2020 Republican Platform

 
 
     

 

 

 

 

SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE

 

Proud to be the party that protects human life

Offers real solutions for women

Strongly opposes infanticide

Specifically supports the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Supports a human life constitutional amendment

Supports a ban on abortion at 20 weeks; when babies can feel pain

Supports a ban on abortion based on sex or disability

Supports a ban on dismemberment abortion

Supports abortion clinic safety regulations

Supports a ban on human cloning, creating or experimenting upon human embryos

including three-parent embryos

Supports a ban on any sale of body parts

Supports a ban on the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood

 

REDEFINING MARRIAGE

 

The American family is the foundation of civil society,

and the cornerstone of the family is natural

marriage, the union of one man and one woman.

Condemns the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v.

Hodges and urges its reversal.  (court ruled same sex

couples have a fundamental right to marry)

 

LGBT AGENDA, TRANSGENDER BATHROOMS, AND WOMEN’S SPORTS IN SCHOOL

 

We embrace the principle that all Americans should be treated with dignity and respect

We support measures barring “government discrimination because of one’s marriage and family.”

Supports “the right of parents to determine the proper medical treatment and

therapy for their minor children”

Opposes Title IX being used “to impose a social and cultural revolution upon the American people by wrongly redefining sex discrimination to include sexual orientation or other categories.”

Opposes “reshaping our schools – and our entire society – to fit the mold of an ideology alien to America’s history and traditions.”

Opposes President Obama’s Title IX transgender bathroom edict.  It is “illegal, dangerous, and ignores privacy issues.”

  

ABORTION AND THE LGBT AGENDA INTERNATIONALLY

              

Opposes the federal government funding abortion overseas and supports restoring the Mexico City Policy, to prevent federal money from going to NGOs which “provide or

promote abortion,” or are complicit in China’s one-child policy.

Condemns the Obama administration for “imposing on foreign recipients, especially the peoples of Africa, its own radical social agenda while excluding faith-based groups.

 

CONSCIENCE RIGHTS IN HEALTHCARE

 

America’s healthcare professionals should not be forced

to choose between following their faith and practicing

their profession.  We respect the rights of conscience

of healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses,

pharmacists, and organizations, especially the

faith-based groups which provide a major portion of

care for the nation and the needy.

  

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY 
 
 

We strongly support the freedom of Americans to act in accordance with their religious beliefs, not only in their houses of worship, but also in their everyday lives.

Ongoing attempts to compel individuals, businesses, and institutions of faith to transgress their beliefs are part of a misguided effort to undermine religion

and drive it from the public square.

We value the right of America’s religious leaders to preach, and Americans to speak freely, according

to their faith.

The government is constitutionally prohibited from policing or censoring speech based

on religious convictions or beliefs.

 

INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

 

Affirms the importance of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Promises “A Republican administration will return the advocacy of religious liberty to a central place

in its diplomacy, will quickly designate the systematic killing of religious and ethnic

minorities a genocide, and will work with the leaders of other nations

to condemn and combat genocidal acts.”

 

GOD IN GOVERNMENT

 

If God-given, natural, inalienable rights come in conflict with government, court, or human-granted rights, God-given, natural, inalienable rights always prevail.

We support the public display of the Ten Commandments as a reflection of our history and our

country’s Judeo-Christian heritage.

Entire platform mentions 15 times.

 

THE COURTS

 

We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and

the sanctity of innocent human life.

Seeks to “enable courts to begin to reverse the longline of activist decisions- including

Roe, Obergefell, and the Obamacare cases.

 

SEX EDUCATION

 

Supports “sexual risk avoidance education that

sets abstinence until marriage as the

responsible and respected standard of

behavior.”

 

EDUCATION CHOICE

 

Will “fight for school choice” and “local control.”

Recognizes that parents, not the government, are a child’s first and foremost educators.

Supports homeschooling, private schools, vouchers, and tuition tax credits.

Encourages teaching the Bible as an elective in public schools.

 

SOCIAL EXPERIMENTATION IN THE MILITARY

 

We reject the use of the military as a platform for social experimentation and will not accept

attempts to undermine military priorities and mission readiness.

Supports “the religious freedom of all military members, especially chaplains, and will not

tolerate attempts to ban Bibles or religious symbols from military facilities.”

