By Janet J. Ferguson
America needs a compassionate but unbending Christian testimony in our culture.
"God commands you to choose for rulers 'Just men who will rule in the fear of God'. The preservation of government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty, and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted ... Public revenues will be squandered ..., and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded."
-- Noah Webster
"If America is to survive, we must elect more God-centered men and women to public office, individuals who will seek divine guidance in the affairs of state."
-- Billy Graham
If a man will not defend innocent human life from the moment of conception until natural death, does not understand that marriage is only between one man and one woman, will not defend our religious liberty, and does not value our Judeo-Christian heritage or our Constitution, neither can he be trusted with decisions about the economy or our national security. Character counts!
With the election only days away, valley voters could cast the deciding votes for both the presidency and the U.S. Senate. And while the economy and foreign policy have dominated the debates, valley voters are also concerned about family values issues.
There are stark differences between the two presidential candidates on these issues: Mitt Romney opposes taxpayer funding for abortion, Planned Parenthood, and embryonic stem cell research. Barrack Obama supports them .
Mitt Romney supports the ban on human cloning, the repeal of the estate tax, parental choice in school, state marriage amendments, the federal Defense of Marriage Act and a marriage amendment to the Constitution. Barrack Obama opposes these.
Obama opposes appointing conservative justices and he supports government control of h ealth care. Obama opposes religious liberty. Romney supports religious liberty.
Mitt Romney supports appointment of conservative justices. Romney opposes government control of health care. Romney supports our religious liberty!
There are stark differences where the Senate candidates stand also. Who we choose is critically important because, if George Allen wins, the Republicans could take control of the U.S. Senate.
If Tim Kaine wins, the Democrats are likely to retain power.
To help us with that decision, it is important for us to focus on core Biblical issues of life, marriage, and religious liberty.
A Marine once described what he called "moral courage" and "physical courage." The latter has to do with battlefield bravery, the kind of sacrificial conduct that causes a soldier to fall on a grenade, attack an entrenched position, or risk his life to save a friend.
Moral courage is about taking a stand for truth and conscience regardless of the political or personal consequences. Christians should display this kind of courage with kindness and winsomeness, but with unequivocal firmness.
"Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues." Winston Churchill is quoted as saying, "for upon it, all others depend." At a time of moral crisis in our country and our world, there are few qualities we need more.
This may be the most important election of our lifetime. The presidential and Senate candidates hold sharply different views about core Biblical values, including life, marriage, and religious freedom.
Obamacare has given politicians unprecedented power over not just our health care but how we practice our faith. This new law forces people of faith to pay for and subsidize the taking of innocent human life.
As Billy Graham has so clearly stated in a series of full-page ads in major papers across the country, the choice we make as "values voters" will shape the direction of America for generations to come.
Our challenge is clear: help elect 'God-centered men and women,' urge others to do the same, and thereby to help rebuild America's Judeo-Christian foundation."
Who should be in control of your faith? Bureaucrats in Washington or you?
Janet J. Ferguson is a resident of Edinburg.