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October 24, 2008 / beidson

A Few More Words About Esau

Just to clear a few matters up regarding the previous post, I want to state the following:

  1. My opposition to Obama doesn’t mean I endorese McCain.  The truth is, McCain leans further left than most Republicans would like, and even further left than most conservatives would like.  However, Obama is confessedly more liberal and progressive and is in fact proud to stand in opposition to some very key issues that concern conservatives, such as abortion and sam-sex marriage, not to mention the multitude of consequences that accompany such views, particularly in public education.
  2. Those who vote for Obama are not Esaus by doing so; rather, they are acting like Esau, I believe, in reprioritizing their values in order to attend to what they believe are the most pressing issues. This is not to say that they do not have values, or are ignoring critical concerns about and objections to Obama’s policies.  But it is to say that in their frustration with the current administration and in their hope to see real change in our government, they are endorsing a man who has stated that he will do all that he can to broaden the scope of abortion rights and to pave the way for the normalization of homosexuality.  One does not have to be a Christian to see how these issues transcend politics.  These are moral issues that all people everywhere of all times have held for the most part, and where civilizations have deviated, their demise has been close at hand.  I fear Obama will cause much more harm than he will do good, in the long run.
  3. Christians who vote for Obama are not sinning, just as Christians who vote for McCain are not sinning. Voting is not a black and white issue, and purposely so.  Much of life is the wise application of what we know to be true from Scripture.  Wisdom is key in voting.  We must read and know and submit to Scripture, and then practically live out the Scriptures, even in the voting booth.  Our government officials do not have to be Christians, nor do they have to legislate morality.  But they must be morally upright people who at least acknowledge the sanctity of human life and the necessity of marriage for the stability of our country.
  4. Abortion and same-sex marriage are not personal private issues to be addressed only by the church and social action, apart from government intervention. As I have already stated here and in earlier posts, these issues have national consequences, so they cannot be moved out of the public square and into the neighborhood.  Government should not legislate morality, but in the case of abortion, we are talking about defending life.  Government bears the sword to punish those who violate human dignity, not to protect those who do such things.  As for same-sex marriage, the implications of allowing this are disastrous, and will inevitably lead to a much greater moral, economic and social decline than we have seen to date.
  5. There are other issues besides abortion and same-sex marriage, but none as important as these. Though some Christians believe that we must now begin to take other routes to ending abortion, the truth is, it will not happen indirectly.  Fixing the economy so that everyone is well off will not end abortion.  Securing our borders will not end abortion.  Tax breaks for the working class will not end abortion.  More social programs to help the poor will not end abortion.  In fact, we have insight into these issues from Scripture.  When things are going well, people tend to wander fromt the truth, not live it out.  We must fight these issues directly.  Voting for a pro-choice candidate who promises to lower the abortion rate (Sort of like we should lower the rape rate?) by ending poverty is merely to exacerbate the problem.  This is an ideaological issue, not a practical one, though it indeed does have significant practical implications.
  6. Finally, our loyalties are to Scripture, not to any particular political party. Christians on both sides of the aisle vote party line because of their dislike, and sometimes utter disdain, for the opposite party.  The truth is, no party deserves our unwavering allegiance.  We must be critical, biblical thinkers who are willing to do unpopular things to honor biblical convictions, such as voting for an honorable 3rd party candidate.  Though it is nearly impossible for a 3rd party candidate to win today, if enough citizens begin to make the shift, in time, the day will come when such an opportunity is possible.  Otherwise, voting for the lesser of two evils will inevitably lead us to choose between candidates the likes of which we would never have dreamed of supporting.
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