Here’s a smörgåsbord of resources that will be of interest to Christians in relation to voting, etc.
David Barton of Wall Builders provides this video
and this information in writing about why it’s important for Christians to vote.
The American Family Association put it succinctly, THE QUESTION MANY ARE GRAPPLING WITH – WHO TO VOTE FOR? It can also be viewed here.
Who Should Christians Vote For?
October 9, 2012
There is some discussion within the Christian community about who to vote for in the upcoming elections. Some are even questioning if they should vote at all. In the race for president, on the one hand you have one man who claims to be a Christian yet supports causes and policies that clearly violate biblical morality like abortion and homosexual “marriage.”
On the other hand, we have a gentleman who is a member of church that promotes a different theological doctrine than historical Christianity teaches. What to do?
I have an excellent article here, written by historian Stephen McDowell, president of the Providence Foundation, that answers this dilemma to my satisfaction. It is not short, as it is well thought out and well documented. But it answers a lot of questions in biblical manner.
I encourage you to read and then send it out to as many people as you can.
You can see a comparison of the Democrat and Republican platforms (what the parties’ believe and want to work toward) at this link. Please see page 14 for why Christians should vote at this link. Take a look at this whiteboard presentation to understand why it’s important for people to be aware of candidates and their positions.
Wayne Grudem has written Politics — According to the Bible. You probably won’t be able to buy and read it between now and the election; however, check out more of the synopsis. Here’s a partial synopsis from the same link:
This comprehensive and readable book presents a political philosophy from the perspective that the Gospel pertains to all of life, so Christians should be involved in political issues. In brief, this is an analysis of conservative and liberal plans to do good for the nation, evaluated in light of the Bible and common sense.
In this ground-breaking book, recognized evangelical Bible professor Wayne Grudem rejects five mistaken views about Christian influence on politics: (1) ‘compel religion,’ (2) ‘exclude religion,’ (3) ‘all government is demonic,’ (4) ‘do evangelism, not politics,’ and (5) ‘do politics, not evangelism.’ He proposes a better alternative: (6) ‘significant Christian influence on government.’ Then he explains the Bible’s teachings about the purpose of civil government and the characteristics of good or bad government.
Vox5 here — If you’ve ever wondered how Christians and the government are to help the poor, here’s a great blog post with a critique about the government extensively helping the poor. Some excerpts:
The Bible has a great deal to say about helping the poor (as it does about abortion and homosexuality), but I can’t find a single verse where it empowers the State to tax the prosperous so it can be redistributed to the less fortunate. Mr. Snyder’s use of Matthew 25:40 is not a call for the State to develop a welfare system.
To base government programs like welfare, food stamps, and social security on Matthew 25:31–46 is without foundation. The division in Matthew 25 is between sheep and goats, that is, individuals in nations. Nations don’t visit people in prison; private citizens do. Governments put people in prison; private citizens do not.
Civil governments are the biggest hindrance in helping the poor, and it’s not because they don’t tax enough and redistribute wealth efficiently. High taxes and control of the money supply (inflation/deflation) enable civil governments to control people and their property.
Justin Taylor has a good piece here about Christians dual citizenship (earth and heaven).
This election season is a good time to remember that the Christian life is a paradox. Take, for example, the question of where our citizenship resides.
He says some can “care too much” and others “too little” about politics/political involvement.
Some argue that we should be invested in evangelism or preaching or social justice instead of politics. But most of us can care about both. Let me offer two reasons why we, as Bible-believing, gospel-centered evangelicals, should care about politics at varying levels and degrees.
You can browse through the audio archives here for various messages about “church and state” which you can download to consider a Christian worldview and how it relates to voting.
Father Frank Pavone shares here (click and also see the video at that link):
Without the protection of the right to life, no other discussion of human rights can continue.
So declared Cardinal Renato Martino in an interview I conducted with him about politics and elections.
As we approach Election Day, some – even within the Church – will distort and hide the fact that the Church (and commonsense, by the way) make it crystal clear that the right to life is the most foundational good to preserve in any election.
Without life, we don’t have anything.
Can you imagine a candidate saying, “I support terrorism” and a voter replying, “I disagree with you on terrorism, but what’s your health care plan?’
No. The supporter of terrorism would be dismissed as unworthy of public office.
So should the supporter of abortion.
Now, it’s not just you saying that. By using this video at http://www.FrFranksBlog.com, it will be the Cardinal saying it!
So I ask you to do the following:
1) Click here to watch the video on Youtube.
2) Post this message on your Facebook account.
3) Tweet this message to your Twitter followers.
4) Place this message on your blog and/or website.
5) Bring this message to the attention of your pastor and invite him to quote the Cardinal as he preaches to the people in these days before the Election!
Thank you for all you are doing to advance the protection of life. Nothing is more important.
Fr. Frank Pavone
Jennifer A. Marshall writes here about a Christian’s calling to citizenship.
See this video to understand the differences between conservatism and liberalism.
Are You Aware of the Religious Liberty & Freedom of Speech Issues at Stake in THIS Election?
