Should Christians Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils?

By Doug Newman
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“Pretend with me that you’re an old German on your deathbed today. Would you rather tell your grandchildren, ‘I voted for the Nazis because they seemed better than the Communists and no other party could win’? Wouldn’t you rather be able to rise up and say, ‘I publicly denounced the Nazis and the Communists? We were a minority – 1 or 2 percent – but we stood up for the truth and we were right! We proved not all Germans were mindless torchbearers for tyranny! We were ridiculed, we were beaten and jailed, but we saved this nation’s soul. Now children, go and live your lives in a way to make me proud’?” — Vin Suprynowicz

“When Christians entangle themselves with the kingdoms of the world,
they become worldly in the very worst way.” — Pastor Gregory Boyd

In every election, Christians are told that they have a duty to vote for the lesser of two “electable” evils.

There is nothing Christian about this.

Christians are not to choose between evils:

  • “Abhor that which is evil” – Romans 12:9
  • “Abstain from all appearance of evil” – I Thessalonians 5:22
  • “Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity” – Psalm 141:4
  • “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil” – Proverbs 8:13
  • “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” – Ephesians 5:11

But what if the only electable parties are evil? Christians are not to do things just because the majority of the secular world does them.

  • “Be not conformed to this world” – Romans 12:2
  • “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil” – Exodus 23:2
  • “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” – Revelation 18:4

A few historical thoughts:

  • In Germany, in 1933, the two most “electable” parties were the Nazis and the Communists. For which of these did German Christians have a “civic duty” to vote?
  • In its first few centuries, Christianity was an outlaw religion and Christians were ruthlessly persecuted. Did they take sides in Rome’s politics? Did they get their undies in a bunch over every last secular political squabble? Did they hire attorneys from the Roman Center for Law and Justice every time some petty functionary said they couldn’t pray? No! They forged ahead and lived out their faith, very often in defiance of Roman law. And by relentlessly exhibiting the “fruit of the Spirit” – Galatians 5:22-23 – they spread the Gospel far and wide and Rome eventually fell.
  • While not all of the Founders were Christians, many were. Instead of taking sides in British politics, they appealed again and again for King George III to cease and desist from evil.  And when they had finally had enough, they said, far more eloquently than I ever will, “We don’t think so.” They then separated from Britain.

Jesus said that we shall know people “by their fruits“. To vote for Romney-Ryan as the “lesser of two evils” is to put your stamp of approval on, among other things:

  • Health care mandates
  • Oppressive taxation
  • Endless increases in spending
  • Unfathomable amounts of debt
  • Corporate bailouts
  • Stimulus packages
  • No end to any of the federal agencies that so many Christians insist that they hate
  • The Federal Reserve Bank
  • Gun control
  • The world’s highest incarceration rate
  • Locking people in rape cages for years for healing themselves with a plant that God gave us in Genesis 1:11
  • Warrantless searches and spying
  • Sexual assault as a condition of travel
  • Rampant police brutality
  • Indefinite detention without due process
  • “Homeland Security”
  • Membership in the United Nations
  • Biometric national ID cards
  • Surveillance drones in the skies recording our every move
  • Predator drone strikes all over the Muslim world
  • Torture
  • Trade sanctions and embargoes and the death and starvation they bring
  • Unprovoked, undeclared, unconstitutional war and the murder of innocents (1)
  • No end to the abortion holocaust

Have you ever noticed that the most bloodthirsty warmongers in America are often the same people that absolutely INSIST that they are “pro-life”? Is it any wonder that God has allowed an Obama presidency? See Daniel 2:21.

Is this what Christians should promote? Is there anything here whatsoever that is Christlike? Does any of this reflect the fruit of the Holy Spirit? Shall we trade our birthright for a mess of political pottage? What shall it profit us if we gain the White House and lose our souls?

As Christians, our call is to serve from the bottom up rather than rule from the top down. We need to remember that our citizenship is in heaven and that our King rules over a kingdom that is “not of this world.” More than anything else, we need to look long and hard in the mirror, examine our own sins and hit our knees in repentance.

We need to fear God’s Judgment far more than we fear a second term of Obama.

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(1) In the Great Commission, Jesus tells His followers to take the Gospel to “all nations”, including those your government doesn’t like. He never says, “wave the flag and rejoice as your military bombs the smack out of ______ and kills thousands of innocents.”
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37 Responses to Should Christians Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils?

  1. Manuel Miles says:

    Outstanding article, Doug! God bless you!

