Steve Deace provides six reasons why “lesser of two evils” voting is wrong for Christians, and then explains why he cannot vote for Mitt Romney. In part:
I have thought and prayed about this a lot, including today with the revelation Obama actually belonged to what amounts to a socialist party as recently as 1997. Nevertheless, I have documented Romney’s anti-marriage, anti-life, and anti-liberty record, as well as the fact he is a serial liar and flip-flopper. For the past five years I have been one of the select people with a platform actually willing to educate my fellow patriots on Romney’s actual record (http://stevedeace.com/news/iowa-politics/the-case-against-mitt-romney/). How can I now, as a Christian with such a public platform, then turn right around and tell people I am willing to vote for someone who has stood (who knows where he stands now?) against everything I claim I am for? Especially since Romney is not only unrepentant but continues to lie and distort his own record? Forgiveness isn’t unconditional. It begins with repentance.
My own credibility is at stake here. I constantly criticze situational ethics and subjective moral standards. Does Romney now become better because of how bad Obama is? If one of my children lies repeatedly to their mother, do I not hold them accountable because another sibling stabbed her with a butcher knife? What kind of an example is that? If I endorse Romney, do I go on MSNBC and say as a Christian on national television my liar is better than your liar?
I say that knowing what’s at stake in this election, but I wonder if we truly know what’s at stake. The future of the country is at stake, but that future is not up to Romney or Obama. It is up to us. Romney and Obama are a symptom of our problems, and perhaps symbolize them. It is the subjective morality, situational ethics, and lack of integrity in our society that gives us leaders like these two deeply flawed men, and until that changes I fear little else will regardless of who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
God has granted me a large platform, and by His grace it is getting and will get larger. I have a responsibility to steward that platform. I believe to steward that platform I must guard my integrity zealously, especially given how much temptation I am subjected to each day to just give a little here and there. Giving a little here and there is exactly how our leaders who have fallen started their fall. I grow tired of us being disappointed in our leaders’ unwillingness to take a stand and stick to it, rather than conforming to the culture. I want my children to know that daddy’s yes is his yes and his no is his no, and that their daddy is willing to accept the consequences for those decisions every bit as much as he’s willing to reap the rewards. . . .
We will never rebuild America’s moral foundation if we don’t first rebuild trust with our fellow Americans.