Franklin Graham Claims Christians Should ‘Hold Your Nose’ and Vote for Either Clinton or Trump

GrahamFranklin Graham stated at a rally in Washington this past week that Christians need to vote in upcoming presidential election, even it means that they “hold their nose” in the process.

“You’re just going to have to ask yourself: which of the two do you think we as Christians will at least have a voice with,” Graham told those gathered at his “Decision America” event in Olympia, according to the Seattle Times.

“You have to make that choice,” he later stated. “This year has been entertaining. I have to tell you. … Now, you might have to hold your nose.”

While expressing that he has “zero faith” in both the Republican and Democratic parties, Graham stated that Christians still need to vote and not opt of choosing a candidate in the election as did an estimated 20 to 30 million evangelicals in 2012 when Mitt Romney ran against Barack Obama.

“I’m not here to tell you who to vote for,” he said. “You can figure that out, but vote!”

“We are at the end here, folks,” Graham also stated to the 5,000 gathered. “This is going to be the most important election of a lifetime.”

After the event, Graham told reporters that he believes the “country is broken” and needs to be shook up.

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“It’s not the Republicans that have put us here, and it’s not the Democrats. It’s both of them together,” he said. “We have become so corrupt. Our politicians have been so corrupt.”

“Both parties need to be blown up. I think Bernie Sanders just about blew up Democratic Party and Donald Trump has just about blown up the Republican Party, and they need to be shaken,” Graham stated.

As previously reported, in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) this past March, Graham likewise asserted that Christians must vote, even if it means holding their nose and selecting the “least heathen of the two heathens.”

“There is a left movement within the evangelical community that are telling people, ‘If so-and-so wins or this person wins don’t vote.’ I’m just saying, I don’t care who wins and who’s out there, you have to vote,” he stated.

Graham said that Christians may find themselves having to determine which candidate is less evil than the other.

“And I’m not going to tell people who to vote for. I’m not going to do that. Let God tell you who to vote for,” he stated. “You may have to hold your nose. You may have to decide which is the least heathen of the two heathens.”

While some like Graham believe that Christians must vote despite determining both candidates to be “heathens” who will rule contrary to God’s law, others state that the concept is flawed and unbiblical.

“I think the only righteous thing to do is vote for neither,” Michael Peroutka, 2004 presidential candidate under the Constitution Party, and co-founder of the Institute on the Constitution, told Christian News Network. “I don’t think God requires you to vote for evil.”

He stated that the voting practices of Christians have contributed to the sinking of our nation into the quagmire that it is stuck in today.

“We have voted [for years] for the lesser of two evils, so we get evil,” he said. “And we deserve it because we vote for it.”

Peroutka outlined that he does not believe voting “conservative” or along party lines is the proper biblical mindset.

“I would ask you, even empirically, where has that gotten us?” he declared. “When we’re voting for a conservative, we’re using the wrong standard. [You’re basically voting to] kill one less baby than a liberal.”

Christians are commanded by God to select rulers that are “able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness” (Exodus 18:21), Peroutka noted. He explained that Christians must vote for those who seek to uphold and implement God’s law in our nation, as that is the only righteous standard not based on the opinion of men.

“[For Christians to reject God’s law] is a dangerous and foolish thing to do,” he said. “The lesser of two evils, of course, is evil. And when you choose the lesser of two evils, you [still] choose evil. And when you choose evil and you get evil, you are responsible because you chose it, didn’t you?”

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  • Gwamma

    There are other candidates. The Constitution Party for me. I ain’t holding my nose this year.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Christians won’t get freedom and unwanted children won’t get safety either way. May our God intervene for the American Christians and global children.

  • zeph

    Shame on Franklin for not endorsing Donald Trump. He is the most magnanimous, benevolent man to possibly ever run for office. Only a deranged, amoral fool would support anyone else.

    • Oboehner

      …and then came the unicorns…

  • Theodore Fenton

    These faith merchants continue working toward the appearance of relevancy.

  • Harry Oh!

    Both candidates think it’s perfectly ok for a man to use a woman’s washroom. They should be running for the nearest psych ward not for the most powerful office on earth!

  • kenster777

    Jesus said if my Kingdom were of this world my disciples would fight for me.
    You should only be worrying about making your calling and Election sure not who is control of this Kingdom.
    Pray for our leaders and your enemies also we are Just pilgrims passing though.
    Seek 1st the kingdom of God and his righteousness

  • Becky

    Well said, Peroutka.

    A Christian follows Christ and has the same mind as Christ (1 Peter 2:21; Philippians 2:5). We’re to be Christ’s disciples, but it’s not for us to immerse ourselves in the ways of the world…this world isn’t for Christians. The world doesn’t adhere to the Word of God, which is why it will be destroyed. Christ said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” John 18:36.

