Following Christ, Even in the Voting Booth

It is shocking whenever I hear of a self-described Christian man or woman say that they’ve decided not to vote in the upcoming presidential election because they don’t agree with all of either candidates’ platform. I am convinced that this shows shamefully poor stewardship of our God-given opportunity to help steer the course of our society for the better. Every vote matters, and not voting or casting a vote for a third-party candidate may make you feel some sort of deranged pride in making a political statement (albeit a useless one), but it actually harms the collective effort of the church in having a positive impact on our increasingly corrupt American culture.

In what follows, I will argue that not only must a genuine Christ-follower participate in the election process; he or she is morally obligated to vote Republican in the upcoming presidential election.

I’ve heard the argument, “The Democratic Party’s strategy will be more effective in helping the underprivileged, and aren’t we supposed to help the poor?” While I would argue that the GOP strategy is far superior in this regard, that is beside the point. What I want you to understand is that EVEN IF there are some policies backed by the Democratic Party that reflect your personal idea of Christian charity better, that cannot justify a vote for that party. Why? Because ONE ISSUE STANDS HIGH ABOVE ALL OTHERS IN ITS MORAL IMPORTANCE. You probably already know what I’m going to say, don’t you?

3,700 innocent children are unjustly killed—in America—every single day. Every minute and a half, a baby’s life is intentionally taken, legally, by a licensed physician. No social or economic issue can hold a candle to this sickening tragedy. As Christian men and women, our only moral option is to use our vote against this atrocity. (To put the number in context for you: 2,996 people died on 9/11. We were outraged. Shouldn’t the daily 3,700 killed outrage us much more?)

[Notice that I DID NOT SAY that it is always wrong to take a life; I am arguing that it is wrong for people to intentionally take INNOCENT life.]

Unborn babies are 100% human, just as born babies are 100% human. This is not just a religious claim, it is a scientific fact. I have the feeling that many Christians would have a much stronger conviction about this issue if the Democratic Party endorsed the killing of innocent two-year-olds rather than the unborn. Why is that? Both are fully human. Both are loved and valued equally by God. We must be consistent!

(FYI: In the United States of America, it is legal to kill an unborn baby up until the day before its birth, even if that baby is capable of surviving outside of the womb. While partial-birth abortion may be banned, it is only that specific procedure that is illegal; other methods can still be used to kill a late-term baby.)

You may be thinking, “But Mitt Romney can only be called moderately pro-life at best. His record has not always been strongly pro-life.” This may very well be the case, but here’s my response to that: Abortion has enjoyed its fastest and broadest expansion under the current liberal administration than at any other time in history, except the time immediately after the Roe vs. Wade ruling in 1973 that legalized abortion in America. (This is a verifiable fact. A good summary of Obama’s record on abortion can be found HERE.) If and when Obamacare goes into full force, the abortion industry will likely expand much further, as abortions become available for free.

Here is the official statement from the Romney campaign site on the abortion issue:

“Mitt Romney is pro-life. He believes it speaks well of the country that almost all Americans recognize that abortion is a problem. And in the quiet of conscience, people of both political parties know that more than a million abortions a year cannot be squared with the good heart of America.”

You can read the rest of the statement here: http://www.mittromney.com/issues/values

If the only thing that a Republican president is able to do in this matter is curtail any further expansion of the abortion industry, that alone would be saving precious lives! I believe that a conservative administration has the potential to go further than that though, and could help to reduce the current numbers of children lost every single day.

In a nutshell: A Christ-follower faced with a decision between a pro-choice candidate whose other policies they may prefer and a pro-life candidate whose other policies they may disagree with  must choose the pro-life candidate. Saving innocent lives dwarfs any other issue, by far!

On the day that we stand before our scorchingly holy Creator God, will we find that He is pleased with how we exercised our Christian stewardship of our votes? Don’t we want to face Him knowing that we did ALL WE COULD DO to save the lives of the unborn children he created? Or, do we want to face him knowing that we chose instead what we thought would best benefit our wallet? Do we want to have to own up to not doing what was in our power to do (VOTING) to try to help curtail the intentional taking of innocent life?

BOTTOM LINE: Following Christ in the voting booth this November necessarily includes upholding THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE. This issue holds the most moral weight and therefore takes precedence over all others. The Republican platform is pro-life. The Democrat platform is pro-abortion.

***Note: Please understand that I am NOT saying that there are no other valuable issues on the political table. The point I’m making is that this single issue morally precludes both voting Democrat and not voting at all in the upcoming election. I believe a strong biblical case can also be made for capitalism, the sanctity of traditional marriage, and welfare reform.