Perhaps you are one of those people who believe that Romney and Obama actually aren't really that much different and in a sense are part of the same problem, that they could be the same person, or actually controlled by the same organization. So you vote for someone who can't win as a kind of protest. Maybe your idea is that whichever candidate we vote is going to bring us ultimately to the same conclusion and you would like us to get there a little bit faster. I see you as the fatalistic vote. And you're wrong.
As genuine believers, our trust is in the Lord Jesus Christ. We pray for His kingdom to come. We don't depend on government, on our socio-economic level, or on our class as a basis of our satisfaction or fulfillment. No matter who wins, we can thrive. But that doesn't mean that we shouldn't try to have things be the best they can be---remember paragraph one. In Romans 12, Paul wrote, as much as possible live peaceably with all men. That doesn't mean you can live peaceably with all men, but you can as much as possible. Let's as much as possible have a president that thinks like we do.
Only two candidates can win, Obama or Romney. If you do not vote for Romney, you are in fact helping Obama to win the presidency. You know it. You should care.
Even though Romney is not the candidate that we would want, he's enough better than Obama to vote for him, so that Obama might not win. He is better than Obama. They aren't the same candidates.
Let's start with the purpose of government. When God ordained human government in Genesis 9, He set out to protect life. On abortion, Romney isn't enough pro-life, but he's far more pro-life than Obama. Obama is the most anti-life president in the history of the United States. You know that. So if you vote for someone besides Romney, and then Obama wins, then you will take responsibility for the continuation of the most anti-life policies in history. More unborn children will be killed because of those policies. Romney does not support taxpayer funded abortions. Obama does. Romney would oppose third trimester abortions. Obama supports them.
Romans 13 says that government is about rewarding good and punishing evil. In so many more ways Obama is about rewarding evil and punishing good. Obama's taxation is about punishing good, punishing work, punishing production. If you don't vote for Romney, you are voting for an Obama win, which will in fact punish good. You will contribute to that.
Obama rewards homosexual behavior. Romney's not the best on that, but he still supports marriage only between a man and a woman. That's another basic that you would oppose more if you vote for someone besides Romney. That's what I think you will be doing.
Why do you think that gun sales will go up exponentially more if Obama is elected? You know this to be true. Why is it? It's because people will want to get guns before the government will make it more difficult to do so, and, second, it's because people are rightfully more afraid of the country moving faster into a deeply dangerous, chaotic state, in which even food supply would be threatened without protection. Your vote for someone besides Romney will result in a faster loss of gun ownership, in which you will be a greater loss for the protection of the life of your family.
If Obama wins, which he will more likely do so if you vote for someone besides Romney, he will have four more years to appoint Supreme Court justices like Sotomayor and Kagan, perhaps the worst two of the nine presently on the court. You don't want more of the same. You want to avoid that as much as possible. Romney would very likely choose people at least like Scalia or Thomas, strict constructionists. You should want that. We will lose far more God-given rights because of Obama Supreme Court appointments.
I could go on here. Romney won't support government funded contraceptives. Obama will. Romney will be better at shrinking the deficit. Romney will more likely pass conservative legislation passed by a more conservative Congress. Obama will veto it.
When you vote for Romney, you aren't voting for Mormon doctrine. You aren't saying you believe in the Book of Mormon. You aren't saying that you think that Romney is smart for doing so. I don't think Romney is a Mormon because Mormonism makes any sense. He is one because his dad was a Mormon. I believe he decided, probably while he was in France on his mission, that he wasn't going to give up on Mormonism and in so doing invalidate his father's life. He bought in, I believe, at that time. It gives him a sense of continuity. It is a kind of conservatism to him. There may be other reasons why he believes it. None of them are good reasons. However, John Locke wasn't a believer either. Neither was Thomas Jefferson. We're not voting for the leader of a church. We're voting for the President of the Republic, one branch of government. He's not a King. He will, by far, support freedom of religion more than Obama. Understand that. Obama has shown that he doesn't mind the government intruding on the freedom of religion. Romney is far more likely to protect that right and to protect it better.
You're not a dupe if you vote Romney. You are entering it with your eyes open. You know exactly what you are getting. It isn't what you want. But it isn't Obama either. And you have, I believe, a responsibility to help stop Barack Obama from getting another term as president. You will not do that by not voting for Romney. You will be playing right into President Obama's hands. You are making a poor decision.
Do not write in a candidate. Do not vote libertarian. Do not vote American independent. Do not vote Constitutional. Vote for Romney. It's the best opportunity we have for not having Obama. Do not, not vote. Vote. And vote for Romney.
Especially if you live in a swing state, do not vote for anyone but Romney.