Christian Politics

Politics and Religion; their connected history in the United States of America, and the future of the Christian voting block.

Friday, July 23, 2004

God, the Voting Booth, and You

God, the Voting Booth and You

 
More than two centuries ago, the United States of America was founded.  One of the most prevalent influences in early American society was the influence of God, religion and individual churches.  In turn, the people who cast votes for elected officials often used God and religion as a measuring stick for those people running for office.  The common good of the nation took precedence over the individual goals. 

Today we have two main political parties; the republicans and democrats.  Each party claims to serve the interests of the American people.  However, each party has a very different view of the American people and how to meet those interests.  Additionally, the media plays a tremendous role in convincing the American people what they should believe in.  The media influence is insidious and has done an enormous amount of damage to the values of our nation.  Before you cast a vote, you should give a critical analysis to the information you are fed by the media and as Christians, compare that information to what you know about the morals God expects His followers to adhere to.

On the surface, there is one main difference between the two primary parties.  One party believes in smaller government and more personal responsibility.  The other party believes in larger government with more detailed control over the citizens.  The Republican Party seeks smaller government with less government control over the smaller details of life.  The Democratic Party promotes larger government with more social welfare programs that require more government involvement in the smaller details of life.  This article isn’t about debating the merits or downfalls of either government approach, however it is important to have a fundamental starting point. 

Once a person has formed their own opinion of what approach better suits their ideals regarding government, they are left with the “issues” to determine what direction they will vote.  In some ways this is acceptable, but in other ways it is not.  With radio and television, with the advent of mass-produced and nationwide publications, the media has become the single biggest influence in terms of “the issues”.  No longer do people have town meetings that involve the entire town or city, to determine what is important to them.  Instead, we turn on the television or pick up a newspaper and read about what is important to our neighbors, based on what a third party is telling us is important.  More importantly though, is how the media dictates a left leaning agenda in the guise of telling us what is “politically correct”.  When you combine that with the fact that ‘separation of church and state’ has made it un-politically correct to profess faith in God or adherence to the principles of the Bible, you have a recipe for denigration of society; comfortably hidden behind the guise of being “popular opinion”. 

First, let’s take a look at the media’s role in politics.  Most media organizations lean left.  In a profession that is supposed to be unbiased, careful steps are taken to cover the bias, and yet it still exists just under the surface.  Word choice and phrasing carrying a great deal of weight in the written word; connotation of words usually escapes direct notice, yet the impact remains.  For example, here are the opening sentences from two articles, one article each about President Bush and John Kerry.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush tried to sow doubts among black voters Friday about their longtime alignment with Democrats as he sought to win over a group that overwhelmingly opposes him. (http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/07/23/bush.friday.ap/index.html)

DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- As John Kerry winds his way across the country and ultimately to Boston to accept the Democratic presidential nomination next week, he'll be talking more about something he hasn't discussed much in his campaign -- John Kerry. (http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/07/23/kerry.friday.ap/index.html)

In the first sentence you have three separate instances of negative word choice and phraseology.  “tried to sow doubts”, “sought to win over” “overwhelmingly oppose”.  In the second sentence there is not one negative word or phrase used.  This is just one example of the tactics used by the media which influence voters.  While there is not an overt display of bias, the way things are worded clearly indicate the journalistic bias.  Consider the same two sentences and read these revisions.

President Bush met with voters Friday as he sought to share his message with a diverse voting block and explain how his party works to help minorities.

Presidential hopeful John Kerry plans on disregarding the issues next week when he accepts the Democratic nomination, choosing instead to focus on himself during his speech instead of the issues which matter to his potential constituents. 

