Don’t Just Vote, Vote Biblically

As some of you know, I was privileged to travel to Haiti in 2010 with my parents, Greta Van Susteren and her husband John, and the Reverend Franklin Graham and his daughter Cissy.  Rev. Graham’s wonderful charity, Samaritan’s Purse, provides faith-based assistance to those in need around the world. 

Of course, his father Billy Graham has impacted the world for the cause of Christ in ways we can’t even imagine.  Recently, he announced a new effort to encourage people to “Vote Biblical Values.”  He wrote:

The legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren and this great nation is crucial. As I approach my 94th birthday, I realize this election could be my last. I believe it is vitally important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel. I urge you to vote for those who protect the sanctity of life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Vote for biblical values this November 6, and pray with me that America will remain one nation under God.

You can download his materials for your church and friends here.  So, on November 6th, don’t just vote. Vote Biblically!

  • Sheila

    Mr. Graham sold out to politics. Last week he removed Mormonism from his website where it was listed as a cult. Someone who would do this has no business telling anyone to vote biblically. He either has no integrity or is being used by his family to further an extreme right wing agenda.

    Christians should also ask themselves why abortion and marriage equality are the only 2 values they care about? Neither of which are mentioned anywhere in the bible btw.

    • Ron

      Funny you should mention that marriage equality is not mentioned in the Bible. It tells me a lot about you! It does say that if a man lays with a man, stone them both! HELLO?????

      • Sheila

        Which verse says to stone them to death and which verse says they can’t get married?

    • Chris

      There are many issues besides abortion (choosing to terminate a life) and redefining marriage (its not about equality) that value voters care about. We also care about the future left behind for those unaborted lives that will inherit what we leave behind, including debt and poverty.

      We care about what happened to those brave American’s in Libya. We care about what happens to those in the grasp of Sandy right now along the east coast. We care about the education of our kids.

      Abortion gets a lot of attention because of just how extreme it is when considered what it does. It takes a human being and ends its life. No choice for them. The parents have a choice and because of their bad choices, an innocent life is taken. People seek to pass the judgement for what they have done, onto an innocent life. That is not something many of us can support.

      On marriage, it also gets a lot of attention, because it seeks to redefine what the family is and what we stand for.

      • Sheila

        Marriage has been redefined many times throughout history. I’m sure religious bigots like you guys were just as upset then of course. But the bottom line was it got redefined and nothing happened. Sure people had more rights, were treated with more dignity. But the earth didn’t burst into flames and flood.

        Since most conservatives wish for this nation to be solely a Christian nation why not demand it? Why not pass laws requiring all of its citizens to attend church. Stop teaching science and only teach Bible stories. If someone gets out of line – stone them. Force women back into the home where their sole job is to bear children and clean the house. Round up homosexuals and put them in camps. I mean if gay people shouldn’t be allowed to marry the person they love why let them have any rights? The bible is pretty clear how it feels about them. Most natural disasters are blamed on them. Conservatives should stop being such cowards and do something if they feel so strongly about it.

        • Bree Merr

          For all of you with so much angst about Christian values….
          Christians want to be intuned to God’s perceptions, instead of society’s perceptions. Here are a few among many verses that are meaningul to chistians about abortians and marriage.

          ABORTION These and many other verses are meaningful to Christians in their view of abortions.
          Proverbs 24:11-12 ESV /
          Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?

          Ecclesiastes 11:5 ESV
          As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.

          Psalm 139:13-14 ESV
          For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

          Marriage: These are some of many verses about marriage that are important to Christians.

          Matthew 19:2-9 ESV
          And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there. And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” …

          Isaiah 61:10 ESV
          I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

          Ephesians 5:31 ESV
          “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh

          • Sheila

            Thanks for these versus Bree. I especially liked Matthew 19:2-9 …” What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” Why didn’t Billy Graham include divorce in his message? The bible CLEARLY states that we are not to divorce. Considering all the angst on your side about gay marriage I find it curious that there isn’t a similar level of angst about divorce.

          • Bree Merr

            Sheila, Mr. Graham wrote a small article about voting not including every topic available in the Bible. There are many versus about divorce. For topical study this is a good site. topical bible
            There are 2 general kinds of people on this blog.
            Those who are comfortable with the Bible and are not conflicted, but believers in God’s authority.
            Those who find verses to be conflicted about because of their own personal ideas… they are their own authority. Also they have angst with those who accept God’s authority.

            Hopefull all will come to some peace with the scriptures.

