Why We Should Vote For Romney

Actually I must make a number of qualifications here at the outset:
-This is not so much an article making this case, but a reminder of what I have said before on this. Thus I am not really offering new reasons here, but recapping them from my earlier articles.
-I am especially thinking about Christians here, and why they should be voting for Romney.
-Most of my articles have been more about why we should ignore those who say we can’t or shouldn’t vote for Romney, so that is the emphasis here as well.

As I have said before, the US election on November 6 may be the most important election in America’s history. We have only two options here: Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. Any vote for a third party or an independent is simply a wasted vote, a pipe dream, and an act of irresponsibility.

So we must choose either one or the other. Whoever gets elected will have a profound and long-lasting impact not just on America but the rest of the world. From my viewpoint an Obama re-election will be a huge disaster, while a win for Romney will at least act as a halt to America’s decline, and perhaps a start of her renewal.

In the past six months I have penned seven articles on Romney and the election. (Of course I have written far more articles on Obama in the past four years and why he is so very harmful and dangerous.) In those articles I mainly spent my time dealing with all the various objections as to why we should not vote for Romney, especially coming from Christians.

Here then are those articles, with a brief description of them, and a few quotes from them.

On Mitt Romney and America’s Future – May 13
www.billmuehlenberg.com/2012/05/13/on-mitt-romney-and-americas-future/

In my first article on this I discussed the fact that Romney is the one who is running against Obama, and while he certainly was not my first choice (or second, or third…) he is the one whom we have to deal with. I mentioned how another term of Obama will be disastrous, and that despite his heterodox theological beliefs, we must run with Romney.

On Mormon Presidents – May 17
www.billmuehlenberg.com/2012/05/17/on-mormon-presidents/

In my second article I directly focused on the issue of Mormonism, and why Christians can in good faith vote for a Mormon. I noted how we deal with non-Christians every day of our life: we buy from them, trade with them, work with them, study with them, and so on. I noted the hypocrisy of refusing to vote for a Mormon even though we regularly deal and interact with them and others all the time.

I noted that we will not be voting on the following:
-to have a Mormon preach in your church;
-to have a Mormon teach in your Sunday School;
-to have a Mormon lecture in theology in your seminary;
-to have a Mormon change laws to line up with Mormon teaching;
-etc.

Obama Out, Romney In – August 8
www.billmuehlenberg.com/2012/08/22/obama-out-romney-in/

In this article I made the simple point that this election is not really about voting Romney in, as voting Obama out. That is the real issue we must all face here. I cited an article from historian Niall Ferguson on why Obama had to go, and then featured some important quotes from Norman Geisler as to why he – an evangelical Christian – felt compelled to vote for Romney.

The AHA Needs To Think Much More Carefully Here – September 9
www.billmuehlenberg.com/2012/09/09/the-aha-needs-to-think-much-more-carefully-here/

In this piece I assessed the stance of Abolish Human Abortion who have become the biggest purist group around, refusing to endorse Romney because he is not 100 per cent to their liking. As I wrote, “The truth is this: Barack Hussein Obama has been America’s most pro-abortion president ever. He has been horrendous in this respect, and if he gets back in for another four years, the damage he causes will be awful – perhaps irreversible.

“To not vote for the only man who can dislodge BHO is the height of irresponsibility, and it seems to me AHA, in telling people this is their stance – and probably encouraging many other gullible Christians to follow suit – will in fact have blood on their hands.”

How the Purists Can Destroy America and the West (and Still Feel Good About Themselves) – September 11
www.billmuehlenberg.com/2012/09/11/how-the-purists-can-destroy-america-and-the-west-and-still-feel-good-about-themsleves/

Here I discussed the rather lame objections raised by the purists:
-‘Romney is a Mormon so I just can’t vote for him.’
-‘But Romney has flip flopped on many key issues, is not really fully pro-life, and so on.’
-‘God is sovereign so we should just leave this all in his hands – it is not our responsibility.’
-‘But it is evil to choose between the lesser of two evils.’

Pharisaism, Compromise, and the Lesser of Two Evils – October 16
www.billmuehlenberg.com/2012/10/16/pharasaism-compromise-and-the-lesser-of-two-evils/

In this article I looked more closely at the two related objections of:
-you shouldn’t compromise
-you shouldn’t pick the lesser of two evils
I sought to show that by simply sitting this one out (not voting for Romney) the purists are in fact engaging in an act of compromise and are in fact being complicit with evil. They are actually acting just like the Pharisees of old as they try to keep themselves “pure”.

Obama, Believers, the Election, and Evil – October 18
www.billmuehlenberg.com/2012/10/18/obama-believers-the-election-and-evil/

In my latest article I raised more common silly objections and issues coming from the purists:
-their claim that refusing to vote for Romney is not really voting for Obama
-that there is no real choice here
-the question of single issues
-we can’t have non-Christian rulers

Taken together these seven articles pretty well make my case for Romney, or at least dispose of the rather foolish objection to him. As I keep saying, he is not perfect, he is not ideal, and he certainly will not be the messiah. But compared to Obama, he will be a real God-send.

Oh, and one last thing. There are so many of these mindless objections floating around, but one especially moronic objection coming from the purists is especially grating. As they gloat about how they refuse to vote for either candidate, they will make this incredibly foolish remark: “I vote for God”.

Yeah right. That is the most imbecile cop-out I have heard yet from these mixed-up Christians. Of course they are not voting for God. By refusing to take their civic duties seriously, by refusing to take the command to be salt and light seriously, by refusing to realise that faith without works is dead, all they are doing is voting against God. They are just living in the clouds.

But it is worse than that – they are simply allowing Obama back in, which means more abortion and more evil to take place. And they will sit back smugly patting themselves on the back, thinking how pure they are and how they did not get their hands dirty with evil. But they will have evil all over themselves.

They really need to spare us these vacuous pseudo-spiritual clichés which mean absolutely nothing. They are not only silly, they are patently false. We are commanded by God to take seriously our responsibilities in this world to be salt and light and to be good citizens, which today includes our duty of voting.

This sham spirituality really helps no one. Indeed, what would these purists tell the Jews being led to the gas chambers? “Sorry, I cannot side with the Allies who want to liberate you because they are not perfect and I refuse to dirty my hands and compromise. I must remain pure at all costs.”

There is a group which Jesus rebuked all the time – they are called the Pharisees. That is exactly what these confused purists remind me of. Whatever else, they must remain “pure” and “untainted” and “uncontaminated”. Now genuine biblical purity is of course an important thing indeed. But this is simply phony, Pharisaical self-righteousness and silliness.

So I urge everyone reading this to consider what is at stake here. We either work to get the worst president ever out, or we allow him back in because of our misplaced and misdirected purity and Pharisaism.

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