Philosophy Lite: The 2012 election is in your hands
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We live in a broken world and it is perfectly normal for everything under the sun to deteriorate: our homes, our clothes, our automobiles and our toys.
As humans, we also are subject to aging and deterioration, brought on sometimes by careless health practices. So, at some time we take a look at ourselves and decide to take back our health by diet and exercise.
Our country is no exception. Over time, men cause deterioration by lack of understanding, failure to follow the Constitution, selfishness or pride. So, the resemblance to the original America is greatly diminished.
Today, as our country has become weak and flabby, many want to regain America's youth and vitality. The way to do this is to become more disciplined, more interested in how to regain our lost health; and to take appropriate action.
The 2012 election is the time for us to roll up our sleeves and recapture the original vitality of our country.
As some have said, the 2012 election is a battle for the soul of our nation. The times demand a thoughtful consideration of where we want to go and an investigation of those who claim to speak for us.
If we are unconcerned about the future of America, we will have no gripe about what happens to us.
In Matthew 5:13, Jesus admonishes his followers to make a difference in the world by standing out. When Christians fail to engage the culture, they lose their influence as the salt of the earth.
Dr. James Dobson estimates that only half the Christians in America are registered to vote - and only half of those registered actually vote. These numbers are backed up by Barna polls and David Barton of Wallbuilders.
God led determined Christians to come to this country to set up a government of the people, by the people and for the people. We are a Republic and every citizen has a moral obligation to vote his faith and morality.
As Christianity today is in decline and the atheists are pushing hard, we need to exert our influence to recover the original intent of those founding fathers. There is not the slightest doubt that this could be accomplished if all Christians registered and then voted their conscience. For those who are unsure who to vote for, several evangelical organizations publish a voter guide. Wallbuilders, out of Aledo, Texas is one. (Wallbuilders.com)
The obvious answer to this problem is for every pulpit across the U.S. to urge their congregations to register and to vote. It is against the law for pastors to tell their people how to vote, but churches have a lot of freedom otherwise to encourage their congregations to get involved in electing honorable men and women to public office. Every church should also encourage capable and experienced members to consider running for public office.
To register to vote, get the form at the election headquarters, 111 North Glass St. They must be signed no later than 6 months prior to any election.
Raymond F. Smith is president of Strong Families of Victoria.