          • Sheila

            Bree I don’t understand why conservative Christians do not have an issue with divorce. If protecting the family is one of your core principals and the reason to deny marriage rights to same sex couples then certainly you would recognize that divorce is a far greater threat. Yet I have heard no politician mention this. I’ve seen no legislation introduced to overturn divorce laws. Pastors don’t talk about it in their churches and states are passing amendments banning it. There is a credibility gap for me because again if marriage is so important and sacred and biblical then divorce should have been important enough for Mr. Graham to mention. Or maybe christians have different sets of rules. Maybe they have no problem restricting rights of others but don’t want to do the same for themselves. Thats hypocritical to me. And dishonest. And not biblical.

    • mlynn

      I am sorry Bristol, i totally agree with Sheila. I love the Graham family but i love the Lord the most! I was so sad to see the Mormonism removed from the cult lists. He should have just left it there for we know (the Christian community) that this election is very important as far as our freedom is concern. I hope you or your mom may ask the Graham, why. I still respect them and will pray for them as i always do. I am not judging, just disappointed. Thank you Sheila for standing for the truth and light.

    • Bree Merr

      Sheila you are unaware of what most Christians hold dear. That allright you can’t help it. Most of your posts reflects so much angst against people. We hold dear the Christian values which are many. We live in a free country which allows us to choose the candidate who stands for principles closest to principles that we hold . I am not a Mormon. But Romney reflects far more values than BHO that I want to vote for.
      Mylnn Christ told his followers to render unto Ceaser what is Ceasers. Who do you want to be Ceaser? BHO or Romney? The sound advice Mr Graham expressed can be embraces by all Christians.

      • Sheila

        Mormons believe that Jesus and Lucifer are brothers. And they come from a different planet. They believe that their god Elohim impregnated Mary. They believe that when you die you go to planet Kolob….after you have been judged by Joseph Smith of course. The believe the Book of Mormon is more sacred than the Bible. If they were a different color conservatives would hate them and certainly wouldn’t vote for them. Oh they also believe that their god cursed black people and make them that color.

        Bree are these the values that you identify with so closely?

        • Bree Merr

          Sheila, I am not voting for the foundaton of Mormon religion or any religion. God is the ultimate judge of all of us… yes you too. I am voitng for the principle that are closer to to the principle I want to vote for. Obama does not come close. Romney is a genereous, principled and talented in the fields that will be a help to turn around the horrible policies that Obama has blanketed the USA. I do not expect you to agree with me and I am fine with that. I hope you will be angst free some day.

    • Bree Merr

      This has been the most intersting post and a clear picture of different foundations.

      Mostly conservatives are comfortable with God’s word, God’s authority and embrace that foundation. His Word is understood within the framework of the entire Bible. We live, plan, make dicisions, work,, raise families and vote with that foundation. It is in every aspect of our lives. We support blogs such as this.
      We recognize differences among us, but what we have in common is the glue that binds us.

      Mostly liberals are conflicted by God’s Word, God’s Authority and have another foundation/foundations.. His word is often used out of context to minimize God, queston His motives, authority and purpose. Their own perspective is held above scriptures. In my humble opinion with so many conflicts, they are not confident in their own foundation(s), so their futile effort to solve that is to fantasize they can invalidate the Christian foundation. They are parasites on a conservative blog to fantasize their “faux accomplishments” with phony confrontations & “challenges”. If they are parasites on a liberal blog they are with their own kind with the same conflicts. They want to live w/out God’s ultimate authority… and they are really bothered by those who accept God’s authority in their personal lives. Very conflicted, negative paradigms, with lots of effort and energy into attempting to invalidate believers.

      They by their own words have painted a very clear picture of some of the differences between conservatives and libersls. We are confident in our foundation… they are conflicted and w/out a solid foundation.

      • Sheila

        Bree I am not conflicted by “God’s Word” at all. Just because you choose to believe that the bible is “God’s Word” doesn’t mean that I have to. I see the bible as a collection of stories written by people with various agendas. These stories have been passed down for thousands of years and interpreted many times. I don’t see the point of God needing men to write down his “words” to us. Certainly when he came to earth in human form as Jesus he had hands and a brain and could have written whatever he wanted to say to us. Why does someone else need to tell us what Jesus/God has to say. Why didn’t Jesus just write it out himself? He could perform all kinds of miracles but it never occurred to him to maybe write a few things down? How nice would that be…no middleman. No hearsay. Jesus’ words in his own handwriting. Think of all the sadness and pain that would have been alleviated because people wouldn’t need to constantly fight over what was said and who said what.

        One more thing…just because some liberals come here to dispute what is being said..or to vent their frustrations at Republicans…or for whatever reason hardly means we are conflicted, unhappy people. I love my life and am very happy. For many of us this us just fun. Debating/arguing can be fun. And who doesn’t like making fun of self-righteous, narcissistic people like the ones who post here. I find that so many of you are bothered by the comments because no one has ever challenged you in life. You’ve surrounded yourself with people who think exactly the same way. Your bias has enabled your mind to discard any information that goes against your belief system. I certainly don’t expect to change any of that. Years of programming by churches….years of being forced to conform to what you think society expects of you can certainly not be undone by me.

