Rinos

First off, I want to thank you all for your weigh-ins on the timely piece my husband guest-blogged for me the other day. I encourage ALL opinions (and even better, supported facts) here, and I’m glad you feel free to state your piece.

However, there are a few misconceptions I must clear up and some things I cannot let go unanswered. I ask that you be respectful in your follow-up comments, and if you are angry as you read, please come back to comment when you are done fuming and can “play nice.” ūüôā

Alrighty, down to the meat.

1) I will not be voting for Obama; neither will my husband.

2) I will not be voting for a Rino.  Many of you made the assertion that a vote for anyone but McCain is, essentially, a vote for Obama.  I beg to differ on this account: I am accountable to God for my vote.  Not just for who wins the Presidency, but my individual vote.  I cannot, in good faith, vote for someone just because they call themselves Republican and just because they are pro-life and pro-marriage.  Here is my reasoning.

Suppose this year John McCain ends up winning. ¬†Republicans rejoice; Democrats marvel at how they possibly lost when most media types everywhere show considerable liberal bias. ¬†2012 comes around. ¬†This time, the “Republican” candidate is even more liberal than John McCain. ¬†He is still pro-life, but he is for gay marriage. ¬†Since he is still considered the “lesser of two evils” by Christians, he is elected. ¬†2016 arrives. ¬†This time the only difference between the two candidates is that one promises they won’t tax as much. ¬†On all other issues social and fiscal they look the same. ¬†What do we do NOW? ¬†We, responsible Christian voters, have let the Republican party slide to this point by consistently voting in more and more liberal candidates. ¬†We gave them our endorsement simply because they were the slightly better option. ¬†Who will speak on the behalf of conservative Christians now that we have encouraged (by our vote) the party who used to represent us toward corruption?

Here is the thing. ¬†I am NOT a Republican. ¬†I am first and foremost a follower of Jesus Christ. ¬†I tend to vote Republican because it¬†usually reflects my values and opinions to vote along those lines. ¬†But when a Republican moves him or herself closer and closer to the center, or even left (the “Maverick” who “puts aside party lines”), I cannot justify voting for them. ¬†Even if it wouldn’t be the worst option now (like Obama clearly is), McCain is not winning my vote by being mushy man in the middle. ¬†He, much like Barack Obama, changes position with the tides. ¬†Who is to say he will even stay pro-life and pro-marriage if he assumes office?

If you are worried about a President Obama and will vote for John McCain because of that, I cannot fault you.  But I am equally if not more worried about losing the conservative voice.  I hope you can grant me that same liberty to vote for someone who I feel I can wholeheartedly support. I would like to see the Republican party saved, but there are a lot of bad apples in it right now.

Bottom line: We get the government we deserve.  If we continue to cheer this slow slide into socialism, may God have mercy.

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13 thoughts on “Rinos

  1. I hear you. This is a very tough election and I’m torn. I think you vote what you pray is best and then live with the outcome. I think no matter who wins, our country is in trouble.

  2. Well, its safe to say I disagree with your reasoning about voting. Many of us have said that a vote for anyone other then McCain is essentially a vote for Obama because it is true. The race will come down to those two. Its just a fact.

    I do think your reasoning is flawed a bit though. You are not going to vote for McCain because of what some guy might do in some election in the (not so) distant future?
    OK.
    Let me be clear.
    I wil be voting for McCain.
    I agree with his stance on abortion and gay marriage. I believe those issues take priority over whether or not you think someone “changes positions as the tides”. Saving as many lives as possible and preserving the sanctity of marriage, as we are BIBLICALLY called to do, is by far more important to me then ‘losing the conservative voice.” That conservative voice will never be lost in me. I cannot control what others do or do not define themselves as.

    Just as I believe that if you define yourself as Christian, you had better not also define yourself as Democrat or liberal. They are oxymorons.

    I believe that God in is control of the leaders of this country, as in, I believe that whoever is elected is under full authority of Jesus and that is it not something I need to *worry* about. If Obama is elected, I will continue to praise the Lord and pray and teach my kids right from wrong and practice what I preach. Same goes for McCain.

