Are Christians Wrong to be “Single-Issue” Voters?

25 07 2008

After being gone a lot during the last week, I’m back to blogging. On several occasions, I’ve been berated by fellow Christians for seemingly voting on a single issue, namely abortion. But in recent years, same-sex marriage has become 1b. The recent, “Evangelical Manifesto,” a concoction of the religious left, made drastic pleas that Christians not allow these two issues to define our cultural identity. World Magazine Founder, Joel Belz offers a compelling defense why Christians should not apologize for voting on a single issue, but take an even stronger stand today.

Evangelicals shouldn’t be embarrassed to say boldly and clearly: Abortion and same-sex marriage are uniquely heinous sins. They rattle the foundations of a civilized society. They take a culture in a dreadful direction. We haven’t been wrong to say so. We aren’t fanatics.

And I’m not referring here so much to the young women caught in the anguish of an unexpected pregnancy or folks bewildered by their sexual identity. I’m talking mostly about a society that goes all out to tell such people that what they’re doing is just fine. There’s forgiveness for individual sinners. There’s judgment for societies that lead them astray.

Society is trying its best to exert its tolerance for child-killing and homosexuals on Americans utilizing every arena from schools, businesses, and courts to the media, Hollywood, and advertising. The religious left would not argue that Christians are on the wrong side of these issues. And while Christians have not been as zealous on the environment, poverty, and healthcare, at least we are facing the right direction. Belz notes the key difference:

What evangelical do you know who says insensitivity to the poor should be promoted? What evangelical leader is calling for more racism? Who advocates the uncontrolled plundering of the environment?

That is exactly the kind of cheerleading that is going on for abortion and same-sex marriage. .

But here’s the core of the matter. To be robustly and consistently anti-abortion is at the very same time to cast your vote for environmental sensitivity, against racism, and for economic justice. These are not independent, isolated packages.

It’s hard to see how anyone can claim to be a protector of the environment and not put a high priority on the preservation of human babies. To defend a focus on the future of polar bears and whales, while asking evangelicals to get less noisy about infant humans, is an embarrassing contradiction.

Similarly, keep in mind that abortion is one of the most racist of all social causes in history. Minorities don’t just happen incidentally to be targeted by the practice of abortion. The history of Planned Parenthood and similar organizations is racist to the core—as is their current practice.

And no economist can look at the loss of 50 million American babies over the last 45 years and not wince at the impact of such a drain on the economic vitality of our society. Today’s poor Americans are poorer than they would have been if we’d taken care to preserve enough consumers—and workers—to fill a state one-and-a-half times as big as California. Tomorrow’s elderly will worry about Social Security more than they would have with 50 million more contributors to the system.

The religious left would do well to recognize who the real “single issue” voter is here: the liberal non-Christian who believes tolerance for special rights somehow won’t upset the social balance God created and instilled in the heart of every man. Today’s young Christians have been asked to buy a lie that their elder Christians were too narrow-minded and single-issue focused. I, for one, will not buy that lie and urge my fellow young believers to not apologize for being a single-issue voter either.

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26 07 2008
regularron

You know TR, as much as I do tend to vote for Pro-Life folks, I still get a bit weirded out when my Faith, and the State come together. Much like when my stomach turns when I hear the Government and Business come together or to bail them out. It just creeps out is all.

Now for younger voters, I believe I’ve said this before, it’s the Rick Warren variety who the younger Christians are following. They are rejecting the likes of the Falwel’s, Robinson’s, and Hagee’s. I’m sure a lot of the younger Christians believe abortion is wrong,but they also see that poverty is a problem, and what Evangelicals use to promote “Social Justice”. It’s a cycle. The older Generations are more Conservative, and the younger is more Liberal. It’s always been like that.

One of my main issues when Religion and Government come together, is when they start legislating “morality”. That to me, is dangerous. Morality, is what you, the individual makes it. Some learn morality from Churchand the Bible, some from Parents, some from there own findings.But it should never be “forced” upon someone by Government. That’s extreamly Anti-Christian in my book.

