In an interview today, Dr. Bob Jones III (chancellor of Bob Jones University, a Christian university) told Fox news that he is supporting Mitt Romney in the Presidential race. This may not seem out of the ordinary to the common man, but let me give you a brief rundown of religion here.
A) Mitt Romney is a Mormon. His beliefs and core values are set upon the revelations of a prophet named Joseph Smith.
B) Bob Jones III is a Christian. His beliefs and core values are set upon the Bible and upon the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the Cross.
These two do not believe the same thing and are headed in different directions religiously. While some may see them both as religious men, having the same mindset, these two could not be more opposite in their beliefs.
So what? What does this matter and who really cares? Well, this further proves my point about the Republican party losing its brand (This seems to be a recurring theme). A man (Dr. Jones) who does not believe the same as a candidate (Mr. Romney) votes for him simply to prevent another candidate (who he believes will win the election if preventative measures are not taken) from winning the election.
This is all too common in our party. We fear the election of a Democrat so we muddy our standards and neglect our beliefs and put our money, support, and backing toward a liberal Republican or someone we believe will get elected. Whatever happened to simply voting for the candidate with whom you agreed?
Now, I do realize the strategy and thinking behind picking the lesser of two evils, but I believe if we would all vote for the candidate with whom we truly associated ourself, some not-as-popular candidates who actually better represent our Republican party would have more support.
In the end, I am going to be happy with whom I vote for. I will not choose a candidate simply because I think they have the possibility to get elected. I will vote for who best represents my own beliefs and opinions. I will choose the candidate who I believe will help our country the best, not the one who is “most likely to succeed.”