A few weeks ago, I walked into the foyer of our church on a Sunday morning and two women informed me that a rumor had apparently spread around our town that I was supporting Barack Obama for president. This rumor was started after a statement I made in the sermon the week prior. I had stated that when we approach the polls on election day that we are voting for a president rather than a pastor. I also said that I am happy to have an open discussion about Mormonism through this election season. So, through those two statements, a rumor was circulating through a couple of churches in our town about my personal political position.
Let me state openly how I feel about preaching before I speak openly about my political positions. As a Christian and a pastor, I believe that the pulpit should be focused on the exaltation of King Jesus rather than the exaltation of some politician. It angers me to see many pulpits muzzled during an election season and turned into a political stump rather than a heralding station for the gospel. I do firmly believe in “separation of church and state,” but I believe history proves that the separation principle was designed to keep the state out of the church rather than the church out of the state. The Bible clearly speaks to political issues and it’s not sinful to speak boldly from the inspired Word of God on issues such as abortion, homosexuality, the sovereignty of God in raising up leaders, and other relevant issues. There is a danger in trying to be relevant as a pastor. When preachers go down that road they often have a message that’s pregnant with politics, current events, opinions, and self-help formulas rather than the gospel. As heralds of the truth, we must preach Christ!
As this political season is unfolding in the news media, many Christians have asked serious moral and ethical questions about how they could support a Mormon as President of the United States of America. I believe these questions are healthy and we must all look to the Word of God for answers. As we consider the ethical issues connected with making our political choice, it’s often not explicitly clear in the Bible. Therefore, we must pray and seek much Godly wisdom as we approach this election. As I have listened to the candidates, reviewed their policies and their track record – I have no problem as a Christian pastor voting for Mitt Romney, an open Mormon, rather than President Obama who is a professing Christian.
Although I did not vote for President Obama in 2008 based on biblical convictions, I did leap for joy when the glass ceiling of racial barriers was shattered as he became president. Leading up to the 2008 election, Obama was plagued with the Jeremiah Wright baggage and the rumors that he was a closet Muslim. President Obama insisted that he was a Christian, but kept his distance from Wright following the viral video of his pastor screaming for God to damn America. While I am not one to buy into conspiracy theories and Internet spam stories (they go straight to my trash folder), I do openly question President Obama’s Christianity due to the following reasons:
- President Obama has become the first US president in history to run his campaign for re-election on the promise to protect and support the rights of homosexuals. This is a position that he openly changed as the 2012 election season was being organized. While I don’t believe that homosexuals should be persecuted in America, I do believe they are living as rebels in the eyes of God. Their lifestyle is defiant, openly rebellious, and anti-God. For any Christian to support their lifestyle and run aid for their agenda is questionable to say the least.
- President Obama is openly supportive of the woman’s right to kill her unborn child in abortion. Despite our modern scientific advancements and technology, the scientific community refuses to declare a baby in the womb as a true living human being. The liberal scientific community has the support of President Obama as he continues to further the agenda that murders approximately 3,315 babies each day in America. That means that each day more babies are murdered in America than the total deaths of the September 11th attacks on our nation in 2001. Current abortion statistics:
Current Abortion Rate = 1.21 Million Babies Killed Each Year (In America)
3,315 Babies Each Day
138.12 Babies Each Hour
The Word of God is clear, we are known by our fruit. Luke 6:44-45 says, “For each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.  The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” When I examine President Obama and his leadership decisions, I do not sense the fruit of the Spirit in his life from the way he leads our nation. So, based on that personal conviction and assessment, I believe we have a presidential election with two non-Christian men who are seeking my vote for office.
Who is the Best Leader?
After assessing the situation and coming to the conclusion that neither men are true Christians, the decision comes down to the big issues that are at the center of all elections as I examine the political choices. What man will lead our nation in such a way as to better protect the values and principles that I support as a Christian, as a pastor, and as the leader of my family? Below are questions that I have asked myself personally as I approach the 2012 election:
- Who is the closest to the biblical position on abortion?
- Who is the closest to the biblical position on the family (traditional marriage vs. homosexuality)?
- Who will better protect religious freedom in America (freedom of the press and pulpit)?
- Who will be a better military leader for America (Israel and foreign affairs)?
- Who will be a better business leader for our nation?
- Who has the best position on health care?
On each one of these major issues, I believe that Mitt Romney will be a better leader for America. Although Mitt Romney does not worship the same God that I serve and worship, his decisions and positions on these six major issues are much more healthy and closer aligned to the biblical position and my personal convictions than President Obama – who claims to be a Christian.
I want to make myself abundantly clear. I am not committed to being a Republican in my politics. I am not concerned about the skin color of politicans running for office. I do care about the religious affiliation and positions of any candidate asking for my vote, but in this situation I am forced to choose between two men that I believe are both outside of the true Christian faith. I am forced to evaluate their leadership, track record, business abilities, military commitment, and other key issues related to the highest office in the world – the President of the United States. After scrutinizing the politics and promises of these two politicans, and hearing these men speak about how they want to lead America over the next four years – I have decided to vote for Mitt Romney. He is the better man for the job.
As I vote for Mitt Romney for president, I am choosing a leader for our nation rather than a pastor for my family. Furthermore, as I vote for Mitt Romney for president I am placing my confidence in him as a political leader, but my trust and hope is not in princes or kings – but the sovereign Lord who spoke our universe into existence from nothing (Psalm 146:3-5). He alone is our hope! He rules the world – not our president (Romans 13:1-7).
Proverbs 21:1 – The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.
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