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.
For what it’s worth…
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)