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The “lesser of two evils” is a phrase that has been thrown around recently. a lot.

Like, it’s getting annoying. People are either spouting off about how we have to choose an evil or about how they think we have to vote for someone that “appeases our conscience before God”- meaning that “that someone” cannot be one of the two choices laid before us- their thinking seeming to be that there is a choice that is not evil.

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but what if I looked at it differently?

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what if I saw humanity for the sinful souls we are?

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What if I realized that ANY choice would be a “lesser” of other evils? That the only possibility of maybe a “good” choice would be a Christian, since he would at least have Jesus Christ in him, even if he chose to ignore His leading. Since God gives us free will. Obviously, we can, and often do, choose sin over obedience. We all make choices and decisions that are not “right.”

But I don’t think we can simply look in the Bible for a clear-cut “do or do not vote for this or that person” answer to this dilemma. There seem to be many of those dilemmas in life. Dilemmas that God only gives principles to live by and then allows us access to His throne to beg for wisdom.

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And we do find principles of obedience and submission and seeking God’s wisdom from His Word. We are commanded to live under the rule of our government. And our government is set up in such a way that I can make a difference, when I stand with enough others who have a similar voice. There is a command to be in submission to my authority, so long as I am not in disobedience my God, e.i. I can make efforts to fellowship and study with other believers even if my government were to forbid any type of “church” outside of some established religion; but I also have to be willing to accept the earthly consequences of such actions, meaning I may go to prison or worse. In all situations, I must seek God’s wisdom for myself. I can ask that He impart it to you also, but I cannot hear what He tells you. I can only know what He tells me.

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And I sit here and wonder… and think…

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Would God truly be pleased only by my picking and voting for some person who seems to line up with every single doctrine of Christianity, even though there is not even a fraction of the exposure necessary for that person to win? and I’m not against rooting for the underdog!— but ENSURING that a man most vile, a man that makes decisions that are completely anti-American (forget thinking about God in that equation), completely disregarding the real and true welfare and protection of our nation–my country!, will indeed continue to be the President of this country..? I’m not sure my conscience before God could handle that.

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OR is it just possible that it could be pleasing to God for a man to come to office with whom I do differ doctrinally but is completely pro-American? Now, don’t crucify me for appearing to put being an American above being a Christian. Because being a Christian is paramount to all other identities I could possess. But I am not a Christian because I am an American.They are not interchangeable labels. They are two separate, though often intertwined, identities.  And while being a Christian should effect every decision I make, it does not mean I can, should, or will project those beliefs into being a prerequisite for leading my country.

Because, while this country’s founding was on Biblical principles- to the point that we were once hailed as a “Christian nation,” America is not “God’s country.” Israel is.

And America is pretty much no longer “a Christian nation” either, though I know many Christians.

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If I am going to take the stance that my President must adhere to all the same doctrine that I do, I must also demand he show proof through all his life that he is, indeed, a Christian. And most people I know who have a problem with Romney… it’s not because he’s not a Christian but because he has one or two political stances that go against what we believe from Scripture… and that seems a little “double-standard”-ish to me. (He doesn’t have to  be saved, but He has to believe everything from the Bible the way I do??)

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And… while there are examples of obedience to God bringing blessing on a nation, there is no promise given that if a people only have God-fearing leaders will He bless. We have had many leaders whose religious doctrine has left me wondering about their salvation, but God has still blessed America. And He will bless us if we stand by Israel…God’s promise to Abraham… which appears as though that will no longer happen if our current President is re-elected.

And He will bless us if we, as individual Christians, fear and obey Him, and that does often look different on different people.

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About that “lesser evil” argument… and how some people think choosing someone we may think has a little “evil” in him:

Israel decided they wanted a king… in the OT. Even knowing the outcome, God allowed a human king to be anointed. Israel continued to prosper. They were not punished for having a king. They did have consequences for their attitude… of wanting to be like other nations. But God allowed a certain man to be their king. One MIGHT even say that God chose a “lesser of two evils”… comparing Saul to someone the masses of Israel may have picked had they not asked God to give them a king.

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Instead of allowing the kingdom to continue through the line of Saul-as traditional kingdoms happen, God chose David. Even knowing that his reign would be bloody. Even knowing …well, just how sinful he would be. God chose Him… a lesser evil to Saul’s descendant? Who is to say it wasn’t?

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God then by-passed the next traditional king, choosing Solomon over all his older brothers. Even knowing that he would be led astray by earthly lusts, God chose him over the evilness of David’s other sons.

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After this, God allowed the evilness to follow tradition and sons followed fathers in kingship and the kingdom was split and eventually… their country was captive to other, bigger nations.

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This captivity was not because the leaders were corrupt-though most of them were. It was because the hearts of the people were turned away from God. There were not many “Daniels”… not many who wanted to DO right-with the right attitude. God moves the hearts of kings wither soever He will. But He calls individuals to stand and change and witness and show His love. He calls US… of the “grassroots” of America to BE CHRIST-LIKE. The reason we even HAVE this dilemma is because WE of the “grassroots” have stopped actually BEING Christian.

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So, let us take action. We must grimace and bear the responsibility and consequences of past elections/past generations making decisions that led us further from our heritage, and we must change our coarseeven if it just a degree. We need to BEGIN the process of turning America back to God by giving the office of the President to a man less likely to take away more of our freedoms to serve God. And maybe, just maybe, in another 4 years we can see an actual Godly man raised up to be counted-an even “lesser” evil… either that or may the Lord come before another 4 years passes!

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By the way, yes, I plan to vote for “that mormon”… and I would urge you to do the same.

the brunette

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