Sep 13, 2012 2:32 PM
Worldview Matters for Faith Driven Consumers
Now that we’ve had some time to catch our collective breath from two weeks of nationally televised, highly choreographed major party convention rhetoric, it’s time for Faith Driven Consumers to digest the speeches, talking points and sound bites of the Republicans and Democrats and decide which party best represents a biblically informed worldview in the November elections.
As Faith Driven Consumers, we understand that every choice matters and that every choice has consequences. We desire to give glory to God in all that we say and do, and see the daily decisions we make as matters of stewarding well the gifts we’ve been entrusted by God. And while biblical stewardship means thinking wisely and prudently about the economic choices we make, it also means consistently applying a biblical worldview to how we vote.
Voting Matters. Voting Your Worldview Matters Even More
When it comes to the election this November, pundits on both sides of the aisle agree – Americans have a very clear choice between two starkly different worldviews. These contrasting visions are best reflected in the political party platforms that are approved at both conventions. They reflect the underlying philosophies held by the parties and the policy goals each will strive to implement if elected to govern.
Beyond the respective party platforms, Faith Driven Consumers are encouraged to consider not just executive and legislative factors in their voting decisions, but also the underlying philosophy for judicial picks since the next president will likely nominate at least three Supreme Court justices and hundreds of federal judges during his tenure – with Congress ratifying the nominees.
The outcome of cases decided by these courts will reverberate throughout the culture for decades to come on topics like the degree of government in our lives, healthcare, abortion, same-sex marriage, and more.
Vote Your Values
In addition to the party platforms, a number of issues of importance to Faith Driven Consumers came out of the 2012 conventions. For example, the Democrats initially decided to drop all mention of “God” from their party’s platform, then clumsily reinstated it despite loud opposition from a majority of the delegates.
On the highly contentious issue of abortion, the contrast between the two parties is quite clear. The Republican platform is solidly pro-life and states “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.” It opposes using public funds to promote or perform abortion or to fund organizations that perform or advocate abortions. It says the party will not fund or subsidize health care that includes abortion coverage.
In contrast, the Democrats oppose all limitations on abortion, declaring that “The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.” Here, Democrats call for taxpayer funding for some abortions, and oppose all efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. Previous Democratic platforms, while also strongly pro-abortion, contained language calling for the procedure should be “rare.” However, that wording is absent from the current platform.
On the equally divisive social issue of same-sex marriage, the distinction between the Republicans and Democrats is also striking. Whereas the Republican party “…affirms the rights of states and the federal government not to recognize same-sex marriage…” and “backs a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” the Democrats for the first time in history call for the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples and the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.
For Faith Driven Consumers who are concerned about America’s commitment to Israel, pornography, and understanding of the people’s relationship to government, the difference between the parties is also clear. So, too, are the distinctions on a host of other issues like Medicare/Medicaid, small business, taxes, job creation, defense, education, healthcare, immigration, energy, gun control, and voter integrity.
Voting as Stewardship
With two so fundamentally different worldviews up for grabs, Faith Driven Consumers are called to prayerfully study the issues and learn where each major party stands. Then we are called to steward our votes in ways that best glorify God.
Here in America, we have been blessed with the privilege of voting our values and making our voices heard in a representative democracy – a gift that most people in history have never had. To the degree that we steward our vote well according to a biblical worldview, God will continue to bless us with the precious vote we’ve been entrusted with.
Every choice matters and every choice has a consequence, perhaps never more so than in the 2012 elections.