Scott Walker and the Compromise of Wisconsin Christians

Christians in Wisconsin have squandered a great opportunity to defend marriage against a Federal government that is bent on imposing the filth of homosexuality upon the people of our state. Rather than demand that Governor Walker defend our state constitution regarding marriage, they have decided to give him a pass.

I have been excoriated by other Christians and Christian leaders for taking Governor Walker to task for his failure to speak forthright regarding marriage as revealed in Scripture and defend our state constitution. They want me to shut up lest Mary Burke wins. Let me make my case for why they are wrong.

First, we should be principled people. Principled people don’t compromise with evil just as the French Resistance refused to compromise with Hitler. Homosexual marriage should not be tolerated, nor should a people bow their necks to Federal tyrants that want to impose such evil upon them.

Christian people should demand of their governor to defy the Federal tyrant. They should make it known to him that they will not vote for him unless he does defend marriage and our state constitution. They should obtain his word that he will in fact defend the constitution and defy the Federal tyrants.

Why should they demand this and obtain his word to do it? Because, as shocking as this may sound to present day American Christianity, the magistrates have the duty to defend the law and Word of God. Romans 13 is clear on this. Verse four plainly declares that “he is God’s minister; an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.”

Verse three states that “rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil.” Homosexual acts are evil. Saying two homosexuals can marry is evil. When the higher civil authority tries to impose evil upon the people, the lower or lesser civil authorities have a right and are duty bound not to join the higher authority in their rebellion against God.

Hence, when the Federal government imposes evil upon the people of our state, interposition by the civil authorities in our state is needed and necessary.

Governor Walker refuses to interpose. In fact, he can’t even bring himself to say that marriage is between a man and a woman. In fact, he ordered the Office of Vital Records to process the homosexual marriage licenses which were issued by lawless county clerks. In fact, he has already stated that he will comply with the tyrant Federal courts.

A principled people would tell such a man that he will not get their vote.

But because Christians in Wisconsin are not a principled people they instead whimper and say – “But if you don’t vote for Scott Walker then Mary Burke will get elected.”

The saddest part of this whole equation is that if Christians in Wisconsin would be principled people – it would pragmatically result in our state constitution being defended by Governor Walker and our state officials. But because they put pragmatics before principle, the result will be that our state constitution regarding marriage will be trampled.

On principle we should have told Scott Walker we will not vote for him because of our love for Christ and our fealty to God’s law and Word. On principle we should have told Scott Walker we will not vote for him because he refuses to do his duty and execute wrath on evil. The result would have been a pragmatic victory – he would have defended our constitution. Why? Because Scott Walker needs our votes to win the election.

But because Christians in Wisconsin are unprincipled and have embraced pragmatics by giving Scott Walker a pass in his utter failure to do his God-given duty and defy the Federal tyrant and defend our state constitution – Scott Walker is now free to pander to the homosexuals and their supporters. And he is.

He already knows he has the votes of the Christians, hence he is now busy pandering to the homosexuals to secure votes. Understand this – Scott Walker could not win without the votes of the Christians. But the Christians have betrayed Christ at the altar of ‘the lesser of two evils’ – the Christians have given him a pass. And they don’t mind spitting in Christ’s face while they do it.

If the Christians of Wisconsin had stood in fealty to Christ and on principle refused to vote for a man who can’t even bring himself to say that marriage is between a man and a woman, not to mention will not defend our state constitution, Scott Walker would have given his word to defy the Federal tyrant and defend marriage in our state.

Instead we have given power through law to men who practice evil.

Matt Trewhella is the pastor of Mercy Seat Christian Church ( and the founder of Missionaries to the Preborn ( He and his wife, Clara, reside in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area and have eleven children.