Did Mike Huckabee Warn that Voting for Obama Will Send You to Hell?

The following video narrated by Mike Huckabee is called “Test of Fire.” The video challenges Christian voters in the 2012 Presidential election. Some are claiming that Huckabee is assigning those who vote for Obama to hell.

What did Huckabee just say? Again, at about 42 seconds he states:

Christians across the nation will have an opportunity to shape the future for our generation and generations to come. Many issues are at stake, but some issues are not negotiable: The right to life from conception to natural death. Marriage should be reinforced, not redefined. It is an egregious violation of our cherished principle of religious liberty for the government to force the church to buy the kind of insurance that leads to the taking of innocent human life.

Your vote will affect the future and be recorded in eternity. Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire? This is Mike Huckabee asking you to join me November the 6th and vote based on values that will stand the test of fire.

The reference seems to be 1 Corinthians 3.

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. (1 Corinthians 3:10-15 ESV)

The answer is clearly – no, Huckabee is not warning Christians that voting for Obama will send you to hell. Rather, he is warning a person’s votes will be tested by fire. The Scripture clearly states that each person’s work will be burned up, but “he himself will be saved.”

I think Huckabee is right. Our votes – all of our works – will be tested.

The unavoidable question that comes to mind is: Will a Christian vote for Mormon Mitt Romney suffer the same fate as a Christian vote for Barack Obama?

For what it’s worth…

Mark



{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marty Duren November 2, 2012 at 11:40 am

Or a Christian vote for a minor party candidate?

2 Tiredofitall November 3, 2012 at 7:38 am

To answer your original question of whether this ad of Mike Huckabee’s warns that voting for Obama will send you to hell the answer is no, that is not what he says in the ad. People think it’s implied because of the fire in the ad, but that’s the whole ‘test by fire’ symbol from the Bible (I think in Corinthians) played out here in this ad, as in values tested. The Catholics had this ad running long before Mike Huckabee made it famous. And that guy’s voice-over in the Catholic edition was more ominous than Huckabee’s.
This ad isn’t going to sway anybody. If you were for Obama before this ad, you’ll most likely still be for him. If you were for Romney, you’ll most likely still be supporting him too. Much ado about nothing.

3 Nick Kennicott November 3, 2012 at 11:03 am

All I know is that you should sign off with: “With that I am…” Instead of “for what it’s worth…”

4 SethDunn May 6, 2013 at 9:23 pm

I did not vote for Romney or Obama and hope that got recorded upstairs.

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