Timothy on leadership. Yes, this is written specifically about choosing church leaders, but I believe it applies to all leadership decisions. So, here is my criteria from 1 Timothy 3:

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Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.  He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect.  (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)  He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.  He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.



Above reproach, faithful, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money, a good reputation with outsiders…  I do not find these qualities in either Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton.

I have to vote my conscience. What I don’t see in scripture, is that Jesus ever felt the end justified the means. He was all about doing the right thing for the right reason.

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never to late



After posting this, I ran across a far more eloquent article on Christianity Today that says everything I tried to say, but didn’t say nearly as well. Here is a taste of what O. Alan Noble wrote:

…evangelicals are still a big enough voting bloc that we could prevent either candidate from winning the election.

Let that sink in. If evangelicals just said, “No, I refuse to be coerced into supporting candidates who do not meet a very basic standard,” we could swing the election. You probably read that sentence and immediately dismissed it, thinking something like, “That is a fantasy. The reality is people are going to vote for one of the two major candidates.”

People won’t vote for a third party candidate because third party candidates don’t win because people won’t vote for a third party candidate—which is great for the two major parties because they don’t really have to even try to address the concerns of voters.

I invite you to read the full article. It won’t take long, and it’s an excellent read.

Day 10: Believe

day-10-believeIn the Gospel of Mark, he tells about a time when a man approached Jesus on behalf of his son. The symptoms he describes sound similar to epilepsy. The man told Jesus he had taken his son to Jesus’s disciples, but they were unable to heal him. The boy was suddenly thrown into a convulsion in front of Jesus. He asked how long this had been going on, and the man said ever since he was a child. He asked Jesus, if he could, to have compassion on them and heal his son.

The response is classic Jesus.

Then Jesus said to him, “‘If You can? Everything is possible to the one who believes.” Immediately the father of the boy cried out, “I do believe! Help my unbelief.”

I think so many of us are stuck here. We want to believe. We desperately need to believe. But often belief in the face of our circumstances is a difficult thing — especially if what we are fighting against has been that way for a long time.

Maybe you have always been a shy, wall-flower type. Maybe you have never had money. Maybe you have never been creative. Maybe you always come up with great ideas but seem unable to see them through to successful completion.

Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.

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Our problem occurs when we lose sight of what we want and start focusing on what we have — or more accurately — what we don’t have.

Borrowed beliefs have no power. But if you develop your own belief, it will fuel your passion and drive you forward to success! Break down that plan into doable steps. Each step you accomplish will build your belief that you can succeed.

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You can do this! I’m here to support you every step of the way. Angels are waiting for you to speak words of faith and belief so they can spring into action on your behalf, and Almighty God has already spoken his word concerning you. He has a plan for. A plan for good. A plan for hope and for the future.

Believe it!

Day 7: Forgiveness

day-7-forgivenessWe often feel justified with being in unforgiveness because what the other person did to us was so extreme, so horrible, so… unforgivable, that we don’t think we can forgive. Or, we say “I can forgive, but I can never forget…” and instead of letting go, we keep rehearsing the wrong over and over in our minds.

I’m sure you’ve experienced that too.

It’s easier to forgive someone’s mistakes… as long as the cost wasn’t terribly high. But, how do you forgive someone who purposely did something to hurt you or a loved one?

Jesus was talking to his disciples one day about the topic of forgiveness — it seems to have been one of his favorite topics, which should make us realize how very important it is! They wanted to know just when it was OK to not forgive someone. How many times were you supposed to forgive the same person for doing the same thing over and over again. When he told them 70 x 7 in a single day, they replied “Increase our faith!” Imagine if someone did the same thing over and over again– 490 times in one day!– and asked you to forgive them each time. I don’t know about you, but I’m right there with the disciples on this one. How difficult would that be to continue to forgive them — and to mean it!

I don’t believe for a moment that he was setting a limit on it. He was trying to show there was no limit to how many times you should forgive. And the severity of the circumstance also shouldn’t matter.

This is where it becomes really challenging — where we need even more faith. Forgiving someone for losing their temper and saying something ugly to you is easier than forgiving someone for stealing something, right? And what about the parents of murder victims who go to court and tell the killer they forgive them? That’s got to be one of the hardest things ever! I don’t know about you, but I would need a huge increase in my faith to pull that off!

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The problem is, we look at forgiveness backwards. We think it’s a gift we give to someone else when actually it’s a gift we receive. Will it help that other person to hear the words “I forgive you”? Maybe. But it will definitely help you.

