In a campaign for public office, should a Christian consider a Mormon as a viable candidate? Should a candidate’s faith be a factor in an election? What should a Christian do when there are no viable candidates that seem to fit the agenda we seek or the character we teach?
First and foremost, every Bible believing Christian should get his voting orders from the scripture, not from the culture. All throughout Israel’s history the Lord gave them the guiding principles by which to choose their leaders. Here are a few scriptures to remember . . .
2 Samuel 23:3 – “The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must bejust, ruling in the fear of God.”
Exodus 18:21 – “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:”
2 Chronicles 19:5-6 – speaking of Jehosophat’s selection of men to rule states, “And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city, 6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment. ”
Those are just a few of the Biblical principles of old that the Lord gave to Israel concerning the selection of men to serve them publicly. Furthermore, the Lord would chastise Israel through the prophet Hosea for not following these principles saying, “They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew itnot: . . .”
The Biblical example that we glean from ancient History is pretty simple; God has given guidelines for choosing rulers, and He takes careful notice when we do not use them.
Now that being said, what do we do when all we have to choose from is Muslims, Mormons, and Men of the World? What do we do when the candidates that our society produces fit none of the qualities of men who “fear” the God of the Bible, who are men of truth, or men who hate covetousness?
The very first thing we do is pray for wisdom. The Bible makes it plain that there is no wisdom outside of Jesus Christ. The Bible also makes it clear that if any of us lack wisdom, we can freely ask for it.
The second thing that we do is connect our “comfort muscles” to the sovereign reign of God. It is true that a lost man cannot have true wisdom or understanding; but it is also true that where man rules, God overrules. As Corrie Ten Boom said, “There is no panic in heaven.” We know that real wisdom is only available to believers; but we also know that the sovereign agenda belongs only to the Lord. Let us never forget the fact of scripture that puts in deep dark ink on bright white paper the overarching truth declared by Daniel, “Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: ” Presidents will come and go, Congresses will rise and fall, but the King of all countries will never retire, resign, or be voted out.
The third thing we can do is examine the policies of the candidates in the light of God’s Word. God spoke through a Donkey once, and so there is no doubt that he use one in government to accomplish His will. There may be no legitimate Biblically qualified candidate in character; but it shouldn’t be too difficult to examine agendas in the light of the Lord. We can rightly ask the question; “is the candidates agenda moving towards the righteous standards of scripture, or is it moving away from it?”
Now that being said back to the original question; should a Christian vote for a Mormon? The issue is far bigger than that question. Regardless of what anyone thinks, a man’s faith does matter. Every law on every book in every place is a product of what someone believes. There is no separating what a man believes from how a man behaves; period. Belief is defined by behavior; not by words. What a man says, has absolutely nothing to do with what he really believes. How he behaves betrays what he believes.
I think the real question of the hour is not should a Christian vote for a Mormon, but should a Christian vote for Mitt Romney? and the two are not necessarily synonymous. For example, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter neither one are Southern Baptists. Their names may have been on the roles, their rears in the pews, and the songs on their tongues, but they were as far from being a Biblical baptist as John Dillinger was from being citizen of the year. Mitt Romney may have his name on the roles, his check in the plate, and the occasional posterior in the pew, but that does not necessarily mean he is a bona fide Mormon. It for sure makes him look the part; but even Hollywood knows how to part the Red Sea.
If Romney is MINO, (mormon in name only) he is willing to say one thing and do another, which obviously speaks to his character. If he is not a MINO, then one thing we konw for sure, he doesn’t have access to the wisdom of God, and he is in the same darkness as anyone else. Mormons do not have the wisdom that is hidden in Christ Jesus, Muslims do not have the wisdom that is hidden in Christ Jesus, and any lost Baptist in the bunch doesn’t have the wisdom that is in Christ Jesus. So whether you are talking about a Muslim, a Mormon, or a Man of the World, none of them have the light of the Lord or the true wisdom they need and so they are all in the same dark. It does no good for any Baptist to throw stones at one lost man over another. Some people say, “I wouldn’t vote for Obama because he’s a muslim; some people say “I wouldn’t vote for Romney because he’s a Mormon.” – They are both in the same darkness. Now it is true that each darkened mind has different darkened agendas with varying effects on society that we must weigh; however the point is that the Light of the Lord will not shine on society through either false religion.
Only a saved man has access to the wisdom of God; and when there are no saved candidates they are all ruling in the same darkness. What is the Christian left to do? 1.) Pray for wisdom, 2.) Trust in Sovereignty 3.) Examine agendas in the Light of scripture, 4.) And let the Lord guide to the closest match.
When we can come to the place that even though we vote for man, we still completely rest in God, we will finally start seeing Changes worth making.