~ 5 February 2008 ~

The lesser of two evils?

“I’m just gonna vote for the lesser of two evils.”

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard that phrase from evangelical Christians in recent weeks. Usually this has been in the context of Mitt Romney and John McCain. There’s a great problem in the statement, and it has little to do with McCain or Romney. Compare this ethic of adopting the “lesser of two evils” with the ethic presented us by the Apostle Paul:

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. [Romans 12:9, ESV]

Abstain from every form of evil. [1 Thessalonians 5:22, ESV]

Christians are not called to do evil, but good. How then does this work out in such seemingly impossible situations as the voting booth? The simple answer is to do good by your vote. If at any point a Christian determines he is doing evil, he should refrain.

In the midst of difficult dilemmas, there may indeed be a “good” choice after all. It would be, for example, a good action to use deadly violence against a terrorist who is about to shoot up a shopping mall. The same thinking can be applied to Just War Theory, choosing from a cholesterol-laden menu, and yes, even the voting booth.

So, if you’re voting, don’t do evil.

If you’ve already voted, don’t vote again.

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  1. Charles Halton » 6 February 2008:

    “don’t do evil”–Sounds like Google’s motto. 😉

  2. Ron H » 6 February 2008:

    “If you’ve already voted, don’t vote again.”

    You mean don’t vote again until Novemeber, right?

    You are not saying what Dr. Dobson is: If these [McCain and Clinton/Obama] are the nominees in November, I simply will not cast a ballot for president for the first time in my life.

  3. Jared Bridges » 6 February 2008:

    Charles: Yeah, I’ve probably got a few copyright infringement notices coming my way…

    Ron: Yes, contra Dobson (and the “vote early and often” crowd), I’m saying don’t vote again until November.

  4. Tim L » 6 February 2008:

    Well, with that logic, every time we vote we are doing evil. Any candidate or president has either lied, exaggerated the truth, made an un-Christ like decision or action, etc. etc. etc.

    And then if you vote and think that you are actually doing a Christian duty, well that is the most evil of all. Vote, it’s important! But don’t think one vote is more Christian than another.

  5. Mike Johnson » 20 February 2008:

    Wow. Well if that isn’t the most jumping wierd use of scripture.

  6. Your son's mother-in-law » 5 March 2008:


  7. Defender » 11 March 2008:

    To Mike Johnson,
    Where pray tell, do you get your beliefs from?

    Just curious.

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