CT, I looked at some of your ‘voters guides’ and have decided I would question the ethics of such a guide that clearly endorses candidates based on a number of pre-set political topics. I find many of them to cause eye brows to raise. For instance, is there a Christian stance on what kind of energy we consume? Are we just guessing that Jesus wants us to mine coal and then burn it? How does He feel about the pollution it causes?
I am one of those separation of church/state people. I like my religion clear of politics and my politics clear of religion. You obviously feel this is a proper job for religion and that people should vote according to their faith. While I believe we want our policy to reflect the overall tennents of our faith, I don’t think the Good Book as a lot to say about health care or energy, off shore drilling, charter schools or Medicaid expansion.
I would think that feeding the poor and helping the sick might be a little more in line with the Good Book but what do I know. (from here)
Note that did not respond to my comment. If you are inclined to think of Conservatives or Christians as narrow-minded and intolerant, please think about that.
What did do?
- She took a shot at CHRISTIAN VOTER GUIDES: UPDATE 2. Are these voter guides biased? Well, anyone who thinks voter guides are not intended to affect the outcome of an election would have to be naive. Although it has never happened, if a church advocates for a particular candidate, supposedly the IRS will take away its tax exemption. So many Christian voter guides just list each candidate’s positions on relevant issues and let readers think for themselves. Check out 2013 ALTERNATIVE VOTER GUIDES. Non-Christian groups have the same problem.
- She raised the usual objection about mixing religion and politics. Since it suits my purpose, let’s consider that issue in more detail.
Due to our own limitations, the Bible does not speak to absolutely every imaginable topic. Nonetheless, the Bible has a great deal say about the way conduct ourselves. That includes how we run our government. The Jews referred to the Old Testament as their Law, and they used it to govern Israel. Hence, when he wrote Common Sense, to point out the evils of monarchy and the rule of King George III, Thomas Paine found it profitable to reference the Bible. Check out ONE OF THE SINS OF THE JEWS. In particular, Paine wrote about 1 Samuel 8. If you have not read this chapter of the Bible before, I think you are in for a surprise.
The Bible is a book with wisdom that spans the ages. Without saying anything about coal mining, pollution, charter schools or modern health care, the Bible tells us what life is about and how we should live. For example, what would the Bible say about redistributing the wealth? The Bible calls taking property from one person giving it to another stealing. It does not make any distinctions about tax credits, “free” health care, “free” schooling, “free” housing or “free” anything. Although the Bible clearly advocates feeding the poor and helping the sick, it defines charity as giving away our own property, not what belongs to somebody else.
Does that sound harsh? Then consider our predicament. Because we have become a nation that uses government to steal from each other, we cannot control our spending. Yet we have a finite amount of wealth. We can print bags and bags of money, but our possessions will not increase. Therefore, we risk becoming bankrupt, and should we become bankrupt, many of us will find it difficult to feed, cloth, and shelter ourselves.
One last thought. Is ‘s unwillingness to debate the ethics of Obamacare new? No. During Lincoln – Douglas Debates of 1858, Senator Stephen Douglas refused to discuss the ethics of slavery. Essentially, Douglas justified slavery on the basis of majority rule. If the majority of the whites in a state wanted slavery, then he had no problem with slavery.
It’s surprising how little we change, but I suppose that is why the Bible remains relevant.