I received a response from a dear sister-in-Christ to the comments the past two emails I sent out on whether or not we can vote for the lesser of two evils. Understand that this is no simple matter, voting that is. I am glad to see so many Christians thinking through all of this by questioning and searching the scriptures for answers. That is what we are called to do. In fact, I presented some questions to my pastor and interviewed him Monday night to get his perspective. Bro Dennis is the one man I trust most in this world and while I may not always agree with him, I know I will get a straight answer from him. So is the case with so many other men who bless my life. There are a few women who fit that category also. You can hear Part 1 of Bro Dennis interview at my other blog: http://www.aletheiagroup.org/?p=1088
Here are the words of one sister-in-Christ and her thought process in this election season, admittedly by her incomplete words but I believe they warrant sharing:
I have never met either of these two men, to my disadvantage. I do not consider myself an equal to either one of them, or to you or other strong men of faith, for that matter.
I do, however, own a God-given conscience and a soul upon which truth resounds…whether I like the sound of it, whether I listen to it, or not. I don’t write this in an attempt to be an arbiter between brothers, or to fancy myself to have the last word in an important argument. I do find myself compelled to express to you what is etching itself on my heart, for whatever worth that may end up being for you.
It appears to me that one gentleman is arguing that Christians vote for what would be pleasing to God, and the other gentleman is arguing for what would be pleasing to the Church. Although I want to vote for Romney as a vote against Obama and all the very real tyranny that he represents, I can’t get past the feeling that I’d be doing so as if I, not the Lord, work in mysterious ways…via the US federal election process. So if I vote for Romney, knowing that as a Mormon he is just as vulnerable to Satan’s power (albeit in a direction less likely to take an immediate financial toll on my net worth) as Obama, am I demonstrating biblical wisdom and trust in God’s provision for His people? Am I voting by faith that the Lord will take care of me and my loved ones? I could vote for George W Bush because, despite his faults as a statesman (unlike me and all the other armchair quarterbacks who are blessed with such perfect clarity of vision…), he has demonstrated the fruits of the Spirit. I can trust a man like that with my country and my military command because it appears that the Lord owns his soul. I can’t say the same for either political parties’ candidates for POTUS in 2012.
At the heart, we are all slaves to the One or to the other, and I can’t help but consider myself to have purposely sinned against the Lord, my Master, by purposely voting for a man who does not love the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob simply because I am throwing my lot in, as in a gamble, with those who claim to be against tyranny, though also to be admittedly against the Christ of Scripture. So do I put my faith in the US federal election process, in a man whose religious doctrine is antithetical to Scripture, in a political party that fronted a RINO despite the groundswell of discontent with politics as usual in DC? Or do I put my faith in my King? “For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence.” — Psalm 91:3
I am absentee-voting this week. I can’t help but realize this is a very real test of where my faith rests. I will answer to the One who died for me for this decision. I will not allow the folly of my human wisdom to pressure me into a vote that is still ultimately a vote for tyranny…just a softer, slower ride to it.
There’s so much more I want to say about this discussion, but am afraid I’m going to get increasingly boring, so I’ll quit here to save you the tedium. 🙂 Thank you for posting both of those opinions, and for faithfully shouting to the internet what the Lord lays on your heart.
Thank you my sister for sharing your heart so I could share it with others.
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