Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, would not commit to supporting Gov. Romney during an April 11th appearance on MSNBC, while Orthodox Jewish rabbi Yehuda Levin has recently argued that “it is far more acceptable religiously, spiritually & morally not to vote for Romney & have a loyal opposition, G-D willing, in the Senate & the House.” Not surprisingly, Gregg Jackson is among an increasing number of conservatives who are asking, “Time for Christians and conservatives to break ranks with the GOP?” Could it be?
Could it be time to send a loud message to the Republican establishment? Could it be time for a third party to form with its sights set on future elections? (Let’s not forget that the Republican Party was once the new kid on the block.)
For the “anyone but Obama” camp, this kind of reasoning is as foolhardy as it is off limits. In four more years, they would argue, America will be unrecognizable and broken beyond the point of recovery, at least for the immediate future. And, they would be quick to remind us, Obama himself told President Medvedev of Russia that in his next term, he will have “more flexibility,” a chilling prospect, to be sure. And what about those Supreme Court justices Obama will appoint?
On the other hand, if America needs a radical course correction, what’s the use of electing another status quo (or worse) president, if, in fact, that’s what Romney would be? If the political establishment is a big part (the biggest part?) of the problem, then the only way to bring about real change is to challenge the establishment or to work outside the establishment. If not now, then when?
The question becomes even more acute when it comes to conservative Christians, especially the large block of Evangelicals who vote Republican. Year after year and election cycle after election cycle we are promised the moon by the latest “savior” candidate, only to be disappointed four years later. (My article on “Don’t Put Your Trust in a Political Savior” is relevant here.)
And, as people of faith, when we see ongoing moral decline in our nation (the fault, we would be quick to add, of the evil Democrats), we pray like crazy for revival and reformation, only to take our foot off the gas once the latest and greatest Republican becomes president.
Perhaps we conservative Christians need the bottom to drop out before we really get serious? Perhaps we need the worst case scenario to unfold before we realize that the kind of change we desire will not come from the White House or the Congress as much as it will come through each of us living out our faith without compromise or shame?
I understand that talk like this is completely sacrilegious in most conservative circles, but it’s talk that needs to take place.
So what do you think: Is anyone better than Obama or is this the time to chart a far more radical course for change?
Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University. He is the author of 25 books, includingLine of Fire. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.
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