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A post for the anonymous religious fellow as a response to his this-is-not-about-politics political message in my mailbox today.
I received in the mail today a word from the Lord on the only issue Christians are to use in determining who to vote for this year. Anonymous said,
"Why argue over taxes and immigration and the like while we stand aside and watch as Satan and his army storm by as we do nothing to stop him, but welcome him in. [sic] Where will you stand? Shall we vote for sin? This really becomes the question."
The issue, you ask, that is the same as Satan’s armies marching in?
"One of the things we must understand is that, taxes, Social Security, healthcare, green energy, immigrations, etc. are not moral issues. [sic] …But abortion, homosexuality, and same sex marriage are moral issues and absolutely sin."
And as a result of this logic Anonymous says,
"How could any Christian vote for those who support such?"
Anonymous’ not-so-veiled attempt to tell me who to and not to vote for seems to have a reductionistic and highly selective reading of Scripture.
A quick comparison:
"Generations ago would never have stood by and watched the abominations we are witnessing."
Which generations are you referring to, exactly?
I am disappointed that a follower of Jesus could write this and that a church that carries the same name as my own tradition would willingly print this in its weekly mailing.
The article ended with (emphasis original): “Make your vote count for righteousness.”
On that point we agree. I just hope he can come to understand that righteousness according to Scripture is bigger than a few handpicked verses about one issue, and that there are many great Christians who will vote in different ways because they are doing just what he says… just in a more theologically robust way.
Some may ask why bother posting a response to Anonymous since he represents a simplistic view. I respond partially because I fear this way of thinking is not as uncommon as I would like for it to be. See Billy Graham’s recent full-page ad in the WSJ. More so, though, I respond as an effort to remind myself and others that the moral of voice of Scripture rests primarily on the side of the marginalized, oppressed, the poor, the alien, and widow, and the orphan. No single issue, even one of biblical import, should be allowed to turn the weighty matters of justice (Mt 23:23) into “matters of opinion.” Whether I am voting, speaking, spending, or acting it needs to, as Anonymous reminds me, “count for righteousness.”