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Russell D. Moore, Dean of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, on Why Some Christians Are Choosing Not to Vote

October 24, 2012

Christians who boycott voting are opting out of civic responsibility and neighbor love. [Abstaining on Election Day is] more akin to Pontius Pilate washing his hands rather than John the Baptist taking on the powers-that-be, [...a form of utopianism] in which Christians find no candidate pure enough to be trusted. In any election, we are not voting for a Mayor of the heavenly New Jerusalem; that office is occupied. We are entrusting a group of fallen sinners—as we all are—to lead us in navigating the common good.

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