Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Why I Oppose Hillary for President

Some call it hating Hillary but I call it opposing paganism. I am a bit weary of being accused of confusing religion with politics or of practicing civil religion simply because I choose to be a part of the political process and exercise my right to vote.

Frankly, I think it is a bit hypocritical for those on the Evangelical left to accuse those of us on the Evangelical moderate or right of trying to impose religion on the rest of the country when the liberal left wing political machines are trying to impose immorality as the law of the land. It is most certainly true that the Democratic Party has decided to make abortion on demand a party plank in their platform. Not only that but they have decided that homosexual rights and extreme feminism are to be a part of their party platform as well. These are highly offensive to me as a conservative Bible believing Christian.

I would be the first to admit that the Republican Party is full of immoral positions as well. For one, the Republicans prefer to oppress the poor instead of offering them a fair share of the economic prosperity of our nation. Wages are low and though less people are on welfare we still have a terrible situation where the working poor live in poverty and are barely able to make their rent and food bills and other basic necessities.

Be that as it may, I was appalled to hear someone at a local Presbyterian church, PCA comment about how the criminal justice system should be more strict and send more people to prison and give out more of the death penalty. What planet are these people from? A recent report shows that one out of ninety-nine Americans are in jail or prison now. That's higher than any other civilized nation on earth. Do not these people realize that the cost of incarceration is a drain on the economy and takes excessive amounts of tax monies to support? And furthermore, most of those in prison are either poor whites or poor minorities. Frankly, I find the lack of compassion by my fellow conservative Christians appalling. The problem seems to be that conservative Christians have confused conservative right wing politics with a conservative biblical theology. The two are not the same thing at all!

Moreover, there is much that I can agree with in both political parties. On the one hand, I stand with Republicans who are socially conservative and oppose abortion and excessive emphasis on gay rights and militant feminism. I can never in good conscience vote for someone who is pro-choice or someone who endorses the immorality of the homosexual lifestyle, transgenderism, etc. I am also horrified that society as a whole, including some branches of Evangelicalism, endorses a radical feminism which ignores traditional role distinctions between men and women and our physical, mental, spiritual, and gender differences created by God in the beginning.

On the other hand, I can stand with Democrats who seem to have much more compassion for the poor and at least make an effort to overcome poverty and other social problems that Republicans just want to ignore and leave alone. Republicans seem to side more with the rich and the upper classes and unfortunately, conservative Christians have bought into this lie as well. Have they not read that it is harder for a rich man to enter heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle? Originally, conservative Christians sided with the Republicans because the conservative party opposed abortion. But increasingly there are those in the Republican Party pushing gay rights, feminism and abortion. So it seems the reason for being Republican is getting weaker. Couple that with the Republican view that the poor deserve to be poor and we have the epitomy of hypocrisy and wickedness.

That being said, I can confidently say that the Democratic Party is just as bad if not worse. While Republicans cut programs to help the poor, reduce recidivism in the justice system, and give welfare to the rich in the form of tax cuts, the Democrats murder the unborn, openly promote sexual promiscuity by passing out condoms and endorsing homosexuality as something desirable and normal. This is why I oppose Hillary Clinton for President. She is the most militantly liberal of the two Democratic candidates and would appoint the most liberal justices she could find to the Supreme Court. She would further erode the rights of men in family court and she would push the gay agenda and militant feminism to the extreme. Hillary is so far left that she makes Obama look like a saint for the Moral Majority.

Quite frankly, I do not like any of the candidates this election year. McCain is no saint but at least he is pro-life. When the choices are limited I have to choose the lesser of three evils. For those of us who have been forced by the militant left to join an immoral and prejudiced Republican Party, there can be only one choice: John McCain.

Honestly, I have a great desire to join the Democratic Party but out of good conscience I cannot and will not do so as long as they continue to try to institute the theologically liberal side of Christianity as the national civil religion. When they stop pushing the murder of unborn children and gay rights and the rebellion of women against a biblical view of gender relationships, then and only then will I seriously consider changing political parties.

On the other hand, I am not happy with the Republicans either. Bush promised to be a compassionate conservative, which never materialized. McCain is making the same sorts of promises and says he is more moderate toward social programs, etc. That remains to be seen.

The bottom-line is that electing Hillary Clinton to be our next president is intolerable. The very thought sends chills through my spine. There should be some sort of law against allowing the spouse of a former president to run for the office since it essentially gives the office sixteen potential years of power if they operate together. Eight more years of a Clinton presidency would bring unspeakable moral erosion and decline to our nation and would further erode our religious freedoms. Hillary would make it a "hate" crime to say homosexuality is a sin. She thinks it is "sexist" to say that men should have the headship in state, religion, and family affairs.

Finally, I can with all good conscience and faith say that I oppose civil religion and confusing the separation of church and state. That would include my opposition to giving a "liberal" Christian endorsement to the political left's endorsement of abortion/pro-choice and gay rights. Separation of church and state does not mean that we have a completely secular and materialistic government. Nor does it mean that the conservatives should baptize greed and materialistic capitalism as the only legitimate form of government. The truth lies somewhere in the middle. Rather than despair completely I will be forced to decide who is the lesser evil. At this point, it appears that John McCain is that choice.

May God have mercy!

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