We have our own problems like this in the Catholic Church. The Generation before me, is way more Liberal (45-60) and my Generation is extreamly Conservative. We would like to see the Latin Mass back into the fold, and a stop to this Kum By Ya crap that they want us to believe.

But we should never bow down to Government. Or pledge any type of Alligence to a Government. That right there goes against the First Comandment. My Alligence is to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Not to some Government bureucrat telling me, this is what He/She would believe God would want.

26 07 2008
Truth and Reason

I’m sure a lot of the younger Christians believe abortion is wrong,but they also see that poverty is a problem, and what Evangelicals use to promote “Social Justice”.

More younger Christians, of which I am one, need to realize, “To be robustly and consistently anti-abortion is at the very same time to cast your vote for environmental sensitivity, against racism, and for economic justice. These are not independent, isolated packages.”

is when they start legislating “morality”. That to me, is dangerous. Morality, is what you, the individual makes it

Morality, to a Christian, is not what you make it. It’s your application of the bible’s ethic. Ethics are the universal. Morality is the particular. And, in the case of laws, someone’s morality is always being legislated. The Founders knew this, thus their preference for the encouragement of the Christian religion. This explains why our laws seem to mirror the bible so much.

26 07 2008
Mr. Incredible

==…Religion and Government come together…when they start legislating “morality”.==

And, yet, we do it every day, on the social level. Pressure groups at work. At the mall.

== That to me, is dangerous.==

Depends. Society has Rights, too, y’know.

== Morality, is what you, the individual makes it.==

And, yet, society, the culture, the country have a stake in it.

== Some learn morality from Churchand the Bible, some from Parents, some from there own findings.==

That’s a good thing????

==But it should never be “forced” upon someone by Government.==

“Never” is a pretty absolute term cuz, as I say, it happens all the time.

== That’s extreamly Anti-Christian in my book.==

You meana to say that Jesus didn’t impose His Morality on anybody???

26 07 2008
regularron

Now I do agree, Morality to a Christian comes from God and the Bible, especially the New Testament. (I don’t believe in two covenants) But, for the atheist, or jew, or hindu, they don’t want to be “forced” to live under what we see as Morality. And that’s where I side with them. Hell, I think some of the laws we have “that would make God happy”, are very moronic.

Being that I have been for a while now, reading some of the great Christian classics. “City of God”, “The Kingdom of God is Within You”, and parts of Saint Thomas Aquinas’s ” Summa Theologica”, I don’t think any of these guys wanted Government to force upon the public, laws that men thought would make God happy. The individual is suppose to make up his mind, and to follow what God has put forth, for us.

Now, sure, the Founding Fathers were believers (Deists, Christians, and Atheists). But, they also understood that, Freedom of Thought, was more important than, “being forced” to believeing something. Besides murder and the 4th Amendment ( Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods) I don’t see much of anything in the Bill of Rights that mirrors the Bible.

It’s not Government’s job to tell me, what’s right and wrong. That is up to me, the Individual, who chose to Believe in God.

26 07 2008
Mr. Incredible

==…we should never bow down to Government.==

Interesting revolutionary spirit. When you gonna storm the White House?

== Or pledge any type of Alligence to a Government. ==

That’s a nice and safe thing to say since we don’t do that.

==Not to some Government bureucrat telling me, this is what He/She would believe God would want.==

What, they don’t have a voice??? Doesn’t God tell us that those in government should be Godly, and that, for us to vote in Godly people, we must also be Godly?

26 07 2008
Mr. Incredible

==It’s not Government’s job to tell me, what’s right and wrong. ==

Sooooo, it’s not up to the State to tell you that speeding is wrong; rather, it’s up to the State to suggest a speed limit and let you decide whether it’s good for you???

26 07 2008
Mr. Incredible

==Morality, is what you, the individual makes it. ==

Sooo, you’re comfy cozy with everybody having his own Morality??? Child molesters, for one, are happy to hear that.

