25th September 2012 by Bill Davis
I have repeatedly heard the question: “Can a Christian vote for a Mormon for President?” As a Christian, we should realize and look at the world as sinful, fallen and even evil. We are in a secular world and sin is everywhere. There are no perfect choices in a fallen world.

Romans 3:23 New International Version (NIV); “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

One candidate, neither Republican or Democrat, is perfect while the other totally incapable. They both exhibit traits of imperfection and good leadership. Political campaigning seems to bring out the worst in others. It seems in every speech, every article, every ad, and every debate; the candidates break at least half of the Ten Commandments. When you lie you “steal” the truth. As we read in Exodus 20:

“You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make any graven images. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness. You shall not covet.”

The demand for a perfect candidate is impractical at best. Voters will need to distinguish between their vote for the politician and their disagreement with that politician’s  religious beliefs. I have heard Barack Obama described as a politically and theologically liberal Christian and far left leaning. While Mitt Romney has been described as pro-life, pro-free market, pro-business, pro-defense, and an “America first” candidate. Romney may not meet the description of an orthodox Christian; but can a follower of Jesus Christ vote for him in good conscience? Absolutely! To believe otherwise would be to admit a form of perfectionism that would make it nearly impossible to vote for any candidate in any election. The demand for a perfect candidate would cause Christians to stay away from all types of political arenas and would eliminate an important voice in our government. As Christians, we must be well aware of the forces within our fallen world and we must make the most righteous choices possible. Remember, Jesus told us that He wanted us to be “in” the world, just not “of” the world. Stand by your Christian beliefs and look at which candidate you feel holds the closest values in the teachings of Scripture.

It is important that we do not feel doomed if a particular candidate is elected. Our Nation is certainly at a crossroad in its history. That is not due as much to the particular politician in office as it is to God being forced “out of office”. We have stood by and watched as our Christian heritage was removed on a daily basis. But remember well who is ultimately in charge.

Romans 13:1-3 The Message (MSG); “Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.”
Bill Davis     <“)))><

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