Blackboard with the words "Thou Shalt Vote"Arguing with Christians who intend to vote for Mitt Romney on purely practical grounds is fruitless. I will lose the battle before it has even begun. I’ve tried. Believe me, I’ve tried. When I point out how Governor Romney has pledged to actively defend the right to kill 25,000 innocent yet-to-be-born Americans per year, they will simply say that Obama is much worse.

So, I would try this argument.

Suppose one candidate promised he would kill 2,000 American Christians a month, and the other said he would kill 10% less (only 1,800 a month). Would the Christian voter vote for the candidate who would kill the smaller number? No, he would vote for NEITHER!

Would it matter if the differences were much greater than 10%? No, he would vote for NEITHER. (In fact, it wouldn’t matter if his preferred candidate promised to only kill 1 Christian a month)

Would it matter if the victims were Muslims instead of Christians? No, a Christian would vote for NEITHER.

The principle is quite simple: Don’t vote for any candidate who would promote the killing of one innocent person. But do you see why this argument is a loser? It is because the voter I address has already abandoned principle. He or she wants us to look at the bigger picture. What are 25,000 lives when the economy is at stake?

As I see it, there are two other major problems with the pragmatic argument. First, it isn’t practical. It assumes that a single vote counts. It doesn’t, really. Practically speaking, Barack Obama beat McCain by 8.5 million votes. Millions of Obama voters did not count.  They were redundant. Those voters could have stayed home and the outcome would not have changed one iota. On the other hand, nobody’s vote for McCain counted (as a practical matter) – they all could have stayed home and it would not have mattered.

The pragmatic voter probably does not want to hear any of this practical stuff. Because, even though he is pragmatic, he does have one principle that guides him every election: Thou Shalt Vote. Here is where principle finally kicks in.

How is that one can believe God requires him to vote, but at the same time think the Lord has not given a single principle in which to determine how to cast that vote? This voter might be respond: “The presidential candidate doesn’t have to be a Christian; he doesn’t have to be perfect on life issues.  But I have to vote for somebody, don’t I?”

No you don’t.

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  1. This seems a little early in the election cycle for us to start getting the ” I’m a life long Republican / Christian / etc but this election I’m NOT voting for…..”   stories.   

    I just went to Mitt Romney’s website and actually read his positon on abortion.  He is clearly pro life.    He’s committed his administration to being pro life.    

    It might seem comforting to have a single rule for voting but life is often not simple.   Jesus cautioned us to be wise as serpents but innocent as doves.   We need to exercise our minds when we decide who to vote for.   Each election is unique. 

    As my pastor said,  as long as the election is between two human beings we are voting for the worst of two evils.    The question for us is are we willing to do everthing in our power to end abortion on demand?   The Christians in MA have to face that decision in MA.    Both candidates are pro-abortion,  but one will vote to confirm judges who will overturn Roe v Wade,  and will oppose Obamacare (with it’s funding of abortion.)   It is not an endorsement of abortion to vote and lay the ground work for its eventual defeat. 

    1. I just went to Mitt Romney’s website and actually read his position on abortion.

      Why should anyone believe a thing that Mitt Romney says? 

      He’s committed his administration to being pro life.

      Funny how Romney’s track record as governor of MA doesn’t seem to back that up.     

      I don’t really trust any politicians, but of all the Republicans out there, I would say that Romney is among the least trustworthy (to put it mildly).

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