Editor Preface: We are all aware of a coordinated global social/political assault against all Christian principles. This is demonstrated during the elections in many countries in the past year. On November 8, the United States will elect a new President. The following article by Joseph Mattera (USCAL Convenor) outlines How to Use the 10 Commandments as a Guide for choosing the best candidate - in any Country's elections.
Many are calling the upcoming U.S. presidential election the most important since World War II! That may be true because, in addition to deciding the future of major economic and social policy initiatives like immigration reform, social security, debt reduction, same-sex marriage, and healthcare, the next president will most likely have the ability to nominate two Supreme Court justices, who have unfortunately become the bottom line for confirming or eradicating major policy initiatives. (Thus un-elected justices with their own ideology, political bent and ambition have legislated immorality such as Roe v. Wade in 1973 and other vital issues that affect our culture.)
As a non-partisan Christian, I have been encouraging Christians to vote their values instead of voting based on groupthink and party affiliation. In order to do this, we have to go to the source of our ethics and values: the Bible.
God could not have made His standard for societal law any clearer than when He wrote His law in the Ten Commandments and gave it to Moses on Mount Sinai as noted in Exodus 20. He laid them out in the order of importance as His top-ten list. These moral laws, which in context were given as a corporate blueprint to build policy upon for Israel and all nations so they may experience longevity and national blessings, are also the standard in both the New and Old Testaments for personal holiness and ethics, and are repeated numerous times in the New Testament almost verbatim (e.g. Ephesians 6:1-3). Although we are not saved by obeying the works of the law (Ephesians 2:8-9), they serve as the ethical behavior the Holy Spirit empowers us to walk in (Romans 8:4) when we yield to His grace (Titus 2:11-12). Although the ceremonial aspect of the law has been done away in Christ (John 1:29; Hebrews 9:1-10:14) the moral law is still the good, holy and righteous standard for us to live by (Romans 3:31; 7:12, 14, 25).
As we look at the Ten Commandments we find there are two primary components related to our obligation to obey the law: the first four commandments relate to our vertical obligation to God and the last six commandments relate to our horizontal obligations toward our neighbors.
To save space I am not going to quote all the commandments, but will focus on several that have relevance to the upcoming election.
The first commandment is to have no other gods before Him (Exodus 20:3).
This is the most important of all the commandments because, if we follow it, all the other commandments will naturally fall into place. Hence, I will only use this verse as related to the four stated commandments we have towards God.
Having no other gods before Him means that God has to be first and foremost in our lives, even as Matthew 6:33 instructs us to put first His kingdom and His righteousness. In Matthew 22:37-38, we are called to love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.
Regarding the upcoming election: This means we are to put God’s standards and word above our ethnicity (e.g. it shouldn’t matter whether a candidate is black, white, yellow or brown), and we should put biblical values above our party affiliation.
As Dr. Martin Luther King said in his “I Have a Dream” speech, we should judge candidates based on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.
The last six commandments are about how we are to live in relation to fellow human beings. This was summarized in Matthew 22:39-40 when Jesus instructed us to love our neighbors even as we love ourselves. Thus the first four commandments connect to Matthew 22:37-38, and the last six commandments connect to Matthew 22:39-40.
In reference to the last six commandments, we need to see how they directly relate to the public policy positions of each of the political parties as well as each individual candidate.
“Honor your father and mother” (Exodus20: 12) is the most important commandment regarding human relations because it connects to the nature of marriage and procreation. Marriage (Genesis 2:23-25) is the basic human building block of society and existed before human government (which started with God delegating capital punishment to humans in Genesis 9:5-6), before Israel, the Law of Moses, and the church.
It is also important to note this commandment mentions both “father” and “mother” not “mother and mother” or “father and father.” Thus, according to God’s top-ten list, biblical marriage is the most important human institution we need to protect and honor, and is even mentioned before murder, adultery and economics!
Thus, political candidates who support same-sex marriage are in gross violation of the fifth commandment (which is also the first commandment related to human relations!)
The sixth commandment is “You shalt not murder” (Exodus 20:13).
God so hates the shedding of innocent blood (Proverbs 6:16-17) that murder is number two on His list of the remaining six moral commandments related to human obligations.
Of course, if the platform of a political party or a candidate is pro-choice then they are in favor of a woman’s right to terminate the life of an unborn child within her womb. What’s even more troubling is that African-Americans and people of color have been targeted the most by the abortion industry as noted by planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, who believed people of color were from an inferior race, and, because they were poor, she planned to use “colored” ministers to convince them from a religious perspective that the right thing to do was to terminate their pregnancies if they were too poor to afford them!
"Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race." (Margaret Sanger. Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.)
"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population. And the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."
(Margaret Sanger's December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, and Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon's Woman's Body, Woman's right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976.)
"Eugenic sterilization is an urgent need ... We must prevent multiplication of this bad stock."
(Margaret Sanger, April 1933 Birth Control Review.)
Unfortunately, Sanger and Planned Parenthood have been largely successful in achieving their goals, since data shows us that for every 1,000 African-Americans born in the USA, 1,600 are aborted!
We are now witnessing something many believe is worse than slavery! We are witnessing legal genocide! Thus, when people of color vote for a pro-choice candidate or platform they are (unconsciously) voting for their own systemic extermination!
Regarding “after birth” issues like racism: Many point to the fact that Mormons forbade people of color from their priesthood until the early 1970’s and hold it against any candidate connected to the Mormon Church. However, there has to be evidence that a candidate is personally a racist and proof they were part of the leadership in the Mormon Church when racism was systemic in their doctrine. If we are going to hold it against a candidate for being part of a religion that 40 years ago was racist then we have to be fair and cite the terrible racist history of the Democratic Party that was part of Jim Crow, the KKK, slavery, and was far behind the Republican Party (the party of Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King) regarding civil rights until the past three decades.
(See the following link by African-American Frantz Kebreau regarding the civil rights history of both major political parties: http://www.stolenhistory.org/revealing-the-truth-about-the-democratic-party/) .....