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Why Christians should not vote for Hillary Clinton

vote pic .jpgI am being bombarded via email, Twitter, Facebook, and personal contacts with passionately held, opinionated arguments for how Christians ought to vote in the coming election.    Some are saying that Christians must vote for Donald Trump in order to defeat Hillary Clinton while others are arguing that any vote for Trump is a compromise of true Christian values.

I plan to deal with Donald Trump in my next article but here I want to explain why I believe that Christians should not vote for Hillary Clinton.

I cannot vote for Hillary Clinton or anyone holding similar moral and political principles.  My reasons, unlike the opinions of so many who are screaming about both candidates, are not based on personal behavior, sins, crimes or idiosyncrasies.   My reasons are based on the candidate’s world view or philosophy of life — the personally held beliefs which govern all the other decisions a person makes. It is critical for us to understand the world view of anyone who aspires to lead a nation.

The foremost reason is my confidence that life begins at conception. This belief is scientific, social and spiritual and leads necessarily to the conclusion that purposely ending an innocent life, for any reason, any time after conception is morally wrong and murder.   While no candidate winning the presidential election has the ability or authority to immediately end all abortion, it is clear that the next president will have tremendous influence legally, financially, and socially over millions of lives yet to be born.    The fact that Americans kill over one million (1,000,000) babies each year constitutes a blight on our nation which can bring nothing but the judgment of God. God cares about innocent life.   No Christian should endorse or vote for a candidate who believes abortion is morally acceptable.

The second reason is related to the candidates understanding of truth.  Is truth absolute or does it change over time?  I believe that God has determined absolute truth and it is clearly seen by the morality revealed in the Bible as well as in the hearts of humanity.   Many things are clearly true and accepted by people who don’t believe the Bible. Examples of such truth would be that it is wrong to kill innocent life, wrong to abuse children, wrong to steal.   These things are obvious to most people, but we are living in a day when truth is being blurred and bent to the degree that many Americans deny any standard of absolute truth.  This is how we end up with abortion, gay marriage and transgender bathroom issues.

One place where this truth has been most blurred is in the court system.  Judges have been using their authority to create law based on their own and public opinion rather than allowing the American Constitutional system to create law.   When the Supreme Court has the power to essentially erase the First Amendment by denying people the freedom to apply their religious convictions in moral areas, it is clear that absolute truth has been made to bow to the subjective, ever changing philosophies of men.

Hillary Clinton and most liberals believe the Constitution to be a “living and breathing” document.  What they argue by this is that the words don’t have to mean the same thing today as they clearly meant when they were written.  They believe that the Constitution as well as formerly passed laws and amendments can be re-interpreted to mean whatever the judges desire.    The Supreme Court has been fairly balanced between liberal and conservative judges.   However, with the passing of Scalia, a very conservative judge, the power of the court could be tipped decisively toward the liberal side.  The result will be a new government, an oligarchy, with the power make or change any law they desire.  The First and Second amendment are in very serious jeopardy.    Hillary will appoint a liberal judge and further remove truth and meaning from our laws.

I could write much more about the philosophical reasons that Christians should not vote for Hillary Clinton but I think these two examples are enough.    Notice that I have not brought up Hillary Clinton’s legal issues or personal character.  It is not that these things don’t matter to me, they do, but they are not the first criteria in determining the suitability of a candidate.    We must make our decisions based on overarching philosophy of life issues.  For the God fearing, God loving, Bible believer, Hillary Clinton must be excluded.

 

 

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How to avoid misery.

stressProverbs 27:12  “A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, the naïve proceed and pay the penalty.”

     A prudent or wise person is able to see the evil around him.   

Some foolish people are not even able to see the dangers around.   A foolish man might say, “I can enjoy much of the worlds entertainment and pleasures and they won’t hurt me or my family.”  But he never realizes how spiritually dull he actually becomes, how worldly his kids become, or how his hunger for more sin is fed through that “innocent” entertainment or activity until it becomes insatiable.

     A prudent person hides himself.

First he must notice it and then he must do something about it.   Like a person who might see a band of thugs coming down the street beating and shooting people, and he hides from them so he doesn’t get beat or shot, the wise person sees the danger of more subtle things in this world and hides.  He gets away from them before they destroy him.

     The naïve continue.

A naïve person is a simple person, one who simply doesn’t get it.  He doesn’t understand what is going on around him.  Satan has blinded the eyes of the people of this world,

 “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them ” (2 Cor. 4.4).  “For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you. (1 Pet.4:3,4)

It is true that a naive person can’t see simple dangers, but it is even more true that he can’t see the moral and spiritual implications of his actions in this world.   This person will be told of the dangers but will always have an argument for why he think his desires are harmless.

Children are born in this state of naivety and it is the responsibility of parents to train them to be wise.

