Election Thoughts: Christians Live Among Evil Choices

During this 2012 Presidential election cycle many Christians feel they are left with only two voting choices: a liberal, professing Christian and a non-Christian, Mormon. Therefore, many Christians feel they are left with a choice to vote for the lesser of two evils. Other Christians will not vote at all or choose a third party candidate effectively giving their vote to one party or the other.

The overlooked issue? Christians often daily choose between the lesser of evils.

Even though Christians often choose between the lesser of evils it seems that this dilemma only matters during Presidential election time. Two examples of thinking through this dilemma and choosing one evil over another are: Why I am Voting for a Mormon Rather Than a Professing Christian by Pastor Josh Buice and Why My Conscience Won’t Let Me Not Vote for Romney by Pastor and seminary President Joel Beeke.

Yet, why don’t Christians explain their decisions for the lesser evils in everyday life? For example, a 2007 60 Minutes article, Porn In The U.S.A., reported that “some of America’s biggest brand names, and companies like General Motors, Marriott and Time Warner are now making millions selling erotica to America.” As I write this post, I am connected to the internet through Comcast. The 60 Minutes article also states that, “In 2002, Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company, pulled in $50 million from adult programming.” Furthermore, it states that “from Time Warner to Cablevision, distribute sexually explicit material to their subscribers.” As do “EchoStar and DirecTV, which is owned by Hughes Technology.”

Christians use those companies everyday, but the line does not have to be drawn so tightly. Many Christians work for secular employers, listen to secular music and watch secular TV and movies – none of which are offering gospel promoting, pro-Christian messages. The same goes for online giants Facebook, twitter and Google (which has its hand in practically even inch of online interaction).

So why don’t most Christians separate themselves from the few examples in the above companies that promote anti-Christian values? Maybe they don’t know about them, maybe they don’t care, or maybe most American Christians don’t want to live like the Amish.

The fact is, Christians live in this sinful world and make choices daily between the lesser of evils. The Presidential election is no different. In fact, the immediate effect the new President will have on children and local societies will be to a lesser degree than the anti-Christian items listed above that touch our daily lives.

So, Christian, go and vote for the lesser of two evils. Vote for the person who most closely lines up with biblical principles which will be Mitt Romney for many. And don’t worry, the country is not going to become Mormon under Romney anymore than it became theologically liberal under Obama.

Most Americans probably care less about theology which is the perfect opportunity for Christians to shine the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ through the darkness.

For what it’s worth…

Mark

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
(John 15:18-19 ESV)

 



{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sean Isaacs November 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Hey Mark, well written and well said. Thanks!

2 GT November 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Ok but what if you truly believed as I do that they are both equally as wicked then what? I really honestly believe that and can back it up, but that is not my purpose what would you do given the circumstances of believing they are as wicked?
Also at what point do you think people should stop voting for Republicans?

3 GT November 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Also do you believe there is ever a point that we should stop voting for lesser of the evil? I mean what if in 4 years the “lesser evil candidate” is Barack Obama or something like him? It can happen look where we are now? I am not looking for debate, just curious on your thoughts.

4 jennyelaine November 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Ok, I’ll just say it!

Why don’t people seperate themselves from the world…from companies that promote anti-Christian values?? SO, YOU are promoting the #1 Christian ethic so well?? ==> The New Commandment IS the #1 Christian value. It is the only “value” that God says satisfies ALL the law and all the Prophets proclaimed. SO< what greater Christian value is there above what God says is the #1 value? You have a better one?

Lesser of two evils?? Huh?? No one wants to really know the truth…not really. We have deviated from the truth. Roe vs Wade has been around for MANY yrs, yet we heap all the blame on one person…instead of taking the responsibility for our inactivitiy over the years…when it is we that hold an irresistable power and love that can save and change hearts and lives. If we unified to do this instead of unifying to hate, slander and pound on one man and one term….things would be changing as we speak.

No one is righteous, NO not one. We point and point and point at "those sinners" over there and don't realize that the ONLY reason we have ANY right-standing/righteousness with God is totally because of Jesus Christ! WHAT have you done SO differently then them that has made you so much better?? A sin is a sin is a sin….and Jesus died for them and each and every sin and sinner as much as He died for your 'smaller' sins. UNLESS you found some other better way to be better than other sinners??

ALSO< God said for us NOT to leave the world in any way!! He said for us to learn to cease from practicing sin while still in the midst of it (the world) SO they can see our love for one another and see our light and be drawn to Christ….because it IS the sick that need a Physician JUST like you and I needed Him! IF we stop being around sinners, than who will be a witness to them??? Then if we did manage this, then I guess we have become unlike Jesus when God said that He wants us to become more like Him.

I am sorry I sound so angry, but I am so sad about how 'Christians' have deviated from the gospel and how God says to do things, as tho they have a better way?….oh, yes a better way – as they have hated and slandered during this election. They have shown the world how un-Christlike we really are. yes, we are the church that has lost it's 1st love…and who's love has grown cold. I am praying for US all….

Matthew 9: 9-13, 35-38 and 25: 31-46

http://aroundeverycornerat.blogspot.com/

5 Steve Martin November 6, 2012 at 12:23 am

One of them will get in. We might as well have a little bit of a say in which one it will be…if for nothing more than the sakes of our neighbors.

6 Mark November 7, 2012 at 8:34 am

GT, ultimately each individual must vote his or her conscience. If there came a point where Obama was the lesser of two evils given where he stands on abortion and marriage, etc. I would probably vote third party. I venture to say that if that were the case that a third party would probably have a chance at that point.

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