  2. Dorly Wick says:

    Keep up the good work Doug!

  3. cavalier973 says:

    Most excellently argued.

  4. Mary Ann Barnson says:

    Thank you Doug for backing up your argument with Biblical references. This went out to my e-mail list. So very, very disappointed in the treatment of Dr. Paul and his liberty delegates at the RNC yesterday (8/28/12). In Christ, Mary Ann Barnson

  5. Peter says:

    For some decades I have not had the stomach to vote for an electable presidential candidate to the White House. In fulfilling my civic duty as I perceived it, I have voted habitually (if for a presidential candidate, at all) in hopefully prophetic manner for the principled candidate who was unpopular–or simply unknown (or substantively ignored).

    Yet questions arise. At what point does my conscience in voting move from “nay” to “yea” since all candidates are evil to one degree or another?

    And at what point or in what manner does a “nay” for even the lesser of two evils (for all are evil) become (1) complicity of the voter in the evil of the candidate and (2) a default vote for the greater of two evils?

    Further, hindsight at presidential practice is clearer than foresight required in voting (at least for a non-incumbent candidate). Can we in fairness judge the German voter in 1933 with the weight of evidence garnered from Hitler’s actions from 1933 to 1945?

    Probably not. But neither can we entirely excuse those who voted for American presidential candidates of recent tenures. The American voters love darkness rather than light because OUR deeds are evil.

    May the Lord deliver us from “We the voters” of these united states of America. God has given is Caesars in His anger, and He may remove them in His wrath.

    • Great thoughts Peter. Every paragraph would be worth a blog piece.

      Concerning Hitler in 1933, I see what you are saying. However, the American people in 2012 have FAAAAAAARRRRRRRRR more information available to them than the Germans in 1933. Yet they fail to learn from history.

      And yes, we are all evil and we all fall short. However, we do have the opportunity from time to time to support candidates who, while imperfect, would move us in the direction of individual freedom and a more Godly government.

      I hope this helps.

      • Peter says:

        As one who has voted for presidential candidates, albeit losing ones, I have found in the losing candidates for whom I voted, rightly or wrongly, something worthy of my vote. And in my experience I have supported candidates for other offices. What I lack is a rigorous and thorough canon for determining why “yea” versus “nay,” not that I am without certain guidelines for determination either.

      • Chris says:

        The only way to have “a more Godly government” is to get rid of this “We The People” as god one and have His Government. His Kingdom/”… Will On Earth As It Is In Heaven”.

        The Scriptures mandate that those in governing and justice administering type positions be not only of high integrity and character, but members of the Body of Christ, i.e., the Civil Body Politic or ecclesia. True Christians.

        Moreover, they are not to be there to “legislate” and make laws. That prerogative belongs to The Great I Am, who became flesh and dwelt among us; to Him alone. Re: His Law: “You shall not add nor subtract therefrom”.

        Voting for someone, indeed anyone, good or bad, to a legislature or “President”, etc., to make laws, makes the “voter” a participant in a crime (or sin, which is defined as transgression of His Law. See the epistles of John) against God Himself.

        Scripture also mandates those men of the Church (or Civil Body Politic) be appointed, not voted in. Note: Men, i.e., male and not effeminate ones.

        Part of the duty of The Body of Christ, i.e. The Assembly, is: Assemble to discuss and act upon the matters of state. Howbeit, not by encouraging its members to be “voting” for evil A or evil B, or to be “voting” at all in such evil systems as we have today. His Law is perfect. You shall not add nor subtract therefrom.” The Church is also charged with the duty of trying matters At Law. 1 Corinthians 6: 1 – 5.

        The Scriptures have very little to do with “religion”, but have everything to do with his perfect moral Law, that we are not to add or subtract from, just enforced under the New Covenant. Wow, Heaven on earth – what a concept.

  6. Darcy says:

    While I am not a Christian, I appreciate the ethical importance of Christianity in American life. When I was young and was a Christian, I learned that Christianity is pro-Republican, and only pro-Republican. Democrats don’t respect Jesus and God’s laws, and only Republicans are representing God’s interests. What a sad joke. Christianity could be representing a much better image, if only they understood that people like Erik Prince provide the primary financial support for, ‘The Family Research Council’, and that the war machine has been pumping propaganda through pulpits for decades. Christians have, by letting themselves be led around the nose by the promise of appointing right-leaning Supreme Court Justices (and from recent decisions, they have appointed corporate leaning justices), to abolish abortion. Certainly, Romney could care less.

