A Wasted Vote

As November has been getting steadily nearer and nearer, many Evangelical Christians have been considering and deliberating over what to do when they reach the ballot box. Now, there are those who seriously do not know what to do with their vote. The thought of having Obama or McCain as president is not a lovely thought. There are also those who say the only choice is to vote for McCain, and attest that any vote otherwise will be a vote practically for Obama. They provide the evidence of how Bill Clinton came into the presidency by much needed votes going to a third party instead of the Republican candidate. These people plead, let’s not make that mistake again!

Before I continue, I’d like to make an important point. We did not, even indirectly, put Clinton into office. (Quite honestly, it seems rather conceited to claim that we were the ones responsible for the tragedy.) In Romans 13:1 Paul tells us “for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” God is completely sovereign over everything that happens. The outcome of past elections and this one were completely controlled by God.

Back to the choice before us. I believe most Evangelical Christians would agree that voting for Obama is not even conceivably an option. He is pro-abortion, for universal healthcare, and has actually said that he wants to make government bigger. If he actually did everything he promises, we’d see an increase in our taxes by at least 65%.

But then the only other “true” choice is McCain. However, John McCain is very liberal in his thoughts and ways. He is pro-abortion, and for open immigration and amnesty for the illegal immigrants within our borders. He realizes that we need something done about gas prices, but do you know what his idea of reform is? A small tax cut on gas sales between Memorial Day and Labor Day! He has changed his tune now that his vice president has come along with opposing views. But, honestly, who’s views do you think is going to determine what he does in office? The president’s or the vice president’s? Now he has added to his lack of qualifications, a woman vice presidential candidate. Christians are perplexed at the thought of voting for someone who goes against Biblical teaching. To just focus on Mrs. Palin for a second, she is obviously violating the Bible’s command for women to stay at home and train their children as it says in Titus 2 and other passages. She is instead leaving her children for “more important things.” (Just what the lie in the garden was. Don’t obey God. You can be as a god and be in charge of your own life.) Mrs. Palin may be a nice lady, with a good conservative view on some issues, but holding a public office and running our country is not her place.

But what else is there to do? Well, I suppose you could vote for a third party. “::gasp::!!! No, that wouldn’t work!” say many people. Americans have been presented with a false dichotomy. That is, we are being told there are only two options, when there are more.

Running for the Constitution Party is a man by the name of Chuck Baldwin. He is a strong Christian, is pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-second amendment, is for less government, and for abolishing some of the many taxes that oppress our citizens. (To learn more about him, visit his website, http://www.baldwin08.com/ or The Constitution Party’s website.) He is the only one on the ballot who is Biblically qualified, and he would make a great leader. But, he has received very little publicity. Would voting for Baldwin be a vote for Obama? It would take a vote away from McCain.

People might say that, yeah McCain isn’t the best, but at least he’s better than Obama! Doesn’t it seem strange that Christians who wouldn’t vote for McCain if circumstances were different, feel that they now have to vote for him to avoid someone who is more evil? I’ve been asked, “Would you rather vote for someone who won’t get elected because you agree with him in most aspects, or are you going to take that vote and make a difference by voting for someone who might get elected and is better than the other choice?” So the real issue is, whether or not a vote for Baldwin is a wasted vote

However, I would argue that voting on principle or conscience is not a wasted vote. We are told by the world that we need to vote strategically. But what about voting Biblically? God tells us that His word is sufficient for every situation. You see, when you vote for a candidate, you are supporting that person. You are saying that this person is Biblically qualified to represent you in office. Do you truly believe that McCain and Palin, a liberal man and a woman who is going against God’s order, are representatives of your beliefs and convictions?

So how is not voting for McCain not wasting your vote? It depends on what you view as a wasted vote. If you believe that voting un-strategically is a wasted vote, then a vote for conscience most certainly is wasted in this instance. I agree that there is a way you can waste your vote in this election, but it’s not in the way that most people believe.

If you were to go to the ballot box, and cast your vote for someone you don’t trust, someone you do not believe in, who doesn’t hold the same Biblical convictions as you, and who is going against the commands of God to get more votes by having a woman VP candidate, then I would consider that a wasted vote. You are in essence lying about your allegiance. You’re supporting a candidate you don’t believe in. All this to just hopefully keep Obama out of office.

Now this gets into the sovereignty of God and also touches on just how much you trust Him. In Proverbs 3:5-7 it says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.” Perhaps I’m just young and naive, but it seems that God told us, and expected us to obey Him and trust Him with the results!

But if God is sovereign, and is going to do whatever He wants anyways, why does how I vote matter? It’s true, God can do whatever He wants, with, without and despite you. However, are you going to trust Him, and possibly be a part of a Biblically qualified candidate becoming the leader of our country?

