Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Christian Conscience and the Culture of Death

“…then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.”
- Genesis 2:7

"You shall not murder.”
- Exodus 20:13

“I am the bread of life.”
- John 6:48

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
- John 10:10

“We love our neighbor because we first love God. In His sovereignty, our Creator has put us within this cultural context in order that we may display His glory by preaching the gospel, confronting persons with God’s truth, and serving as agents of salt and light in a dark and fallen world. In other words, love of God leads us to love our neighbor, and love of neighbor requires our participation in culture and in the political process.”
- Al Mohler, Culture Shift, p. 2

“…the biblical injunctions to submit to the state as God means, in our context, that we must take our obligations toward a participatory democracy seriously. This, combined with the moral obligation to ‘do good to the city,’ involves believers matters of government at some level (all the way from voting to influencing government to legislating to governing) in ways impossible for Paul and Luke….”
- D.A. Carson, Christ and Culture Revisited, p. 196

Dear Christ Our Redeemer Family and Friends,

I’ve already voted as I typically vote absentee. If you are able and you meet the legal criteria you must vote. One of our obligations as Christians, at least in the West, is to participate in our democracy. And as we participate in our democracy we must ask the question which candidate(s) best promotes a worldview consonant with biblical values. This is never easy. In a fallen world there are choices to be made that are not ideal. In this election there is a choice to be made that is not ideal. Senator McCain was never my first choice in a field of questionable candidates, but the contrast between he and Senator Obama is stark. Here is a platform position from Senator Obama’s website, “…(Obama) has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women's rights under Roe v. Wade a priority as President.
[1] Contrast this with this platform position from Senator McCain’s web site, “John McCain believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned, and as president he will nominate judges who understand that courts should not be in the business of legislating from the bench.”[2] A president nominates judges that effect the direction of the Supreme Court for years to come. And in a nation with a death toll nearing 50 million lives taken by abortion your vote matters. A lot can be said about a man when it comes to defending the defenseless and how can someone be a ‘champion’ for abortion rights? Again, this election is not about an ideal choice. It is about a Christian conscience in a culture of death. I’ve already voted, and I hope you will vote also.

I’m grateful to God for placing me in a participatory democracy.


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