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!

  • Joseph

    Amen! Thanks for sharing this, Bristol! I’ve always liked Billy Graham; he’s a great man of God. And Happy 94th Birthday, Billy Graham!!!

  • Thomas Hubbard

    Sheila I guess you’d rather live under Isalm. We Christian object abortion and homosexuality yes but it is a not a matter of hate. Under Isalm homosexuals are to be executed. Now under Isalm if a women is raped she is looked upon as an Adultress and must produce three men witnesses to prove the rape, a women adultress is to be executed by a member of the family to save face. Also women who are not of the Islam religion and refuse to convert their production organs are to be muilated. You need to go to http://www.womenagainstshariah.com .

    • Fado

      Thomas, who said anything about want to live under Islam?

    • LeAnne

      God bless you for standing up for the God of the bible and the God of love!

  • http://FB Cricket says

    ABO 2012 …… ABR 2016!!!

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  • MiddleRoader

    So, if I vote Biblically and choose this verse: “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24) , then both candidates are poor choices, but Obama is the lesser of two evils. But I choose not to vote Biblically; I choose to vote on issues that I feel are most important to the country, like jobs, the economy, foreign policy, etc. To each his own.

    • Frederick Lang

      Middlereader. That verse applies to those who wish to take their riches with them when they die and/or who also wish to retain their riches at the expense of not sharing it with the less fortunate or at the expense of their own souls. That means, they would rather keep their earthly possessions no matter what it takes. Romney has proven he is willing to give up his riches for the greater good and did that by donating his income to charities and not even take an income as governor when in office. He has already vowed not to accept the presidential pay. He is a giver of wealth to those who need it. I wonder what Obama has done with his millions lately? Does he plan to take it with him when he dies or does his philosophy of life allow him to loosly hold onto wealth as an end unto itself? With that attitude(if he holds to it), it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than someone trying to take this worlds wealth with them to Heaven.

      What makes you think by not voting biblically will do the opposite of creating jobs or keeping the peace except by staying strong with a powerful national defense. We don’t live in a world of peace and those who hate us and wantt us dead will be less willing to attack us or our interests overseas if we remain strong in defense and willing to protect those foreign interests. What has Obama done to maintain the peace at our consilate in Libya lately, except to cut our defense by a trillion dollars over time? You really need to understand what it really means to vote biblically….you’ll find out we are better off believing the one and only true God than believing in allah, the god of war and hate and the god of those who wish us dead. That means me and you and our families.

      • MiddleRoader

        Whoa, Nellie. First of all, I don’t know how Allah got in the mix. But leaving that aside, your interpretation of Matthew 19:24 is reasonable and legitimate. However, it is not that only one. Everyone reads the Bible throught the prism of his/her religion, personality and beliefs. For example, Catholics interpret Sheila’s anti-abortion quote ((“Rescue those who are being taken away to death…) (Proverbs 24:11-12)) to extend to capital punishment, yet many Christians support the death penalty for serious crimes, citing, among many other quotes: “Who so sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” (Genesis 9:6) And if you didn’t agree with my interpretation of the eye of needle quote, consider this one: “Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.” (Mark 10:21) This, too, has several different translations and interpretations. Taken literally, it disqualifies not just Obama and Romney, but most of society as well. My point is, vote Biblically, if you choose, but realize that your Biblical vote may be vastly different from someone else’s Biblical vote, depending on which Bible verses speaks to them, and how they interpret them .

  • Sheila

    A vote for Romney is a vote for Mormonism. If you don’t think Bishop Romney will bring his beliefs to Washington and this country you are sadly mistaken.

    • MiddleRoader

      Sheila, I’m not a Romney fan, but the man practically bends over backward to downplay his Mormonism, without disavowing it. Of course, his religion shapes his views, but I don’t think a vote for Romney means a vote for Mormonim any more than a vote for Obama is a vote for Christianity, or a vote for Bush was a vote for Methodism.

      • Fado

        Middleroader Romney bends over backward to downplay anything he might believe in that costs him
        votes. Personally I don’t think he believes in much.

        • MiddleRoader

          I agree, but that’s why I disagree with Sheila. If he gets elected, he will be thinking about re-election from Day 1 (not all that unlike other presidents). And so he won’t be pushing LDS views. (After reading Marie’s post, I’m going to try to use that term, although I don’t think LDS people are offended by “Mormon”.) I really don’t think either candidate is pushing a religious agenda, although both pander to their bases. In Romney’s case, it’s the religious right; in Obama’s, it’s liberal groups.

      • Sheila

        I agree MR. Just having some fun :) I thought Donnie and Marie would at least get some laughs. Geez they released a double album which opens up to reveal the planet Kolob for Christs sake! :)

  • Melissa Ortiz (@DCBelleonWheels)

    Bristol, thank you for posting this.

  • David

    Bristol, thanks for this Post.

    How can anyone – who actually looks at what Obama has done to this Country since he has been in Office – still want to Vote for Obama ???

    Vote Romney/Ryan on Nov. 6, 2012 !

    • Fado

      I can. I like what he has done for this country.

      • Sheila

        Me too!

  • Keri Norton

    Thank you Bristol for sharing. Just a clarification on some of the comments: the separation of church and state is for the protection of the people to practice their own religion; it is to keep the government from forcing a state religion on the people. Nothing Rev. Graham stated says he wants the government to enforce one religion on anyone. He just asks voters to vote what they believe to be Biblically accurate.

    • Fado

      Keri, he wants to put his religious views into the law and thereby force it on everyone.

      • Sheila

        That is correct Fado. Christians want to pass laws implementing their religions beliefs.

    • http://yahoo.com millie

      keri,

      Thank you for your post and clarity on this statement that the Rev. Graham made.
      As you state northing Rev. Graham states says he wants the government to enforce one
      religion on anyone.

      If I might say on the other hand our President wants to push his agendas on the church like the
      Catholic church being required to include in their insurance benefits birth control/abortion. That is
      in violation of Separation of Church and State as to what it was establish for and goes against that
      religions beliefs.

      What will be next!!!!!!!

      • Fado

        Catholic schools, hospitals and other agencies are not being required to cover abortion costs in their insurance plans Millie. They are however, being required to have contraception included. The church does not have to pay for this and no one is saying the employees have to use contraception. It is simply their for those that choose to.

        And let’s been honest: Catholics contracept at the same rate others do and the Church is well aware of this.

      • MiddleRoader

        IMO, this issue is too complicated to discuss in short posts on this site and deserves its own forum, but I will ask this: Why is it OK for states to require insurance to cover contraception? (Apparently it is the law in 28 states, and only 8 exempt Catholic hospitals and universities.) I realize that there’s considerable debate over whether separation of church and state extends to the state, but you’d think the Catholic Church would not submit to this without a fight. Also, religious freedom has its limits; it does not not trump the law of the land. Some religions allow polygamy, but it’s still illegal. Parents who deny necessary lifesaving medical treatment for their children can, and are prosecuted. Practically speaking, laws made today take mainstream U.S. religions into considerations when they make law. This is why there are some religious waivers. And why religious employers are not required to provide or pay for contraception coverage. (The insurance is required to directly offer her contraceptive care free of charge.) These exceptions were made not just to respect religious freedom, but to respect almost ¼ of the U.S. population. As far as I know (correct me, please, if I’m wrong) if my employer happens to be a Jehovah’s witness, should he/she is allowed to exempt blood transfusions from my insurance. But probably, if there were as many Jehovah’s Witnesses as Catholics, there well might be.

  • Laurel Girl

    For further clarification, Reverend Graham is just that—a reverend. He is not an elected official. Does he have influence over folks? Sure. But at the end of the day, he does not FORCE anyone to vote one way or another. He is entitled to his way of thinking just as you are yours. I saw no mention of any endorsements or names listed in his quote. Sure, it’s up for interpretation. I know how the candidates feel on the issues, so obviously, I know what it means. You don’t have to like Jesus. But when you want to strip away what our nation was founded upon, well, then you cross the line. It’s Civics 101. We all learned during the Chick-fil-A debacle two things: Christians don’t have free speech and liberals don’t have tolerance. Why else would you spin your wheels trying to destroy a person and their business over the fact that they are pro-traditional marriage versus being anti-gay marriage? It’s common sense, which unfortunately isn’t very common anymore. I love vanilla ice cream. It’s what I will pick time and time again. By me saying I love vanilla ice cream, inevitably I will have someone proclaim they like chocolate, rocky road, peach, etc. And out of nowhere, someone will declare I must hate strawberry simply because I said I like vanilla. Seriously? Yep. One person said they were pro-traditional marriage and immediately that person is a hate monger. It’s an adult version of bullying to be afraid to have an opinion that differs than what most people SAY publicly, even if they don’t really feel that way behind closed doors. Truth is, I have several friends who SAY they are for Obama because they fear the aftermath of not publicly endorsing him-fearful that they’ll be labeled a racist or a bigot. Yeah, free speech sure has a lot of costs associated with it. You can pick apart the Bible to suit whatever side of the fence you’re on. I cast my vote for performance, not personality. I cast my vote for experience, not eloquence. I cast my vote for the person who, in my humble opinion, will be able to lead with both his heart and his head, who wants AMERICA to thrive. You can tell me I’m wrong, and that’s your right, but it won’t change how I feel. By spewing hate at me, you only further prove that I made the right decision to vote for Romney/Ryan.

    • Fado

      Laurel, the problem with Chik Fil-A is not about free speech. It’s about their discriminatory behavior as employers and giving millions to anti-gay groups. People spoke up and made this known that it was unacceptable. Oh, and THEY were exercising their freedom of speech by doing so. You actually have it not just wrong, but also backward.

    • Sheila

      Laurel the CEO of Chic Fil A did a lot more than just say he was for traditional marriage. Here is his exact quote: ” when it comes to legalizing same-sex marriage, I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say ‘we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage’.

      Considering the fact that the gay community has been blamed by the Christian right for every natural disaster and even the terrorist attacks on 911, its clearly very irresponsible for him to say what he said. He is telling America that god will send judgement to this nation (ie PUNISH US) if we allow gay people to marry. That is wrong and it is dangerous. It instills hatred of gay people. It causes gay people to get blamed for things that are not their fault. It causes harm to come to them. If Mr. Cathey had made these comments about ANY other groups (Jews, Blacks, Irish) he would have been condemned by your side. For you to say this is just a free speech issue and the left isn’t tolerant is wrong.


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