Opposes the “Selective Service registration of women for a possible future draft.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2020 Party Platforms

           
           
 
 
 
 
     
REPUBLICAN ISSUES DEMOCRAT      
           
Supports protection of human life SANCTITY Supports repealing the Hyde Amend,ent to allow      
Supports real solutions for women OF government to fund abortion      
Support Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act HUMAN LIFE Supports “codifying” the right to abortion      
Supports a human life constitutional amendment   Believes every woman should be able to access      
Supports a ban on abortion at 20 weeks   reproductive health care services, including safe and    
Supports a ban on abortion when babies feel pain   legal abortions      
Supports a ban on abortion based on sex or disability   Oppose and will fight to overturn federal and state      
Supports a ban on dismemberment abortion   laws that create barriers to reproductive health and      
Supports a ban on human cloning   rights      
Supports a ban on experimenting on human embryos Opposes current FDA safety restrictions on      
Supports a ban on sale of human body parts   chemical abortive pills      
Supports a ban on use of public funds to perform or   Supports repealing President Trump’s changes to      
promote abortion or fund organizations like Planned   theTitle X program that separates abortion from      
Parenthood,   Federal family planning grants      
           
           
           
The American family is the foundation of civil REDEFINING Are silent on marriage and family being the      
society, and the cornerstone of the family is MARRIAGE foundation of society      
natural marriage, the union of one man and one          
woman.          
Condemns the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v.        
Hodges and urges it’s reversal          
(Obergefell v. Hodges states same-sex couples have          
a fundamental right to marry)          
           
           
We embrace the principle that all Americans should LGBT AGENDA We will fight to enact the Equality Act – a bill that      
be treated with dignity and respect. TRANSGENDER BATHROOM, would alter our entire federal civil rights framework,    
We support measures “barring” government WOMEN’S SPORTS IN SCHOOL gut religious liberty, and advance abortion.      
discrimination because of one’s marriage and family.   including “surgery and hormone therapy.”      
Supports the right of parents to determine the   We will ensure that all transgender and non-binary      
proper medical treatment and therapy for their minor can procure official government identification      
children.   documents that accurately reflect their gender      
Opposes Title IX being used to impose a social and   identity.      
cultural revolution upon the American people by   Supports banning practices aimed at assisting      
wrongly redefining sex discrimination to include   patients with unwanted same-sex attraction or      
sexual orientation or other categories.   gender dysphoria.      
Opposes reshaping our schools-and our entire   We will work to “guarantee transgender students”      
society-to fit the mold of an ideology alien to   access to facilities based on gender identity.      
America’s history and traditions.   We will protect the rights of transgender students.      
Opposes President Obama’s Title IX transgender   We will fight to enact the Equality Act – a bill that      
bathroom edict.  It is “illegal, dangerous, and ignores   would allow biological men to play in women’s      
privacy issues.   sports if they identify as transgender women.      
           
           
Opposes the federal government funding abortion ABORTION AND THE LGBT We believe access to reproductive care and      
overseas and supports restoring the Mexico City AGENDA INTERNATIONALLY abortion services, are vital to the empowerment      
Policy, to prevent federal money from going to NGO’s of women and girls.      
which “provide or promote abortion” or are complicit Supports for repealing President Trump’s expanded    
in China’s one-child policy.   Mexico City Policy and the Helms Amendment which      
Condemns the Obama administration for “imposing   bar American funding for abortion abroad.      
on foreign recipients, especially the peoples of Africa, We will restore the United States’ position of      
its own radical social agenda while excluding   leadership on LGBTQ+ issues and appoint “senior      
faith-based groups.”   within the federal government.”      
           
           
America’s healthcare professionals should not be CONSCIENCE RIGHTS IN Supports the coercive HHS contraception mandate      
forced to choose between following their faith HEALTHCARE against faith-based groups like the Little Sisters of      
and practicing their profession.  We respect the rights the Poor.      
of conscience of healthcare professionals, doctors,   Condemns the Trump administration’s regulation      
nurses, pharmacists, and organizations, especially   clarifying the definition of sex discrimination in      
the faith-based groups which provide a major   the Affordable Care Act.  This regulation allows      
portion of care for the nation and the needy.   doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies to      
    practice medicine and operate in accordance with      
    their conscience.      
           
