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Voting God's Values

Posted By Connie Moody, Tuesday, October 23, 2012

"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 [2012], and pray with me that America will remain one nation under God.”

Billy Graham, Montreat, NC, October 2012
(Text from full page ad by Mr. Graham to run in several news outlets
before the November 6, 2012 elections.  See the original ad. )  

Knowing God’s principles makes many decisions of life simple—not necessarily easy, but simple.  "Consenting to do that which is right or that which is wrong is basic to Christian self-government. . . My consent [my vote] is my title to keeping conscience in God’s will.” (Slater, T&L, p. 232)

The power of internal principles is the vital force for unity.  And unity is a vital force for influence and impact in this world for the glory of God.

KNOW God’s principles and VOTE your conscience on November 6.

Tags:  Billy Graham  conscience  consent  election  principles  unity  vote 

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Exercise your sovereignty—VOTE!

Posted By Connie Moody, Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"A share in the sovereignty of the state, which is exercised by the citizens at large,
in voting at elections is one of the most important rights of the subject,
and in a republic ought to stand foremost in the estimation of the law.” 
-
Alexander Hamilton

In joining ourselves into commonwealths for the better protection of our rights and liberties we surrender a small portion of our individual sovereignty—a distinction that marks man as being created in the image of the Sovereign—to the state by consent. However, we retain the majority of our sovereignty as we dare maintain our rights through Christian self-government in all our reserved jurisdictions and check the restraints set on local, state, and national civil government through our voices of enlightened reason and our votes of clear conscience.

We must not believe that our small self-governed lives and our single ballots are insignificant or incapable of effecting great purposes. God has written a history of using the weak to confound the mighty. The seeds of His Gospel sown through our words and deeds will produce a manifold harvest in another season that blesses all.

"Also. . . the Washington Examiner wrote an excellent editorial praising [Virginia Attorney General] Ken Cuccinelli and his fellow Attorneys General for stepping up and defending the Constitution.  They said, 'Elections are just one way the Constitution empowers Americans to fight back against a centralizing regime in the nation's capital. State attorneys general have every right—indeed, it is their obligation—to respond forcefully when the federal government breaks the law.' " (From The Cuccinelli Compass, The Rule of Law, e-mail 03/13/2012, kc4ag@cuccinelli.com.)

To read the full editorial click here.


‘"What constitutes a state?
Not high-raised battlement or labored mound,
Thick wall or moated gate;
Not cities proud, with spires and turrets crowned;
Not bays and broad-armed ports,
Where, laughing at the storm, rich navies ride;
Nor starred and spangled courts,
Where low-browed baseness wafts perfume to pride.
No: MEN, high-minded MEN,
With powers as far above dull brutes endued,
In forest, brake, or den,
As beasts excel cold rocks and brambles rude:
Men who their duties know,
But know their rights, and, knowing, dare maintain;
Prevent the long-aimed blow,
And crush the tyrant while they rend the chain
:
These Constitute a state;
And SOVEREIGN LAW, that state's collected will,
O'er thrones and globes elate
Sits empress, crowning good, repressing ill.'"

Excerpts from the Works of Daniel Webster, 1851, cited in Verna M. Hall's Christian History of the Constitution: Christian Self-Government with Union, Vol. II, p. 8. (Emphasis added.)

Tags:  Alexander Hamilton  constitution  duty  republic  right  sovereign law  state  vote 

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Vote TODAY

Posted By Connie Moody, Thursday, January 26, 2012

"In the intervening years customs and habits have changed. Opportunities for recreation have increased. Our entire mode of life has been recast through invention, the great growth of our cities, and for other reasons. Undoubtedly, this has been responsible in no small measure for the widespread disregard on the part of so many of our citizens of the privilege and duty of voting…If the people fail to vote, a government will be developed that is not their government…The whole system of American Government rests on the ballot box. Unless citizens perform their duties there, such a system of government is doomed to failure.”           Calvin Coolidge

Voting is a means of giving internal Christian self-government and conscience external expression. By definition, a vote is "the expression of a wish, desire, will, preference or choice in regard to any measure proposed, in which the person voting has an interest in common with others, either in electing a man to office, or in passing laws, rules, regulations, and the like…” (Webster's 1828 Dictionary). Students of the Principle Approach® understand that these elements of internal property: wishes, desires, will, preferences, choices, are to be vassals to reason ruled by and wholly obedient to God (see Grotius quote, T&L, p. 119).

It is easy for us to perform the action of voting at the ballot box and even to exhort others to do likewise. However, failure to vote isn't just neglecting to register, finding excuse not to stand in line at the precinct on Election Day, or not pushing a button or coloring a bubble once behind the veil. Failing to vote is failing to have our reason ruled by and wholly obedient to God regarding His principles of government and then seeing to it that these are upheld in our personal lives and in the civil spheres through our voting duty (or even perhaps seeking to serve in public office).

Failing to vote in this sense has been a chronic condition of much of the citizenry for many generations. Christians are especially at fault as we have the capacity through the indwelling Spirit to have reason ruled by God*. Therefore, as Coolidge predicted, a government has developed that is not of the people, by the people, and for the people—a Christian constitutional republic—our interest in common.

Don't wait until November 6, 2012; VOTE TODAY! Begin researching, reasoning, relating, and recording the principles you need to know and hold inviolate as you vet the candidates and examine the initiatives and referenda up for election and teach your children, students and others through this important process.

 

* Note definition #4 of 'vote', "United voice in public prayer,” and consider the crucial role Christians must play, first and foremost in prayer.

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Tags:  Coolidge  election  government  Grotius  prayer  vote 

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