Is a “vote for Jesus” a vote for Obama?
posted at 2:19 pm on November 1, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
Bear with me on this, because as Timothy Dalrymple explains, the word order in this post title is important. A self-styled “world’s most famous internet evangelist” is trying to convince evangelical Christians to write in a vote for Jesus Christ rather than either of the two major candidates for President. Dalrymple says this is nothing more than a misdirection that will boost Obama by subtraction from Romney:
Keller says this is an election contest of “Satan vs. Satan.” Obama is “an enemy of God and a true tool of satan!” (I had to include the exclamation mark), and Romney is a “priest in a satanically inspired cult” who would “set aside the US Constitution and enact a Mormon theocracy.” I can’t seem to summon the will to take this seriously. It’s ironic in the extreme for an internet evangelist — or any evangelical, for that matter — to complain that Mormons are aggressive at proselytizing. But when Keller says (without any citation, of course) that “conservative estimates are that over 1 million people in this country alone will become part of his cult without him having to ever say a word,” one starts to suspect that Keller just likes to throw around big numbers he invented in the shower.
Let’s make it simple. Romney’s theology is different from my own. But he believes in God and strives to be faithful to him. He believes that he is saved by the work of Jesus Christ, even though he understands Christ differently than I do. He is a good man who has always been extraordinarily devoted to his family, his community, and his country. We can argue over the details and over his personal evolution, but Romney will be pro-life and pro-marriage, a defender of religious freedoms, a strong hand on foreign policy, and determined to rein in government spending and hand on a sustainable and flourishing economy to succeeding generations. There is no indication that the faith of Presidents sways the faith of Americans. There is no evidence whatsoever that Romney’s election would lead people to become members of the LDS Church.
The Obama administration must love Bill Keller. Keller’s readership are about the least likely Obama voters in the country. Every vote that goes to “Jesus” from the Keller Kamp is a vote taken away from Mitt Romney.
And make no mistake. On many other issues, we can say that the differences between the two parties are subtle and prudential, sometimes hard to untangle. But we cannot say that on abortion. The Democratic party simply is the party of abortion. Witness the lavish celebration of abortion “rights” on Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention. On this one issue of overwhelming importance for Christians, the Democratic Party is absolutely 100 percent in the wrong. The Democrats are the abortion regime, and if Obama is President from 2013-2017 then he will be able to install an even stronger pro-choice contingent in the Supreme Court. It will set the pro-life movement back by a generation. …
A vote for Jesus is a vote for Obama. And a vote for Obama is a vote for abortion.
Fortunately, Keller doesn’t seem to be all that significant, but it’s worth noting. Be sure to read all of Timothy’s post.