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200,000 to Write in Jesus for President, Web Evangelist Says

The Christian Post reported that Bill Keller, an Internet evangelist for LivePrayer.com, says he’s encouraging Christians to write in “Jesus” as a candidate in the upcoming presidential election, and according to him more than 200,000 have promised to do so. However, his descriptions of both candidates have at least one expert wondering if his attitude is Christ-like.

Keller wrote in a political update: “[This election] is literally Satan flipping a two-headed coin with his head on both sides.” He called President Obama “pro-baby killing, pro-radical homosexual, pro-enemy of Israel,” then worried that Mitt Romney’s election would “give his cult the mainstream acceptance they have always wanted.” The answer, he says, is to write in the name of Jesus for president, “saying no to Satan’s two choices…and make a statement that the nation’s problems…are spiritual.”

But Wheaton College associate professor of political science Amy Black told the CP this week that Keller’s “demonizing rhetoric does little to encourage God-honoring politics.” Black, the author of Honoring God in Red or Blue: Approaching Politics with Humility, Grace, and Reason, says believers aren’t always Christ-like in their activism and need to be “humble instead of arrogant, showing that we can disagree and still be gracious.”

“Politics is ultimately about compromise in the sense that it is about coming together, searching for a solution with different individuals with different interests seeking a way forward,” she added. “Christians saying ‘I cannot work with you. I cannot compromise with you, I’m not willing to be at the table’ makes it harder to get anything accomplished.”


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Toni Ridgaway is a content editor for the Outreach Web Network, including churchleaders.com and SermonCentral.com.