Early in American history, men and women of faith understood the importance of Christians living as salt and light in our culture, and they influenced every aspect of society. Today, however, this great nation is drifting further away from the God who blessed us, and believers have fallen into the trap of conforming to the world. How do we reverse this trend?
Some say we shouldn’t mix our faith and politics; but as biblical Christians, we cannot separate the two. It’s impossible to leave Jesus Christ out of the voting booth, but that’s what some folks try to do. If we’re honest with ourselves, we will acknowledge that there has never been a clearer, starker contrast between the Democratic and Republican Party platforms than we see today.
We have an interesting choice ahead of us in the upcoming Presidential Election. Mitt Romney is pro-life and a man of character and integrity; but according to the Bible, Mormonism is a cult. Barack Obama professes Christianity and seems to be a good father and husband; however, his words and policies have been the most anti-Christian of any president America has ever seen.
Just last week, after the Obama campaign was criticized for urging women to vote with their uteruses, the president was back on the campaign trail touting the benefits of free birth control. I’m not a woman, and I’m insulted. Taxes are increasing; and costs are going up on groceries, gas, utilities, and healthcare. But women are supposed to be most concerned about birth control?
I believe Christians should strongly support pro-life, pro-marriage candidates. We should also oppose federal funding of abortion. Only about 1.5% of all abortions are due to rape or medical emergencies, which indicates that it’s all about convenience and selfishness.
If you pay any attention to politics at all, you know the media would have us think that the Republicans hate women. Democrats have shrewdly reframed the abortion debate to make it about freedom, choice, and rights instead of the brutality of cutting off of a baby’s life. One argument is that all women should have the right to use abortion as birth control if they choose and acquire free birth control so sex can be enjoyed to the fullest. How dare Republicans attempt to limit their fun and independence!
Abortion is a sin, and sin can be forgiven. Women go through tremendous pain and grief after having an abortion; and sadly, about 70% of women claim to be Christian at the time they chose to abort their baby. The American Psychological Association reports that a majority of women had negative emotional consequences following an abortion. In the heat of the current political environment, we quickly forget the human, emotional toll of abortion; and as one woman put it, “Without the Lord’s healing, I would have a hard time dealing with the blood on my hands.”
Finally, a Christian’s responsibility to his Creator precedes his duty to the state. This is why Christians must support religious liberty and vote according to the Bible, forgoing all party loyalty and family tradition.
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