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Good Morning Nanty Glo!

       Monday, September 27 2004 

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

Voting values

The Southern Baptist Convention, the world's largest Protestant denomination* has been urging voters to vote their values, and the Catholic Pope, head of the largest denomination otherwise, urged Christian political candidates to be consistent with the Gospel in this election season. A well known actor who became a Christian after seeing the dedication of his wife to her Savior, Steven Baldwin, told an interviewer during the Republican Convention last month that, although he felt it would be inappropriate to endorse either leading candidate for President, he did feel it prudent to say that he intended to vote for the man he considered to be the better follower of His Savior.

The same question came up in our Nanty Glo eforum last week when one member made a similar declaration...that he would vote for the candidate that he deduced was the better Christian, and was asked in reply, "does this mean that only Christians are correct? If a Jewish candidate, who incidentally does not believe in Christ, runs, would you then refuse to vote for him?"

If there was an answer from anyone else on the list, I didn't see it. But I put the question aside to give it more thought and possibly answer in my own words. I often heard this question over the years that I was editing Christian periodicals and in campus ministry. My answer has always been that if all other factors were equal, I would always choose the Christian or the apparently better Christian if two candidates were both professing believers. But all other factors are never equal, so that's not a very helpful answer.

For one thing, it's neither possible nor is it my responsibility to judge anyone's profession of faith, but it is the responsibility of Christians to consider others' works. If both candidates claim to be Christians, as is the case in this year's race, it's necessary to look beyond the profession, the self-declaration of the candidate, to his actions. How has he voted on the issues that are core values to Christian voters? In my purview, the most basic of these is the votes on abortion. The babes in the womb, the most helpless and most disenfranchised members of the human race, and even more so those who are full term, taken out of the womb except for a foot, then killed in the name of the mother's freedom of choice and sexual liberation, are the most obvious example of when Christian values must come into play in politicians' votes.

Anyone who would vote for such an atrocity as a late-term abortion, can't possibly be considered a true follower of Christ, in my opinion. Most other social issues also have a place on the spectrum of Christian values—caring for the poor, medical care, capital punishment, going to war or opposing war—but none of these are as unambiguous as the encouraging or discouraging of abortion. A war can be the only apparent way to obtain a modicum of justice for a persecuted population, as I believe the current war in Iraq is, for example. Caring for the poor is commendable and every Christian must support it, but whether the best way to do that is through government programs is debatable. And so on....

If a candidate claims to be a Christian but a supporter of abortion, and his opponent is a Muslim, Jew, Mormon, or Zoarastrian who opposes that awful "choice," I'd vote against the "Christian" every time.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy 

*I'm aware that several worldwide "families" of Protestant denominations—notably the Anglicans and the Lutherans—are larger than they Southern Baptist, but they are groups of denominations even though they are in a particular doctrinal stream or "family."

Chuckles

An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at either.

Sent by Mary Ann Losiewicz  

Thought for today

Don't wait for six strong men to take you to church.

Sent by Trudy Myers  

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