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The lesser of two evils principle is the idea in politics that of two bad choices, one isn’t as bad as the other and should be chosen over the one that is the greater threat. 

Many in the evangelical community and those that profess to be evangelicals, have condemned President Obama and have sought to brand him as the most radical elected official that has ever ran for and held public office.

image (2)Having looked at some of our past Presidents and other elected officials, this has proven to be far from the truth.  Yet, we see many of these folks claiming that the President is a Muslim, when he has clearly professed that he is a Christian. President Obama has been compared to Adolf Hitler, one of the most ruthless dictators in the history of the world.  He has been called a Communist and a Socialist and has been demeaned and disrespected through emails and caricatures that are racially offensive. 

They have tried to tie all of these character traits and things on President Obama, when many of them are knowingly untrue and exaggerated.Where are these same evangelical Christians who profess to love Christ so much that would still support people who would lie, gossip, slander and demean?

Is this what Jesus would do?  I say NO!

I get sick and tired of party politics, where you are considered an unbeliever if you are in the Democratic Party, while being considered a Christian and a standard-bearer for righteousness if you are in the Republican Party.

The Republican Party does not have a lock on Christianity.   The Republican Party has as much of a lock on righteousness and godliness, as the Democratic Party has on the black vote.   NONE!!!   It is all based on hype and branding.  

If Republicans can hype people up and brand themselves as the defenders of righteousness and godliness the best, then they have ownership of that brand until another party competes for market share in that space.  

If Democrats can hype people up and brand themselves as defenders of black folks, then they have ownership of that brand until another party competes for market share in that space.

Don’t take my word for it though; remember it wasn’t the Democrats who fought to abolish slavery, it was the Republicans.  It was the Republican Party that defended the rights for blacks before many disenchanted ‘Dixiecrats’ from the South who embraced slavery and the continued disenfranchisement of black people chose to leave, finding a new home with the Republican Party.  This was the same Republican Party who chose to change their brand and marketing strategy, which in turn shifted black support away from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party.  

My question now though is how can Republicans, who have branded themselves as the standard bearers for righteousness and the party for evangelical Christians, judge President Obama by some standard of righteousness that they refuse to judge Mitt Romney and other candidates that are running for office on?

What about the lies, adultery, fornication, gossip, greed, lust and slander that has and continues to come forth from their party or their chosen elected officials?

Are they asking people in their respective party to become numb to and overlook those indiscretions and shortcomings, asking everyone to pray for them, but shun President Obama because he is in another party?

When you say that you want the lesser of two evils, you do realize that you are choosing behavior within people that you have indicated is evil right?  But, because you are a part of a political party that represents the evangelical Christian point of view, you are willing to turn a blind eye to the evil that some men do, huh?   

How interesting is it for an evangelical Christian to know that someone is foul and has character flaws that are beneath your standards, but then turn-around and sacrifice those ‘holier than thou’ principles based on the party and the person that those same principles would otherwise reject?

I hate such hypocrisy!

Isn’t that what happened to Jesus in the Bible?  Barabbas was a known murderer, but the people chose him over Jesus.  Why?  They knew that Barabbas was guilty.  They chose the lesser of two evils, in their mind, because they were influenced to do so by the religious and political leaders of their day.  

What a shame that people would sacrifice what they know is fair and just, in order to prove their points and do what they think is right.   Apply the same standard to yourselves as you apply to President Obama.  

Don’t be a hypocrite, be a leader for truth and righteousness.

Jeffrey L. Boney is the lead staff writer for the Houston Forward Times newspaper, Next Generation Project Fellow and a dynamic, international speaker.  Jeffrey is the Founder and CEO of the Texas Business Alliance and is an experienced entrepreneur and business development strategist. If you would like to request Jeffrey as a speaker, you can reach him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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