In addition to what is below, this issue also touches on that of free will. For me this post was opportune. The approaches to voting and this election cycle has made me realize that my students (and, therefore, most of America) do not actually believe in free will, or at the very least they have a rather stunted view of it. Many of the students take great issue with the idea of not voting. They see it as compulsory and that if we think there are two evils we must choose whichever we think the lesser. They do not understand that our options for how we participate in any given event cannot be not dictated by others. That others set the terms is an illusion. I am a free being and there is never a situation in which my only two options are evils.
Russell Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and author of Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel. Here are excerpts from a must-read opinion column that he wrote for Christianity Today, “Should Christians Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils?“
What happens in a race where Christians are faced with two morally problematic choices? Should voters cast a ballot for the lesser of two evils? This unpredictable election cycle could go in any number of directions, and I keep getting asked this question.
For starters, unless Jesus of Nazareth is on the ballot, any election forces us to choose the lesser of evils. Across every party and platform, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Still, the question is a valid one. Believing in human depravity doesn’t negate our sense of responsibility…
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