Political Activism and The Lesser of Two Evils Choice

 

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The Lesser of Two Evils Choice

People have often justified their choices and actions by saying that they decided to do “the lesser of two evils.”  This has often been the passing comment of those who face an election and don’t like any of the choices offered.  Particularly in this time of decision, professing Christians are in a quandary and don’t like the available options in either the Republican or the Democratic parties.

The professing Christian “evangelicals,” as they are often called by the media, are convinced that they don’t want to see Barack Obama elected president.  Whether there is any substance to the allegation or not, they are apprehensive about this Democratic contender and wonder if he is a closet Muslim, one whose commitment to Christianity is not real.  Even if he is not really Islamic oriented, we know that he has been part of the United Church of Christ, an extremely liberal Protestant denomination, one that is far from evangelical theology.  In addition, this man is extremely liberal on many political and moral issues.  He is in favor of killing babies (nearly unrestricted abortion), of sodomite (homosexual) unions, and other elements of the liberal agenda.  His voting record reveals his extremely liberal agenda, one that conservative professing Christians view with alarm.  They conclude that it would be disastrous for such a man to lead the nation.

We assume that Joe Biden, his running mate, is likewise liberal in his perspective.  Although he is a Roman Catholic, a religion that officially condemns homosexuality and the killing of unborn infants, apparently Biden is willing to violate the doctrines of his own church.  His liberal stance is clear from his congressional record.  If Obama should die in office, perhaps through assassination, this man would be the next president of the United States. 

As the Evangelicals look to the Republican Party, they are not very happy with the presidential picks.  The presidential contender, John McCain, is not an Evangelical favorite.  Raised as an Episcopalian (one of the most liberal mainline denominations of America), McCain presently is a member of a Southern Baptist church in Phoenix.  He is not as liberal in his moral stance as Obama, but he still leaves much to be desired according to Evangelical thinking.

Sarah Palin, however, seems to be a favorite of the Evangelicals, for she seems to be one of their own fold.  Raised as a member of the Assembly of God, she is a member of the Church on the Rock in Wasilla, Alaska.  This is a church that promotes the false teacher, Joyce Meyer, and dominionists, YWAM.  It has had Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life programs in the past.  When she is in Juneau, Palin goes to Juneau Christian Center, an Assemblies of God Church.   Its pastor, Mike Rose, has ties with Rodney Howard Browne, who promotes dominionism through Toronto, Brownsville and Lakeland (endtimesprophetic
words.wordpress.com). 

Probably many Evangelicals were stunned by the announcement that her daughter is pregnant out of wedlock, but it seems that most Evangelicals are prepared to accept this and cite this as an example of human weakness and Christian forgiveness.  Professing “pro-life” Christians were also impressed with the fact that Palin chose to accept her retarded newborn rather than kill him before birth, as many Americans would have done.

We found it interesting that Palin did receive widespread recommendation by some of the leaders in the Evangelical movement.  Notice a few quotations from the PCRA Weblog (blog.placer-cra.org/past/tags/CRA):

·         Dr. James Dobson: “McCain’s Choice of Palin ‘Outstanding.’”

·         Gary Bauer: The choice of Palin is “Historic and Energizing.” “I believe we now have the most pro-life ticket in history running on the most pro-life platform in history.”

·         Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention:  “Governor Palin is a vice-presidential selection which shows that John McCain at the age of 72 today is still able to think outside the box. Governor Palin will delight the Republican base.”

·         Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest: “With this bold and inspired selection, Sen. McCain has verified his stated commitment to assembling a truly pro-life administration. The Republican ticket stands in stark contrast to the stridently pro-abortion ticket put forth by the Democratic Party. You can be sure the vice presidential selections will have far-reaching ramifications in this race.”

·         Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America: “Governor Palin will change the dynamics of the entire presidential race. Her admirable record of confronting corruption and living her pro-life convictions shows she is a doer, not just a talker. Sarah Palin will make history as a vice presidential candidate – and not simply because she’s a woman, but because she’s a woman of substance and character.”

·         Mat Staver, pro-life attorney and founder of Liberty Council – “Absolutely brilliant choice. John McCain could not have chosen a better vice-presidential nominee that Gov. Palin. She is attractive, articulate, conservative, pro-family, pro-life, and pro-marriage. John McCain hit this one out of the ballpark. She is very pro-life. She has a Down Syndrome child. She’s committed to pro-life. She understands the commitment to the sanctity of human life.”

