Who would Jesus vote for? I suspect he would shrug and say, “I’m not really political.”
I believe part of the hesitation from some to embrace Mr. Romney is the issue of religion. It is as if some feel that voting for a Mormon might be contrary to their personal faith. I think there may also be a tiny bit of concern that our country will be “less blessed” if we have a Mormon president.
Let’s put our cards on the table and talk.
If America has a special blessing on it, I think it would be hard to argue that it is in any way tied to who sits in the Oval Office. I believe whatever blessing we have is tied to the enduring faith of the people. Biblically, God’s interactions with Israel had more to do with the hearts of the people than the actions of any one leader.
Did Catholic John F. Kennedy’s presidency destroy our Christian heritage? Did Richard Nixon’s Quaker roots affect whatever blessing was over this country? Did Jimmy Carter’s open declaration of his Southern Baptist beliefs make us more blessed than we had been under Episcopalian Ford?
To me, the election business fits into the “render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s” category. Faith is faith, government is government. If I see a candidate whose political viewpoints seem to be shaped based on a similar outlook as mine, all the better; but if I’m voting for someone for public office, I’m more interested in their philosophy of the role of government than what they believe in their personal practice of faith.
If you follow the game of voting based completely on the candidate’s faith to its logical conclusion, you will never vote unless you are the candidate. It is hypocritical to pretend otherwise.
Seriously, you can’t even agree with the person who sat in the chair next to you at church for the last twenty years. How will you ever find out enough about a candidate to feel comfortable that they believe what you do?
The office of the president has a direct bearing on foreign policy, on the budgetary direction of the country, on the selection of members for the Supreme Court, and on a few other things. Which candidate do you think best represents your views on those issues?
If you are voting for a religious leader, vote based on your faith. The office of the president of the United States is a secular position. Let your vote be informed by your faith, to be sure; but don’t sit things out this time because of your faith.