    The current devotion to the Republican Party is based, not on reality, but a confused nostalgia for the Reagan era, when values weren’t so superficially thrown about as they are today. There are people who believe that if this country is to keep it’s title as a Christian Nation, it should outlaw homosexuality, outlaw Islam, stifle other faiths, and bomb other countries. This nation is not God’s nation. No nation could be God’s nation, if the Torah is true, but one, and that nation doesn’t need us to defend it. To truly be God’s nation, Christians cannot, as you so brilliantly pointed out, entangle itself in the political swamp of the Republican Party, or the Democratic Party. It should vote instead to support the limiting of government power, which is how God must have intended, because didn’t He warn Israel not to choose a king? Every four years, they clamor behind another false prophet and think they are doing a godly deed.

    I am not a Christian, and I don’t recognize the power of any party over me, or pledge loyalty to any party. How strange then, that people who profess loyalty to Christ could go around saying they must choose the lesser of two evils.

    Thank you for this article.

    • knight4444 says:

      @Darcey BRAVO!!! you summed that up so well. The republican party has been flat out suckering low intelligent (POLITICALLY) low intelligent SPIRITUALLY) christians since the republicans launched the southern strategy! it’s tragic how many christians or so called christians refuse to study the political history of both parties. Republicans made unholy alliances with southern churches and southern preachers started showering their flock with republican propaganda and because churches don’t pay federal taxes those southern churches made millions and basically became banks! Super churches became big business corporations! Pat robertson even ran for president! As a christian myself I personally don’t care for either candidate so I’m picking the lesser of two evils.

    • Chris says:

      Perhaps if the “Church(s)” that you and many others have been a part of or observed (growing up or otherwise) had been Truly Christian, you and they might be followers of Christ today.

      One of the many problems with “Churches” today is (and has been for a long time): Most “Churches” are incorporated,which means they went to another god to be “created” via “articles of incorporation” and are forbidden to do what the Body of Christ (ecclesia) was intended to do, i.e., Assemble, discuss and decide upon the matters of state; and promote The Kingdom of Christ (Note: That’s one of the reasons why women are not permitted to speak while “Church” is in session. 1 Corinthians 14: 34 & 35 — Now, I know that probably doesn’t sit well with you and many others, but don’t get mad at me; get mad at the Apostle Paul and the One who inspired him to write it).

      It’s The Kingdom OF Heaven — NOT IN. “Heaven” is already straightened out. Here on earth is where the trouble is; most of it in this so called “Christian” nation.

      If the “Churches” of today so much as attempt to act like the Body of Christ, they’ll be chastised by their god (the state) and loose their tax exempt status under 501 c 3. The vast majority of “churches” today are not what they profess to be, i.e., a “Church” or The Body of Christ.

      Here’s a truth that most who claim to be “Christian” have great difficulty recognizing, let alone accepting: The vast majority of the so called “Christian Churches” are not there to get you into The Kingdom of Christ. They’re there to keep you out.

      Commenter Ted Weiland’s website has proven to be very informative in these matters. One of the books available there is “Christian Duty Under Corrupt Government”. Recommended.

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  8. ,The last 224 years of constitutional elections has only resulted in this nation becoming more ungodly, less Christian, and more enslaved, regardless who’s elected. After every election, Americans eventually have cause for regret (Proverbs 29:2). And yet, every four years, they march right back to the voting booths with eternal hope (or is it merely short-sightedness?) and do it all over again. It’s time we figure out that elections are nothing but a political shell game by which we are always provided the establishment’s choice. Christians need to reconsider trying to salvage our nation via non-Biblical means. America cannot elect her way out of her problems; she must repent her way out.

    The Constitutional Republic’s surrogate election process is essentially no different from what occurred in Numbers 14 after the Israelites refused to go in and take possession of the land of Canaan. Verse 4 informs us that they clamored for a leader of their own choosing. Nehemiah 9:17 aptly depicts their substitute plan: “[The Israelites] refused to obey … but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage….” History has demonstrated that the Constitutional Republic’s election process has produced spiritual, political, and economic bondage for Americans. Simply put, with man’s elections we lose, and with Yahweh’s elections we win.

    As subjects of the King of kings, our duty is not to elect a candidate from a political party. Our duty is to establish Yahweh’s judicial system and appoint men who fear Him and who will enforce His law rather than constitutional law. For the sake of a future generation of our progeny, we need to first recognize the futility of trying to save an ungodly system by ungodly means and look to and start working toward a time when our posterity will do it right(eous) this time. We cannot save future generations by trying to somehow salvage this generation by not only ungodly but what has proven to be futile means.