·         Jill Stanek, the nurse who exposed live birth abortions: “Governor Sarah Palin is a welcome addition to the McCain Republican ticket. I could not be more pleased that he has chosen a pro-life woman as his running mate. McCain/Palin offers a complete contrast to the Obama/Biden ticket and provides a solid background on all family issues. With Governor Sarah Palin on the Republican ticket, it looks like Obama’s abortion problem just got a whole lot bigger.”

·         U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, a pro-lifer from South Carolina: “Sarah Palin is an exciting choice by Senator McCain. She completes a strong ticket that will bring a real record of change and reform to Washington. She is a strong defender of traditional family values, with an unquestioned commitment to protect life.”

·         Christian Coalition of America president Roberta Combs: “Governor Sarah Palin is a bold choice for Vice President who is a courageous advocate for unborn children. I congratulate Senator McCain for his outstanding selection for his vice presidential running mate.”

·         Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council: “Senator McCain made an outstanding pick from the choices that were on the table. Sarah Palin clearly addresses the issues so many conservatives are concerned about. It balances out the ticket. She’s also really a checkmate for the Democratic Party because folks who were looking to make history for Barack Obama can make history by voting for John McCain in seeing the first woman elected to the vice-presidency. It was a very strategic move by John McCain.”

Evangelicals may not like John McCain, but they definitely are favorable to Sarah Palin, the vice-presidential contender.  If McCain should die in office, Palin would lead the nation and perhaps lead it in a more conservative way.

One of the surprising but inconsistent points about Evangelicals and this election would be the view of female submission. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, stated that a woman must be submissive in the marriage relationship (cf. Ephesians 2:22-24; 1 Peter 3:1-2), and also in the church context (1 Timothy 2:11-15; 3:1-2), but she is free to exercise the supreme authority in the land as a President or Vice-President!  Oh, consistency! 

We do think that some Evangelicals are a bit nervous about the fact that the norm for a woman is in the home (cf. 1 Timothy 5:14; Titus 2:4-5), whereas Palin would be required to spend vast amounts of time away from home, and even in world travel.  No doubt some Evangelicals were also dismayed when they read that Sarah Palin’s wardrobe for the campaign cost $150,000 (“Shopping Spree for Aalin Cost RNC $150,000, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Oct. 23, 2008). 

Another point to consider is the matter of creation.  We know that the Bible clearly teaches that God is Creator and that He created heaven and earth—the entire universe—by His power and wisdom, through Jesus Christ His Son.  This is a foundational truth throughout God’s inspired Word (see Genesis 1:1-2, 26-27; John 1:1-4; Acts 17:24-31; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-3).

If creation is true and evolutionary theories are false (in fact, if they are a lie of Satan, the enemy of our soul), then we must ask what the presidential contenders believe about creation vs. evolution.  Obama clearly believes in evolution rather than fiat creation.  While in York County, Obama stated, “I believe in evolution, and I believe there’s a difference between science and faith.”  While no specific statement of Biden is available, Democrat James Carville made this statement on CNN: “Every Democratic candidate believes in evolution.”  John McCain also believes in evolution, though he would add that God was involved in the process.  Apparently Sarah Palin alone is a creationist, according to what we discover.  If all of this is true, Evangelicals find themselves choosing between two evolutionists for the United States presidency!

The point here is that professing Christians are in a dilemma regarding the election.  They surely do not want to see Obama and Biden elected, but neither are they happy with McCain, and maybe a few have reservations about Palin.  We think that many of the votes for McCain will come from those who simply refuse to accept the idea of Obama being president, with his liberal agenda and moral compromises.  Thus, they are willing to vote for the opposition.  This is not a good situation to experience!

While Obama has the decided lead at this point, we don’t know for sure who will have the White House as his next home.  Only God infallibly knows.  The true Christian, however, knows that whoever God chooses to install into this highest office of the nation, will be one whom God can work through in His providence and power. 

The pagan King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and heard this grand statement: “This sentence is by the decree of the angelic watchers and the decision is a command of the holy ones, in order that the living may know that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind, and bestows it on whom He wishes and sets over it the lowliest of men” (Daniel 4:17; see also vv. 25, 32, 34-35; 5:18, 21).  This will be true whatever the result of this political election.  God, the Most High, will be the ruler over the realm of mankind and He will work through any unbeliever who fills the highest office of America.  This should give us some comfort in the midst of political agendas and rancorous battles.

Richard Hollerman

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