How will you vote? Morality or Party Loyalty?
The 2012 election has clearly drawn a “line in the sand” on moral issues, and you the voter will be casting a vote of “conscience” which will impact the course of America, more so than any other time in the history of the nation.
Now that the RNC and the DNC are over, this is a good moment to briefly compare the party platforms which were ratified. Each party has now defined where they stand on the major moral issues. Many diminish the significance of the party platform because most vote for candidates, not the platform.
We would like to challenge voters to take a serious look at the moral issues, like life and family, for each party. The Christian/Judeo community is responsible before its Elohim God for how it respects moral issues. Below you will also find David Barton’s comments on why it’s our biblical duty to vote.
1. The Democratic Platform
This year the Democrats approved a new platform on lightning rod issues like same-sex marriage and LGBT rights, reproductive rights for women (early abortion, late-term abortion, sex-selective abortion, abortion-inducing drugs, embryonic stem cell research) provided for in ObamaCare.
God and Jerusalem were removed from the platform, but reinstated after much opposition. The final platform vote was still not unanimous, with strong protest coming from Arab Americans, and many who couldn’t stomach such an overload of transformation.
There’s a growing divide in the Democratic Party among key voters like Evangelicals for Obama, and minority voters like Hispanics and African Americans who are having a hard time meshing their morality with party loyalties. They were disappointed that the party was in no mood to debate its strong progressive shift to the left, away from issues like life and family.
2. The Republican Platform
The Republican platform reflects religious freedom for all. Constitutionality is upheld to preserve integrity in all areas of constitutional freedoms and fiscal responsibility.
The platform includes language expressing its opposition to all forms of abortion, without including an exception for rape. The GOP platform opposes all abortion funding, both here and abroad, a position consistently held by 72% of Americans. It opposes infanticide and euthanasia.
It reinforces the Defense of Marriage Act for traditional marriage and families. DOMA has two parts: One prevents states from being forced to recognize other states’ same-sex “marriages”; the other defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman uniformly across all federal programs and statutes.
The Republican alternative for health care focuses on lowering premiums for families and small businesses, increasing access to affordable, high-quality care, and promoting healthier lifestyles – without adding to the crushing debt Washington has placed on our children and grandchildren.
3. Will you vote your conscience in 2012?
The choice that voters face is their conscience. How do bible-believing citizens mesh their morality with party loyalties?
Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire? Some things are more important than high gas prices or a faltering economy….. Protecting the life of the unborn ~Traditional marriage ~ Freedom of conscience Watch this 3-min. Video / Vote Your Conscience
Does a Christian have a duty to vote, more so than other citizens?
David Barton, president of WallBuilders ministry and an expert on the Christian roots of the United States, discusses the Christian’s duty to vote……
A Christian has a duty to vote probably more than any other citizen because of the biblical principles that are out there relating to nations. The Scripture tells us, Proverbs 14:34, that “Righteousness exalts a nation.” Well, righteousness comes from the national policies that are enacted, or, you could also say righteousness exalts a state or community and you determine righteousness on the basis of the public policies that are enacted—which means public leaders choose those public policies and enact them. That’s when we go to Proverbs 29:2, which tells us “When the righteous rule, the people rejoice (and) when the wicked rule, the people groan.”
In other words, ungodly, non-God-fearing people will not make righteous policies. You will not get, for example, God-fearing people to say it’s OK to have abortion, it’s OK to destroy the sanctity of marriage, it’s OK to promote certain things in schools. … So, what we find scripturally, is that God-fearing policies come from God- fearing people; and in America, the only way that God- fearing people can rule … is to be elected. If, as people of faith, we want righteousness to be exalted, we have to elect leaders who will exalt righteousness, and that’s the only way that God can bless the nation.
For those who have a perspective out of the Bible, it is more incumbent on them—as a duty—to be involved to choose leaders who will enact policies that God can bless in a community, state or nation; to choose leaders that will make decisions that God can honor. For those who have that biblical base, it’s more incumbent on them to be involved, even than the average citizen who may vote solely on the basis of economics or prescription drugs or something else. More…..