Up until the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin a little less than two weeks ago, many people that I read were looking at Sen. McCain as the Lesser of Two Evils. They didn’t want to vote for him, so they were planning on voting against Obama. In fact, even Rush Limbaugh talked endlessly on how this election was going to be all about Obama—it was his to win or lose.
It’s trite but true: a vote for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil.
The problem is that this reflects a poor understand of man and the Scripture.
All Men are Sinners
We all sin. We all fall short of God’s glory.
At this basic level, apart from Christ, we’re all evil. I don’t know about you, but when’s the last time you were actually sure about the eternal state of a elected official? It’s not often.
So, at this level we can’t expect to not vote for someone that is not perfect.
Perry proposed that we could/should use a set of qualifications, which certainly is a plausible way of going about it, but it avoids the issue rather than addressing it—mainly, qualification differ depending on the individual.
But then that’s not judging whether a person is evil or just doesn’t meet the qualifications. One has a moral connotation whereas the other does not.
And that’s why the title of this post is such a loaded statement. It’s one thing for you to say that you cannot choose to support someone because they don’t meet what you believe the qualifications are for the position. It’s another thing to call the people running for office evil—or to imply that you’re choosing between evils.
Who Will You Vote For?
However, I say all this to say I understand where they are coming from. I understand, because I’m not fully comfortable with McCain. I don’t believe I’m choosing evil if I vote for him in November, but I also don’t know if I’m comfortable enough to vote for what he stands for.
How about you? Do you have reservations about both candidates, or do you push them aside to get the best probable candidate possible?