    I am sorry I disagree with you and your stance. I fully acknowledge this is your blog, your opinion, your right. Feel free to delete me if you choose.

    God bless-
    Amanda

  3. I totally agree with you on lots of this. I will vote, but I think its important that Christians identify themselves first as Christian and not make being a member of a certain party their primary identity!

    It also bugs me that so many Christian political groups were completely against McCain and now they are campaigning for him!

  4. I respect your choices and reasoning. I honestly think that voting either for or against a candidate (such as voting against Obama by voting for McCain) are both honorable choices. I think people have to weigh their choices heavily… do they care more about who actually gets in to office and keeping certain people out or do they care more about being perfectly in-line with the candidate they vote for? I think both are honorable decisions though… I only cannot stomach those who say they are personally pro-life and then vote for a candidate who most emphatically is the farthest possible thing from pro-life. They are the folks that I have a really, really hard time understanding/relating to or even respecting for that matter. And sadly, I know many of that type.

  5. Most Christians outside of the western world are more “liberal” or “democrat” than here, and they find that perfectly fine. In fact some of them believe it’s worse to be conservative! I disagree that it’s an oxymoron to be a Christian and a democrat – it’s entirely possible. I’m not necessarily advocating it, but I’m not sure it’s fair to chastise people who are legit believers and stand behind their democratic leanings (and many of them take issue with certain parts of the democratic agenda….so, yeah.)

    As for me, I’m thankful for everything you said Heidi, reminding us that we are citizens of heaven first. This might be my first election I vote third party, and I think that vote is worth just as much as any other vote. In fact, I think this election may be one of the first where a third party candidate has a decent stake in things.

  6. I respect your conviction though we have different POV’s on the issues. If we don’t stand up for what we feel is right but instead stand up for something far less than our ideal what are we really standing up for? Mediocrity, values-lite?

    Jesus did indeed take the right road, the hard road even when it was very unpopular.

    Thank you for your bravery in your blog. It was nothing short of inspirational.

  7. To “John” who left a lengthy comment: I don’t accept anonymous comments, but if you would care to leave an actual email address or URL, I would be glad to post your comment.

    Kate–I’ll be stopping by to read!

  8. Wow – I see a lot of unwarranted judgment happening here. What human being has the right to define whether or not somebody is a believer based on who they vote for? Everybody has the right to their own religious and political opinions. When a person tries to cast such judgment on another person because of who they are voting for (or any other reason, really) it makes me sad and a little queasy. Are we really so intolerant and close-minded that we can look down on people whose ideas don’t perfectly align with our own? I have the feeling I’m in the minority here, but how does that kind of thinking bring people together? I know who I am voting for, and I feel good about the reasons behind it. But that doesn’t mean that I think that I am any better or any more or less “holy” than somebody who is voting for an opposing candidate. If you feel good about who you are voting for, that’s great. I don’t have the right to impinge on that or tell you that what is important to you is wrong. And I don’t think you are any less of a person or a citizen or a believer because of it.

    Casting judgment aside, I applaud anybody who has strong convictions behind what they think and do, whether or not I agree with them. This’ll have to be chalked up to: Agree to disagree.

    Just my 1.47 cents (reduced due to inflation).

  9. Again, weighing in late but feel the need to address the point Charlie addressed. I don’t think anyone is looking down on anyone. I believe what Heidi is saying is that if you truly believe one way in your heart on some issues, either for or against abortion, for or against gay marriage, and so on, it just doesn’t make sense to support someone who is on the opposite side of the road on that particular issue. Especially if you say you are “christian” and it comes to the issue of abortion. My stomach just turns at the thought of a four year stretch that may give opportunity to even more firmly cement infanticide in our country. Even if I would agree on some issues with this candidate, my conscience COULDN’T allow me to vote for him/her because in my mind, I then am okaying his ideals. Not only that but I’m then allowing him time to put his ideals into action.

    I don’t know if this makes sense but this isn’t supposed to be some offensive comment that was made..it’s just common sense.

    I also truly believe that because of the economy crisis, so many people are in a panic and are feeling like Obama will come along and save the day. For this reason, they are willing to put all else aside to be able to finally rest their financial worries on someone else.

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