Voices Without a Vote and Political Idolatry

I don’t know about you but I am really excited about tomorrow primarily because no matter what the outcome, the election will be over. Nick Rynerson recently wrote a feature on why he isn’t going to be voting this election and while I disagree with the premise behind that article, videos like the one below illustrate Nick’s point about the pervasiveness of political idolatry in our country.

This video was made by im2moro.org, a group committed to “returning our nation back to constitutional principles.” The video has received over 1.3 million views on YouTube so far, and was shown in some evangelical churches this previous Sunday. The group claims no party affiliation but most anyone who watches the video will be able to figure out within 30 seconds that its goal is to get people to vote Republican tomorrow.

I don’t have a problem with political videos designed to get people to vote for a particular candidate. I do, however, have a problem with such videos being shown in churches and with voting being conflated with one’s Christian duty, as this video insinuates.

While the video seems designed to scare people into voting for conservative candidates by making a lot of unsubstantiated claims about their liberal opponents’ agenda (e.g., “I don’t need the government giving guns to Mexican drug lords,” “I don’t need the government forcing me to drive an electric car”), that is not the most troubling thing about it. The most troubling aspect of the video is the way it attempts to frame this election:

It’s the most important, most critical [election].

It’s do or die.

It’s now or never.

November 2012, my future hangs in the balance.

By all means, go out and vote your conscience tomorrow. Vote for the people you think will best lead our country. But given that this video was shown in evangelical churches on Sunday morning, I find it necessary to be crystal clear about one point that this video gets horribly wrong. It is not “do or die.”

When the results come in tomorrow, no matter what they may be, Jesus will still be king. The reality of Christ’s kingdom having come to earth and being built on the foundation of the gospel is the source of our hope — not politicians, not government.

I hope you vote wisely and thoughtfully tomorrow, but please, don’t buy into the idolatrous lie that your future hangs in the balance. If you are a Christian, I would encourage you, regardless of the results of tomorrow’s election, to be gracious, kind, and humble. Show the world that your hope is not in this life or in the things of this world, but in the One who offered Himself on the cross as a ransom for sinners.

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  • The hyperbole is objectionable. However, every moral obligation is an obligation that concerns your soul–your submission to Christ as Lord, your progress in sanctification, the manifestation of the Holy Spirit’s work in your life. And sometimes moral obligations are as clear as crystal, and involve political duties. That would be true if Herod’s centurion were ordering the massacre of the innocents, even though dissent would mean his death; it is certainly true in our almost-no-cost obligation to use our vote, if we use it, well.

    “Christ is King” would be true if Genghis ruled the Khanate of America, but it would not justify voting for him.

  • It would if he was running against Obama, ammirite?

  • If Genghis Khan were running against Obama? um….methinks you’re literalizing the metaphor. But hey, what’s a meta-for, anyway?

    Hmmmm…Genghis honored four religions while insisting that his personal henotheism trumped, and practiced exposure of infants for eugenic population control as well as systematic use of rape & pillage to secure conquests, and had a lousy record in governance of territories…so I’m going to rank “preposterous votes” in this order, most-to-least:

    David Allan Coe
    Kinky Friedman

    OK, that should give you at least two ineligible non-natives, at least two reputations for violence, and at least two people singing the same old son. I leave it to the reader to sort ’em out.

  • (“song,” not “son”)

  • I’m scandalized that you didn’t include Wayne Coyne on your list.

  • Totally would have, if I’d had a clue who he was before I googled him. heh.

  • Larry Prater

    So I went to im2moro.com’s website and as soon as I saw Cleon Skousen’s The 5,000 Year Leap on the recommended readings list under “Justice,” I backed out as quick as I could.

    I gather this website and video are intended to have a broad appeal but, also, the website has a vague teenage-cool appearance that tells teens: This is a website pitched to you by adults are really clueless about what today’s young people find hip and attractive. In other words — fail.

  • Drew Dixon

    Thanks for sharing Derek–I enjoyed that!

  • Carlos

    Amen to this article