Newt Gingrich’s exit from the Presidential Primary last Wednesday left voters with clear battle lines. Americans are confronted with the choice between Obama and Romney. With that knowledge in mind, I find it inconceivable that any evangelical could still act as though there is any choice left about which candidate to support in this Presidential election.
As a seasoned political activist who has fought in the trenches against impossible odds for righteous public policy, I am saddened by the division within our alleged “Christian” ranks. Jesus taught that a house divided cannot stand. [Mark 3:25] If we, as the corporate body of Christ, are going to be effective in the culture war in which we find ourselves, we must be shrewd as serpents. [Matthew 10:16]
In this election year, we find ourselves with realistically only three courses of action:
1. Don’t vote;
2. Vote for Obama; or
3. Vote for Romney.
However, as Christians, we cannot with good conscience abstain from voting. After all, Christ has called us to take the gospel as a testimony to the nations. [Matthew 24:14] It is critical to note that He specifically said it is to be a testimony to “nations” and not merely “people.” This means we are mandated to not only evangelize the individual people, but also to apply the gospel to every aspect of our nation, including its government. Additionally, Christ called us to be salt and light to a lost and dying world. [Matthew 5:13-16] Consequently, these admonitions don’t afford us the luxury of simply “sitting this one out.”
We must vote, and the only candidates for whom we will realistically be able to vote will be either Obama or Romney. I have heard it characterized by some as though the American people are once again faced with a choice between the lesser of two evils. However, I do not find this to be an accurate assessment. I would like to suggest that evil is not an entity; it is an absence. As cold can only be defined as the absence of heat, and darkness the absence of light, then, likewise, evil is the absence of Christ. Consequently, our political choice is not between two evils; rather it is between which man’s policies align more closely with the teachings of Christ than the other man’s. When you judge the fruit of each candidate’s policies according to their political adherence to the Word of God, which we know to be Christ himself [John 1:1], then our course of action becomes imminently clear.
It is crucial that we, as the corporate body of Christ, act cohesively in supporting the clear tenets of scripture in order that we may sway the course of our nation into its calling as a city set on a hill, a beacon of hope to the nations. This was the understanding, vision and effectiveness behind the founding fathers of our nation.
For evangelicals, this election, like every election, is so much more than mere partisan politics. It is about choosing the candidate who most closely aligns his policies with what Benjamin Franklin referred to as the “primitive principles of Christianity” or what C.S. Lewis spoke of as “mere Christianity.”
Only when nations align with the most basic teachings of the Bible concerning the appropriate authority, function, and policy of civil government can righteousness be established. After all, we know that righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to all people. [Proverbs 14:34] Sin, promulgated through governmental public policy, is allowed to exist only when God’s people are either ignorant of the standards for Civil Government established in God’s Word or refuse to speak up and hold our governing authorities accountable to those standards. I fear Christians today may be guilty of both. Unfortunately, to make either mistake is a sin and causes a blight upon our land.
The righteous and Biblical principles of the sanctity of life, the sanctity of family & marriage, and the uncompromising support for the nation of Israel unquestionably must be upheld! In every election, the person who most closely aligns with these positions is the person who must receive the unanimous support of devout, Bible-believing Christians. Admittedly, while neither candidate perfectly aligns with these positions, as no candidate ever does, there is still an obvious demarcation. This demarcation is so obvious that I shouldn’t even need to say which candidate Bible-believing Christians must support. However, just to make sure there is absolutely no confusion, there remains only one option if Christians are going to vote according to scripture and not politics, and that option is Mitt Romney.
Cynthia Noland Dunbar is an attorney, author, and public speaker. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Law at Liberty University School of Law and teaches on our Constitutional and common law heritage.