        • Bree Merr

          Sheila, you have just validated my comments and don’t even know it.

          • Sheila

            Same could be said of you too Bree :)

          • Bree Merr

            Believe it or not.. Sheila.. I wish you happiness, peace of mind and good will.

          • Sheila

            I do believe it Bree. I’ve read many of your posts here and believe you are a good person. We disagree on pretty much everything but I certainly have no ill will towards you.

  • Chris

    Great post and a lot of America’s problems stem from many if not all of us at some point, taking our focus off of God and others and focusing on ourselves and our pocketbooks.

    For a long time , people have voted with their wallet in mind, not the future they would leave to their sons and daughters. It is past time we change that and start voting biblically. Once again, great post!

  • Amy

    I know that Mitt Romney is not 100% pro life, but will make it diffcult for the majority to have aboritons. I will vote for him, but pray for him to change his view on this issue.

    • Cali65

      Too many kids are getting abortions at a very young age. Abortion is not a means of contraception, which for years has been given FREE to anyone who cannot afford it. I am not letting abortion rights and free phones tell me who to vote for, however, when I see that a certain someone is a member of the Down Low club, and a Man’s Country Club for years, I feel that there is more of a fake in office now than ever. Check out the Down Low Club and see who started it… read about it… this was brought to the Public’s attention in 2007. No, I will not vote for him. I put my trust in Mitt Romney.

  • Becky

    Sheila, the Bible, does indeed, speak of abortion, Lev. 18:21 “Neither shall you give any of your offspring to offer them to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God; I am the Lord.” (See also Lev. 18:21; 20:2-5; 2 Kings. 23:10; Jer. 32:35). Sacrifice of children in this case was throwing them into the fire of the idol.

    Marriage is also spoken of, in the New Testament (as is divorce) and homosexuality is called an abomination in both the Old and New Testaments.

    People, no matter who they are, have free will to choose their own paths. Our task, as Christians, is to tell them of God’s Word and desires for us, but not force it on them, and to pray they will make the choice for Christ and God, not their own desires and Satan’s path.

    • Sheila

      Becky the bible (well God actually) also instructs people to murder newborns many times…as well as rape and pillage people they are fighting.

      Since you mentioned divorce why aren’t conservatives as vocal about this as they are gay marriage? God doesn’t want people to divorce…it is a HOLY union that he sanctioned. If have NEVER seen a single republican or conservative candidate say anything about over turning divorce laws in this country. Why is that? And why aren’t Christians upset about it? With a divorce rate of over 50% divorce is much more of a threat to marriage than 2 men or 2 women.

      • Kevin Vita

        Sheila, you are so full of hate!!! Me, I am conservative and try to respect everyone’s beliefs!!! I wish that everyone would want to be Christians. The Bible offers a very clear path to all on how we should lead our lives.

        • Sheila

          No I’m not full of hate. I’m just tired of conservative christians telling everyone how to live and not practicing what they preach. Jesus pointed out hypocrisy in the bible and no one says he was full of hate. Maybe you should look at yourselves.

    • MiddleRoader

      No offense, Becky, but that particular quote does not address abortion. Offspring does not mean fetus. There are other quotes which previous posters have cited which can be seen as anti-abortion, but even they are somewhat debatable. This is not an argument for or against voting Biblically (although it’s not really my choice); I’m just saying that voting Biblically means different things to different people.

  • SueB

    I’ll put this on my FB timeline. Thanks, Bristol.

  • Lisa

    Do any of you Christian Conservatives care about the lives of the 3,000,000 dogs and cats put down (often gassed slowly and painfully) in the U.S. EVERY YEAR. They have a soul and no sin-just an inconvenience for their arrogant, entitled humans who most likely declare themselves good Christians (just ask those Republican, Christian good folk of Missouri who love their puppy mills aka ‘puppy hell’, or the Amish and Mennonites who also love their puppy mills and the big money it brings). Seems to me right-wing, Christian Conservative, Republican, and money-greed replacing ethics all belong in the same sentence. Have any of you ever wondered what it must be like living in Palestinian ghettos and losing your baby as you’re held up at one of the Israeli checkpoints in advanced labor? Or the hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraquis murdered since the WMD war? Didn’t think so. Or actually done any research about Mitt Romney’s unethical business dealings-Monsanto comes to mind-how could he go in and represent the producers of Agent Orange, toxic-polluters of the Great Lakes. Hmmmmm…..I guess cause HIS family doesn’t live nearby.

    • Sheila

      Agreed Lisa! Thanks for the post.

    • Bree Merr

      I don’t like to think of any living creatures’ life taken numercifully… especially little babies. over 50,000,000 of them. All human beings have a lot to learn, don’t we? Thousands of yrs of human efforts with little overall progress of changing human hearts and motives. Great inventions yes, terrible inventions, yes. but our hearts need to change. God help us all. When Jesus returns.. all will be changed for the better.

