Voting “none of the above” is a sin

So says Janet Parshall, host of Janet Parshall’s America on the Salem Radio Network.

Interviewed by Christian broadcaster John Ankerberg this weekend, Parshall referred to WorldNetDaily publisher Joseph Farah’s new book None Of The Above and claimed that not voting, or voting for a candidate other than one of the two major party nominees, was a sin.

What?

Now, I listened back to the audio of the program to be sure that Farah didn’t quote Parshall out of context. He didn’t. In fact, Parshall flat out said that Christians who don’t vote for one of the two major party candidates — and we all know which candidate she really means — is taking “the antithetical position to what we know to be biblical truth.”

That’s a nice way of saying “sin”. Some old timers might even call it heresy.

Parshall asserts that we Christians are commanded to “occupy and influence” until Jesus returns. She’s wrong because she’s only half right.

Yes, we are to be salt and light to the world, but through changing hearts, not through the political process. Jesus repeated again and again that His kingdom was not of the world. Yet for nearly the entire history of the church, there have been those who take the word of God as justification for seeking political power.

Parshall’s assertion that Christians are called to “occupy and influence” the world is a paraphrase of Genesis 1:28, a verse commonly cited by Dominionists to justify the acquisition and use of political power to advance God’s agenda. It appeals to evangelicals because the causes resonate with us. How can it be wrong to oppose abortion?

It’s not the end I oppose, it’s the means. Treat the ills of our culture by preaching from the pulpit. Pastor, give up your 501(c)3 status, render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and then preach whatever God calls you to preach without fear of government intervention! But the messages must all come down to this: The cure is Christ and Him crucified — not the right mix of Supreme Court justices.

Please, brothers and sisters in Christ, step back and take a lesson from the abuses of the medieval Roman Catholic Church on the dangers of acquiring political power in Christ’s name. Among Americans, Christians should be the most eager to preserve a wall of separation between church and state, not because of the dangerous influence of religion on politics, but because of the corrosive effect politics has on Christian doctrine.

When an opposing political opinion is sin (or heresy), it’s not long before a contrary theological belief is also treason.

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