Moral Issues in the Election
This reflection from the 2010 elections continues to be relevant for this year.
Here we are, six days from the midterm elections, and the silence is deafening.Next Tuesday, I hope you will do your Christian duty and head to the polls to vote for the candidate of your choice. I trust that your faith will guide you in your decision. Which candidate will best promote justice and preserve order? After all, those are the biblically sanctioned roles of government.
And which candidate best exemplifies the cardinal virtue of prudence in his or her public and private life?
And which candidate will best promote the sanctity of human life, advocate for traditional marriage, and protect religious freedom? Well, if you’ve got an answer for that last question, then you’re among the few. Because for the life of me, I have never heard so little about these core issues during a political campaign. These core issues—human life, marriage, and freedom—which—all expressed so powerfully in the Manhattan Declaration and supported by half a million signatories, aren’t even on the political radar this year.
And that, to me is shocking.
Shocking to me because I know that politicians are survivors. They watch the polls. They know what people want. And all the candidates seem to be talking about is the economy.
One side swears up and down that they have saved our economy from another great depression. The others side says Congress is spending our nation into bankruptcy and that they’ll slash federal spending.
But no one—OK, hardly anyone—is talking about life, marriage, and liberty.
Why is that? It’s because we Christians--whether it’s from culture-war fatigue or worry over our own jobs and bank accounts--have not been vocal enough on these issues.
The Republicans devised their Pledge to America after months and months of polling, focus groups, and web chats. These moral issues weren’t on their supporters’ minds or lips—at least not until I asked you to tell the Republican leadership that you want them to address these issues. You emailed by the thousands . . . but it was only enough to get the Republicans to throw us a bone. One short paragraph in a 45-page document!
But folks, I’ve made the case again and again, we cannot have a healthy economy apart from morality and ethics. Without promoting stable, healthy families, without protecting life and freedom, without promoting a Christian ethic that values work and saving over instant spending and gratification, no economy or nation can thrive.
So, where do we Christian stand with our political leaders and the two political parties?
I want you to come to ColsonCenter.org today and watch this week’s Two Minute Warning. It’s called “Politically Homeless.” I want to share some thoughts and observations that may startle you.
And I also want you to share your thoughts with me. Go to ColsonCenter.org or BreakPoint.org and click on “Speak Out with Chuck” session. How should Christians approach this election? Will either party ever realty promote the values we hold dear? I want to hear from you. I will read every comment and will respond where I can.But make no mistake. No matter how silent the candidates are on life, marriage, and liberty, we believers must never be silent. For the sake of our faith in Christ, our nation, and the common good, we must speak out.
It’s time to begin speaking out as a believer on the issues that will be in focus during the coming elections. Do you know what those issues are? Are you equipped to discuss them? Have you discovered how The Colson Center can help to equip you to have a more effective voice in shaping the future of our nation? Meet with some Christian friends and discuss these questions. Try to decide on a course of action you will take together in order to have a true and effective voice in the upcoming elections.
Become equipped to “break the spiral of silence” in which the Church today is trapped. Join us for our Wilberforce Weekend Conference, March 31-April 1, and learn how you can become a more effective witness for the Lord.