           
           
 We strongly support the freedom of Americans to RELIGIOUS  Celebrates the paramount importance of      
act in accordance with their religious beliefs, not LIBERTY maintaining the separation between church and      
only in their houses of worship, but also in their   state.      
everyday lives.   Rejects broad religious exemptions for businesses      
Ongoing attempts to compel individuals, businesses,   medical providers, social service agencies, and      
and institutions of faith to transgress their beliefs are   others.      
part of a misguided effort to undermine religion and   We will fight to enact the Equality Act – a bill that      
drive it from the public square   would remove religious liberty protections and even    
We value the right of America’s religious leaders to   force churches to violate the tenets of their faith.      
preach, and American to speak freely, according to   Religious freedom is a core American value and      
their faith.  The government is constitutionally   a core value of the Democractic Party.  Democrats      
prohibitied from policing or censoring speech based   will protect the rights of each American for the free      
on religious convictions or beliefs.   exercise of his or her own religion      
           
           
           
Affirms the importance of the U.S. Commission on INTERNATIONAL It will be the policy of the Democractic      
International Religious Freedom RELIGIOUS Administration to advocate for religious freedom      
Promises “A Republican administration will return LIBERTY throughout the world.      
the advocacy of religious liberty to a central place in   Implies religious freedo is a “cover for      
its diplomacy, will quickly designate the systematic   discrimination.”      
killing of religious and ethnic minorities a genocide,   Asserts that there is a “politicization” of religious      
and will work with the leaders of other nations to   freedom within U.S. foreign policy.      
condemn and combat genocidal acts.”          
           
           
If God-given, natural, inalienable rights come in GOD IN Silent on the role of God in government      
conflict with governmennt, court, or human-granted GOVERNMENT Silent on the source of human rights.      
rights, God-given, natural, inalienable rights always   Celebrates the paramount importance of maintaining    
prevail.”   the separation between church and state      
We support the public display of the Ten   enshrined in our Constitution.      
Commandments as a reflection of our history and   Entire platform mentions God one time.      
our country’s Judeo-Christian heritage.”          
Entire platform mentions God 15 times.          
           
           
We support the appointment of judges who respect THE COURTS We will appoint U.S. Supreme Court justices and      
traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent   federal judges who will respect and enforce      
human life.   foundational precedents, including Roe v. Wade.      
Seeks to “enable courts to begin to revers the long   Applaud “the decision in Bostock v Clayton County      
line of activist decisions–including Roe, Obergefell,   which redefined the word sex in Title VII to include      
and the Obamacare cases.”   sexual orientation and gender identity.      
           
           
           
Supports “sexual risk avoidance education that sets SEX EDUCATION Supports “LGBTQ+ inclusive” sex education with a      
abstinence until marriage as the responsible and   full range of “family planning services.”      
respected standard of behavior.”          
           
           
Will “fight for school choice” and “local control.” EDUCATION CHOICE Democrats oppose private school vouchers and other    
Recognizes that “parents” not the government, “are   policies that divert taxpayer-funded resources away    
a child’s first and foremost educators.”   from the public-school system, including the      
Supports homeschooling, private schools, vouchers,   program at issue in the rescent Espinoza decision.      
and tuition tax credits.   No mention of homeschooling.      
Encourages teaching the Bible as an elective in public          
schools.          
           
           
We reject the use of the military as a platform for SOCIAL We will reverse the Trump Administration’s ban      
social experimentation and will not accept attempts to EXPERIMENTATION  (DOD policy on Gender Dysphoric individuals      
undermine military priorities and mission readiness. IN THE MILITARY serving in the military).      
Supports “the religious freedom of all military   Silent on service members’ religious liberty rights.      
members, especially chaplains, and will not tolerate   Calls for VA medical benefits to include abortion      
attempts to ban Bibles or religious symbols from   and gender “transition” services.      
military facilities.”          
Opposes the “Selective Service registration of women        
for a possible future draft.”          
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           


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Christianity and Politics in the United States of America – Part 3

  SHOULD I VOTE?
 