26 07 2008
Mr. Incredible

==…the Founding Fathers were believers (Deists, Christians, and Atheists).==

The vast majority were Christian.

== But, they also understood that, Freedom of Thought, was more important than, “being forced” to believeing something. ==

Make that case.

How is anybody gonna stop somebody from thinking?? Any debate, any discussion, is an attempt to tamper with somebody’s thought.

How do you “force” somebody to think something they want not to think? By what method??

27 07 2008
Mr. Incredible

Funny how the pro-choice=pro-abortion=wrong-choice crowd joins evolutionistas in seeing a one-celled beginning to all life on Earth but blind to the beginning of a person’s life at conception.

27 07 2008
Mr. Incredible

==It’s not Government’s job to tell me, what’s right and wrong. That is up to me, the Individual, who chose to Believe in God.==

And God tells us to make sure our brothers (and sisters) in Christ are on the Way. Just as Christ carries us back to the Way, we are to carry our brothers (and sisters) in Christ. So, it isn’t up to you only.

27 07 2008
Mr. Incredible

==(I don’t believe in two covenants) But, for the atheist, or jew, or hindu, they don’t want to be “forced” to live under what we see as Morality.==

And that’s cuz what we see, in our unrighteous selves, isn’t the Morality of the Word of God. In our Righteous selves, we see the Morality of God, and those who are born again are to relate this Morality to others.

28 07 2008
regularron

Reading through your comments directed towards me, I kind of had to laugh. You are right, I don’t believe we should have FEDERAL Speed Limits. That should be left up to the community and if need be, the State.

The “Comfy with child melesters” comment is a bit well, childish. Yes, I do believe people make there own Morality. But if it goes against “Natural/God’s Law” then yes, they should be punished.

“You meana to say that Jesus didn’t impose His Morality on anybody???”
Yes, he DIDN’T impose anything on anyone. All he did was ask people to listen what he had to say. He never forced anyone, to do anything against his or hers will. God the Father, gave us a brain, so we could make a choice. Either follow his will, or not. Again, it’s up to the Individual.

“Interesting revolutionary spirit. When you gonna storm the White House?”
Who said anything about violence? Christ Jesus wouldn’t agree with violence. I do try my hardest to follow his lead. You know the “Sermon on the Mound” right?

== Or pledge any type of Alligence to a Government. ==
“That’s a nice and safe thing to say since we don’t do that.”
Really? I’m kind of assuming you are “Born Again”. And from your comments, I’m going to also assume that you say the “Pledge of Alligence to the Flag”. Am I wrong? And if I am right, You Are Pledging Alligence to a Government. So, yes, you do. Have you sung “Onward Christian Solider” lately?

After reading that last comment, I found this column, just for you. It’s called “Does the American Flag belong in Church?”
http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0728/p09s02-coop.html

“and those who are born again are to relate this Morality to others”
As a Catholic, I do agree with this statement. We must we show the way to Christ. But, again, it’s up to the Individual to make that choice. It’s not up to me, to force the person, into believe in Christ. Ever heard of the term, “Free Will”?

Again, Morality, can be found in either following God and the Bible. From Parents, or the Individuals own findings. I know this may blow your mind, but I do know a few atheists who are some of the most moral people I’ve ever met. Do I agree with them being Atheists? No, but that isn’t up to me. All I can do is to SHOW, not FORCE them into believe in Christ Jesus.

28 07 2008
Mr. Incredible

==I don’t believe we should have FEDERAL Speed Limits. That should be left up to the community and if need be, the State.==

Bbbbbut you say that you don’t want government telling you what’s right and wrong. I assume that you meant state government, too.

So, you don’t want the feds telling you, but the state may tell you. Ok, we get it.

==The “Comfy with child melesters”…==

“Melesters”??

==… comment is a bit well, childish.==

And, yet, YOU’re the one who wrote that everybody makes up his own morality. Certain things follow from what you wrote, and I’m going only by what you wrote. Now, you’re making exceptions. It’s kinda difficult to follow.

