If you get on Facebook today, and have many Christian friends you would think that the world was coming to an end because Obama has won a second term in office. A friend of mine asked the question if the way one votes demonstrates their hearts. The responses were pretty insane. People, real life people in the 21st century, believe that God will condemn America for voting in Obama over Romney. Here are some great quotes from the responses:
It breaks my heart to see how far away from the Lord our nation has gone.
Choosing him [Obama] shows that so many people don’t understand economics, history, or God.
The elections indicate how far we’ve gotten from a consciousness of God
Why is today a disappointing day in America? It has nothing to do with who is in office. It has everything to do with how seriously backwards and screwed up American “Christians” are. I mean, I guess they were all screwed up way before that, but we’re seeing it in full color today.
Since Constantine “endorsed” his brand of Christianity, governments have been using Christians for political gain, and somehow STILL many Christians let them do that. Christianity has nothing to do with government. Your ability to follow Christ, in no way, hinges on who is in power of the country you live in.
Government is an entity of violence. Violence is the very root of government. Basically what government says is, “do what we say, or face imprisonment or death.” Often it doesn’t have to get to that, but at the very core of it’s existence, government is an entity of power of some people over other people through the threat of violence. How can you think that has anything to do with your Christianity?
A government social program is not the same thing as charity. Having your money taken from you by force to fund some government program, no matter how good of a program, is not the giving that Christians are called to do.
Government legislation on moral issues is not the same as obeying and following Christ. If gay people can’t get married, that does not mean they are following Christ. We are called to share the good news of Christ, not force others to obey what we understand to be the Christian moral standard.
So much of the rhetoric by both parties would have you believe that no good Christian would vote for the other guy. Obama is obviously going to destroy our country, God’s country, and let the Muslims take over. Romney is just a rich fat cat who doesn’t care about those in need.
Don’t let your faith be used for the political gain of others. Don’t minimize who you are in Christ to which circle you fill in on a piece of paper. It is so disappointing that today, in the year 2012, people are still being manipulated, using Christianity, to follow certain political leaders.