BEFORE YOU VOTE THIS YEAR
on the 27th day -- November 4 -- Americans will go
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
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
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 . . .
"Yes ... unquestionably." It is both the duty and the
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