Herford: Perhaps Christians should permanently abstain from voting
Ryan Summerlin October 22, 2012
Re: Only remedy for Bible believers is to abstain from voting
I’ve known and respected Steve Gurko for 20 years but I disagree with his recent letter: ‘Only remedy for Bible believers is to abstain from voting.’ While I appreciate Steve’s analysis of Mormonism and Obama’s progressivism I respectfully disagree with his remedy. I believe abstaining from voting would be antithetical to our faith.
I wonder if Christians should have abstained in ’00 and ’04 when Bush ran against progressive candidates? In November of 2003 President Bush said: “Well, first of all, I believe in an Almighty God, and I believe that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, prays to the same God.”
Steve said Mormon polytheistic teachings are blasphemous because they “take away from (God’s) sovereignty and uniqueness?” President Bush’s claim did too. Do we really know what any candidate believes? Perhaps Christians should permanently abstain from voting? I know many non-Christians who would appreciate that.
Perhaps we should acknowledge the biblical and philosophical principles from which this country arose and our duty, as Christians, then Americans to freely express our faith by prayerfully voting for whomever we think is best equipped, though not perfect, to lead this country. Jesus is not running, so we must trust that God can use imperfect people to accomplish His plan.
This country was founded on the principal that it’s people are sovereign, like a king, and those in government are considered servants representing our will. The founders understood the need to reverse authority due to man’s corruptible nature, which is why our government consists of three equal branches, thus limiting authoritative powers, elected unwisely. In this system it is our duty to elect those who best represent our ideals. If, as the sovereign, we neglect our duty to vote are we being faithful to God?