Although I realize that I risk offending some of my readers, I feel I must address the upcoming election, but before I do let me say that I’ve lived long enough to have no illusions about politicians or political parties. In my lifetime I have seen a Republican President forced to resign rather than face impeachment and a Democratic President whose sexual philandering while in the White House has forever tainted his legacy. The bribes, the kickbacks and the sexual scandals on both sides of the aisle are too numerous to detail and at times the level of incompetence has simply been staggering. I mention this, not to speak disparagingly of our elected officials, but only to remind you that there are no ideal candidates and no ideal parties. Even as we fulfill our responsibilities as citizens our hope must always remain fixed on God.
Some consider this Presidential election the most critical in our nation’s history given the economic crisis, the ongoing threat of terrorism and the assault on Judeo Christian values. I don’t know if I would go that far, but I think we can all agree that these are critical times requiring our most prayerful vigilance. As Christians we have a dual citizenship. We are citizens of the Kingdom as well as citizens of the United States. While our highest allegiance belongs to God we have civic responsibilities that we owe the country of our birth. Or as Jesus said, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s’ and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matt. 22:21).
As a citizen of the United States we have a responsibility to vote, to participate in the democratic process. As a citizen of the Kingdom we have a responsibility to make sure our vote reflects the values of the Kingdom and the King to whom we owe our highest allegiance. While there may be any number of issues on which Christians can vote either way, there are other issues on which the Scriptures are emphatically clear and in regards to these we must never compromise. Non-negotiable issues include the sanctity of life (i.e., abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem-cell research and human cloning) and the Biblical view of marriage (i.e. between a man and a woman).
When both candidates profess to be Christians we must look beyond their words to their actions. Remember Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21). We must ask ourselves if the positions each candidate takes on non-negotiable issues line up with the clear teaching of Scripture. We must examine their voting records to see how they have voted on these non-negotiable issues. While a non- Christian may take a Biblical position on these issues, a Christian cannot take an unscriptural position without compromising his faith.Category: October 2008
“Without a return to civility in our public discourse I fear anger may well escalate into violence.”
Anger is epidemic! Given the financial fiasco on Wall Street and in Washington, not to mention the vitriolic Presidential campaign and it’s easy to see why. Hard working Americans feel ripped off and betrayed! They want somebody to blame, anybody – greedy Wall Street investment firms, self-serving politicians, activists groups whose radical agenda undermined the integrity of our economic system – anybody. They want heads to roll, somebody has got to pay!
Who can blame them? The melt down on Wall Street has, according to some experts, resulted in the loss of one trillion dollars of value. Americans are reeling! In the past two weeks the face of America has changed. A recession now seems inevitable and a world wide economic depression is a very real possibility. And in tough economic times no one hurts more than the poor.Category: October 2008