The last two decades in America have seen a decline in critical thinkers. Fewer and fewer people seem to let the wisdom of morality play a role in their decisions. More and more people are driven by an emotional response than by a rational one. Because the nation is in a religious decline, so is our ability to think. The nation is sharply divided, although I do see encouraging signs of people rejecting collectivism of Obama and the Democrats.
But, there still are ignorant people in our nation who do not let the light of a Christian moral framework inform how they are to vote, even among those who consider themselves to be Christians. Below is a bit of a Facebook dialogue I had with one of my wife’s relatives. We’ll call him “DW.” The discussion all started when he posted this:
Here is the discussion:
DW: This one is for all you Obama supporters out there.
ME: Let’s pray there aren’t too many of them.
DW: We don’t need too many, we just need enough to win.
ME: This election is not about different policy choices. It is a choice between two completely opposed political philosophies.
One is a European-style, collectivist philosophy of an American-despising, anti-colonialist, who promotes envy and hatred of the “rich,” who believes stealing the wealth of people to give to the “poor” is charity, who believes murdering unborn children is a moral choice, who believes same-sex “marriage” is equal justice, who refuses to protect Israel, and insists that government mandated healthcare is fulfilling our “religious duties.”
The other philosophy is the conservative, American traditional natural law principles of limited government, enumerated federal powers, individual liberty, strong national defense, and religious liberty.
As a Christian I am compelled by biblical principles to oppose Obama’s secular humanistic public policies because they completely ignore the word of God. As an American I am compelled to oppose Obama because his “fundamental transformation” of America is turning our nation into something ugly and un-American. It is a shame people who call themselves countrymen of mine support Obama.
DW: You should study the “Tragedy of the Commons” to gain insight for higher taxes on the rich. Israel is not at war, both parties are for national healthcare and religious beliefs should not be imposed on the masses. I would not draw a parallel between countrymen and party affiliation. Jesus’ ministry was not about establishing a political kingdom so I miss the reason Christians are compelled to mix religion and politics.
ME:I don’t need to study another leftist, rabid-environmentalist propaganda sheet. I understand why leftists envy the rich and hate private property. Hardin’s* collectivism is more akin to the French Revolution, the Bolshevik Revolution, Soviet communism, and LBJ’s “Great Society” than to George Washington’s, Patrick Henry’s, John Adams’, Jonathan Edwards’ America. Private property rights are God-given. Hardin and his followers replace the wisdom of God with their own.
Hardin wanted to take away the “freedom to breed.” His ethics were truly sick. He advocated denying food to poor countries that were “overpopulated,” hoping that starvation would stem the tide of overpopulation. Hardin’s philosophy is the stuff totalitarian regimes are made of. It is completely un-American.
Israel is at war with its Arab neighbors and with terrorist groups within the Palestinian community. Iran has declared that it will destroy Israel. Obama’s friends in the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt have already rejected the peace treaty with Israel.
Both parties do not support nationalized healthcare, and if they did, they both would be wrong. Nationalized healthcare is immoral, unbiblical and downright un-American.
I agree that religious beliefs should not be imposed. So why do the Leftists, who cry the loudest “Separation of Church and State,” insist we all be forced by government violence to do our charitable duty to God to pay for healthcare, food stamps, mortgages, cell phones, booze, cigarettes, lap dances for the “poor?” It appears it is the Left who wants to impose its religious duties on the rest of us. Charity is an individual religious duty, not one to be imposed by my nosy neighbors who think they are charitable by voting for politicians who use the full force of government to tax the people for the sake of the “poor.”
I most certainly can draw a parallel between who my countrymen are based on party affiliation. When I see a Democrat president bowing to world leaders, a Democrat Senate majority leader openly rooting for our defeat in Iraq (Harry Reid: “This war is lost.”), Democrats openly arguing that America needs to be diminished in the world, and that there is no such thing as American exceptionalism, and that America is raping the planet’s resources having less than 5% of the world’s population, I can plainly see that those who support the Democrats’ philosophy do not at all look like countrymen of mine.
Jesus was NOT apolitical. A lot of people make the mistake that Jesus only made his appearance in the “red letters” in the New Testament. Jesus is the Eternal God who authored the entirety of the Bible. The entire scriptures say a lot about politics. And Jesus is about establishing a political kingdom. He is returning to wage war on a world’s system that has rejected him. There are those who try to paint Jesus into a picture of their own making. They are deceived.
Jesus’ first advent was to be our salvation. His second advent will be our redemption. No, Jesus was not apolitical. He said a lot about politics. He said a lot about politics without running for office. When Jesus said “Render to Caesar” he said Caesar is only due what authority has been given to him, therefore, government is limited in power. Neither Caesar, nor my neighbors, have the authority to take bread from my table to feed the poor, or to strip my children to clothe the naked. Government coerced confiscation of my wealth to “help” the poor is not charity. It is theft.
Here are just a few “Christian” reasons why any Christian should be compelled to vote against the Democrats:
1. They support the killing of children through abortion, even after a living child has been born alive after a failed abortion. Democrats aren’t just un-American. They are barbaric.
2. They support same-sex “marriage.” God’s design for marriage was from the beginning: One man and one woman. Jesus even affirmed this in the “red letters.”
3. Liberal theology is nothing more than secular humanism in religious terms. You take any issue and the liberal theologian will side with the secular humanist every time, whether it be abortion, homosexuality, environmentalism, social welfare, private property ownership, etc.
Liberal “Christians” hide behind a false sense of religious sentiment because they think they are helping the “least of these” by forcing other people to pay higher taxes. It is a phony, pharisaical religion. It is a shame that people are so deceived to allow innocent children die on the altar of “a woman’s choice” just because they believe they are religious when it comes to charity.
Religious beliefs and politics must mix, otherwise we have not yielded to the sovereignty of Christ. Jesus owns it all, including how we vote. So if Jesus doesn’t direct how we are to vote, then we have rejected his rightful authority in our lives. (That is not to say the entity of the Church must interfere with the entity of the State. That is completely different than religious beliefs influencing the actions of the State.)
That is why I am compelled to oppose the Democrats and their dear leader, Obama.
I am called to the battle of the mind and to expose the “fruitless deed of darkness.” (See Ephesians 5:11). I do not know how many people will be persuaded by my arguments, but the truth needs a defense. Arguments alone will not win the day and save our country. First and foremost should be prayer. We should be looking at the wicked ways within each of us and repent. Revival must begin with the house of God, because that is where judgment will fall first. I Peter 4:17-19. Our nation will not be saved by a “conservative” revival of the “American spirit.” It will only be saved if God’s people, called by his name, humble themselves and pray, and seek his face, and turn from their wicked ways. Only then will God hear from heaven and forgive our sin and heal our land.
So, make the arguments with those lost in an ignorant philosophy, but join me in rejecting secret sins and repent. Only after repentance will there be revival.
*Garrett Hardin is the author of Tragedy of the Commons. Hardin and his disciples see a large, centralized national (and in some cases, international) government as the only solution to the problems faced by the “commons.” This large government is what our founders feared and fought against. It appears, we still have to fight the American Revolution, but now, we have to fight our own countrymen.
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