Chris­tian vot­ers guided by val­ues, not par­ties

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

Co­ralie Koonce seems to think that Chris­tians must sup­port only po­lit­i­cal par­ties that are obe­di­ent to their church, that obey the com­mand­ments and who al­ways take the moral high road. If that were the case, Chris­tians would never be able to sup­port any politi­cian.

Wake up, Co­ralie. From the be­gin­ning Chris­tians knew that they must separate Cae­sar from God. The op­tions are not al­ways great. We have a choice be­tween those who work hard to se­cure re­li­gious free­dom, who sup­port life from con­cep­tion to nat­u­ral death, who prom­ise to sup­port fam­ily val­ues and tra­di­tional mar­riage and those who do not.

Je­sus told us that the poor would al­ways be with us but he didn’t tell us to ask Cae­sar to take care of them. Chris­tians, churches and com­mu­ni­ties have al­ways or­ga­nized to care for the poor.

Of course there were no guns in the Bi­ble. Many mod­ern tools are not men­tioned in the Bi­ble. The scrip­tures don’t con­demn the tools we have avail­able; they guide us in our ac­tions with those tools. The avail­able weapon of choice was the sword, and be­cause of the dan­gers they would face, Je­sus told the dis­ci­ples that if they had no sword to sell their cloak and pur­chase one. To­day’s weapon of choice is the gun and even you might agree that it isn’t wise to take a sword to a gun­fight. There­fore, I am a gun owner.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is cer­tainly no saint but I do take is­sue with some of your phony ac­cu­sa­tions against him. Re­mem­ber, Co­ralie, that you should not bear false wit­ness against your neigh­bor.

As for the cli­mate pact, our coun­try is way ahead of the game as you ad­mit by say­ing that “so­lar al­ready em­ploys more peo­ple for elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion” than other util­i­ties. The cli­mate pact would have lit­tle or no im­pact on the world’s big­gest pol­luters and Amer­ica is al­ready do­ing the right thing with­out some oner­ous reg­u­la­tions from the world court.

The U.S. wel­comes mil­lions of le­gal im­mi­grants ev­ery year. Jus­tice for the alien is con­tin­u­ing to wel­come the le­gal ones who en­ter through the gate and turn­ing away those who climb in by some other way. We have to un­der­stand that there are those who want to en­ter to do us harm or to steal from and op­press neigh­bors who have worked hard to make a bet­ter life in our na­tion.

Pres­i­dent Trump has al­ready taken ac­tion to sup­port re­li­gious free­dom and to limit sup­port for abor­tion world­wide. Maybe if the Democrats were to truly bring God back into their plat­form and sup­port evan­gel­i­cal causes they might re­gain some sup­port from those aw­ful Chris­tians.

The good news, Co­ralie, is that if this at­tack on Chris­tians doesn’t work for you, you can al­ways go to the Rus­sian thing. You might even team up with Doug Thomp­son. You’ll prob­a­bly find him in his back yard, wear­ing a tin­foil hat and fran­ti­cally dig­ging a bomb shel­ter. DALE LANGE

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