1. THINK . . . if what you are doing is best for
2. PRAY . . . ask God what He wants you to do;
3. VOTE . . . in confidence that you are doing
what is right.

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There are exactly 26 full days after today, and
on the 27th day -- November 4 -- Americans will go
to the polls for the once-every-4-year process of
electing a president under the terms of our nation's

Rather than follow the twists and turns, the ups and
downs of the almost daily polls as to the progress
of the campaign, we have chosen to stay out of any
such discussions, and have tried to concentrate
more on some of the moral values which confront
Christians in this election -- perhaps more so than
ever before.

There are two notable issues to be decided in
this election, very much depending on who the
new president will be. The first is legalized abortion,
granted by the Supreme Court in the infamous "Roe
v. Wade" decision which has already resulted in the
killing of some 50 million babies on a "pro-choice"
decision by the mothers.

The Roman Catholic church, with more than 72
million members in this country, has taken a very
strong position that a practicing Roman Catholic
cannot support any political candidate who favors
abortion -- and the position of the Roman Catholic
church is that communion will be denied to such
persons, including politicians who support abortion.
Fact to remember: George W. Bush was elected
as president in 2004 with 62 million votes over
John Kerry's 59 million votes.

If just the Roman Catholic voters in America
voted against Barack Obama who favors the pro-
choice, pro-abortion Roe v. Wade position, this
year's election would almost be settled. A
person would assume -- or at least hope -- that
the Conservative Evangelical Protestant Christians
in America would also take such a stand.

And there is another outstanding moral issue:
the matter of same-sex or homosexual marriage.
The Roman Catholic church is just about as strong
on this issue as on abortion . . . and again, one
would assume - or at least hope - that Conservative
Evangelical Protestants would also take such a

And yet when the two major political parties are so
diametrically opposed on these two moral issues,
one would assume that Christians -- Protestant
or Roman Catholics --would make this a true "no
contest" election.

But the neo-evangelicals, aka the "new liberals"
or the "new left," berate their fellow believers and
put social issues, such as poverty, disease, the
environment and civil rights above these basic
moral issues, derisively labeling them "sin issues."

And while this is a national issue, it is also a
state issue in at least three states: Arizona, Florida
and California where attempts to maintain the
concept of "marriage" as between a man and a
woman will be on he ballot. In California the issue
is perhaps most pointed. In 2000 the people of
California, by a 61% margin, enacted Proposition
22 which established marriage as between a man
and a woman. Now, revoking the votes of the
people, the state Supreme Court by a 4-3 vote
ruled that law is unconstitutional, and made same-
sex marriage legal within the state.

In this election Proposition 8 restores the definition
of marriage -- but San Francisco Mayor Gavin
Newsom (who for a brief time permitted same-sex
marriage in San Francisco and who advocates the
defeat of Proposition 8) is being pictured in a pro-
Proposition 8 TV commercial as saying "It's going
to happen now whether you like it or not." His
efforts in support of same-sex marriage are seen as
part of his intent to run for Governor in 2010.

If you have friends in California, particularly if they
are Christians, urge them to support Proposition 8
and preserve the Bible-based concept of marriage
and family.

With respect to today's theme, Dr. Scott Lively,
founder of Abiding Truth Ministries, summarized
this conflict very effectively: "That homosexual
activists have developed sophisticated tactics
for politically neutralizing Christians is a fact
lost on most of the church. Indeed, few Christians
are even aware that the implicit goal of the “gay”
movement is the replacement of our society’s
Judeo-Christian sexual ethic (i.e. marriage and
the natural family) with an anything-goes sexual

Our Founding Fathers spoke very clearly on
the subject of an informed citizenry: "Liberty
cannot be preserved without a general
knowledge among the people, who have a right,
from the frame of their nature, to knowledge,
as their great Creator, who does nothing in
vain, has given them understandings, and a
desire to know; but besides this, they have a
right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible,
divine right to that most dreaded and envied
kind of knowledge; I mean, of the characters
and conduct of their rulers." - John Adams, 1765

Suggestion: Read that again. It's applicable today.

Some Random Afterthoughts . . .

All of the above leads to the question: "Does
God expect Christians to vote?" The answer is:
"Yes ... unquestionably." It is both the duty and the
responsibility of every Christian to vote for leaders
who support the principles upon which this nation
was founded. Throughout the Scriptures there are
many passages dealing with good citizenship. (See
I Tim. 2:1-4; Acts 5: 27-29; Romans 13:1-7,
for example.)

Looking at problems close to home, we should
note what is happening in Tijuana, Mexico, just a
few miles South of San Diego. If there are a few
deaths by suicide bomber terrorists in Iraq, those
numbers make headlines all across the country. Yet
there are frequent drug gang related murders in
Tijuana all the time -- 33 last week -- and little or
no notice of them is made in the media. This civil
unrest is not half a world away -- it is just a few
yards South of our common international border.

The UN acting strangely -- again; The UN
General Assembly and the UN Secretariat took
off last Tuesday to honor a religious holiday, but
it was not the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana,
but was the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fir, to mark
the close of the holy month of Ramadan. It is
interesting that the UN has never taken any time
off to recognize any Jewish holiday. It remains a
troubling question as to why the US continues to
be a part of the UN.

An overlooked Mosque activity: There has not
been any significant news coverage of the activity
of the Muslim group, "Muslim Americans For
Obama" (MAFO) which has been operating a
"Get out the vote" campaign in Mosques across the
country. Although MAFO insists its activities are
non-partisan, its mission statement when it began
work in August of this year stated that it was
formed "to provide a vehicle for Muslim-
American supporters of Barack Obama to
organize and mobilize our fellow citizens to
get out the vote to elect Barack Obama the
next president of the United States." Not
exactly your run-of-the-mill "non partisan" goal.
Also it raises a question about the traditional
Muslim position that non-Muslims (Christians)
are infidels . . . so if Obama is a Christian, why
would they support an infidel for president?

From the First Supreme Court Chief Justice:
"Providence has given to our people the choice
of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the
privilege and interest of our Christian nation
to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."
-- John Jay, 1816

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