    This world and its worldly systems belong to Satan (Rev 12:9, John 12:31). Why should a Christian vote for a system that is filled with corruption and goes against God (1 John 5:19)? Why should a Christian vote for a system that will eventually be destroyed by God (2 Peter 3:10-13)? Christ used His precious time on earth teaching others The Way unto salvation (John 14:6; Matthew 18:11). He is our perfect example and we are to follow the ways of our Savior and not the ways of the world (Matthew 10:34-39; Luke 14:27). Let the friends of the world do according to the ways of the world. Our mission, during our short stay on earth, is to spread the gospel (Matt 28:18-20).

  • Gena B

    God will not bless a nation that is walking away from Him

    • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

      A Nation that walks away from God brings destruction upon itself.

      • ConCern

        Something like the 9/11 and 2007 economic disaster? or do you only see destruction as gays, lesbians and Tranny people?

        • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

          All who walk away from God.

    • ConCern

      America started walking away from God and his Words long before Obama; I hope you can agree to that.

    • guest list

      Your succinct sentence says it! That is what I meant in my post above about considering our own walk with God and not expecting some perfect Chosen One candidate to save our country.

  • Martin Smit

    Where can I get a gas mask?

  • Stephen Anderson

    Graham says we must vote but carefully avoids telling us who to vote for, lest his 501(c)3 tax exempt status be revoked. Not voting is a Christian option. Voting for a third party is an option (same as not voting). Voting for the lesser of evils is an option. Voting for Hillary is not.

    • Peter Leh

      On the surface it seems like 3rd party is the same as not voting.

      I believe it puts the GOP on notice. HOwever, i am afraid the GOP may never recuperate

      • afimedia

        We don’t need the GOP – THEY need US! The GOP has destroyed itself. If they want to continue to exist, then they must do as We The People tell them. They are listening…reluctantly, but they ARE listening! As for those who are not listening, we simply vote them out of office and replace them with someone who will do as we tell them. We have started a movement, and we are taking our country back from the Liberals who embrace evil and hate good – those who want to lift up Islam while tearing down Christianity.

    • ConCern

      Is voting for Trump an option? if so, why not say so? how chicken can you be?

      • Stephen Anderson

        I will not endorse Trump. I agree on the border and trade. I will vote against Hillary unless I decide that voting itself has become a sinful participation in evil.
        It is God who has determined the outcome, not my vote. He rules, not the people. I suspect He will continue to bring increasing judgment and well deserved wrath on this increasingly wicked nation.
        The blood of 60,000,000 infants will be avenged.

        • ConCern

          “The blood of 60,000,000 infants will be avenged.” On this I agree, but it started before Obama, Republican women were aborting their babies before Obama.
          “I agree on the border and trade” Obama has invested more into border security than any other President, and have deported more illegals than Bush.
          Trade was NOT the reason for the Bush / Conservative economic disaster of 2007 / 2008.
          However, I suspect Trump will be crossed examined for his rhetoric and we will see how exactly is building a wall and making Mexico pay for it will make the border safer than what Obama has done and is doing.
          Talk is cheap…coming up with a well reasoned and thought out policy takes discipline and hard work.

          • Stephen Anderson

            Nonsense. We don’t need well reasoned and thought out policies. We need common sense and simple morality, neither of which exists in Washington.
            Trade is simple: if you import more than you export, “free trade” is destroying your country.
            Immigration is simple: if your not here legally, get out or be thrown out.
            Fixing the Federal government is simple: strip it of all powers and programs not specifically authorized by the enumerated powers in the Constitution.

          • ConCern

            Wow ! you are a genius ; then why are you running to be President, since these are all “Simple” solutions ? any dick and joe six pack can figure out these issues that Republicans couldn’t for years before Obama.
            ..real genius; are you on Trump’s VP list?

          • afimedia

            No, morality does not exist in Washington, because self-righteous people like you refuse to vote out the corrupt politicians and replace them with good people. There will never be perfection upon this earth until Christ returns. In the meantime, try to make a difference in this life instead of just complaining about it.

          • afimedia

            You are no Christian if you support Obama and the Democrats. To do so is to support the slaughter of millions of defenseless children, the persecution of Christians and the destruction of our Constitution. Obama has done NOTHING to secure the border. I personally know dozens of Border Patrol Agents who tell me they are ordered to turn their heads and allow the illegals to disappear into the US. I have personally spent more than a month along the border, producing a documentary on this and I have seen this with my own eyes. Motion sensors have been deactivated, observation towers sit vacant and agents are not allowed to arrest or detain illegals. Nice try, Liberal. You are lying through your teeth!

          • ConCern

            I am so glad that Salvation is free for the whosoever will, and is not a product of Republicans.
            I don’t support gun ownership either, nor do I support Conservative Greed, so I guess I am no Christian either.