    For more, see Chapter 5 “Article 2: Executive Usurpation” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at http://www.missiontoisrael.org/biblelaw-constitutionalism-pt5.php. Also don’t miss our Constitution Survey in the right-hand column by which you will receive a free copy of the 85-page “Primer” of the book mentioned above.

  9. Nita Trublood says:

    BOTH parties are controlled by the Illuminati(LUCIFERIAN). Neither are Christian so why vote at all? Do you want yourself AND your seed to be a slave to Pharoah? Read your bible and you will find that we are NOT to yoke ourselves in ANY way to UNBELIEVERS!

  10. Ethan says:

    Thanks for the article.

    I can’t help but think of Deut. 28 with the national blessings or curses for the people who listen carefully to the voice of Yahweh to keep His commandments, statutes and judgments, or fail to do so. Great freedom and prosperity came to the early colonists who loved God (Pilgrims, Puritans, Quakers, etc.) because they adhered to a moral code and law that was directly from Holy Scripture. As time went on, this wonderfully liberating common law was replaced; culminating in the erection of an idol called the U.S. Constitution in 1789. Moral, fiscal, social, legal, environmental, foreign relational, medical, governmental, civil and criminal debasement has increased ever since – no matter who’s elected.

  11. John says:

    I will admit that, not so long ago, I was the epitome of flag-waving war-mongers and thought that such was God-glorifiying. But God, in His mercy, led me to a place where I was, thanks to my talks with another Christian man, brought to see the sin and error of my ways.
    My conviction now is simple: God, in all He commandsmust be obeyed on ALL ISSUES. War, peace, criminal sanctions, economic life–all these and everything else are subject to His Law.
    We must, accordingly, look to his Law and His alone as our absolute, unchanging (i.e. Malachi 3:6: “For I am the LORD, I change not”) standard of justice and right conduct. To be His people, we must remember what Scripture says: “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (1John 1:53).
    All have erred and fallen short of this(I know I have, grievously at times), but we must repent and follow Jesus with all our hearts, obeying His commandments, for how can we call Him SAvior, Lord, and King, while doing any less?

    • “Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.” (1 Timothy 5:22)

      “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your [personal, State, Senate, White, or] house [of Representatives], neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” (2 John 1:7-11)

      For more, see Chapter 5 “Article 2: Executive Usurpation” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution” at http://www.missiontoisrael.org/biblelaw-constitutionalism-pt5.php. Scroll down to the heading “Elections.”

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  13. knight4444 says:

    Anybody who calls themselves a christian can’t vote for rommey! but most white republicans will simply ignore his phony cult religion and his disguising racist attitude

  14. Robert Freeman Ownby says:

    First Samuel chapter 8 says it all. When Israel demanded a king (president, commander in chief, human sovereign) the Almighty Himself said that it was a REJECTION OF HIM and also, that it was A WICKED THING the people had done in making a request so they could be like the NATIONS around them. cf: First Sam. 10;19, 12:17; Hosea 13:11. First Sam. chapter 8 also describes what the people would have to suffer and endure because of their choice. If it’s the believers DUTY to vote as some claim, i’m wondering if they think also that God is two faced and gone soft on wickedness and has changed his mind.

  15. More Options says:

    It is time to omit the Electoral College from our voting process. The ye’ ol’ days of where not every man out in the fields and not in the major cities of the 13 original states are way gone. Popular vote of “one person, one vote” needs to be implemented. The evil argument of “If you remove the EC, you remove democracy.” is a lie. If the EC were to be removed, I truly feel Independents would have a snow ball’s chance, and that is exactly what the big bad government does not want. I truly feel this process would eliminate the “lesser of two evils” issue. Anyone agree or disagree?

    • Actually, 3rd parties came and went all the time in the first 100 years. Consider the Whigs: they elected 3 presidents in their 30-year life span.

      The EC serves as a break on democracy. Democracy is mob rule and leaves no place for individual rights. America is not a democracy, but a republic. Hence we have the EC, along with federalism, 3 branches of government, the Bill of Rights, habeas corpus, no bills of attainder or ex post facto laws.

      So yes: I favor keeping the electoral college as a very valuable brake on democracy.

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  18. Michael says:

    Excellent Doug! This is the type of article I’ve been looking for! I couldn’t accurately put into words my stance but you gave me a great illustration. I’ve been facing constant opposition from my views and I thank God that I could now give a name to them.

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