(Originally written November 4, 2012)
It’s the final weekend of election season. As usual, Christians across America have heard all about how important this election is; and how it is their duty, not only political but spiritual, to vote; and even in some cases, how it’s permissible to vote for people of such dubious moral character as the current list of candidates.
Christians are urged to participate in the selection of their secular leaders. It has even been suggested that refraining from voting would be sinful! The Church, it seems, has gotten herself so deeply involved with this red white and blue idol that she doesn’t even realize she’s being unfaithful to her Lord.
To begin with, it is entirely unchristian to vote for Barack Obama. There is simply no excuse. Even the possibility of ignorance as to his real nature has been eliminated by four years of dreadful experience. Four years ago, as the economy had taken a very serious turn for the worse, people might have been excused for thinking Obama had some different strategy than the Republicans had for turning it back around. Instead, he added to Bush’s bailouts and buyouts, with the Federal Reserve system maintaining the course of “Quantitative Easing.”
Four years ago, as the nation of Iraq continued to be destroyed, without provocation, by the invading American military, Obama promised that “the first thing” he would do as President would be to end that war. Apparently in ignorant acceptance of that promise, one of the first things he did was to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Three years later, Obama was attempting to extend America’s military presence in Iraq, and the Iraqi government refused to renew the Status of Forces Agreement. In other words, the war came to a superficial and temporary end, exactly contrary to the Presidents intention to continue breaking his promise.
Obama has taken his predecessor’s power grabs and built on them. In utter disregard for the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, the so-called Patriot Act allows federal government agents to spy on and arrest citizens without a warrant (or with a self-written warrant). When Bush signed the Act, Obama claimed to oppose it, but he has renewed it throughout his presidency as well. Even worse is the National Defense Authorization Act, under which U.S. citizens can be detained indefinitely without recourse to habeas corpus. Obama claimed he would not exercise that particular power, but when it was challenged in court, his Administration sued to maintain that specific portion of the so-called law.
Barack Obama has attacked men, women, and children around the world, in undeclared wars and “strategic” drone strikes. He sent men and women of the U.S. military to invade Libya, again without provocation. Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, was killed in a drone strike. Needless to say, he was never read his Miranda rights. The Administration claimed that they knew of ties that he had to terrorist organization, but refused to reveal any incriminating information whatsoever. The people were simply expected to take Obama at his word, that the American citizen he had assassinated was indeed some sort of terror threat.
But even that doesn’t suffice to explain the death of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, Anwar’s son, who was born in the U.S., and was a teenager when he was killed, along with his cousin, in a separate drone strike. Obama’s Administration never even claimed that this boy had engaged in any illegal or questionable activity; they justified this outright murder by claiming Abdulrahman was guilty by association with Anwar, by virtue of being his son.
Obama is well-known for his corporatist health care program, which is a massive law requiring Americans to purchase health insurance. Many citizens are justly outraged at this invasion of their private lives.
He has continued, just like every single President in my lifetime, to authorize federal funding of Planned Parenthood, that infamous corporation devoted to the mass murder of unborn children.
These are all manifest evils. A man who has this kind of record should not be looking forward to the possibility of re-election; such a man should fear prosecution for war crimes. He should be considering exile in the hope of escaping the shame of his many atrocities. He should be facing impeachment for his routine violations of his oath before God to obey and uphold the Constitution of the U.S.
Most importantly, a man who has this kind of record should never, under any circumstances whatsoever, have reason to expect followers of the Lord Jesus Christ to vote for him. Christians ought to recognize that endorsement of these wicked acts and policies is out of the question. What possible biblical justification can there be for any of them?
Being rid of this evil tyrant should be a high priority indeed, not just for our personal lives, but in the interest of peace for the Church and in the interest of justice. As Ambassadors of the Kingdom of Christ, we must promote what is right and oppose what is wrong in every sphere.
And so, it would seem, the people need some alternative to Barack Obama. If Christians can’t vote for him, then perhaps they should vote for someone else. And who is the alternative? Who is the only candidate besides Obama that has any possibility whatsoever of winning this election? Willard Romney.
[For the present discussion, I will set aside the question of third-party and write-in candidates. If Christians were to take seriously the point I am making about the Democratic and Republican candidates, they would already be taking a monumental step in the right direction.]
What kind of alternative is Romney? Obama has promoted and participated in bailouts; inflation; mandatory health insurance; federal funding for abortion providers; indefinite detention of citizens without habeas corpus; the murder of citizens without trial or charges; drone strikes that kill men, women and children; illegal undeclared wars, invasions and occupations around the world. Romney agrees with each and every one of these, without exception.
All the wickedness I mentioned, that disqualifies Obama to receive endorsement and votes from Christians, equally disqualifies Romney. Indeed, there is much more that the two agree on, that Christians should find repugnant, including their mutual support of the Social Security scam, countless federal departments that strip away citizens’ spheres of responsibility before God, the TSA’s disgusting and perverted treatment of human beings at airports, and on and on goes the list.
So let me be clear: it is absolutely unconscionable and unchristian to vote for Barack Obama, and it is entirely equally unconscionable and unchristian to vote for “Mitt” Romney.