Why I Cannot Vote for Mitt Romney – A Response to James Jordan by Jason Cunningham

The Christian community is scrambling over themselves to publish articles and blog posts encouraging us to vote for the ‘conservative’ choice, Mitt Romney.  Leaving aside the fact that by any historical definition Romney is not a “conservative,” or why we would want to ‘conserve’ any aspect of the political environment today, there is rarely any commentary related to more fundamental questions.  Instead, appealing to the lowest common denominator, the strategy can essentially be summed up with one statement; ‘anyone but Obama.’

While it is true that many Christians have avoided altogether any discussion over Romney’s profession of faith in a false god, yet the objections to Romney, as a Mormon, are overturned or dismissed via a historical answer that has been used before in past candidates; namely that Obama is much worse.  No doubt this statement is true, but the political environment of the moment does not set our standard for leadership, God does. Why do we look to Scripture for our standard of leadership both in home and church but leave civil government to pragmatics and compromise?  Said another way, we eagerly support candidates for political office that would be easily dismissed and disqualified in other institutions.

Are the State and its officeholders suddenly beyond Christian reproach?  The incremental approach to curbing evil, as is often cited as a reason to vote for less-than-ideal candidates, has actually worked against Christians for many years.  Instead of a candidate representing a broad range of Christian opinions, we are now asked to support a man who not a Christian at all.  In our eagerness to throw Obama out of office, we are now willing to cast our vote for a Baal worshipper as our political leader.

Below are three reasons why I cannot, in good conscience, vote for Mitt Romney:

  1. There is a big difference between God using wicked pagan rulers for His purposes and God’s people ‘asking’ for one by casting their vote for a known pagan, anti-Christ worshipper. The prophet Habakkuk was incredulous at the thought of God using the Babylonians to punish them but it appears in the case of America, we are self-consciously asking God for Babylon to rule over us. The only place we find Israel asking for a king is in their disobedience and lack of faith by wanting to be ‘like the other nations’. Peace and freedom are by-products of obedience, faithfulness, and repentance, and these will not be accomplished by asking God to give us Cyrus over Nebuchadnezzar.
  2. There is no biblical mandate that commands us to ‘cast our vote’ for someone. In other words, to not vote is not to disobey. Civic duty perhaps, can be called into question but I am more interested in Biblical Truth than national ‘obligation’.  Writing in candidates or withholding their votes are both viable options for Christians. It is God who sets rulers on their thrones and it is man’s duty to be faithful to His Word.
  3. Getting the ‘lesser of two evils’ elected at the federal level is a short sighted and pragmatic goal, as if voting for any form of evil is acceptable at election time.  Our goal as Christians should be to disciple the next generation on what godly civil government looks like. If that means not voting at the federal level for several elections, then so be it. We don’t have to achieve ‘victory’ in our lifetime; we are called to be faithful. Today’s governors and mayors are tomorrow’s presidents; we should focus our efforts on raising a generation of Christian statesmen at local levels and hope for political revival in the generations to come. As for the immediate future, as much as I would never wish or pray for persecution in this nation, if the Church is strengthened and our dross removed, to God be the Glory.

I would challenge Christians to define the ‘line’ at which any given Republican candidate would be unqualified for office. Is their abortion stance the only litmus test to earn their vote? God tells us that false weights and unjust scales are an abomination as well. If Christians demanded more from their candidates and withheld their votes from those that do not seek to uphold righteousness according to God’s law, the bar would be raised and the doors opened for true Christian statesmen to take office.

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34, ESV).

http://theaquilareport.com/why-i-cannot-vote-for-mitt-romney-a-response-to-james-jordan/

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3 comments

  1. jazzpast

    You can be a Christian and a conservative, but you can’t be both and vote for Mitt Romney. Galatians 1;8-9 of the KJV of the Bible tells Christians anyone who preaches any other Gospel of Jesus Christ is accursed. There is only one Gospel of Jesus Christ it’s in the KJV of the Bible. Mitt Romney was a Bishop of the ward for the LDS mormon church and he did preach of other Gospels that Galatians Warns us about. No conservative that claims to be a Christian can vote for Mitt Romney. Any Republican or Conservative Christian voting to put Mitt Romney to the highest office in the nation is violating their faith and disobeying the Word of God. I won’t vote for Mitt Romney!

  2. jazzpast

    Salvation is to be gained by trust in God through Christ and not by Joseph Smith or any man, rituals, sacraments or penances of any church. The teachings of Christ should be taught out of the Bible, not the book of Abraham written by Joseph Smith! And not by the traditions of men!

  3. jazzpast

    It will not do America any good voting for Mitt Romney or Obama. People need to understand where our liberty comes from. Proclaim liberty throughout all the land… are the words of the Old Testament Bible and the words inscribed on the Liberty bell. Wherever the Gospel of Jesus Christ has gone there has come in it’s wake freedom and liberty. The LORD Jesus Christ came to set the captives free. Our Constitution, liberty and freedom all come from one place the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are not Christians they will not do any good. They have no idea of how to give the American people what they want. I,m planning to sit this election out. The 2012 election is SATAN vs SATAN!

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