Of Two Evils, Choose Neither? Why You Can’t – Election 2016

By J. Matt Barber
Religion & Guns

Election 2016
Election 2016
Matt J Barber
Matt J Barber

United States -(AmmoLand.com)- You may have seen the meme come across your social media feeds.

It's a quote by the fiery preacher and great 19th-century theologian Charles Spurgeon: “Of two evils, choose neither.”

I get it. I love reading old Spurgeon Sermons and very much appreciate his godly wisdom. I've actually posted this quote on my own social media and felt pretty stinkin' self-righteous about it.

Then it occurred to me. Is it really that simple? Is “choosing neither of two evils” always the right choice? Is it always the wise choice? Is it always the moral choice? What if, God forbid, something like this happened: Let's say that devout Muslims capture you and your family, hold a gun to your head and say, “You have one of two choices: We will either behead your children, or, alternatively, we will cut off your foot, patch you up and send you hobbling along your way. Choose one. If you refuse to choose, we will choose for you.”

That's evil. Both choices are evil. Would you “choose the lesser of two evils,” or, as Spurgeon suggests, would you “choose neither,” thereby sealing your fate and that of your children?

But that's an unfair analogy!” you say.

OK, I disagree, but let's try another one.

“Imagine our two families are miles from land in a sinking boat,” writes pastor John Barber (no relation) at The Aquila Report.

“Suddenly, out of the mist, come two boats to save us. One is captained by an adulterer; the other is captained by a thief. Which boat will you get into? You say, ‘Neither one. I'm waiting for the evangelical boat which is captained by a devout Christian who will end abortion.' I say, ‘You're kidding, right?' You reply, ‘Both these guys are reprobates and I'm not going to choose between two evils.'”

To expand on pastor Barber's analogy, let's say that the boat with the thief is worse than first thought. As it approaches we immediately discover that it's crawling with pirates and that if we come onboard, our doom is assured. This certainly limits our options, doesn't it? What now? Does getting on board with the adulterer mean we support adultery, or does it simply mean that, despite his moral failings, we believe he's better equipped to get us to safety?

Indeed, we are on a fast-sinking boat in shark-infested waters, and we're miles from shore with but two boats from which to choose. One of those boats is captained by a thief and full of pirates. The other boat, while certainly imperfect and captained by a fallen, sinful man, at least offers some chance at rescue.

“But there's a third choice!” you say.

Sure, there may be a few pieces of driftwood floating about that represent options three, four or five, but we all know that a piece of driftwood has little chance of saving our families – especially with hungry sharks circling. You may choose a piece of driftwood out of principle, but are you willing to stake the lives of your family on what you perceive as the principled stand?

Doesn't seem that principled to me.

These are perilous times, and we've got difficult choices to make. When we're sinking, sometimes God sends us a boat with a reprobate at the helm. He has a history of doing quite a lot with reprobates.

Will He this time?

God only knows.

Pray hard.

And then pick your boat and Vote.

About J. Matt Barber:

Matt Barber is founder and editor-in-chief of BarbWire.com and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. In addition to his law degree, Matt holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Regent University. Matt is both an author and a popular columnist. He’s known for a unique writing style (an entertaining blend of thoughtful analysis and Swiftian satire, delivered with a rapier wit). Many newspapers and online publications run Matt’s columns, to include WND, TheBlaze, the Washington Times, TownHall and many more. Author of the book, “The Right Hook: From the Ring to the Culture War,” Matt is currently penning his first novel. Setting him apart from others in his various fields, Matt was an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer retiring in 2004. Prior to turning pro, he was a several time state and regional Golden Gloves champion, competing in the 1992 Western Olympic Trials and winning a Gold Medal in the 1993 Police and Fire World Games.

© Copyright 2016 by J. Matt Barber

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    BillyBob Texas
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    BillyBob Texas

    Darren,

    You don’t get it. Trump OR Hillary WILL be Prez next year (barring a meteor strike). Which will do you the most damage?

    It REALLY boils down to that. Let’s argue til the cows come home. let’s quote philosophers. Let’s talk about what Reagan did. How about what Calvin Coolidge did!!??

    Makes no nevermind. One or the other. Take YOUR pick – or you’ll get THEIR pick, instead…..

    Darren
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    Darren

    BBT, your question brings us full circle back to my first comment in this thread: “Mr. Barber tell me, while we’re voting for the lesser of 2 evils will we ever get around to voting for good? When will the process of making things bad stop? Voting for the lesser evil is about the speed at which things get worse, it’s not about anything getting better. I’m amazed at how people are willing to go along with this con. We need to face the truth that electoral systems have failed, they don’t deliver the control of the govt &, therefore,… Read more »

    David
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    David

    How do we develop what is “good,” when the choice is between incompetence and Evil?

    As a practical matter, I must choose incompetence, or what appears to be that, because I perfectly well know what Evil will do.

    We do not have the time for the nuances now of political philosophy. And yes, I am a Political Science and History grad. We MUST make a choice, or we forsake one of the cornerstones of being a Citizen instead of a Subject.

    Darren
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    Darren

    David, we don’t. Citizen & subject are just other names for slave. As long as you accept being ruled you are a slave. Voting doesn’t change that. When more people join me figuring this out we’ll be free.

    “…there is no difference, in principle – but only in degree – between political and chattel slavery. The former, no less than the latter, denies a man’s ownership of himself and the products of his labor; and asserts that other men may own him, and dispose of him and his property, for their uses, and at their pleasure.”