Without a doubt, this election will go down in history. The outcome will result in either our first black president, our first lady vice president, or the first time a third party won the presidency. But what choice are you going to make at the ballot box? Are you going to vote for someone you think should actually be president? Or are you going to follow “worldly wisdom,” and vote for the “safe” answer? I urge, hope and pray that you do not choose the latter. Remember, voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.

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4 Responses

  1. Dear Tee-Kay,
    Thank you very much for your post. I am glad that you are not scared to share your opinions and say what God has placed on your heart. As I have been reading your blog and the information you have been basing your thoughts off I have felt like God has placed some thoughts on my heart as well. Carmon Friedrich (on Doug Phillips blog) said “Deborah, who sat under her own tree and judged as judgment from God for the apostate Israel (Judges 4:1-3), was hardly in an ideal situation nor was it typical for God’s people to have a woman in that position of leadership as we know from every other example of godly rulers in civil and ecclesiastical spheres being men.” Yes, I agree that Deborah was not an ideal situation but does God always use ideal situations to bring about his kingdom? I agree that women should generally not be in government positions but God does not always work in the norm. You cannot say that Sarah Palin “is clearly out of line with the Bible,” for I believe that you are bringing a judgment on Sarah Palin that you cannot make. You cannot accuse her of sinning when you cannot see her heart and see her relationship with God. You also, in your later blog, used the verse Isaiah 3:12: “Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. O my people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from your path.” Now from my knowledge (and the knowledge of my sister ) in Biblical times it was or curse or judgment to have a youth or a women rule over the people. When Deborah led the Israelites it was a judgment on them for not having any righteous, godly men to rule over the country. There are not very many righteous and godly men that I know of in the Republican party and Sarah Palin could very well be the judgment on our country and Republicans. Just because God uses something irregular to judge the country does not mean that we should judge the way God brings about this judgment. Also in the verse in Isaiah it says the “youth oppress my people.” No one seems to have as big a problem with having a youth in charge. In 1 and 2 Kings Joash (7 years) and Josiah (8years) became kings in Israel and Judah because there was not found any other righteous people to rule. These youths were a judgment to Israel for its sin. So why can’t Sarah Palin be a judgment on the country of America? God has before used women to do great things for His kingdom and even though it is not a norm God can once again use a woman to do something great for His kingdom! “ But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak thing of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinthians 1:27. You cannot bring judgment on Sarah Palin. It says in the Bible “Do not judge lest you be judged.” Matt. 7:1. Yes she may be sinning or she may be doing exactly what God has called her to do.

    Spen

  2. I know that you think I’m a horrible arguer/debater/whatever you want to call it. But I just want to put my view in what you have posted as well. I agree with Spen on this one. I don’t believe that Sarah Palin being vice president is a sin against god and leaving her children for “more important matters” is wrong. Now I don’t know her beliefs about God and all but What if she is doing what God is calling her to do. And I am VERY sure that she isn’t leaving her children for things she finds more important. I am also VERY sure that she loves and cares for her children and wouldn’t give up the world for them ( now I’m only going out on a limb by saying that but she seems like someone who loves her children very much ). Besides why should we be worried about whether or not she is a woman or not ( being the vice president)? If God really thinks it is a sin against Him that she is McCain’s running mate then won’t he do something about it? It’s all in His hands and like you said we should trust in whatever God decides. Now I also want to say that I agree with you when you said choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil. I know we all sin and can not get through life alone without God but What is so horribly wrong with voting for McCain? Now, I also want to make it clear that when I say that I am not necessarily saying that I think he is perfectly fit to be president. I’m only throwing that out there cause… well… it’s there. Now, that wasn’t a very well done “refute” (or whatever you want to call it), in fact it was probably horrible in you eyes, but I think your being a little harsh on Palin JUST for becoming McCain’s running mate.

    Anyways, I know that you know that I’m a horrible arguer/debater/whatever you want to call it and that your probably thinking that you don’t even need to read my thought on this but i wanted to give the above anyways. Thanks for reading whoever it is that might be reading what I have just posted. 😉

    ~Daniel~

  3. This “third party fallacy” is such a vicious circle! They say “don’t vote third party, because they don’t have a chance.” But it’s that line of reasoning that put them in that political position. They say, “Don’t vote Baldwin, because he doesn’t have a chance.” But he won’t have a chance unless we vote for him! But that is not the crux of the matter. The real issue is what standard we use to determine who we vote for. And that is where I totally agree with what you said. If we are truly Christians, should not the word of God be our standard? Our consciousnesses our bound by the word of God, so shouldn’t our votes reflect our beliefs? It’s just this whole idea of “we the people” has been taken to its humanistic extent: we the people know what’s best. We know how to govern ourselves. But who are “we”? Finite humans. It’s tiem WE the Christians starts living like Christians. God’s word needs to be our standard—to govern our souls, our lives, our votes.

    KP

  4. Thank you. I totally agree. But, I guess this election chapter is over.

    ~Tee-Kaye

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