  • Lauri Fitzsimmons

    I’m a little puzzled…in Leviticus it also says that eating shrimp is an abomination, and wearing clothing of mixed cloth is an abomination. Many things in the Bible are written to have been relevant in the time that it was written and was translated into many different languages. I am a proud Christian but I am not a “pick and choose” judgmental Christian. Just ask yourself how you would respond to this post if Sarah Palin’s teenage daughter were a Democrat who had a child out of wedlock. I personally don’t care, but your own hypocrisy about issues that drive you nuts are baffling to me.

    • Bree Merr

      God is neither a Republican or Democrat. He is God. Creator, Giver and Sustainer of life. He has laws and principles to live by. He gives us His word. We can choose whether He is our Authority in all matters. We can choose to pick and choose what we accept or ignore, and we choose to debate Him, and we can choose to rebel. Haven’t we seen all of these choices thruout history? I am so glad to be in a country where I am free to choose. Hopefully that won’t change. I won’t kid myself.. some want to rid this nation of God’s Laws, The name of Jesus, and to make this a secular nation. That should be taken into consideration when voting, … the freedom to worship God and live by His principles.

      • Sheila

        Bree name one elected official or candidate who wants to take away your right to worship who you choose? Name a single piece of legislation that would accomplish this. Stop using scare tactics to win elections. This might be what your comfortable with because churches have historically used fear to get people to conform. You can tel people about heaven all day long but once you start talking about a fiery pit of hell then you get commitment. Doesn’t that seem manipulative and sad to you? Shouldn’t people love god simply because,they want to and not without the promise of heaven and eternal like or the fear of eternal damnation. Change is coming. The church needs to adapt, true spirituality is coming back. The old ways and fears are quickly being discarded.

        • Bree Merr

          Sheila, I have not commented about heaven or hell. Check out what God says. This will help.. topical bible. Comments to your comments: I don’t see God as manipulative. Some do. Yes change is coming. No human or human organizations have ever been perfect. People do love God because of His love for people and the sacrifice of his Son offering eternal life. Instead of proving that some want Jesus out of the picture.. how about you proving that it isn’t the case. Christian public prayer, christian scenes etc are offensive to many who want Christian practices changed or eliminated, etc. etc. There are trends. Sheila, what is really the issue that concerns you about the Bible? You don’t have to answer to me or any other human being. None of us have to answer to another human being about spiritual matters. I personally have no problem with God, His word or His laws. Why do you have a problem with my lack of problems with God’s Word? You can’t seem to let go. Challenging me reflects more on your personal conflicts, not mine.. Sheila, I really do feel for the conflicts you have. No human being can solve that. It is a spiritual issue.

          • Sheila

            Bree I never said I see God as manipulative. Its the Christians who are manipulative. And why are you so concerned with me “letting go”. I guess I could say the same to you since you feel the need to reply to most of my posts. Maybe you can’t “let go” of me. I’m sorry I cause you so much angst.

            I noticed that you didn’t answer my question. You stated that “some want to rid this nation of God’s Laws, The name of Jesus, and to make this a secular nation.” and to consider that when voting. Yet you provided NO evidence of this. This is fear mongering and manipulation. Again can you name any public servants who have stated they want to rid this nation of Gods laws, the name of Jesus and make this a secular nation?

  • Thomas Hubbard

    Sssssssssssssssssh I will not waste my time on some of you, I do know our Founding Fathers turned to the Bible and prayer in making many of their decisions in forming the Constitution. Oh by the way the Mormon’s have been through much reform in the last decade or so, knowing that much of their former policy’s were that of man not the Lord’s and have ajusted themselves. Yes I will be and have been praying!

    • Sheila

      So you don’t have a problem with Mormons adjusting some of their “policies”. But I’d imagine you don’t feel the same about Christians and their beliefs.

  • Jason

    This is exactly why there is supposed to be separation of church and state. Not only does the first amendment give freedom of religion but it also gives freedom FROM religion, our founding fathers saw the danger state sponsored religion could inflict because they lived through it. Just because some people decide to follow a certain religion and have certain beliefs does not give them the right to force them onto everyone else whether through political office or any way else.

  • Sharon

    I agree, Sheila what made you hate everyone so much? Thanks for the post Bristol, I will be sharing it on my fb as well. Sheila don’t bother responding to my post because I have read all your posts to this point, but it stops here. I will not have such negative person invade my time or my beliefs. I pray someday you find happiness.

    • Sheila

      Thanks for reading all my posts Sharon. Sorry to hear that you aren’t open minded enough to listen to other points of view and maybe learn something. Oh we’ll I will that you find happiness and become a less judgemental person. Shalom