Undoubtedly, at the top of most evangelicals’ lists of things ChristiansÂ should do in today’s America is “vote.” In fact, most evangelical ChristiansÂ are under a false sense of obligation, even feeling divinely duty-bound, toÂ show up at the polls every time there is an election. It doesn’t matter ifÂ there are no righteous choices on the ballot or any trustworthy candidatesÂ running for office, many Christians in today’s America are still going to vote.Â They may have to hold their noses and violate their Christian convictions,Â but they’re going to vote, since they believe in an 11th Commandment:Â “Thou shalt vote.â€
Unbeknownst to these mandatory ballot punchers, their votes are beingÂ taken for granted by dishonest and double-dealing politicians. As long asÂ politicians and political parties know evangelicals are going to show up atÂ the polls no matter what choices are afforded them on the ballot, these self-serving politicians and power-hungry political parties will take the votes ofÂ evangelicals for granted. They know our votes can be bought for so cheapÂ a price as a few false campaign promises to do a little lesser evil than isÂ being promised by their political opponents. In the end, instead of changingÂ America through our current and corrupt political process, what AmericanÂ evangelicals are really doing at the polls is enabling unrighteous politiciansÂ to take our votes for granted and to continue running for elected office on aÂ platform of false promises to do lesser evils.
Ask yourself what incentive any politician has to ever offer you a righteousÂ choice at the polls or to keep their promise to do the right thing if elected toÂ office as long as they know your vote can be bought for so cheap a price asÂ a few false campaign promises to do nothing more than lesser evils. On theÂ other hand, what might happen if the church of Jesus Christ stood up in thisÂ land and said we’ll not return to the polls until we’re offered righteousÂ choices by trustworthy candidates who will keep their promises to do theÂ right thing once elected to office?