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Voter Polarization

Romans 13:1 “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” (NASB)

Under whose governing authority will be be?  Will it be Barack Obama or John McCain?  There seems to be a question among Christians as to who to vote for?  How can this possibly be?  One man supports abortion and the other does not.  As a Christian voter, how can there be a question?  The Catholic Church issued a letter to all parishioners in Dallas and Fort Worth.  They made it clear that they consider abortion an “intrinsic evil”.  For Catholics to vote for a pro-choice candidate is a sin.   Many pastors in our Protestant churches have said basically the same thing.  Just to make it clear, Barack Obama is pro-choice and John McCain is pro-life.

Barack Obama has said at a Planned Parenthood rally that the first thing he would do when he becomes president is to sign into law the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). FOCA states “A government may not (1) deny or interfere with a woman’s right to choose – (A) to bear a child; (B) to terminate a pregnancy prior to viability; or (C) to terminate a pregnancy after viability where termination is necessary to protect the life or health of the woman; or (2) discriminate against the exercise of the rights set forth in paragraph (1) in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information.” This act applies to every Federal, State, and local statute, ordinance, regulation, administrative order, decision, penalty, practice, or other action enacted, adopted, or implemented before or after the date of enactment of this act.” Text of H.R. 1964 and S. 1173, introduced on April 19, 2007.

The Family Research Council says that if FOCA was passed it would automatically overturn:

- State abortion reporting requirements in all 50 states
- Forty-four states’ laws concerning parental involvement
- Forty states’ laws on restricting later-term abortions
- Forty-six states’ conscience protection laws for individual health care providers
- Twenty-seven states’ conscience protection laws for institutions
- Thirty-eight states’ bans on partial-birth abortions
- Thirty-three states’ laws on requiring counseling before an abortion
- Sixteen states’ laws concerning ultrasounds before an abortion

Why would anyone want to be in subjection to a governing authority who has chosen to go against God’s authority over the issue of life? Can a person believe in the God of the Bible who claims to be the author of life and who knit you together in the womb and who has set a time for your birth and death and yet vote for the nation’s leader who chooses to take that authority from God?  Can any possible good come from such a vote? 

Are we a nation of life or a nation of death?  There is a clear moral truth that will determine this election.  Will the country vote for life or death- the polls say there is voter polarization on this issue.  I pray that the church, the Body of Christ, will turn out and turn down the candidate who supports abortion.

Values Voting

Romans 13:1 “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.  The authorities that exist have been established by God”

Early voting starts today in the United States.  Americans are privileged to live in a democratic republic that allows each eligible citizen to make his or her vote known for who we want to lead us.  Even so, contrary to what you may believe, the popular vote does not elect the president.  The president is elected by the electoral college.  Each state has “electoral votes” allocated and it is these votes that determine who will lead the country.  It takes 270 electoral votes to win.  The popular vote informs the electors of each state as to how to cast their ballots.  Some states require that the electors follow the popular vote of the state and some states do not require it.  It is always possible in the United States to win the popular vote and lose the election because of this electoral vote system.

Regardless of the system, it is every Christian’s responsibility to vote and we should take our vote seriously.  On the other hand, every politician and every political party never seems to live up to all they promised.  Psalms teaches us where to properly place our faith and it is not in men.  Psalm 118:8-9 “It is better to take refuge in the LORD that to trust in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to trust in princes.” As flawed as men are, we still need earthly leaders and earthly authority as is stated above in Romans 13.  We should however vote for the leader who we believe will best represent our biblical values and then pray that God will give them the strength and courage to do everything in their power to uphold those values.

There are two values at high risk in this election and the two candidates have opposing views of these values.  The first value is the sanctity of life.  This value begins with protecting the unborn from being murdered in the womb but It also covers those who are alive but unable to care for themselves.  The Democratic party candidate says as one of the first things he does in office is to “sign into law the Freedom of Choice Act which would remove all restrictions on abortions in all states.  He says he will do everything he can to avoid the overturning of Roe v Wade which legalized abortion and has resulted in nearly 50 million abortions since that Supreme Court ruling in 1973. The Republican candidate has stated that he will do everything in his power to overturn Roe v Wade.

The second value at risk regards family and what constitutes “marriage”.  The Democratic candidate supports a redefinition of conventional and biblical marriage from one man, one woman, one lifetime to a secular definition of marriage that includes a woman marrying another woman and a man marrying another man.  Once that boundary is broken, who knows what else will constitute marriage.  The Republican candidate opposes redefining marriage.  God instituted marriage and man should not disobey Him by redefining it.  

God holds life sacred and it is His to determine who is born and how long each should live.  God instituted marriage and was clear about it being between a man and a woman.  Man is in direct disobedience to God by making laws that are contrary to His.  The Old Testament is full of examples of the consequences of disobeying God and those consequences are never pleasant. Nations that have disobeyed God suffer his wrath and we should expect nothing different. Consider your vote carefully, thoughtfully, and prayerfully.  There is value in your vote and as a Christian it is your responsibility to vote your values.


 
 
 
 

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