Unforgiveness is a disease process. It erodes your health physically, mentally and emotionally. It leads to depression and lack of trust. It keeps you stuck. And even worse, it becomes a magnet drawing even more negative “stuff” into your life and circumstances. Being unwilling to forgive doesn’t show strength, but weakness. It doesn’t make you better, it makes you bitter. On the other hand, forgiveness doesn’t make you weak, it sets you free.

When you forgive someone, you aren’t condoning what they did. You aren’t saying that their act was OK. You aren’t even being sympathetic and understanding why they did it. None of that matters.

Forgiveness is more about you than it is about them. It doesn’t erase the past, but it opens up different possibilities for the future. You will truly be happier and healthier when you learn to forgive.

When you forgive, you are choosing to not continue the pain and let it destroy you. You are releasing it so that you can move on.

Practice the art and attitude of forgiveness today. It isn’t an act, it’s a way of life. And the benefits are incredible! If there is something you’ve been holding onto for years, let it go today. Determine that you will no longer be controlled by that event or that person. Then, step into a brand new future full of possibilities and free of the weight of unforgiveness.


Day 6: Exercise

day-6-exercise Exercise. I can’t even begin to tell you how important exercise — preferably daily! — is for you. Physical exercise literally saved my life three decades ago. It has so many benefits that if you hate exercise, you really need to just get over it. Find some sort of physical activity that you can enjoy — at least enough to do it consistently. It will completely change your life, your mood and attitude, your health. Let’s look at some of the benefits of exercise.

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We could cure obesity with exercise. It is the number one most important factor is losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight. Nutrition comes in at a close second. You’ll often hear me say you can’t out-exercise over eating. But, you can out-exercise small indulgements here and there with exercise.

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Did you know that many deadly diseases could be cured and prevented by maintaining a healthy body weight? Heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls. Looking at that list, how can you NOT want to exercise regularly? I’m not sure there is any other single factor that will do more to keep you healthy than exercise.

Exercise is a mood elevator. If you’re feeling down and depressed, there is nothing like a run, a swim, cycling, or a good weight session to release endorphins into your system and lift your mood.

Feeling tired? Try exercise! It will also boost your energy. It may seem like the opposite would be true, but this is one of the reasons strenuous exercise isn’t recommended close to bedtime. And, it seems to have a cumulative effect. If you get into a regular exercise routine, you’ll find that you have more energy throughout the day. It also helps you sleep better at night. So, if you struggle getting a good night’s sleep, start incorporating a good workout into your daily routine.

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You don’t need to spend hours and hours working out. Aim for 30 minutes of activity every day. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in every area of your life!


Praise Breaks Chains

Praise is an important part of our spiritual weaponry — and one we often overlook.


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We are quick to pray.

We have no trouble telling God all about our problems, and how desperately we need his help (as though he doesn’t know what’s going on!).

We have no trouble enlisting hundreds of people to pray with and for us (as though we can outnumber God and make him do our will!)

We are quick to confess God’s word. We write out promises on index cards, carry them around with us, pull them out and read them throughout the day.

And then we go back and tell God everything in prayer — again (as though he has short term memory, or maybe we had a bad connection the first time we prayed).

We pray and pray as if we think our prayers will change God, when scripture tells us he doesn’t change. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever.

Don’t get me wrong. I believe in prayer with all my heart. And I believe in confession, at least confessing God’s Word. But these things don’t change God… they change us.

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We are told to praise God in all things — not FOR all things, but IN all things. There is power in praise. When we praise God, we acknowledge him for what he has done for us, even if we can’t see the manifestation of it in our circumstances right now. Again. This changes us. It brings us to the place where we can believe so that we can receive.

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The book of Acts tells about an incident with Paul and Silas. They were arrested and thrown in jail. Not just any jail, but the deepest dungeon. And they were bound with chains. The guard was warned that if they escaped, he would be killed.

In the natural, Paul and Silas had no hope. They were in a completely hopeless situation. From every outward appearance, it looked like they had reached the end of their lives on earth.

What did they do? Well, they didn’t beg and plead with God. They didn’t tell God how terrible their circumstances were. They didn’t have everyone join in with them to “storm the gates of heaven”. They didn’t plead their cause based on how good they were and how many people they had saved.

What did they do? According to Acts 16:25 and 26, “Around midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to the Lord— and the other prisoners were listening— suddenly there was a great earthquake; the prison was shaken to its foundations, all the doors flew open—and the chains of every prisoner fell off!”

In the worst possible of situations, they sang praises to God. And the power of praise shook the prison, opened the doors, and broke the chains… not just from Paul and Silas, but from every prisoner.

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This is the transformative power of praise. It works not only in your life, but it can also affect the lives of those around you, bringing them freedom and hope.

Prayer and confession definitely have their part to play in our spiritual warfare, but don’t forget the amazing power of praise!


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