Both sentences convey the same information, but in a very different light.  This is very typical of all major news organizations in how they report on candidates from the two main parties. 
The media is charged with giving us the news.  In turn, they depend on laws that enable them to get information to pass off as news.  The entertainment industry as a whole suffers from this problem.  Restrictions on viewing content continually are eroded.  These restrictions deal with moral values.  Unfortunately, sensationalism sells and the entertainment industry depends on the erosion of morals in order to continue to out-do the next media outlet on the block.  In general, the Democratic party has been viewed as more tolerant of relaxing the moral values, while the Republican party has been viewed as the moralistic party.  Sure, there are Christian Democrats and non-Christian Republicans, but as a whole the two parties represent two very different sides when it comes to moral values and supporting legislation that protects morality.  It’s a vicious cycle cleverly designed to keep the average citizen from keying in what is taking place.  The media feeds us their interpretation of what is important; their decisions about what we should believe is important to everyone else.  The Democrats support the erosion of morals, which in turn enables the media to delve deeper and deeper into depravity in broadcasting.

How does it happen?  In what ways has society been forced to accept the subtle influences that contradict our beliefs?  Homosexuality is a key point.  The media would have us believe that homosexuality is “ok”.  The Democrats support gay marriage and/or civil unions among gay people.  In turn, they label the Republican party as prejudiced for not agreeing with this stance.  The media has had a field day with this, taking every opportunity to pounce on how gender-biased those who oppose homosexuality are.  Have you tried pointing out that the Bible is very clear on God’s opinion of homosexuality?  Have you heard even one secular news broadcast that has mentioned this fact?  Of course not.  Gradually, over the years, the media has subtly exploited their influence to the point that society now accepts a behavior that only 30 years ago was considered morally reprehensible.  The same thing happened with abortion.  Hidden behind the ‘politically correct’ label, is the actual truth that we have been slowly fed a diet of poison until we have entire generations of people growing up unaware that the issues which they believe are ‘acceptable’ are actually contrary to the very fabric of the Bible.  It has become almost a death knell for any politician who dares to speak up and disregard the ‘politically correct’ current ideals. 

The media may be one of the most influential factors, but in the end it boils down to the average Joe Voter.  Average Joe has stopped voting with God’s agenda in mind and replaced it with his own agenda.  Partly, that can’t be helped because the media doesn’t want us to think about God when we vote, or else they may actually have to tone down the language and amount of skin they show in a movie.  But, even people who claim to be devoutly religious lack the understanding what they are voting for when they put their own agenda before God’s.  Recently I was speaking with a woman at church.  This woman had claimed to be devoutly religious, believing that abortion is murder and that homosexuality is a sin that should not be condoned.  Further in the discussion she said that it didn’t matter to her.  She was afraid that her soon to be 18 year old son would end up in Iraq and so she planned to vote for the Democrat.  Knowing that the democratic candidate supports abortion and civil unions for homosexuals, this person who claims to be Christian is going to willingly vote for someone who wants to further lead this nation down a path away from God.  I’m sure she never stopped to think about it, she was too wrapped up in her own agenda.  Ironic that being so wrapped up is exactly what keeps the Christian voting block from getting together and harnessing their voting strength to return God to His rightful place in our country. 

An estimated 69-75% of the US population claims to be affiliated with one of the many Christian religions.  Imagine if that percentage actually voted for candidates who followed God’s teachings and who would work to ensure that God and religion were no longer forced to the back room of an empty house.  Picture the affect of God dictating your vote instead of your personal agenda dictating your vote.  Most people complain about the condition our country is in, yet they refuse to see the direct correlation between votes for a person who does not follow God’s clear teachings, and the gradual removal of God from all public life. 

No party is going to fully meet all of any one individual’s personal agendas.  For this reason, we should put aside our agendas and think about what the Bible teaches us about morals and behavior.  God’s plan for man should supersede our personal goals.  When we focus on God first, He provides for us.  It is truly time for all Christians to unite their voting strength and promote God first.  When we finally manage to do this, our nation may finally get back on track and in touch with God.  God is not concerned with being “politically correct”, God is concerned with man obeying His commands. 

There is only one question left, and only you the reader can answer it for yourself.

Is your faith in God sincere to the point that you truly intend to follow God’s commands, sincere to the point that you will vote only for those people who will preserve God in our nation, or do you merely pay lip-service to God and hope He doesn’t pay attention to politics?
 

 


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