Pastor Bill Johnson made the following statement:  Without God, I cannot.  Without me, God will not.  Let me repeat that.  Without God, I cannot.  Without me, God will not.  Simply put, our prayers bring God into the situation, but it is our feet and hands in action that carry out His plans and purposes.  In Genesis 1:26, He gave authority and dominion to mankind.  We are the part of the body that is to do the work.  Soooooooooo………
 
Yes!  It is our responsibility to vote.  I do not have a choice and neither do you if you are a child of God.  We can say we all have a choice, and that is a true statement.  But just because God has given us a free will and allows us to make choices, it does not automatically follow that the choice we make is correct.  If I want to do His will and please Him, my choices become very narrow and focused.  Matthew 7:13 tells us to enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
 
Voting is the way every American can exercise his or her voice in government.  God has given us this country and He expects us to protect and rule over what He has provided.  Matthew 25:14-30 is the parable of the talents.  The Master was going on a long journey and left his servants with talents to watch over.  The servant with five talents and the servant with two talents doubled their talents and were rewarded by the Master.  The servant with the one talent buried his talent and returned the one talent when the Master returned.  The Master was angry and called him a wicked and slothful (lazy) servant.  The one talent was given to the servant with ten talents.  Our vote is like the talent.  We will lose what we do not use.  Only 1 in 5 Americans choose the President and only 1 in 8 Americans choose their governors, mayors, county, city officials or other elected officials.  These numbers tell us that others are choosing our government for us.  If we do not like the candidates available to us, it is our fault if we have not voted.
 
WHO DO I VOTE FOR?
 
Charlie Kirk, CEO and founder of Turning Point, USA said that we are not voting for a person or party in 2020.  We are voting for a world view.  No truer statement can sum up this election.  There is a vicious battle for the heart of America.  The battle is between our democratic republic and atheistic socialism / communism.  Make no mistake.  Socialism and communism are the same spirit.  Socialism has been called communism without a gun.  Socialism “sounds” good because it “sounds nice”.  But socialism is anti-God.  It completely removes and obliterates God from society.
 
David Barton, founder and CEO of Wallbuilders, states that we should not vote for personalities or individuals.  Our votes should not be cast based on race, gender, religion, looks, how one speaks or presents themselves, whether they are dog owners or cat owners, etc.  (Believe it or not, polls taken in the past show that all these things determine how many people vote.)  Our votes should be based on what the party platform says.  Why?  Because the platform is a written list of the values and actions supported by each party and tells us what a party will work for and what it wants the country to become.  It also tells us how they expect all the members of the party to vote.  You may not think party platforms are important.  However, many former and current politicians will tell you that the parties do, in fact, put pressure on legislators in different ways to toe the party line.
 
“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”  Abraham Lincoln
 
Many Christian leaders have referred to President Trump as a modern-day Cyrus.  Who was King Cyrus?  He was the pagan Persian King that allowed the Israelites to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the city.  An important distinction was made by Pastor Kynan Bridges.  The Lord showed him that King Cyrus was “the protector of the builders”.  The Israelites were the builders.  Why is this important?  Because we need to see God’s plan for today.  He put a fighter, an “in your face” personality, A PROTECTOR in the White House.  Who is he protecting?  He is protecting the builders.  Who are the builders?  THE CHURCH.  We have been given dominion in our country and we are not only to build the church back up to take our rightful place but we (the church) are to restore and rebuild this country back to its original place and purpose.  The Church is the builder and the President is the protector of the Church, restoring lost Christian liberties and standing firm in attacks on those liberties.  He is part of God’s plan for this end time move of God.  The builders are not the protector and the protector is not the builder.  A part of the building/rebuilding is to vote.  All of us need to be aware of what is happening around us and make sure that we are on God’s side.   Watch with your spiritual eyes and pray.
 
“Our vote is our seed.”  Kenneth Copeland.
 
The Kingdom of God operates on the principle of seed-time and harvest.  EVERYTHING we see and have is a result of seed planted and harvest reaped.  We are all here today because a seed was planted.  Our vote is our seed for what we want our country to be.  A vote that is not cast is a seed planted for the wrong side because we did not actively plant a seed for righteousness.
 
So, who do we vote for?  No politician or party is perfect or will line up with everything we want or think we want.  Everyone has warts and flaws, so to speak.  Therefore, we vote for the platform that most closely falls in line with the Word of God and righteousness in the five areas below.  After we know where they stand in these five areas, then we can consider other issues.  If these five issues are out of line with the Word of God, all other issues will be contrary to the Word of God.
 
