Monday, November 5, 2012

Why I'm not voting for Romney

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.-- Ephesians 6:12

I don't usually do political posts on my blog. In today's climate it can be very divisive. And honestly, I enjoy it way too much and it would be too easy to let it take over.

I've paid attention to politics since I was five and asked my dad in October, 1988, if he was voting for Bush or Dukakis. I've been a National Review reader for years, enjoy the occasional diatribe from Rush and don't mind listening to Huckabee on the radio or TV.

Back in March I was all excited about the presidential race and totally on board with Rick Perry for President. I was less than enthusiastic about Romney last time, and less so this time. I did all the reading and looking at his record and listening to what he had to say, and thought I could vote for him. I was very pleased when he named Paul Ryan as his VP. If Ryan was atop this ticket, I'd be pushing the Republican button tomorrow morning.

For the record, I did not vote for McCain in 2008. I couldn't. His stance on the issues that mattered to me was the polar opposite of what I could vote for. The McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill was the last straw.

I went through most of the summer half-convinced I could vote for Romney, because this is most likely the most important election of my life. Then my pastor began to talk about the duty of a Christian voter on Wednesday nights and began to share the signs he sees in our culture. I have a great deal of respect for my pastor. He's been at our church for 37 years, was born right after World War Two and has seen many circumstances and presidents come and go. He has a doctorate in evangelizing Muslims, and a great deal of wisdom to share.

I then listened to my dad's input on these Wednesday night lessons. I also have a great deal of respect for my father, and he is my spiritual head. I choose to live at home under his protection, even though I'm almost 30. One thing he kept saying has stuck with me.

As a Christian, when I vote, I am giving the person I vote for authority to act on my behalf. I've always known this, but never has it been more important, to me, that this be the determining factor in who I vote for. I know without doubt I can't do that for Obama. Everything the man stands for repulses me. It came down to can I do this with Mitt Romney?

I've heard and seen all the arguments that exist. My decision has nothing to do with his record, his platform, his stance on issues, his tax plan, the Ryan budget, whether or not he'll repeal Obamacare. The only thing that matters is this: Can I stand before God and take responsibility for the actions of a man who denies Christ?

I ask the question this way because the truth of the matter is Mitt Romney denies Christ. Mormonism denies the divinity of Christ. They believe God the Father came to earth as fully human, had sex with Mary and conceived Jesus. They believe Jesus was just a man, one of God the Father's many spirit children, and that we as human beings are equal to Jesus. And one day we'll be gods of our own worlds. It's a radically polytheistic religion.

It's been interesting to me to watch some of the most respected Christians in this country go to great lengths to justify voting for a man, who at his core, denies the one thing that makes me a Christian. I cannot stand before God and say I take responsibility for the actions of a man who denies Christ, who I authorize with my vote to act on my behalf. That's what it all comes down to for me.

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.-- Colossians 1:16

God ordains our rulers and sets them in place. Whether we like it or not, He ordained Obama to be our president right now. He may very well have ordained that Obama win reelection. If that happens, my task is to do what I believe God is telling me to do.

Mitt Romney cannot save this country. I happen to think we're screwed no matter what happens tomorrow. We're the Titanic, and we've already hit the iceberg. The nation God ordained in 1776 ceased to exist a long time ago. One man isn't going to change it. The only hope we have is revival. Which is more likely to happen under Obama than Romney. It's when things get really bad for the church that God makes His biggest moves.

But above all, this is a spiritual battle. The battle we're embroiled in is not one we will win in the ballot box, or by changing the man in the White House. It's one we can win only on our knees, as we cry out to God to save us. Our hope is not to be placed in men, specifically the man in the White House. Our hope is to be placed in God and God alone.

Paul wrote this to the Corinthians, but it's just as applicable to us as it was to them. Especially the last verse.

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.-- 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Our faith must not rest in the wisdom of men. I see far too many people putting their faith in the wisdom of men right now. Our faith rests in the power of God. Whatever happens tomorrow is what He has ordained to happen. My job, as a child of the King, is to make sure nothing comes between me and Him.