Yes, Dr Bob is free to express his thoughts on the coming election, but unfortunately everything he says is put under a microscope and also reflects on the university whether he wants it too or not. For that reason alone I personally think he may should not have said anything.
The university has already issued a statement to try and distance itself from the situation:
"Bob Jones University has never officially endorsed political candidates, and that policy remains unchanged. Each of us as U.S. citizens has the privilege and responsibility before God to examine the candidates and come to a decision of conscience about how we will cast our vote. It is in that role as private citizens that Dr. Jones III and Dr. Bob Taylor have chosen to cast their vote for Mitt Romney. Other faculty, staff and administrators will choose otherwise. In each case, however, their decision reflects only their personal choice and does not represent BJU as an organization."
I personally have not made up my mind yet who I like in the coming primary. The NC primary is not until February 5th, 2008, so I still have time. Of course it does not end there, because in the end we will have to choose between the democrat or republican nominee.
No one this side of heaven is perfect, including the presidential candidates. We all have to make an informed decision taking into account all our views.
I am sure I can find something about every candidate I do not like, but is it enough to keep me from voting for them? Maybe.
As a christian can I look past these things about some of the candidates?
- Rudy Giuliani: Pro-choice; Roman Catholic; Divorced; Infidelity
- Mitt Romney: Mormonism; Moderate as a Massachusetts Governor
- John McCain: Campaign finance reform; Compromising on judge nominations
- Ron Paul: Voted against the Iraq war; Opposes the Patriot Act (I admit I do not know much else about him)
This is just 4 of the 9 republican candidates, and I am sure I could have mentioned something about the rest, but these issues came to mind. I do like Fred Thompson, Mike Huckabee, and Duncan Hunter, but I have concerns about them too. Do they have a chance? Thompson has probably the best chance among these three, but in the primary I will vote for who I think is the best candidate.
The 2008 election is a different matter for me. No matter who the Republican candidate is I will probably vote for them. Now that will anger some, but any Republican candidate is better than the Democratic candidate.
Why? Well the one issue for me is: *Conservative Supreme Court Justice Nominations* There may be 4 or 5 openings at the Supreme Court over the next 10 years, which would have major implications for the next 30 years.
I have read and heard several Christians say they will not vote if certain candidates get the nomination. That is their choice, but I believe voting is a right that all citizens should exercise, even if the candidate is not someone we completely agree with.
Yes, God is completely sovereign. Yes, He already knows what will happen. And yes, no matter who occupies the White House; God's plan's will not be hindered.
Proverbs 21:1 "The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes."
Psalm 115:3 "But our God is in the Heavens; He does whatever He pleases."
For more thoughts on this matter:
- Dr. Al Mohler made some good points about this whole situation here.
- A good friend was a little disappointed with Dr Bob III here.
In Conclusion, Dr. Bob has a right to support whoever he wants too, but with BJU being such a lightning rod on every issue, I think a little discernment or maybe silence should have been in order.