Democrat or Republican: Christians and Voting

There’s an underlying assumption in political circles. That assumption is that voting Republican means voting Christian values and voting Democratic does not. That’s simply not true. I don’t think the Republicans have a retainer with God even though there are some who’d like the American people to think that.

It’s a very difficult election decision, isn’t it? We have only two real choices. A vote for a third party would be simply wasted, so what do you do? On the one hand we have Barack Obama who clearly is in favor of abortion. Abortion is most certainly wrong in God’s eyes, so we can’t vote for him. The other choice is John McCain who divorced his first wife (after he returned home from the war to find her disfigured from a disease) but God hates divorce! (Jesus’ words, not mine.) So we can’t vote for John McCain either. Logically, we can’t vote for either one because both have violated God’s will so should we not vote at all? That would mean the non-Christians would have a free-for-all and get to choose the type of government we have. That’s no good either and we’re left with our original choice: Obama or McCain?

I don’t know for certain who will become president or who would even be the best choice. I personally believe that the track record of the current Republican administration has been disastrous on a number of levels. People who think we’re better off now than 8 years ago should probably vote for John McCain. People who think we are worse off now should probably vote for Obama.

I read the following article just this past week. It better highlights some of the issues facing Christians when voting. It’s objective and well written.

What’s Wrong with the Democrats (and Republicans) and “The American Dream”

I trust everyone will pray about their vote and be an informed voter.

5 responses to “Democrat or Republican: Christians and Voting

  1. Well…I’m guessing that not all sins are equal, so which is worse, the shedding of unborn innocent blood before they can even be baptized or divorce?

    Which has the greater scope of evil, the legalization of abortion which ends 1.21 million lives per year in the US, or a single individual’s divorce?

  2. Actually, all sins ARE equal in God’s eyes. “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry…” – 1 Samuel 15:23 (KJV) The consequences may be different, but it’s all sin to God.

    But you’re right, how do you pick because you have to make a choice? There’s no easy answer to that question.

    I don’t think your comparison of 1 divorced life to 1,210,000 aborted lives is quite fair though. It’s an oversimplification of a complex issue. Also, both Abortion and Divorce are currently legal.

    So, which has the greater scope of evil? I don’t know. They both destroy lives and end with broken families. Since I can’t decide on this one issue I must look to other important issues to make my choice. And I think that might be the point of it all. It’s a personal choice and what you choose says a lot about you. When we all stand before God we will have to give an account of our lives and this choice will be included.

    I’m not sure anyone can necessarily “win” in this election though because of the choices.

  3. All sins are equal.. but God realizes that there are exceptions.. and provides adequate examples of when things are right and wrong.

    Just like killing someone is wrong, but it’s not a sin when it is self defense, and/or defending your country..

    Just like divorce is wrong.. but it’s not when your spouse is beating you every day, and getting drunk.. and making your life miserable.

    There’s times when certain things are right, and certain things are wrong.

    Not just in general.

  4. It’s interesting to me that the comments in this post tend to be about divorce and marriage, yet that was never the point of this post. This post is about the moral dilemma in choosing between the two candidates and their respective parties. The divorce-abortion comparison was merely one of many I could have included.

    Again, interesting…

    BTW, you could just about be quoting Ecclesiastes 3, “1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” (KJV)

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