In light of recent events, I’ve decided to stray from my usual mode of operation and discuss politics. My positions are not a mystery to those of you who know me personally, but my goal in this post is to challenge us to think about what we want, rather than what we don’t want, in a leader or government.
After last night’s primary results in Indiana, the debate between voting for the “lesser of two evils,” voting third party/write-in, or not voting at all has commenced.
In previous elections, I have voted for what I would consider the “lesser of two evils” in good conscience. I felt that it was tyranny vs. someone who at least claimed they were for liberty. As time has passed, I realize that our party system really looks more like this:
The majority of Americans have been a Republican or Democrat for so long that they are more concerned with beating the other guy than they are concerned about who their candidate is. I think in the early stages of the primary, folks were wide-eyed and hopeful as they got behind Paul or Carson, but now it’s back to “anyone but Hillary!” Really? Anyone?
Many of you don’t want Trump. Many of you don’t want Clinton. Most don’t want either. So what do you want? Consider your ideal situation. “Well that will never happen,” you say. You’re right–as long as we continue to vote for the lesser of two evils and not vote on principle, it absolutely will never happen.
But just imagine if we rallied together to vote on principle.
I realize that the ideal situation looks different for each person, but that’s why liberty is so important. It benefits everyone. As Christians, we desire a government where God is honored and acknowledged as Creator, but the Bible tells us that the gate is small and the road is narrow. We live in a sinful, fallen world where Satan is the prince. So, second to that–I desire a government that is small and uninvolved in my life and yours; where my rights end where yours begin and vice versa. As a Christian, I want all to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, but the spreading of the gospel is first the job of Christians, not the government.
Consider NC HB2–this bill is designed to offer freedom to businesses that do not wish to have gender neutral restrooms. That’s it. It was not created to discriminate against anyone. If you wish to have gender neutral restrooms, you still can (i.e. Target). Charlotte’s city ordinance that required all businesses to have gender neutral restrooms is anti-liberty. It is forcing businesses to do a thing, no matter what they believe. This is dangerous territory.
The government’s job is to protect life, liberty, and property. Our government takes life, squelches liberty, and steals property (see what happens if you don’t pay your property taxes).
In my eyes, both Clinton and Trump will further tyranny in our country. They are no different. Be willing to walk away from your party for the sake of your
own liberty. No. For the liberty of your children and grandchildren.
Voting third party is not a radical move for me–I did this in the last presidential election (gasp!). I was living in a red state at the time and knew that my third party vote would not affect the overall results. So, I voted third party, but it was a “safe” move as a conservative (at the time). I’ve since moved to a swing state and some would say voting third party would be a vote for the other guy (or gal in this case). Maybe it’s not about winning (or losing).
Consider these thoughts:
“As Christians, we are not responsible for the reality of our two-party system or for the way others exercise their citizenship, but we will give an account for how we delegate our authority. Our primary concern is not the election night victory party, but the Judgment Seat of Christ.” Russell Moore
“I think there is a very basic voting principle that is as American as the Constitution itself (not that Trump or his fans care much for that old thing), and it’s that we must never actively affirm tyranny. It’s one thing to compromise on a policy here or there, but if a tyrant is seeking the Oval Office, no matter who he is running against, you cannot support him. You cannot support tyranny. Ever. Under any circumstance. Indeed, Americans have died for the sake of this principle. The least we can do is trouble ourselves to vote third party.” Matt Walsh
“Unity can be good or bad depending on the thing we are uniting around. I do not believe we should unite around tyranny based solely on the logic that perhaps this tyrant will be less tyrannical than another. That is the kind of unity that requires us to sacrifice our principles beforehand. And that’s the kind of unity I can’t abide. I’ll take division instead.” Matt Walsh
For those of you who are considering not voting at all–this would’ve bothered me in the past. Not so much anymore. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I don’t know how much our votes really count, at least not at the presidential level. However, if you are a Christian and are choosing not to vote because your “citizenship is in Heaven,” I would challenge you to consider that the prodigal son didn’t return home to his father because of a great spiritual revelation, but rather because he was hungry. The temporal realm matters.
So, what do you really want? Vote for that.
Note: In reality, we live in a country where wealth and power rule. Even if we elected the “perfect” candidate, many other factors would have to change for the overall landscape to look any different. I would encourage you to read Know Stealing by M. Shane Coley if you are interested in having a deeper understanding of what is wrong with our government at its core and who we should really be fighting.