What a week of hell to process. Hard to figure out how so many threads of American policy and politics will fit into our life after this week. Gun control, immigration, internet privacy/freedom, national defense, impact of cultural values, entertainment, etc.
How are you processing the events and issues of this week?
How are you helping your children process these issues?
How will you pastor people this Sunday?Where does your faith fit into how you are facing the challenges of these days?
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, first Congressperson to officially describe her religion as “none,” is sworn in not on the Bible, but on the document she’s actually supposed to be protecting and upholding—the Constitution.
Makes sense to me, I’d rather see this than a Bible, Koran or Book of Mormon.
“Keep Your Change” by country artist Paul Ruark. Definatly a song that goes in the God, Guns & Country section of your music library. A catagory that, every good ol’ boy should have in his truck or Prius, ipod or cd player…wherever you remind yourself of how it used to be. (via)
Christians comprise the largest potential voting bloc in Washington State. However, Christians also comprise the largest number of un-registered voters and comprise the largest numbers of people who while registered to vote, do not vote. In the primary elections this year, Christian voter turnout was about 25% from people in church.
We hold these truths to be self-evident”: Independence in politics and faith.
Does voting matter anymore, is change possible?
“Remember the prophets were always part of the community, they interacted, challenged, wrestled and hassled the Kings. If the prophetic voice is absent from our cultural and church dialogue then the country is without the ‘word of the Lord’ in the most broad sense. That’s a silence these times and troubles don’t need.” (follow the link to read more)
These questions are for the general conservative Christian voter. I’m going to lay out a few questions that perplex me concerning my fellow evangelical voters. I am sharing these without the desire to provoke or pander, just curious about the thinking behind the dialogue. Wether or not one thinks these thoughts or positions are correct isn’t the point, they are currently part of many evangelical discussions as we approach the election. So to me, it seems there have been elephants in the room that are conveniently ignored in the debates and discussions around the political candidates. Does anyone else notice this?
“Nothing haunts us like the things we don’t say. -Mitch Albom
Does voting really matter?
Many people are disillusioned by politics today and have given up on a process that seems irrelevant, unresponsive and often immoral.
Some have a difficult time understanding the role of a Christian as a dual citizen of earth and eternity and wonder if involvement equals conformity to the world. Some folk are jaded by unfulfilled promises, failed policies and the scandals of leaders and find a growing revulsion to the challenge of politics. Sometimes it’s seems easier to vote party line than do the work involved in understanding positions and policies. Instead, I hope we all could develop informed, biblical principles to help us choose leaders and policies for our communities and nation. Below are two resources that help you think about ‘why’ you are going to vote which will equip you in choosing ‘who and what’ you will vote for.
You may not agree fully with each principle stated but the subjects are worth thinking about in any voting season.
Here’s an info graphic, if you’re not inclined to read:
Here’s something to read that goes into it a bit deeper:
“Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” —Proverbs 31:9
We are still present, engaged or fighting in Afghanistan, Pakistan, iraq, Yemen, Libya, Africa and probably Iran next.
Foreign policy issues are very critical in this election and will be discussed in the last two debates on October 16 and 22.
Here’s the brief references about military issues from the first Democrat/Republican presidential debate:
Here was Obama on Romney’s five-point plan:
“I would just say this to the American people. If you believe that we can cut taxes by $5 trillion and add $2 trillion in additional spending that the military is not asking for, $7 trillion — just to give you a sense, over 10 years, that’s more than our entire defense budget — and you think that by closing loopholes and deductions for the well-to-do, somehow you will not end up picking up the tab, then Governor Romney’s plan may work for you….I think it’s important for us to develop new sources of energy here in America, that we change our tax code to make sure that we’re helping small businesses and companies that are investing here in the United States, that we take some of the money that we’re saving as we wind down two wars to rebuild America and that we reduce our deficit in a balanced way that allows us to make these critical investments (emphasis added).
Mitt Romney on the same question:
“We have a responsibility to protect the lives and liberties of our people, and that means a military second to none. I do not believe in cutting our military. I believe in maintaining the strength of America’s military….The president’s reelected you’ll see dramatic cuts to our military. The secretary of defense has said these would be even devastating. I will not cut our commitment to our military. I will keep America strong.”
Now Obama has far surpassed Bush on war matters, even while cutting the military budget, he’s proven we can be far more “lean & mean” as the reports below reveal. Please do your homework on war matters, many lives and our economy sustainability and prosperity depend on informed and principled voting on these issues.
Living Under Drones video:
Every Person Is Afraid of the Drones’: The Strikes’ Effect on Life in Pakistan, article:
The ever increasing use of Drone attacks kill innocent children, mothers, families as well as our enemies. It’s a faceless war that our taxes pay for and your vote matters.
This article is so spot on, I especially loved this point: “Neither the Bush tax cuts nor the Obama stimulus has made a dent in the worsening standard of living for the least-well-off Americans, but still, the rhetoric of both parties focuses almost exclusively on the middle class.”
My astute analysis: Independent candidate like Garry Johnson makes more sense than these guys.
When are Americans going to realize that we’ve got to stop flipping the well worn political R/D record and think we are going to hear something different?
If people paid attention to Obama’s actual record, rather than his rhetoric, his second run wouldn’t even be possible.
Yet another ‘BIG’ reason to dump Obama and elect a candidate that actually believes the Constitution and Bill of Rights should protect and provide freedom for all Americans.