I was really disheartened to see this ad by Mike Huckabee. My vote “will be recorded in eternity.” Will I vote the values “that will stand the test of fire”? What on earth does that mean?
As a liberal and a Christian, I am once again disappointed in the religious leaders of my country. This scare tactic is frightening to new Christians, to the doubtful on the fence, and to Christian liberals like me.
So to the faithful of American, I say:
Vote on what you think is right. Go ahead, pray about it! Perhaps you agree with Mike Huckabee, and that’s fine. I’d expect you to vote that way, and you should if that’s what your heart tells you. I would never condemn or insult you for your choice.
But if you don’t, and Huckabee has now scared you into voting a way you don’t want to vote because you fear for your mortal soul, then this post is for you. If you are a Christian, I want to tell you this: Your vote is NOT a salvation issue. If you’ve accepted Christ, you’re done, it’s settled issue, and I will see you in the afterlife.
If you’re on the fence about Christianity, go read some Lee Strobel, like “The Case for Christ,” and give it some weighty thought, but vote what you think is best for this country in the meantime. It won’t affect what you decided to do about faith, and it should probably be a small portion of the reading and talking you should to make a decision like this. Don’t skip out on voting.
If you’re concerned about abortion, here are some things you should know about that you might not have read:
- In 31 states, RAPISTS have the visitation rights to see the child they created by raping a woman. Seriously??? The victimization never ends for those women.
- Do you know what countries have the lowest abortion rates? The ones that have the lowest poverty rates, even when access to abortion is legal and undisputed. The fact is, healing the economy, bringing back a stronger middle class, and providing comprehensive health care and contraceptive funding goes a long way to decreasing the number of abortions.
- As you may know, only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services are abortions, and none of those procedures, BY U.S. LAW, receivesfederal funding. If Planned Parenthood is gone, abortive care will cost $10,000 rather than under $1,000. Which means the poor and many middle class will be the people who can no longer get abortions, but it’ll be business as usual for the rich but the poverty and middle class will grow more and struggle harder. NO, it’s not fair argument for abortion, I agree with that. It is an honest one, though, and honest is often ugly.
Now, if none of that bothers you, that’s fine. Vote your conscience and your values. That’s what I do, it’s just that mine look different from what conservatives believe. That’s freedom for you.
I also have issues with Evangelicals backing up a Catholic and a Mormon. Look, I didn’t know this until I actually met Evangelicals, but apparently some of them look upon those faiths as, well, cults. I was angry about that because I was raised Catholic, but it does get me frustrated when people say and do the things that are convenient for them. I’m not talking about honestly changing your opinion after you’ve considered and matured. I’m talking about switching morals for convenience – like saying a Mormon is perfectly Christian even though you railed about the religion last year.
I also want to live in a free America rather than a theocracy so I do believe a candidate’s faith shouldn’t matter.
BUT if we are going to bring in faith into this election, why on earth don’t we go back as well and bring in character?
If you look at and compare everything that Mitt Romney has said since he became the GOP nominee, you have to question his character. He has been inconsistent, dodgy, evasive, and flat out lied on just about most answers he’s had. To be frank, I honestly don’t know what kind of presidential decisions he would make. In my heart, I suspect it would be to whoever he is most beholden to, and I don’t think that would be God.
Now if you’re definition of a faithful Christian is someone who is opposed to legalized abortion and gay marriage, I guess you could say that then, no, Obama can’t be a Christian. Note that I said “opposed to the legalization” of those two things, because you can be a Christian, believe being gay is a sin, believe abortion is a sin, and not oppose them being legalized because, again, we don’t live in a theocracy. But then I guess you wouldn’t be a Christian, and so Obama must not be a Christian.
Or me, and wow, I must be a total disappointment to God. I’m so sorry that I don’t know what it’s like to actually be gay, and how a gay person must feel about faith and God, and so that makes me think that perhaps we shouldn’t judge them and condemn them to a life of promiscuity and not being allowed to make any decisions for their partner of decades because it makes other people uncomfortable to give them rights.
I’m so sorry that although the Bible has strong cases for life starting when the blood flows or when breathing starts, that I don’t think a fertilized egg, which has something like only 60% or less chance of becoming a live baby is actually a full rights human being with a soul and everything, and that it completely creeps me out to think that two of these non-entities might be waiting for me in heaven.
I apologize that I can’t follow the leadership of two guys who follow what I believe to be false leadership (popes and profits) and really take it to heart that the rest of America should follow their faith too, and that I do follow the leadership of a man who actually calls himself a Christian, but won’t force that on me, should I lose my faith one day. He’s not a perfect Christian, but neither am I. Hey wait, none of us are, right?
I could be wrong.
But that opens up the door to this: Mike Huckabee could be wrong.
And this: You could be wrong too.
If you don’t believe this is an attempt by Huckabee to sway (scare) voters, and if you think that religious people all over the country are trying to scare up the vote, read this.
So get up early on Tuesday, bring I.D. if you need to, and vote how you think you should, not how Huckabee or Gina B thinks you should. peace out, people…and just on the off chance you were wondering how I’m gonna vote: