Monday, November 5, 2012

Voting For Evil is Wrong, No Matter How "Lesser" It Is


Last week I was part of a conversation where one person was of the mindset that of the two major candidates running, she could not in good conscience vote for either of them.  That position seems perfectly reasonable to me, but others were not so kind.  These other people were of the mindset that not voting for their candidate meant voting for the other.  They were also of the mindset that voting for the lesser of two evils was righteous in that it helped to prevent a greater evil from taking place.  Personally, I do not think the Bible ever calls choosing any level of evil to be a righteous act, but that is the current state of much of our church.  This conversation was no anomaly, but one that is being played out all over our nation today.  This is what we see where even those like Billy Graham erase criticism of Mormonism off of their website and endorse a member of a false religion for president.  It sickens me that politics become more important than truth and where somehow not voting Republican is practically a sin. 
Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity."  2 Timothy 2:19 NKJV
For everyone who thinks that voting for the lesser of two evils is somehow righteous, please explain this passage.  If the solid foundation of God still stands (that is the Word of God), then and you call yourself a Christian, then how is joining to lesser iniquity somehow departing from iniquity?  The answer is that it is not.  Nothing is more important than the truth of God and nothing should be more important in your life than living that truth.  There is no rule where we are allowed to compromise that truth for political reasons.  It is an offense to the cross of Christ to even think so!  If the truth of the Republican party platform somehow supplants the truth of the Word of God as the single most important guide to your life, then you have a serious issue. 

Furthermore, to chasten someone who chooses not the vote because they are helping someone else get elected is the height of arrogance.  Let me ask you this:  Do you truly know what is best for America and do you even know what to define as what is best for America?  It hitching your wagon to a false religion star going to change hearts to Jesus or is it going to show the unsaved that it is fine to compromise your faith?  Do you even know what the next four years holds for us or even what God is going to do?  Are you privy to God's plan for America?   Just admit that politics are more important to you than Truth.  Just admit that a comfortable America is more important to you than one who turns their heart back to God.  Just admit that you have no interest in actually voting your faith and choose maybe even one of the several other candidates who better represent Christian principles but you only have interest in the current president not getting reelected.  Just admit that you have more fear of the current president getting reelected than you you have faith in God who can and will work all things together for good for those who love Him no matter who gets elected. 

I am not here to tell anyone who to vote for, but I am here to tell you to vote for your chosen candidate for the right reason.  If you are merely afraid of one person's reelection, then you are voting out of fear and not faith.  If you are voting for someone just because Christians vote Republican then you are not voting for the right reason.  If you honestly believe that God is telling you to vote for a particular candidate, then by all means do so.  Anything else is voting for the lesser of two evils, which is inconsistent with Christian values.  Also, you need to stop telling those who refuse to vote for the lesser of two evils that they are somehow wrong.  Quite honestly, if you are choosing to vote for the lesser of two evils you have quite a plank in your eye to be trying to "help" your brother or sister see what you perceive as a grievous error to not vote for your candidate.  Many have brought up the question of choosing the lesser evil being a righteous choice.  I wonder if the Bible tells us anything about choosing any level of sin even if that sin is believed to somehow help God.  Oh yea, it does.  Please read the following passage and tell ask yourself what that says about choosing any level of evil, even if you think some "good" may come of it.  The truth is that sin is sin and will be judged no matter what "good" reason you may have had to commit it. 
For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner?  And [why] not [say], "Let us do evil that good may come"?--as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just.  Romans 3:7-8 NKJV

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