Our society continues to disregard the the sanctity of human life. Issues such as immigration, the death penalty, domestic violence, human trafficking, terrorism and war are significant moral issues that stem from the basic disregard for human life. Donald J. Trump is not perfectly aligned with church teaching on all of these issues, but the sanctity of all human life is the foundational belief on which I based my decision to vote for him as president.
While I cannot confirm the depth of the president-elect’s Christian beliefs, I know he represents a pro-life platform. His running mate Mike Pence, an evangelical, provides great balance to some of Mr. Trump’s more troubling positions. Mr. Pence has asserted that some of Mr. Trump’s ideas about immigration, for instance, are “offensive and unconstitutional.” In addition, Mr. Pence has supported legislation that would ban gay marriages while Mr. Trump has donated to charities that worked to combat the AIDS crisis.* Overall, I admire Pence’s thoughtful demeanor and the fact that he openly classifies himself as "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order.
Mrs. Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, declares he is Catholic yet supports a “woman’s right to choose.” Any Catholic who makes this claim comprises the integrity of his or her faith.
Mr. Trump has proven that, like all of us, he is a fallen person. He was once pro-choice. But at least he has tried to mend his ways. Mrs. Clinton on the other hand has grown more radical in her stance on abortion. I believe she's still "falling," or "failing," if you will, to live a Christ-like life.
Fortunately, God has always used imperfect people to shape the course of history. Since Mr. Trump is not a career politician, he was the less skilled of the two candidates at masking his sins. Mrs. Clinton is a career politician. She has worked much of her life to attain political power.
Mr. Trump brings a fresh and optimistic approach to politics. He has worked very hard to live out the American dream despite his failings. During his acceptance speech, I sincerely believed him when he said, “I love this country.” Why else would a billionaire, who could live out an easy retirement and avoid ongoing public scrutiny, choose instead to take on such a life-changing role?
As a Christian Catholic, I believe the reason Mr. Trump chose to run for president is best defined by Pope Francis in “The Joy of the Gospel.” “An authentic faith—which is never comfortable or completely personal—always involves a deep desire to change the world, to transmit values, to leave this earth somehow better than we found it.”
Marla Brown is the C.E.O. of Pregnancy Aid in Roswell, Ga.
Correction, Nov. 14, 3:21 p.m.: Due to an editing error, the original version of this article misstated the author's position on Mr. Pence's stance on same-sex marriage.