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There may be an unexpected off-set to Republican voter suppression laws â Evangelicals writing the name of Jesus on the ballot rather than voting for Romney.ChristianNewsWire reports that âBill Keller, the worldâs leading Internet Evangelist and the founder of LivePrayer.comâŚ, with over 2.4 million subscribers worldwide reading the daily devotional he has written every morning for 13 years on the issues of the day from a Biblical worldview, reports over 200,000 people have already signed up to write in the name of Jesus for President this November.â
CNW explains that Keller âlaunched a sister website in mid-May,www.votingforjesus.comâŚ, that encourages people to sign up and commit to write in the name of Jesus for President this November, and expects to see over 1 million signed up by the time of the election.â
Watch him sell it on YouTube:
Obviously, a million people in scattered states arenât actually likely to tip the balance for Obama in 2012 but, if youâll pardon me for saying so, miracles have happened. Republicans are busy trying to turn blacks away from Obama, after all, so Evangelicals turning whites away from Romney canât hurt. And after all, itâs not only Christians who have miracles in their religious past â Pagans were having them a long time before Jesus. Maybe the prayers of others are finally have some effect, or maybe its the universe just seeking some sort of karmic balance.
The problem for Keller is all this Christian support for a Mormon. History shows hereally does not like Mormons. In 2007 he told Bill OâReilly, a Catholic, that a vote for Romney would be enough to your soul to hell. He says a vote for Romney is a vote for the âMormon cultâ when of course it is simply a vote for president, however misguided.
âThere is not one theologian in the country with half a brain that will even begin to say that a Mormon is a Christian, because if you study Mormon theology â it is 100 percent inconsistent with biblical Christianity. A Mormon is no more a Christian than a Muslim is,â he told the Christian Post in May. And he doesnât think Christians should be limited to choosing between the lesser of two evils.
And so he told the Christian Post that, âA Christian is faced with a difficult dilemma this November. It is literally Satan flipping a two-headed coin with his head on both sides. How can a Christian in good conscience vote for President Obama, who has proven to be the most pro-baby killing, pro-radical homosexual, pro-enemy of Israel President in our nationâs history.â
âOn the other hand,â he says, âhow can a Christian in good conscience vote for Mitt Romney, a 5th generation member and priest of the Satanic Mormon cult. His Presidency would give his cult the mainstream acceptance they have always wanted since being founded 200 years ago by a documented con-artist, racist, pedophile, polygamist, and murderer named Joseph Smith. Conservative estimates are that Romneyâs cult will add at least 1 million converts in the US alone. For a Christian, that means 1 million souls who will buy into a false Gospel and burn in hell for all eternity!â
Well, heâs caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, as the saying goes, or a rock and a hard place â or perhaps between the hammer and anvil of his own prejudices.
Keller though, doesnât think this is about changing the outcome of the election, telling the Christian Post that since a third-party candidate âhas no chance of actually winning the election,â and God himself knows this, that he asked God and God told him to write in the name of Jesus.
âObviously,â he admitted, âJesus will never get elected, but if we can get a million people writing in the name âJesusâ, it is not only going to impact the election, it is going to make a statement that Christians arenât going to just take whoever they are offered anymore.â
Itâs difficult to say what he thinks will happen: he knows a third party candidate would lose, he knows Jesus will lose. The only possible impact is a victory for Obama.
Still, however small the impact ends up being, I call this a start. This is one of those âIf nominated I will not run, if elected I will not serveâ moments for Jesus. Because even if a miracle happened and he won, he canât serve as president.
He may be able to divide himself into three entities in his one person but he canât materialize in the Oval Office, though I suspect if he could, and did, this would quickly turn into a âwhat have we done?â moment for Keller and his followers as they ran screaming into the November night.
Keller does think Christians can make a statement on Election Day, though it is a statement your average, everyday Christian wouldnât agree with:
âLast election, there were 130 million people who voted â if we can get even 5 percent of the people voting for Jesus, thatâs going to make one heck of a statement that this country still is a Christian nation, there are still millions of people who are not going to give into Satanâs choices, and they are going to make a stand for the Christian faith.â
Keller may want to check his math â five percent of 130 million is more on the order of six and-a-half million people. Now that might make a difference here and there. But he should really decide what his goals are.
But mathematics, bigotry and a general smarminess aside, you have to admire his convictions; unlike many conservative Christians he is not willing to sell out just to see Obama kicked to the curb. But this is the point at which you cut off your own nose to spite your face, depriving yourself of a candidate not because of a lack of skills or experience or qualifications needed to run this country but because you donât approve of his religious beliefs.
The Constitution warns that this isnât an issue (Article VI, paragraph 3), that no religious test can be required, but conservative Christians have self-imposed such a test, once again putting the Bible above the Constitution. This is the result. And he canât deny us our âI told you so momentâ when this is all over.
You canât feel sorry for Keller. He is a victim of his own bigotry, after all, not of Romney or Obama or even of Satan. We can only hope to benefit â for once â fromthat bigotry, as Christian zealots take themselves out of the election like lemmings. Iâve gotta admit, this âLordâ guy works in mysterious ways. Even this surly old son of Odin is impressed.