Is it okay or not for a Christian to vote for a non-Christian?
On Wednesday, January 25th I was interviewed by hosts Matt Buff and Jim Fletcher of the Rapture Ready Radio show, broadcast over BlogTalkRadio. During the second hour of their two hour live show we talked about the growing interest in Bible prophecy, the importance of teaching the Creation, Lamb & Lion Ministries’ new ministry initiatives in reaching people for Christ, the top five questions every Christian should know, the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and how Christians should respond to non-Christian candidates when it comes time to vote. Matt Buff also simultaneously chatted online with people listening to the show, taking questions from the audience.
Christian Response to Voting
Nathan Jones: Just interesting to me was how the latest Republican South Carolina primary brought up an ominous point. Beforehand, 143 well known evangelical leaders got together and endorsed Rick Santorum based on the faith of this candidate. You would think that in South Carolina where 75% of the people say they are born-again evangelical Christians that they’d vote for him, but they didn’t.
Such an absence of voting for what is perceived the most “Christian” candidate left kind of gives you this idea that maybe the voice of Christianity and Christian leadership in America like the Religious Right which was strongest back in the 1980’s is no longer here today. In truth, we just don’t listen to our Christian leaders like we used to because we don’t have faith in them anymore. We were burned too many times, I guess.
The Christian voice just doesn’t sway the political vote anymore in the United States. I’m not saying that Christians need to be all involved in politics or anything, but we still need to make a stand for what’s right, because if we can’t sway the political vote then we can’t have a voice and as a result we’re going to see all the laws that protect religious freedom and protect Christianity all fall away. We’ll end up seeing the same persecution that we are seeing elsewhere in the world, until we end up a nation like China where you have to register your church and if you say anything against the government they’ll arrest or kill you. This very situation is certainly going that way, and Bible prophecy tells us that’s what it will be like during the coming Tribulation.
Matt Buff: We’ve talked on our show quite extensively about the Presidential candidates and their faith in particular, and we’ve concluded that we’re looking at it as a situation where we’re not putting in a spiritual leader, as those days are gone. What we’re supporting first and foremost is trying to get Barack Obama out of office, and so we have preferences for which candidate best might accomplish this, because we would like to see things turn around in this country at least economically for the time being.
You guys at Lamb & Lion gave Mitt Romney a pretty hard time, but I’ll be honest with you, I would still take him over Barack Obama any day of the week.
Nathan Jones: Yes, we’ve had a lot of people write in concerning our “Christ in Prophecy” episode about Romney’s Mormon faith.
Of course, we don’t endorse any particular candidate. Both Dr. Reagan and myself have said, okay, we’ve got a humanist with Islamic sympathies who wants to social engineer the country, or we’ve got a Mormon who is faithful to family with conservative values and has a real love for defending Israel. Hmm, deciding on which candidate is kind of a no brainer.
I’ll vote for the guy who stands for most of what the country needs. It doesn’t mean I like all that they believe and I certainly don’t support their faith. I don’t think we’re going to get a candidate who truly loves the Lord in the evangelical Christian definition, but we must remember that the Presidency is a secular position and not a religious position.
We also must remember that God ordains secular people to do His will, just as he does Christian people. So, the Lord could use Mitt Romney. Who knows, it might be say Romney who wins the Presidency, and his Mormon faith might be the first to quickly add the post-Rapture United States in joining the one world religion that would dominate the first 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation. No matter what happens, though, it’s all going to be part of God’s plan.
Matt Buff: It is all part of God’s plan. That’s an excellent point.
We look on sites where Christians are just so unsure about Mitt Romney, but it seems like everybody is asking the same thing, “Do I want Romney or the Muslim sympathizer?” Mormons, after all aren’t running around the world blowing people up right now.
Jim Fletcher: Absolutely, that’s the issue. What a great way to define the current President — a humanist with Muslim sympathies. I think there’s a sinister element to Obama that will grow exponentially if he gets a second term.
Bible believing Christians do have to make a decision in this election. Are they going to sit on the sidelines and be lukewarm about involvement in the voting process, like they were with John McCain? Or, are we going to try to make Obama a one-term President. I think that’s what’s really mission critical right now.
Nathan Jones: Christians have got to look at the bigger picture. I have people writing in declaring, “I refuse to vote because the candidates aren’t evangelical Christians who believes this, this and this.” I have to remind them that this world we live in is a secular world with secular powers, and we’ve got to do the best we can to be light and salt in the world. Sometimes that means voting for someone who isn’t a Christian but will make the world the best place it can be until the Lord’s return.
So, I encourage every Christian out there to vote. Get out there and make a difference with your vote. Wow! Think of it, we live in a country where you actually get a vote. That matters. That means something. We should use the freedom that the Lord has given us.