I posted my views on Romney during the primary hoping that he would not be the nominee. Well, I didn’t get my way. So after pitching a temper tantrum, constantly thinking about how little the Republican National Committee understands evangelicals, shooting a few guns while clinging to my Bible, and praying about what God would have me do. I have a few further thoughts that occurred to me along the journey to making a difficult decision.
My motive all along has simply been to please God. I’m not looking for pastor in chief nor have I ever. I fear God more than man and want to do right before Him regardless of what others think about my actions.
First, I cannot vote for Barack Obama. He favors big government, has a socialist agenda, compromises freedom of religion, doesn’t support the second amendment, treats the deficit like a lottery jackpot, and won’t defend the most innocent of all—the unborn.
So I had two options. I could write in a name like Gov. Mike Huckabee, or I could vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket.
I wanted to write in Huckabee for the following reasons:
- I live in the great state of Texas and Barack Obama will never win in Texas so doing so would not be a vote for Obama.
- Perhaps it would demonstrate to the Republican National Convention that the evangelical vote is not automatically in their pocket every election.
- It would demonstrate that I care more about eternity than I do about my personal situation. I am confident Obama will destroy our economy with debt and socialism. Romney would do better fixing the economy but would legitimize the Mormon belief system which harms eternal destinies.
- It would position me to defend the faith against Mormonism should Romney be elected without having to answer why I voted for a Mormon and now wish to criticize his religion.
I felt the need to vote for Romney for the following reasons:
- We can’t take four more years of Obama and a growing national deficit.
- Romney will do better on the economy than Obama. I mean this is a given right? All he has to do is not go 6 trillion further in debt. Anyone who has ever balanced a checkbook should be able to do that.
- Romney does hold similar views to mine on defending the unborn and other social issues, which will matter in the appointment of Supreme Court Justices.
- The legitimizing of Mormonism has already occurred to some degree with the debates and the candidacy for the office of president.
God never left my platform so I often prayed about whether to write in a name or vote for Romney.
At the end of the day, the questions that affected me most are ones I asked to a men’s conference a couple of weeks ago. What if every Christian acted just like you? What if every church member acted just like you? What if every citizen acted just like you?
With those questions convicting the speaker as much or more than the listeners, I struggled even more with which decision would be best.
My place of work serves as an early voting location. So for me decision time came today. I voted for Mitt Romney, but I still don’t feel good about it.
To put it in biblical terms, I came to the conviction that writing in a name comes close to committing the sin of doing nothing. You know like Barak in Judges 4 almost did when he lost the glory of conquering Sisera. Like some of the tribes, especially Meroz, did in Judges 5 when they failed to participate in the battle against the Canaanites. I know that America is not Israel and that my citizenship as a Christian lies ultimately in heaven, but a minister of the Gospel should set an example and if every citizen acted just like me…well, you get the point. I do, however, understand the struggle for Christians trying to determine whether they should vote for a Mormon. I’ve been there.
After casting my vote and being a good citizen of this world, I will now turn my energies to defending the faith against the cult of Mormonism and fighting for the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that I may be a good citizen of the next world.