A day behind in the newspaper, yesterday I opened the Sunday New York Times to this full page ad from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association imploring the American people to vote “biblical principles” next week. The full text portion of the ad reads:
The legacy we leave behind for 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 American will remain one nation under God.
This ad follows my sister calling me from Colorado (we like our swing states in my family) to say she’d seen a church marquee that read “Vote Biblical Values” and wondered out loud if that meant they too were voting for President Obama.
I agree whole heartedly with Mr. Graham and the congregation in Colorado that I have a responsibility to vote biblical principles next week; that the legacy we leave behind for our children and grandchildren matters. And so, I offer my support, volunteer hours, even a little money, and above all else my vote, to the candidate I believe comes closer to standing for biblical values– President Barack Obama.
Mr. Graham and others have tried to turn biblical values into marriage equality and abortion. But I am reminded yet again of the biblical principles that command we care for the orphan and the widow. I look to the biblical principles that require fair lending practices and genuine care for creation. The biblical principles that talk about equality, peace, forgiveness, setting aside our judgment, and love. I will continue to be guided by the more than 2,000 references in the Bible that talk of our obligation to do justice and God’s preferential love for the poor.
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