No moral obligation to vote

Christian editorial writer Rod Dreher of the Dallas Morning News picks up a meme I touched on recently: In the absence of a candidate to vote for, there is no moral obligation to vote at all:

After eight years of GOP misrule from the White House, Republicans don’t deserve to win again — especially if it’s hard to see how a President McCain would differ meaningfully from the man he seeks to replace. But given the active role Democrats have played in the rolling financial catastrophe, from Clinton-era Wall Street deregulation to water carrying for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, they don’t deserve voters’ trust either.

There are prominent Christians, notably broadcaster Janet Parshall, who argue that anything other than a vote for the Republican candidate is, in her words, “antithetical” to “biblical truth”.

Hogwash. God himself warned us about human government over three thousand years ago.

“These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men and your donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.” (I Samuel 8:11-18, ESV)

Ah, the good old days, when the government only wanted a tenth.

I’m tired of being told that I have a Christian obligation to vote against the Democrat running for president because of abortion and homosexual marriage. While I may still vote for John McCain, it’s only because I’m disturbed by Barack Obama’s long relationships with people who clearly hate the United States.

Sadly, the Republican Party at the national level seems no less committed to socialism than Obama and his inner circle. If a fellow Christian, such as Rod Dreher, finds it impossible to vote Republican next month, I will not be critical. Voting for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil.

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