== Yes, I do believe people make there own Morality. But if it goes against “Natural/God’s Law” then yes, they should be punished.==

However, if, as you point out, they don’t recognize this “Natural/God’s Law,” what then?

==…he [sic] [Jesus] DIDN’T impose anything on anyone.==

He was intolerant. He said that He is the ONLY Way to the Father. That excludes all other ways.

==All he did was ask people to listen what he had to say.==

He didn’t ask anybody. He told them that they must be born again, that, if they are not, they are not going to Heaven.

== He never forced anyone, to do anything against his or hers [sic] will.==

==God the Father, gave us a brain, so we could make a choice. Either follow his [sic] will, or not. Again, it’s up to the Individual.==

And, yet, He is not satisfied with the choice to reject Him through rejecting His Son.

==It’s not up to me, to force the person, into believe in Christ.==

What’s “force”? By what mechanism, when I evangelize, do I “force”?

==You Are Pledging Alligence [sic] to a Government. ==

Not quite.

I pledge allegiance to the flag — that is, to the principles for which it stands — not government.

==Morality, can be found in either following God and the Bible. From Parents, or the Individuals own findings. ==

There is a spectrum of moralities out there. The question is [not for me, though], “Which one?” Not all are equal, and I’m not satisfied that erroneous moralities are causing — or justifying, or being used to justify — people to do the most vile things.

Those who claim to be homosexual, for example, claim that we are trying to force them away from what they say is their morality. They say that we, merely by bringing Scripture to bear, are doing this, and, you may know, that Canada has barred people from using the Word of God as a part of any argument against homosexuality. They are trying to do this here, too.

So, are we forcing them, or not? They say we are. We say we are not. Who’s correct?

==…I do know a few atheists who are some of the most moral people I’ve ever met. ==

If God is the Standard, they cannot be moral, except by men’s standards. Conforming to men’s standards is unscriptural. We are not even to support that which separates men from God.

28 07 2008
Mr. Incredible

So, how do we know when we are “forcing”?

28 07 2008
Mr. Incredible

==I still get a bit weirded out when my Faith, and the State come together. ==

Explain this again cuz the Settlers had a different view, if I get your meaning that there is to be no relationship between Church and State. The Settlers wanted the State to stay outta their faith and worship but recognized what the Word of God says, that government is to be Godly. That means that this relationship is one way — TO the State — not from the State in the form of creating a national Church.

So, the Settlers anticipated a government that accommodates Christianity in State affairs but doesn’t get involved in validating Christian affairs.

[I have recently started to capitalize “Godly” to signify the relationship to God, as opposed to a god, as money, f’rinstance, can be, if one loves it]

28 07 2008
Mr. Incredible

==Christ Jesus wouldn’t agree with violence.==

If not violence, what WAS that, then, when He stormed the Temple in anger, crackin’ that whip at people and overturning the moneychangers’ tables??

Jesus was God on Earth. If not violence, what WAS/IS all that wrath in the Old Testament and toward those who reject God’s offer of Reconciliation through Jesus??

13 10 2008
avalancheinternetmarketing

Problem w/ the logic here is the belief that the Republican party is without substantial amounts of hypocrisy, such as “I’ll say I protect the rights of unborn children in the US” (even though they never really did anything about it, and I though poor democrats were the ones who were having all the kids on welfare, anyway 😉 ) but then go foment a false war for greed so a few hundred thousand iraqis can die.

I think abortion is absolutely disgusting and despicable, but If you look through the Bible, God isn’t a single-issue voter, either. People die all the time unjustly in that book – God does not like it but protecting individual life doesn’t seem to be what drives his decisions… quite often, it can be the opposite. Murder is only 1 of 10 commandments.

To turn a blind eye to the current admin scraping the inside of our country out like a pumpkin to be tossed in the trash heap come next Feb is a bad and lazy decision.

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