 “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; But the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” (Prov. 22:15)

Pity the child whose parents can not train him because they themselves are still naive.

     There is a serious price to be paid.

Sometimes is is a personal price paid in lack of success in life, in financial troubles, or in school or a job.  However, the spiritual and moral weight of this price is often seen in broken relationship, habitual sins which trap and destroy a person, or general misery as a person can never attain the peace and joy he seeks in life.

 

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Pondering Proverbs

Today I wish to begin what I hope to be a fairly regular part of this blog, “Pondering Proverbs”.    These will be short posts focusing on just  one or two verses in Proverbs.  What would make this useful and interesting would be if others would post comments so that we could interact with one another.   Please read and enjoy.

There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword:

But the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 12: 18

We all know that the tongue can be a dangerous weapon.   This proverb notes that some people use their tongue like a sword.  When they open their mouth people are wounded.   Sometimes this is intentional and rooted in anger, bitterness, or hatred.    However, it is often rooted in selfishness as well.   Self centered people use words to build themselves up but cutting other people down.   This is as natural to the sinful fallen nature as learning to walk and children may be observed doing so very early.

The piercing tongue is placed in contrast with this other kind of tongue, that which brings health, or possibly that which heals where swords have pierced.   We all enjoy being close to these people because they don’t make us feel threatened, attacked, or hurt in anyway.   Just the opposite is true, they make us feel better.   They are positive, uplifting, and edifying.    They direct attention away from themselves and toward God and others.   This is a wise person and a Christ like person.   Strive to be that person.

 

 

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The intolerance of tolerance

The following video by Don Carson is an excellent statement about our post-modern world.  I like it.

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The withering of western culture

A little gem from David Wells, No Place for Truth, or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology, (p.169)
Western culture once valued the higher achievements of human nature — reasoned discourse, the good use of language, fair and impartial law, the importance of our collective memory, tradition, the core of moral axioms to which collective consent was given, those aesthetic achievements in the arts that represented the high-water marks of the human spirit.  These are now all in retreat.  Reasoned discourse has largely disappeared; in a nation of plummeting literacy, language has been reduced to the lowest common denominator, to the vulgar catch phrases of the youth culture; the core of values has disintegrated; the arts are degraded; the law is politicized; politics is trivialized.  In place of high culture we have what is low.  Unruly instinctual drives replace thought; the darker side of human nature destroys the nobler, leaving a trail of pornography, violence, and indifference. (emphasis mine)
Here is my question for you, “is there any coming back from this kind of cultural deterioration?”

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If God is in it, it is good.

This is my thought for today.

If God is in it, it is good.

This morning I read Joshua 21 as part of my devotions.  Verse 45 stands out.

Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.

I’ve been thinking about how blessed the Canaanites were before the Israelites arrived.   When the twelve spies went up to see the land they found it to be overwhelmingly fruitful.   The crops were exceedingly good, the cities were well-built and walled, the people were numerous and large.   There were many indications that God (or gods in the Canaanites eyes) was blessing.   But why would God bless them when they were in such sin that God was about to destroy and kill them?

It would seem that at least part of the answer is that God was using them.  He was using them to prepare a great land for His chosen people.   The Israelites would abide in a land that was already cleared and planted; where houses were already built; where cities were already walled; where wild beasts had been driven out; where barns were full and pastures prepared.

God’s blessing on a wicked people might be construed by some as God being unjust, but viewing the situation in retrospect might allow one to see that God was simply using the wicked to prepare the way of blessing for the righteous.

Proverbs 10:3  The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.

Proverbs 15:6  In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

What implications might this thought have for our personal lives?  For the church?  For America?

Just food for thought.

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Why Do We Let Them Dress Like That?

The title to this entry is the title to a Wall Street Journal article published this week.  The article provides a surprisingly honest statement about teen sexuality, particularly related to the way parents let their daughters dress.  Its is a short article an I recommend parents read it.  (Warning:  language is a little course, but parents need to understand it. )   When you read it, remember it is not coming from a preacher or even a professing Christian.   If they can see it, why can’t the the church?

If you check out the article, be sure to watch the interview.  Very frank and honest.

We are the first moms in history to have grown up with widely available birth control, the first who didn’t have to worry about getting knocked up. We were also the first not only to be free of old-fashioned fears about our reputations but actually pressured by our peers and the wider culture to find our true womanhood in the bedroom. Not all of us are former good-time girls now drowning in regret—I know women of my generation who waited until marriage—but that’s certainly the norm among my peers.

So here we are, the feminist and postfeminist and postpill generation. We somehow survived our own teen and college years (except for those who didn’t), and now, with the exception of some Mormons, evangelicals and Orthodox Jews, scads of us don’t know how to teach our own sons and daughters not to give away their bodies so readily. We’re embarrassed, and we don’t want to be, God forbid, hypocrites. (emphasis added)

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