In less than three weeks all of the ballots will be cast in this years Presidential election. This years election will be one of the hardest fought elections in a very long time. Both parties held primaries that lasted for months, and both parties have nominated candidates that neither party really seem to like very much. As a result, pandering is at an all-time high, especially to the middle-class. Another group that is being pandered to is Christians…somewhat.
Christians in the United states are in a very difficult position. On the one hand there is one candidate (McCain) with very questionable ‘pro-life’ and ‘pro-family’ credentials. On the other hand there is a candidate (Obama) who opposes the right of abortion survivors to medical care, and subsequently, the right of that baby to life. Both candidates seem to endorse a more ‘socialistic’ view than has ever been articulated by a major party candidate in the past. A win for one candidate will result in a historic moment in American history, with the first man of color as President. A win for the other candidate will also be historic, with the first woman as Vice-President.
Add to this uncertainty the so-called ‘third-party’ candidates…I think there are three, the best of which is probably Chuck Baldwin. Baldwin is a Christian, a Baptist Pastor, and is very ‘pro-life’ and ‘pro-family’ and decidedly not a socialist. However, for the Christian there is also a problem with his candidacy…the fact remains that he is a Pastor. I’m not sure how God-glorifying a vote for a current Pastor of a Church would be. This gave some Christians pause about Huckabee in the primaries, not that he was a current Pastor, but that he had given up Pastoring in order to pursue a career in politics. Here we have a current Pastor who it seems would be willing to give up his office as Pastor in order to become President. The value system seems a little warped to me in this one respect. To be clear, I am not ruling Baldwin out, I am just presenting the dilemma as it has come to me. In fact, I think he would probably make a much better President than anyone else running. But he has been called by God to a higher office than that of President. He has been called to the Gospel ministry. I don’t want to stand in the way of that.
So there are the options. Sort of ‘pro-life’, ‘pro-abortion’, and Pastor. What is a Christian to do with his vote? Y’all discuss this for a while. Meanwhile, I’ve got some more stuff to consider that I’ll tell you about later…like Scripture.