Christians and the Democratic Party
I don't get it. I really don't. Most of my friends are true Christians, believing wholeheartedly that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. But many of them will almost blindly enter the voting booth every two years and pull the lever for the Democrats.
Just recently, hundreds of Christians of all denominations marched here in New York City to show their opposition to Mayor Bloomberg's school-use ban. Trotting out the tired "separation of church and state" defense, Bloomberg declared that religious organizations are no longer permitted to use public school property, when not otherwise occupied, for meeting space.
However noble this peaceful assembly of believers was, many in the crowd were die-hard Democrats. This is, after all, New York City, the very heart of liberal and progressive thought. And how many of these faithful will allow their party faithfulness to trump their biblical beliefs when this November's election rolls around?
Nationally, Catholic and Protestant charity programs doing great work with children, single mothers, the elderly, and others must now provide abortion coverage in their health care. This is an obvious affront to the teachings of these religious groups. But will there truly be a stand against this move come election day?
The Democratic Party is proudly pro-choice, supporting abortion in all its forms, including partial birth abortion. The Democrat Party supports gay marriage. Isn't the Bible very clear on where it stands on these two very divisive issues?
And the Democrats, from top to bottom, have unabashedly latched onto the "redistribution of wealth" concept, adeptly dovetailing it with contorted biblical teaching.
At last week's National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama talked about being his brother's keeper and how we all have an obligation to share what we have. In this crucial area of alleviating the pain of poverty, according to the president's take on the Bible, the government is somehow mandated to shove religion down our throats.
The president, however, was clearly twisting Scripture. The Bible encourages believers to give generously to the needs of others. It does not tell us to set up civil overseers to force us to do so.
During the 2008 election, Joe the Plumber boldly challenged then-candidate Obama on his redistribution theory. Days later, on the campaign trail, Obama told the crowd that Joe's anger was like being upset because some child in kindergarten wanted to give half his sandwich to a poor kid in class. But Joe wasn't talking about sharing in that way. The better kindergarten illustration would be that Obama, as teacher, forces one child to share his sandwich with another.
Many Christian denominations believe in the biblical command of "tithing" -- giving ten percent of your income to charity. If Mr. Obama is so hot on spreading the wealth, why is he not leading by example? No one is stopping him from giving away his own money.
It's just so much easier being generous with someone else's money.
Here's an idea: instead of forcing the wealthy to give more to failed programs by raising their taxes, why not encourage everyone -- rich, poor, and mostly in between -- to be more generous? And not only with their money, but with their time as well. Help your neighbor in need, for a start.
And those self-righteous, self-absorbed, covetous Occupy Wall Streeters? How about occupy a seat next to an at-risk kid who needs help reading...or visit a nursing home...or renovate housing...? To put it bluntly: Occupy Volunteer Opportunities. Use your vast amounts of free time to build up, not tear down.
But what about the Republicans? someone might rightly ask. They're no saints, either. Agreed. Voters have been shown the ugly truth on both sides of the aisle, especially during the grueling nomination process we are currently enduring.
In the past, I have gone into the voting booth in Manhattan and pulled the lever for no one. This was my small way of showing that I did my civic duty by casting my ballot, but also made it clear that neither candidate in my one-vote opinion warranted the right to rule.
True believers have always decided who governs in this country. Since an overwhelming majority (upwards of 60 percent) of citizens call themselves believing Christians, if they truly voted biblically, we would without a doubt see a different composition making up the Ruling Class.
Until we are willing to encourage righteous people to run for office -- and then be willing to go out there and support them with our voices and our votes -- I am afraid America will not soon regain the high ground, either morally or economically.