        • afimedia

          What an asinine statement! God uses us to do His will. We are instructed to resist evil. Not voting is acceptance of this evil that has overtaken our country. We are in judgement simply because the people DO NOTHING!

      • guest list

        It’s not being chicken. As another poster has already pointed out, he is abiding within the rules of his organization’s tax-exempt status. All of the others who talk about not violating their conscience by voting for the lesser of two evils should consider this: If the vote is split into smaller sections with write-in and a third party candidate (should one appear,) the victory will go to the one with the most votes. Logic says that will be Hillary Clinton. She has, by far, the largest amount of campaign money. So–would the Christians be okay with that? How has not voting because they didn’t get the candidate of their choice worked in past elections? I’d like to suggest that Christians not invest the candidates with so much power; that is, not expect one chosen leader to save the country, to put it in simple terms. We can get behind an “imperfect” candidate (aren’t we all that way, after all?) and influence the direction of our nation by, as individuals, walking with our God and being active within our communities. We need to stand up and not put everything onto other people who are designated leaders. Also, if those leaders, even if they are not Christian, feel our prayers and support behind them we might influence some decisions they make as they go along. Just some food for thought…

      • afimedia

        Voting for Trump is the ONLY option we have. No third party candidate will do anything except take votes away from Trump and make it more likely that Hillary will win. I’m just going to come right out and say what you already know – you cannot be a Christian and a Democrat. The Democrat Party is antithetical to Christianity and to our Liberty.

        • ConCern

          You are delusional, and deceived thinking the God is a Republican and that Jesus Christ

          was and is a Conservative…not only are you delusional, you are also ‘irrational’ lacking a clear sense of logic, because you are blinded by hate for Obama, and drinking the bitter angry hate filled kool aid that Trump serves to be nominated.

    • Chet

      Sure, while other favored social gospel churches do precisely what they want despite this law and promote Democraps consistently and without fear.

  • jael2

    Are there any Christian leaders who truly hold to a biblical worldview? Have they been influenced by their tax exempt corporation status? Are they slaves to the state for a measly tax break for their contributors?

    Have they not read:

    “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me,
    And His word was on my tongue.
    The God of Israel said,
    The Rock of Israel spoke to me:
    ‘He who rules over men must be just,
    Ruling in the fear of God” 2 Samuel 23:2-3

    What about a man whose a hothead such as Trump?

    “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
    And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city”. Proverbs 16:32

    We will get the President we deserve come November, whether it be a Jezebel, Ahab, or Nebuchadnezzar. A nation who is given over to child sacrifice and sodomy is under the wrath of God. Let it be known…
    “That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men,
    Gives it to whomever He will,
    And sets over it the lowest of men” Daniel 4:17

    • Bunny

      Dr Charles Stanley is a remarkable teacher, pastor, and disciple of Christ, he does not compromise the word of God and has a gift of revealing God’s word and will in a way even normal peoples can understand, a true man of God who’s citizenship awaits him in Heaven, I believe he is leading peoples to Christ in these last days…

      Other Christian leaders I would recommend Dr. Andy Stanley, Dr. Jack Van Impe, Dr. Chuck Swindoll, Dr.Adrian Rodgers, Dr.Ravi Zacharias, Dr. Dr.Michael Youseff, Dr.Greg Laurie Dr.Tony Evans,Dr. John MacArthur. and you will hear the Word preached rightly. not,from a worldly view.

  • Peter Leh

    We have already survived 8 years of Clinton… we can do it again.

    • Stephen Anderson

      We have not survived 8 years of Obama.

      • Peter Leh

        i see you are still here.

  • Mary Lyons

    This is really sad to think, that Franklin Graham would tell Christians to “hold their nose” and vote for “the lesser of the two evils.” so to speak. That is not what God says to do. I cannot vote for either of these two evils, with a clear conscience. My only choice is I won’t vote, or I will write in Ted Cruz as President. If my State doesn’t allow write ins on the ballot, then I won’t vote. God has given us direction in the Bible as to how to chose leaders. I don’t see anywhere in the Bible that says to “hold my nose” and vote for unrepentant sinners or God mockers. One day I will stand before God and give an accounting of my choices. I won’t have to stand before God and tell him why I voted for evil, when He clearly says, to run from evil and to be wise.

    Franklin Graham has made a very unwise statement that gives fence sitting Christians an “okay” to vote for Trump or Clinton. Yes, this may be the most important vote, however, God is still on the throne in Heaven and nothing is impossible with Him, even at the Republican convention.

  • Kingdom Ambassador

    Hold Your Nose and Vote! is the legacy of Article 6’s Christian test ban by which mandatory biblical qualifications for civil leaders was also eliminated. The result: The lesser of two evils or the evil of two lessers.