*FREEDOM OF RELIGION*
>> OBAMA HAS BEEN THE MOST BIBLICALLY HOSTILE PRESIDENT EVER
Believers who want to see Obama in office for another four years — why? Please look at THIS and consider the evidence.
THIS link contains in chronological order
- numerous records of his attacks on Biblical persons or organizations;
- examples of the hostility toward Biblical faith that have become evident in the past three years in the Obama-led military;
- a listing of his open attacks on Biblical values; and finally
- a listing of numerous incidents of his preferential deference for Islam’s activities and positions, including letting his Islamic advisors guide and influence his hostility toward people of Biblical faith.
EXCERPT ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT’S “ATTITUDE” TOWARD THE CATHOLIC CHURCH BY FORCING THEM TO GO AGAINST THEIR RELIGIOUS CONSCIENCE IN REGARDS TO THE OBAMACARE ABORTION/CONTRACEPTION MANDATE
One final, particularly smug and ugly assumption is the cultural dismissal of the importance of the work of the Church and religion in general. “Catholic Charities won’t comply with the new marriage law? Fine. Who needs ’em?” “The Church won’t provide abortions and sterilizations at their hospitals? Fine. Give us the keys.”
It takes a special kind of nerve to be cavalier about the societal contributions of an institution that provided food services to 7,146,490 people in 2010 alone, to say nothing of the housing-related services to 497,732 people, counseling services to 405,848 people, immigration services to 323,312 people, addiction services to 81,866 people, pregnancy services to 93,542 people and adoption services to 38,829 people. (Source: Catholic Charities USA)
Christian school leaders and home schoolers are concerned that they could be forced to adopt the controversial Common Core State Standards trumpeted by the Obama administration.
>>It’s important to understand that the “marriage debate” poses risks to freedom of religion and freedom of speech<<
*FREEDOM OF SPEECH*
U.N. Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18
High Ranking Department of Justice Official Refuses to Affirm First Amendment (Freedom of Speech) Rights
EXCERPT FROM Congressional testimony:
While testifying to the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, U.S. Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez refused to say that the U.S. would never advance a proposal that criminalizes the right to free speech in regards to criticizing religion.
When asked over and over again the question by Rep. Trent Frank (R-AZ): “Will you tell us here today that this Administration’s Department of Justice will never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?” Perez balked at answering any such question.
More about this story by The American Thinker.
THIS HAPPENED in December 2011 and it is very troubling, to say the least.
Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) president Andrea Lafferty was targeted and detained by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security personnel this Wednesday during the closing event capping the three day closed-door conference advancing the implementation of U.N. Resolution 16/18.
“For weeks we have been asking whether the true aims of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and U.N. Resolution 16/18 would be used to apply “old fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming” to chill and coerce those critical of the Islamist agenda,” said Lafferty.
In September 2012, Obama wasn’t pressed by PBS for his support of anti-blasphemy measures that are completely incongruous with the freedom of speech as protected by the U.S. Constitution.
So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed. That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.
LEARN ABOUT PULPIT FREEDOM SUNDAY here.
The future of religious freedom depends on a free pulpit to communicate fundamental, biblical principles to congregations across America. Join a growing movement of bold pastors preaching biblical Truth about candidates and elections from their pulpits on October 7, 2012.
Black pastor, Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Church, let his congregation know “4 Reasons I Cannot Support Barack Obama” during “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” — Life, Marriage, Israel, and Religious Freedom.
@ 9:38 And then you’ve got the Black community which has been the most faithful Christian community has the highest unemployment rate of any subculture in the land and they are foolish enough – listen to me Black Christian – you are foolish enough to vote against the God that brought you out of slavery, the God that brought you out of the civil rights thing just because somebody’s skin is black, you’re going to support an anti-God, anti-Gospel agenda – no wonder you can’t get a job. If you celebrate your race over grace you ought to do badly. God is spanking you right now and I’ve got news – you heard it here – the folks that sign on to this now and support the President right now in this will find that their best days are behind them. It’s gonna get worse because the principle is you ‘pray the drought Elijah’ which is who represents the church. The drought stays until in the mercy of God, we as the church finally say, “Uncle”. We’ll serve God without any repentance. We’ll go wholly his way. We’ll go all the way to God. So it’s gotta get worse, it’s gotta get worse economically until America and the grace of God returns to her God. Is that alright? So we talked about life, we talked about marriage, we talked about Israel and the last thing, it is religious liberty. Remember, Elijah said, “I only am a prophet of God.” That was not by mistake. Jezebel and Ahab had so intimidated the voice of the prophets in the land. They were intimidated to speak. Elijah had to come out of hiding. Four more years of Barack Obama will ensure an aggressive, anti-Christian spirit that has currently grabbed hold of the Administration and this country. Beware, my Christian friend, you should not vote for Barack Obama. We’re gonna pray now. And, we endorse Faith Loudon for Congress in the 4th District of Maryland and we do not endorse Barack Obama for President of the United States.”
This video shares what issues are not negotiable.
Vox5 here to let you know there may be some more resources coming to this page on this topic.