From: foodforthethinkers.com (Doug Newman)
“Pretend with me that you’re an old German on your deathbed today. Would you rather tell your grandchildren, ‘I voted for the Nazis because they seemed better than the Communists and no other party could win’? Wouldn’t you rather be able to rise up and say, ‘I publicly denounced the Nazis and the Communists? We were a minority – 1 or 2 percent – but we stood up for the truth and we were right! We proved not all Germans were mindless torchbearers for tyranny! We were ridiculed, we were beaten and jailed, but we saved this nation’s soul. Now children, go and live your lives in a way to make me proud’?” – Vin Suprynowicz
“When Christians entangle themselves with the kingdoms of the world,
they become worldly in the very worst way.” — Pastor Gregory Boyd
In every election, Christians are told that they have a duty to vote for the lesser of two “electable” evils.
There is nothing Christian about this.
Christians are not to choose between evils:
- “Abhor that which is evil” – Romans 12:9
- “Abstain from all appearance of evil” – I Thessalonians 5:22
- “Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity” – Psalm 141:4
- “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil” – Proverbs 8:13
- “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” – Ephesians 5:11
But what if the only electable parties are evil? Christians are not to do things just because the majority of the secular world does them.
- “Be not conformed to this world” – Romans 12:2
- “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil” – Exodus 23:2
- “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” – Revelation 18:4
A few historical thoughts:
- In Germany, in 1933, the two most “electable” parties were the Nazis and the Communists. For which of these did German Christians have a “civic duty” to vote?
I was asked two questions on Facebook: (1) Brother Jeff, what’s the strategy in condemning both sides? (2) Jeff, when I think of voting, I think of the well-being of my grandchildren. How would you advise me?