In an interview this week with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), Franklin Graham stated that Christians must vote, even if it means holding their nose and selecting the “least heathen of the two heathens.”
“There is a left movement within the evangelical community that are telling people, ‘If so-and-so wins or this person wins don’t vote.’ I’m just saying, I don’t care who wins and who’s out there, you have to vote,” he stated.
Graham said that Christians may find themselves having to determine which candidate is less evil than the other.
“And I’m not going to tell people who to vote for. I’m not going to do that. Let God tell you who to vote for,” he stated. “You may have to hold your nose. You may have to decide which is the least heathen of the two heathens.”
Graham has been conducting the “Decision America” prayer tour across America, asking Christians to pray for the upcoming election. He has declined to endorse any candidate, while also providing commentary on his social media pages about the various happenings on the campaign trail.
“Trump Madness—It’s ‘trumping’ everything in the news, even March Madness,” he wrote on Saturday. “There are those who passionately support him and others who are adamantly against him. He’s a political phenomenon like our country hasn’t seen before. I don’t think America has ever had a presidential candidate opposed by both establishments, Republican and Democratic, as well as the sitting president.”
“This Republican presidential campaign has not only sunk to new lows, but the Republican establishment seems to be desperate to pick their own candidate,” Graham wrote on March 4. “There are some good candidates running, but I’m not going to endorse any of them. I’m fed up with both the Republican and the Democratic parties. Both are corrupt—clearly broken—and need to be overhauled. They need radical change.”
While some like Franklin believe that Christians must vote despite determining both candidates to be “heathens” who will rule contrary to God’s law, others state that the concept is flawed and unbiblical.
“I think the only righteous thing to do is vote for neither,” Michael Peroutka, 2004 presidential candidate under the Constitution Party, and co-founder of the Institute on the Constitution, told Christian News Network. “I don’t think God requires you to vote for evil.”
He stated that the voting practices of Christians have contributed to the sinking of our nation into the quagmire that it is stuck in today.
“We have voted [for years] for the lesser of two evils, so we get evil,” he said. “And we deserve it because we vote for it.”
Peroutka outlined that he does not believe voting “conservative” or along party lines is the proper biblical mindset.
“I would ask you, even empirically, where has that gotten us?” he declared. “When we’re voting for a conservative, we’re using the wrong standard. [You’re basically voting to] kill one less baby than a liberal.”
Christians are commanded by God to select rulers that are “able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness” (Exodus 18:21), Peroutka noted. He explained that Christians must vote for those who seek to uphold and implement God’s law in our nation, as that is the only righteous standard not based on the opinion of men.
“[For Christians to reject God’s law] is a dangerous and foolish thing to do,” he said. “The lesser of two evils, of course, is evil. And when you choose the lesser of two evils, you [still] choose evil. And when you choose evil and you get evil, you are responsible because you chose it, didn’t you?”