Electing a President
Most of the time, Labor Day marks the beginning of the political season during an election year. The political conventions are in August and then, after Labor Day, everyone starts paying attention to the presidential campaign. I understand that. After all, who wants to ruin their summer arguing about presidential politics?
But the powers that be have decided to start early. Both Republicans and Democrats have unleashed powerful attack ads on each other. An obscene amount of money will be raised and spent in this presidential election.
This will be an interesting race for most evangelicals. For most of us, the candidate’s faith is an important issue. It is for me anyway. I want to know what values and foundational beliefs will guide his (both candidates are men) decisions as president. What are those bedrocks of truth on which the candidate will not compromise? What are the great teachings that form his morality and vision for life? I think these are valid things to know about the person who wants to be president.
With that said, in this election, most conservative evangelicals are faced with a dilemma. Most of the time, we would default to voting for the conservative Christian candidate. In this election, we don’t have one. President Obama, while a Christian, is very liberal (at least for me) in his understanding of how his faith applies to his decisions. Mitt Romney is a Mormon. Mormons are not Christian. They have very different teachings on God, Jesus, humanity, salvation… well, you get the point. I’m not saying this to be judgmental, but simply stating the facts.
So, what are we to do? What we always do. We search the Scriptures and we pray. The Bible has a handful of standards for leaders. They include integrity, honesty, care for the poor and a passion for justice. So, who in your mind, best fits those criteria? Well, that’s who you vote for. (No, I don’t endorse candidates).
We must remember two things. First, Jesus refused the crown of this world. He wouldn’t be crowned king. Jesus did not establish a political movement. In fact, one of the geniuses of Christianity is, that because we aren’t a political party, we have been able to survive under any type of government from the free market capitalism of the United States to the atheistic communist governments of China and the Soviet Union.
Second, God has already chosen His leader and He didn’t elect Him president. He crowned Him King. “At the name of Jesus, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!” Our hope now, as it always has been, is the Risen Lord Jesus.
I think we have a Christian duty to be involved in the political process. It’s the way our nation gets things done. Support your candidates. Get involved in the campaigns. Vote. But in the end remember, neither Obama or Romney is the Messiah. Neither man can save our nation.
Please don’t expect them (Obama or Romney) to do what only Jesus can do.