    For more on Article 6’s Christian Test ban, see online Chapter 9 “Article 6: The Supreme Law of the Land” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.” Click on my name, then our website. Go to our Online Books page, click on the top entry, and scroll down to Chapter 9.

    See also our blog article “Salvation by Election.”

  • Gregory Alan of Johnson

    “Franklin Graham Claims Christians Should ‘Hold Your Nose’ and Vote for Either Clinton or Trump”
    Mr Graham just gave you a “should” without any scriptural backing, which another reason why I left the voting rolls (2006).

  • Chet

    Mr Trump works for me without nose holding. Every man God Almighty used in his Holy Bible was a sinner just like all the rest of us. And every man God called,he prepared and used for his glory and honor and for the sparing of Israel, at least, for a duration…

  • Taking care of business!

    I pray, Mr. Graham, you’re not suggesting in the least one votes for the heathen, one-world government of the Antichrist, Hillary Clinton?

  • David Hodges

    I wonder what Mr. Graham thinks about 1 Timothy 5:22’s warning about not allowing ourselves to become impure by endorsing ungodly men?

  • Ethan Ellingson

    Sorry Mr. Graham, I can’t pinch my nostrils together tight enough for that, the Baal worship stench is just too great.

  • citizenDAR

    Bad things happen when good people do nothing. Pray & then vote. Countless have died in order for us to have that privilege.

  • Bob

    Vote for one of two evils – NOT

  • Roozter

    To not vote is to imply that one doesn’t care who wins thereby supporting them all!

  • Roozter

    “If the Christians stood firm…”
    True, but they won’t! Nor will non-Christian 3rd party supporters. Everybody knows it, most vote accordingly, & it skews the results even more.

  • afimedia

    Miss Clark needs to revisit journalism 101, because the story is a total fabrication. Reverend Graham has come out in support of Donald Trump. It is obvious that the writer is a Liberal, which is something to consider since Liberalism is antithetical to Christianity. It is not possible to be a Christian and a Democrat. After all, the Democrat Party has officially removed God from their platform. They embrace everything evil. How can you possibly claim there is a problem in deciding between the two candidates, when Hillary stands for everything Christianity requires you to be against? Donald Trump, on the other hand, is a Christian himself, and has been fighting for Christianity. He is also anti-abortion (the murder of innocent children), pro-Biblical marriage, pro-Second Amendment, pro-First Amendment – Trump is pro-America and wants to put Americans first, where we belong.

  • afimedia

    Trump is a Christian, and the ONLY candidate who has already shown that he will fight for Christians. Anyone who believes that voting for a 3rd party candidate is not throwing their vote away (in favor of Hillary) is delusional. All you are doing is taking votes away from Trump and making it more likely that Hillary will win. If you do that, you really are being self-righteous and don’t care about the country. It will always be the lesser of two evils, so-to-speak, in that there will never be a perfect candidate. If Jesus Christ, Himself, were to run in this election, half of you self-righteous Christians would find fault with Him.

    Now, before you start cussing me out, and calling me names, I am also a Christian, and I can tell you it is no contest as to who gets my vote. If you cannot see the difference between Trump and Clinton, then you need help!

    I believe that God has raised up Donald Trump to lead our country back to our foundation.

    Vote for the candidate who will best represent and protect our Christian beliefs, defend America and our Constitution and who will put Americans first, where they should be. Vote for Donald Trump for President!

    • Jillxz

      Well said. Trump all the way.

  • wvweights

    Well if he is pushing the hilldabeast, then she? must have made a really good donation to the graham slush fund. And sorry to say there goes another of Gods so called men. He has shown his true colors sad to say. Wonder how many listen to him any more?

  • James Lewis

    When I look at our current crop of candidates, I can’t ignore ethics and morality in my choice. As POTUS, character and temperament is paramount. I believe both Clinton and Trump are basically unethical, immoral and lack the character to lead America.

    Yes, the choice of Justices at all levels is critical, but not at the expense of the totality of the position of POTUS. We still have limitations via Congress’ ratification of appointees.

    Therefore, given the choices in front of us – and the primary duty of POTUS to defend the Constitution – my choice is Libertarian Party: Johnson/Weld.

    Some Christians may disagree due to their stand on religious issues … however, we are not a theocracy, nor should that be our goal (that’s the role of the Kingdom to come). As a Constitutional Republic, our primary goal is defending that form of government by choosing leaders who will do the same.

    The POTUS alone can’t repeal abortion on demand or protect religious liberties. So these issues should not be the primary factors in our vote. As protecting the Constitution IS the primary factor, that should define our vote.

    In the end of all things, we get the leadership we deserve – and in this post-modern, post-Christian era that is our lot … until His Kingdom comes.

  • grey4449

    Voting for a third party or staying home only helps Hillary get elected. Christians stayed home in 2012 and let Obama win. Will you vote for Trump or give the election to Hillary. Ask yourself.