Here we go again.
It was just a little over a year ago that Christians all over this great nation were put in the position of feeling like they had to vote for the lesser of two evils.
On the one hand was a man who showed himself to be crass, egocentric, undisciplined and lacking in the basic Christian quality of human decency and empathy.
On the other hand was a woman who showed herself to espouse policies like abortion and gay marriage that are in direct opposition to Christian beliefs.
In the end, she won the popular vote, and he won the electoral college vote.
Christians won nothing.
Today, Christians in Alabama find themselves in a similar position as the special Dec. 12 election for Senate quickly approaches.
On the one hand, you have a man who has been twice removed from office for refusing to follow the law and who has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.
On the other hand is a man who aligns himself with a political philosophy that stands in opposition to some Christian values, including gay marriage and abortion.
Some have said that electing Doug Jones would sink the country into a liberal hell hole that drives us further from God, while others say electing Jones will give Alabama an honorable man who respects the rule of law.
Some have said electing Roy Moore would make Alabama the laughingstock of the country because of his extreme religious views, while others say electing Moore is necessary for the salvation of this country.
So what’s a Christian to do?
Like last year, it’s important for Christians to not fall for the false choice of the lesser of two evils. Make no mistake, neither of these men will usher in a utopia of national peace and prosperity, or a theocracy that elevates Christian beliefs in a way that gives aid and comfort to those who believe their faith is under attack in America.
No matter how staunchly he believes otherwise, Roy Moore will not rid the country of abortion or gay marriage.
No matter how buttoned down he appears in his decorum, Doug Jones will not bring an end to the divisive political climate that dominates Washington.
And as Christians, we should not look to either of them as the answer to our problems.
Bible believers should understand that God instructs us to put our trust in no man because there’s no help for you there (Psalm 146:3).
To the contrary, some churches go so far as to endorse candidates and host political speeches from the pulpit. The sanctuary is a place for worshiping God and communing with fellow believers. It’s not a place for politics.
Some pastors even use their sermons to deliver endorsements of political candidates. Let me be clear, there is not a single verse in the Bible that endorses one candidate or party or political persuasion over another. The Bible endorses Christ and Christ alone. When a pastor uses the pulpit to wade into the waters of politics, he has departed from the vast, clear ocean of wisdom and truth in God’s word.
Our trust is in Christ. We don’t elect him. He elects us.
This isn’t to say that you’re not a Christian if you vote for one of these men. The point here is that your vote for or against either of these men is in no way a demonstration of your faith in Christ.
Anthony Cook is editor of The Daily Home and pastor of Christian Fellowship Bible Church. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.