The 2012 Presidential Election: An Illusion of Choice

I must confess up-front that I have been very frustrated by the presidential race this year–especially by Christians. It seems as though political expediency is all that really matters; our political decisions are being dictated by fear of the ‘other guy’ instead of voting for the best candidate. We aren’t voting for who we want; we are just voting against who we don’t want. But then again, it seems as though we are all too often known by what we’re against instead of what we are for, doesn’t it? But, even if we really rally around Mitt, will it truly make a difference? I’m not so sure…

In fact, 7-Eleven may have inadvertently created the most profound and truthful parable for this election that I ever seen. On September 28th, they gave away free coffee in the morning; all you had to do was decide which cup you favored–the Red cup or the Blue cup–and they would scan that cup’s bar code. Then, presumably, they would tally the votes and be able to forecast the election results, right?

Here’s the thing though: no matter which cup you chose, you still wound up with the same mediocre coffee. The only difference between the two was what they looked like on the outside; inside they were identical. That’s what this election is all about. Obama vs. Romney is not a choice between two candidates chosen by the people. Obama vs. Romney is a choice between two puppets chosen, sponsored, and owned by lobbyists, big businesses, corporations, special interest groups, and the like. One merely speaks the lingo of the Left, while the other speaks the lingo of the Right, but neither of them care about what is truly best for the common man.

Now, some Christians may object at this and say that sometimes we must merely vote for the lesser of two evils. The only problem with that line of reasoning is that you are admitting that you are voting for an evil. Furthermore, you are assuming that there are only two candidates in existence for which you may vote. Or they may point out that Romney is (allegedly) pro-life. Sadly, when it comes to the issue of abortion, it doesn’t matter where our president stands as much as Evangelicals claim because the Supreme Court is the one who made the decision and are likely the ones who would have to overturn the decision.

The brutally honest truth is, I’m sick and tired of hearing people complain about the evils of our two-party political system and then voting for one of those two parties. Let me give you a hint: you’re part of the problem. You are perpetuating a system that you yourself have stated is flawed. If everyone who complains about the two-party system had the moral fortitude to vote for a third party and support a candidate they actually believe in, I doubt we would have a two party system! So, this election day, I challenge to challenge Christians to actually pray about which candidate deserves your vote. If you can vote for one of the Big Two with a clean conscience, more power to you. But as for me and my house, we’ll be voting third party. So here’s the bottom line: your vote matters. Your vote is important. Please, I beg you, do not waste it perpetuating an evil, corrupt two-party system.

Now, as a bit of a post script, I want to affirm one last thing: our ultimate hope does not rest in the hands of elected officials. Regardless of who gets elected this year, Christ is our King and we would do well to place our hopes and dreams in His Kingdom.

“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.” Psalm 145:13