Aug. 19, 2016

Lessor of Two Evils

Posting this article from Francis Frangipane's email, interesting read.

July 1, 2016

If you are like me, it's been hard to get excited about the upcoming elections here in the USA. However, the following is from a good friend, Pst Brad Sherman. Brad presents some considerations that I thought were worth sharing. - Francis


Voting for the Lesser of Two Evils
by Pastor Brad Sherman
(En Español)

"...the time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics… Christians have been exceedingly guilty in this matter. But the time has come when they must act differently…" Charles Finney

Finney says to vote for those who are "honest." Some may argue that we don't have that choice. Well there is probably a little larceny operating in all of us, we just give it a nice name like "spin" or something else. But when I look at the two choices that we have been given, honesty is one of the clearest differences. The dishonesty in one choice, which is obvious to all but those who refuse to see it,is operating behind a facade of secrecy, lies and deleted files. The other is brutally honest, says it like it is and what you see is what you get. He is so honest that it is tough to swallow at times - or refreshing - depending upon how you look at it. What you see is what you get.

Maybe you have heard people use the cliche': "Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil." Then they proceed to explain why they plan to vote for a candidate who they know has no chance of winning - or they plan not to vote at all. I have dear friends who take this position. But doesn't this cliche' imply that somewhere there is a candidate who has NO evil? The truth is, the perfect candidate does not exist. In reality, no matter who we vote for, we are voting for some amount of evil. So the above cliche' is really just a clever trick designed to neutralize voters who have high moral standards.

The part of Finney's statement that we should focus on is "...take consistent ground in politics..." The stakes couldn't be higher in this election, particularly when it comes to who appoints the next Supreme Court Justices. If we get this wrong, our nation may be finished or we may be headed for upheaval like we have never seen!

As Finney said, we must "take consistent ground in politics." Christians have been exceedingly guilty in failing to consistently take ground in politics and the time has come to act differently. This implies taking ground incrementally, which is how the Lord told Israel they would possess the land.

"And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee." (Deuteronomy 7:22 KJV)

We must not allow idealism to steal our vote. We must participate and vote for the candidate who best represents our values and claim what ground we can while simultaneously working to increase our numbers. God is not against taking what ground we can now and waiting to take more later. Like it or not, our system has given us two choices. I hope those who think that both are too evil to vote for will reconsider.

- Pastor Brad Sherman

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