To Vote or Not to Vote?
About a month ago, I was asked to go on the radio and speak on
the topic of voting. Since that radio interview, I've been asked to
write upon this subject, as well. The issue surrounding this topic deals
with those who have committed themselves to voting for Jesus in this
next presidential election. They have been motivated by internet
evangelist Bill Keller who is running this campaign for Jesus Christ. As of
today (September 19, 2012), Keller has successfully convinced close to
586,000 Christians to commit themselves to vote “Jesus for
President.” While I understand the idea behind this (after all, neither
Romney or Obama share the evangelical point of view), I don’t agree with
Below are my five reasons behind my disagreement with “Jesus For
President,” along with those who refuse to vote, at all.
1. We are NOT voting for Romney to be our pastor, nor our
What we are doing is choosing who's best for the job. Who comes
closest to the values we hold? Who might be able to best turn around our
nation’s problems? Who is, in a sense, the best of the "two evils?"
Let’s look at this differently—suppose you, or a loved one, had a
brain tumor. Obviously, you want to seek out the best surgeon to take
out the tumor with as little harm as possible. You are given two choices:
The first surgeon is a Mormon expert with over twenty years experience.
Your second choice is an Evangelical, who loves Jesus with all his heart.
He just finished his internship, and you would be his first patient. Which
person will you choose to treat you?
I’m sure that while you have an affinity towards the Evangelical,
you would feel much more confident about the surgery by choosing the
Mormon surgeon who has had years of success. After all, your life is in
Now, let’s consider this nation. It’s in real danger, health-wise. We
all realize that whether it’s in the field of democracy, socialism,
economics, foreign policy, moral issues, or even health-care, we’ve got
serious problems. I am not as much concerned about us older folks, but
I’m very concerned about our children and our children’s children–in fact,
I’m concerned about all future generations. This concern is compounded with the fact that there are many Christians who want to waste away their vote.
2. Even if Jesus won, He’s not going to take the job.
The Lord could have allowed Rick Perry, for instance, to win the
presidential nomination. Yet, He didn’t. Why? Could it be that Mitt
Romney was better qualified for this job than Rick Perry? Possibly,
possibly not. Regardless, the Lord is the One who put Romney in this
position–therefore, I don’t think it’ll be sinful to vote for him. Voting is a
privilege, given to us by God. May we not waste our vote, especially in
light of the fact that many men have died for this nation and its
freedoms—which includes voting.
3. Being Subject to Those Over Us.
The apostle Paul reminds us that we are to be subject to rulers, and
authorities over us (Titus 3:1). With this in mind, do we want ourselves
and our loved ones to be subject to Obama or Romney? Not only that,
which one do you want to honor? Remember, Paul also stated that we are
not only to “honor all men” but to also, “honor the king” (1 Peter 2:21). In Paul’s day the leader of a nation was called, “King.” In our day, here
in the U.S.A., he’s obviously called, “President.” While I want to always
show respect towards any President, I have an upcoming choice as to
who I want to bestow honor upon. Anyone who has a difficult time
honoring the current President, better make sure they go out and vote.
Along with being subject to the President, and showing honor
towards him, we must also pray for him. As many of us know, Paul the
apostle was under the leadership of the terrible Nero, and yet, it’s he who
said that we are to pray for our government leaders, so that “we may
lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity" (1 Timothy 2:2).
To have such a life then, means we need to elect officials that will act
wisely and morally.
Many of us have been praying for Obama these past several years.
So, the question is–are you desirous to continue to pray for him or for a
new leader? If you want to pray for a new leader then you better vote
otherwise, you’ll be praying another four long years for Obama. In
fact, you’ll most likely be pleading with the Almighty to stop some of his
policies from being implemented. Perhaps it’s better to act now, rather
than to resort to pleading later.
4. Now, let’s talk about the Elephant in the room.
Some of you may be concerned that a vote for Romney raises the
profile of Mormonism. I understand your concern, so let’s just state the
obvious — the profile has already been raised. Therefore, let’s turn this
into a positive. We can use this raised profile to challenge the Mormon
prophet’s (Joseph Smith) claims—that all other religions are an
abomination; that one can become a God/goddess with your own earth
to rule over; and more.
Consider. This raised profile of Mormonism may be the Lord’s way
of wanting the truth to be shared. How? With Romney as President, it’s
a “no-brainer” that people will be discussing Mormonism. Mormons know
this to be true, as well. Because Mormonism will be spoken of, more than
any other time in this nation’s history, we as Evangelicals have a great
opportunity to expose Mormonism for what it really is. This just may
allow us to spare people from venturing into it.
Secondly, along with sparing people from Mormonism, I believe that
we’ll have greater opportunities to help Mormons get out of it. Let’s not close the door on this divine opportunity. If you’re fearful about
such an opportunity–pray about your role in all this. Is it to simply show
further love to your Mormon neighbor? Is it to lovingly talk with the Mormon
missionaries who are knocking on your door?
For those who feel led to share Christ with the missionaries, let’s not
fear them–but prepare for them. Let’s all pray that we’ll be ready to make
a defense to all Mormons who ask us to give an account for the hope
that’s in us (1 Peter 3:15).
5. Caring For Others
Paul the apostle told Christ-followers that, “as we have opportunity,
let us do good to all, especially the household of faith. (Gal. 6:10). This
is in line with what Christ said, “Love your neighbor.” Voting is part of
loving your neighbor; of doing good to others.
Perhaps you can’t think of any issue that might stir you to vote, but
how might your five minutes at the voting booth help someone else?
Think of your friend who is home-schooling her children. We have no
idea, as more and more liberal policies get into our nation, whether there
will be home-schooling in the future; or whether we’ll even have
freedoms to discipline our young children. Therefore, your vote could
make it possible for your friends to continue raising their children the way
they believe is best. What about the public education in your area? There
always seem to be public education issues that require wisdom at the
ballot box. Are any pro-life candidates running for office? If so, how might
your vote reach out to the many unborn babies at risk?
Showing that we care is one way of building credibility for sharing
the Gospel. We can show that we care when we vote to get the best men
and women in government and onto the judicial bench. Voting can show
that we are interested in righting wrongs, doing justice, serving mankind
(cf. Micah 6:8) and generally preventing society from deteriorating
Let’s also not forget, if Obama wins another term, he’s not only
going to implement “Obamacare,” which will bankrupt this nation, but
he’s also going to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
What does that mean? I suggest you go to Parental Rights (.org) and
other websites to learn more about this. I’ll just simply say that this next
move, that Obama would like to take, is quite alarming when one
considers that there will be an intrusion on parent’s rights to teach values
and faith, while simultaneously giving children (regardless of their
maturity) the ability to override what their parents want for them.
The Bottom Line
For myself, it seems a little hypocritical if I try to tell people about
a God who cares about them while I don’t care enough to spend a few
minutes to vote on those good and righteous things that matter to them
(and matter to God).
It also seems hypocritical to me to say that I am against things,
such as what Obama intends to implement in his next round as President,
but then not bother to take even a few minutes to do something about it.
To not vote, or to simply write in “Jesus for President,” is opening up the
door for more harm in the next few years. This nation may never recover