A Christian's vote -- the text implied

Posted Monday, October 22, 2012, at 12:02 PM
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  • David,

    There can be no doubt that we are to be submissive to governing authorities. But that does not mean we must oblige laws antithetical to our beliefs. Christians are not authorized to revolt, but are authorized to refuse to support and suffer the consequences as did so many martyrs. Happily, in a representative form of government, we have an acceptable form of revolt in the ballot box.

    Again, as Christians, we are instructed to speak no hurt against civil authorities. That said, Christ caused the Sanhedrin and other leaders to be enraged by telling them the truth, pointing out their hypocrisies, and admonishing them about their sins. It is almost like truth is an exception to this injunction.

    For example, it is the truth, and therefore not contrary to the Bible to point out that the President supports abortion, partial birth abortion, the killing of born children who were intended to be aborted, and desires to make everyone, Christians included, to pay for the abortifacient medications of people under his healthcare system. There are numerous other truths about our civil authorities at all levels regarding policies that are antithetical to traditional Christian beliefs.

    You point out that there is an injunction to support whoever wins elections. Certainly, Christ said to render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. Additionally, Christ never advised slaves to revolt or urge his followers to free slaves. But he did instruct us to follow his example. Christ treated all, good and evil, with respect and human dignity but refused to stop doing what was right or to start doing what was superfluous.

    Although most of the Western world professes Christianity, the United States is where people of profound beliefs went to avoid persecution at home. Although these immigrants had differing beliefs, they were sincere Christians who lived lives they believed Christ would have wanted. It is no accident that the only domestic war was fought in sizeable part to preserve the life and dignity of people in bondage.

    We are advised that by their fruits, we shall know them. I know very little about Mormonism, but I know that Candidate Romney gives substantially to charity, worships God regularly, has lived a life of personal integrity, and refrains from conduct that many Christians find offensive.

    On the other hand, our president wants to compel people to engage in conduct that is morally objectionable, does not respect unborn life, has never been particularly active with charitable giving, and is supported by the leaders of China, Russia, Venezuela, and others who seem to be opposed to many things precious to Christian believers.

    Christ came not to bring men together, but to divide them. We must made decisions from between the candidates that are on the ballot. By casting a ballot, we must divide them. I will cast my ballot based upon their fruits, not their words, backgrounds, appearance, political party, or other similar things. If both candidates lived lives of substantial Christian virtue, then the lesser considerations become much more important.

    CH

    -- Posted by Charles Hear on Thu, Oct 25, 2012, at 7:36 AM
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