If you have followed social media then you have likely ran across a growing number of Christians who have decided that voting for the lessor of two evils is no longer a viable strategy for national reformation. This blog is not intended to articulate the philosophy of the movement except to say that the foundation is formed in a couple of simple points: (These are not exhaustive)
1. Whatever you do (that includes voting) you do to the glory of God. (I Cor. 10:31, Col. 3:17)
2. There is a biblical qualifying standard and process for civic leaders to embrace. (Ex. 18:13-24; Romans 13:1-6; I Timothy 3, Titus 1)
3. We are to agree not only with the GOALS of reformation, but obey the Scriptural pattern and process for electing those leaders stewarding our nation.
4. Empowering unrighteousness will never produce a righteous outcome.
“Get out of Babylon! Run from the Babylonians! Shout the news. Broadcast it. Let the world know, the whole world.”
Isaiah 48:20 MSG
If anything can be said that is remotely good about President Barak Obama, it is that he is good to his word. During the presidential campaign of 2008 and including his election night victory address, he was clear when he said that he was going to “fundamentally transform America”. Like it or not (and I suspect most who read this blog absolutely loathe it) he has kept that promise. It is so blatantly clear concerning the change he has advocated and implemented that giving you a list would simply prove the obvious. This is no longer your granddad’s nation. In fact, your granddad would barely recognize it.
I’ve been noticing lately a whole lot of tension between “Christian” people with regards to how this nation’s ills are going to be addressed. I put the quotation marks around the word “Christian” because there is a broad definition at work as to what that truly means and how one is defined. My purpose, at the moment, is not to untangle the use of the word “Christian”, but rather speak to the tension of how a Christian is to go about reforming a nation and engaging a culture. Let me give some quick illustrations as to what I mean…
The GOP primary has revealed so many dynamics that psychologists, sociologists, and theologians will have plenty of fodder to complete a host of new Ph.D. dissertations in the near future. While I do not claim to be any of the above, I have been particularly interested in the theological acrobatics Christians have engaged in justifying a Trump candidacy and vote. Any one of a hundred reasons as to why Donald is God’s choice could warrant a college term paper in response, but I only want to briefly explore one that I have called, “Sloppy Sovereignty”.
I recently posted a meme on Facebook concerning the concept of voting for “the lesser of two evils” and it has caused an interesting conversation. This conversation is not unique to me for a Facebook friend (Pastor Cary Gordon) most effectively created a series of educational cartoons addressing this very subject some time ago. You need to watch them and can find them Here.