    –Lysander Spooner, No Treason http://praxeology.net/LS-NT-0.htm#intro

    BillyBob Texas
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    BillyBob Texas

    Darren, if you REALLY think that there is no difference between what Trump will do – and what Hillary will do, you are a lost soul, wandering around in mindless never-never land. Hillary and Ginsberg have already said they can’t wait to appoint more SCOTUS Justices to overturn Heller – which is what confirmed that YOU, the individual, has a right to a firearm. Bitch all you want – but – ESPECIALLY on THIS blog – is what it’s all about. Yes, you can argue that ‘they’ can’t undo what the 2A says….but you are wrong. The SCOTUS tells us… Read more »

    Darren
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    Darren

    BBT, reality is more complicated than you think. One day you might realize that. Until then you’ll continue to be taken in by the electoral system. Neither Trump nor Hitlery has been prez. All we have from them is rhetoric. Who knows what they’d do in office? Trump has written that he’s in favor of an “assault weapon” ban, background checks, & 3 day waiting period on gun purchases in “The America We Deserve”, 2000. You really trust this guy with your gun rights? Even the revered conservative Reagan moved gun control forward. theweek.com/articles/58292AC6/how-ronald-reagan-learned-love-gun-control Republicans are as in favor of… Read more »

    BillyBob Texas
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    Darren – as I’ve said, I agree with dang near everything you’ve said – except the part about withholding your vote to…”I’LL SHOW THEM”…I guess? Merely WANTING it different – is really no different from the screaming illogical liberal bobbleheads who just “FEEL” like it should be different. You are DOING nothing – of any ACTUAL CONSEQUENCE – to change anything. Nothing at all. Voting for that #3 piece of driftwood will change NOTHING. Vote wasted. Change? Nothing. But you can “feel’ good about it. Same as the BLM and Occupy and Save the Whales folks. Wake up. You MUST… Read more »

    Darren
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    Darren

    BBT, as I stated earlier voting is the illusion of control. You’re not fighting anything by doing so. It really doesn’t matter who wins the election. The candidates differences are all rhetoric. Once in office Rs & Ds behave the same way. According to a Georgetown University professor of history Carroll Quigley: “The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can… Read more »

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    BillyBob – I couldn’t agree more. Darren is right, the system if terribly screwed up. But saying so doesn’t change it. Until it (if ever) gets fixed, we do what we can to see that the current direction of this great nation is turned around. Not voting at all is not the answer. There are many things I don’t like about Trump. There is NOTHING about Hillary that is good for the USA. Every vote for Trump goes toward her defeat. A vote for anyone else is a vote for more Democratic lies, deceit and corruption. Americans, please use your… Read more »

    BillyBob Texas
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    BillyBob Texas

    Darren, I just asked you what you would do in this allegory. I don’t defend the current situation. I am an ARDENT 2A’r. So I’d like to change LOTS of this. But , unlike the ‘theorists’ like yourself, you will not be able to make the sharks go away by wishing it. I am instead, a “realist”. Philosophers like yourself need to get back to the shore to continue the fight. Yelling at the sharks about how ‘right’ you are will not help. You’ll be eaten when grabbing onto options # 3 or 4 or 5 driftwood. Gone. Buh-Bye! I… Read more »

    Darren
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    Darren

    Let me spell it out for you. Politicians aren’t the boats coming to rescue you they are the sharks that are going to eat you alive. The allegory is wrong for that reason. It’s not about which boat to get on, it’s really asking you which shark do you choose to eat you & your family. I’m not going to help them with that process. We only suffer under the present system because people like you (& there are many) refuse to look at alternative systems. They take the easy way out fantasizing that they can just vote & everything… Read more »

    Darren
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    Darren

    BBT brilliant defense of electoral politics. Oh wait you didn’t defend anything. You haven’t rebutted what I posted. Keep shilling for corrupt politicians. Your kids won’t thank you. Come back when you’re ready to talk about actually doing some good.

    BillyBob Texas
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    BillyBob Texas

    So……Darren. What boat will you put your family on? Or will it be the piece of driftwood, because of some ‘principle’ that if we stop [patronizing those nasty boat owners, maybe a ‘good’ one will come along…….but your family is NOW in the shark-infested waters. NOW.

    How good does ‘waiting for the good boat’ feel as you see what the sharks do to your kids…..

    Darren
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    Darren

    Mr. Barber tell me, while we’re voting for the lesser of 2 evils will we ever get around to voting for good? When will the process of making things bad stop? Voting for the lesser evil is about the speed at which things get worse, it’s not about anything getting better. I’m amazed at how people are willing to go along with this con. We need to face the truth that electoral systems have failed, they don’t deliver the control of the govt &, therefore, the protection of liberty promised. Let me repeat something I posted at another article: The… Read more »

    CountryBoy
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    CountryBoy

    Darren — for me there is a little more CLARITY…
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    If Trump accomplishes 1/2 of what he says that he will do , the Country will be in GOOD Shape.
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    If Hillary accomplishes 1/2 of what she says that she will do , then You can Put a Fork in us, because this Country will be DONE as America…..

    Darren
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    Darren

    The republic of the Founders died a long time ago. It became the Progressive Empire of America.

    & no, Trump won’t make a difference. If he comes & goes, if Hitlery comes & goes, we’ll bumble on just like the Romans did.

    “Nothing is more unreliable than the populace, nothing more obscure than human intentions, nothing more deceptive than the whole electoral system.”

    –Marcus Tullius Cicero

    Janek
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    Janek

    Voting for Donald Trump is a ‘Leap of Faith’ I’m willing to make instead of 4 or more years of Democratic ‘Rule’. They don’t ‘govern’ they ‘rule’. There IS a difference!

    TEX
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    TEX

    @Janek,even if Trump turned out to be a poor president it would better than the bull dyke. We know what we would get with the bull dyke.