  1. Abortion – This is the number 1 issue.  It has been documented that if a candidate is on the wrong side of the abortion / life issue, they will, 90% of the time, be on the wrong side of every other issue.  (Proverbs 6:16-17; Deuteronomy 30:19)
  2. Marriage protection and sexuality – Does the party support the biblical definition of marriage and gender?  (Genesis 1:27, Matthew 19:4; Genesis 2:24)
  3. Public Religious Acknowledgements and Conscience – Do they support God in the public square? Do they agree that everyone has the right to publicly believe in God and act according to their conscience?  (Romans 1:28-31; I Peter 3:15)
  4. Judges – Those we elect appoint the judges. We need them to appoint constitutional judges who will judge according to the law and the constitution, not according to their feelings or political views.  We need righteous judges appointed.  (John 7:34, Deuteronomy 1:16, Deuteronomy 16:19, Leviticus 19:15)
  5. Israel – We must have leaders who will bless Israel and will be a friend of Israel if we, as a nation, are to be blessed. (Genesis 12:3)
 

As Christians, we need to be very aware of a biblical truth.  Matthew 6:21 says, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also.”  Our treasure can be anything of value or importance, not just money.  Our vote is our treasure.  Where we place our vote signals to the forces of the Kingdom and the forces of darkness where our heart is.  By our vote, we choose a side.  And we also need to remember God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit will NEVER contradict each other or the Word of God.  The question we should all ask ourselves is this, “Is my vote on God’s side?”     


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2020 Republican Platform

 
 
     

 

 

 

 

SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE

 

Proud to be the party that protects human life

Offers real solutions for women

Strongly opposes infanticide

Specifically supports the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Supports a human life constitutional amendment

Supports a ban on abortion at 20 weeks; when babies can feel pain

Supports a ban on abortion based on sex or disability

Supports a ban on dismemberment abortion

Supports abortion clinic safety regulations

Supports a ban on human cloning, creating or experimenting upon human embryos

including three-parent embryos

Supports a ban on any sale of body parts

Supports a ban on the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood

 

REDEFINING MARRIAGE

 

The American family is the foundation of civil society,

and the cornerstone of the family is natural

marriage, the union of one man and one woman.

Condemns the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v.

Hodges and urges its reversal.  (court ruled same sex

couples have a fundamental right to marry)

 

LGBT AGENDA, TRANSGENDER BATHROOMS, AND WOMEN’S SPORTS IN SCHOOL

 

We embrace the principle that all Americans should be treated with dignity and respect

We support measures barring “government discrimination because of one’s marriage and family.”

Supports “the right of parents to determine the proper medical treatment and

therapy for their minor children”

Opposes Title IX being used “to impose a social and cultural revolution upon the American people by wrongly redefining sex discrimination to include sexual orientation or other categories.”

Opposes “reshaping our schools – and our entire society – to fit the mold of an ideology alien to America’s history and traditions.”

Opposes President Obama’s Title IX transgender bathroom edict.  It is “illegal, dangerous, and ignores privacy issues.”

  

ABORTION AND THE LGBT AGENDA INTERNATIONALLY

              

Opposes the federal government funding abortion overseas and supports restoring the Mexico City Policy, to prevent federal money from going to NGOs which “provide or

promote abortion,” or are complicit in China’s one-child policy.

Condemns the Obama administration for “imposing on foreign recipients, especially the peoples of Africa, its own radical social agenda while excluding faith-based groups.

 

CONSCIENCE RIGHTS IN HEALTHCARE

 

America’s healthcare professionals should not be forced

to choose between following their faith and practicing

their profession.  We respect the rights of conscience

of healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses,

pharmacists, and organizations, especially the

faith-based groups which provide a major portion of

care for the nation and the needy.

  

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY 
 
 

We strongly support the freedom of Americans to act in accordance with their religious beliefs, not only in their houses of worship, but also in their everyday lives.

Ongoing attempts to compel individuals, businesses, and institutions of faith to transgress their beliefs are part of a misguided effort to undermine religion

and drive it from the public square.

We value the right of America’s religious leaders to preach, and Americans to speak freely, according

to their faith.

The government is constitutionally prohibited from policing or censoring speech based

on religious convictions or beliefs.

 

INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

 

Affirms the importance of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Promises “A Republican administration will return the advocacy of religious liberty to a central place

in its diplomacy, will quickly designate the systematic killing of religious and ethnic

minorities a genocide, and will work with the leaders of other nations

to condemn and combat genocidal acts.”

 

GOD IN GOVERNMENT

 

If God-given, natural, inalienable rights come in conflict with government, court, or human-granted rights, God-given, natural, inalienable rights always prevail.

We support the public display of the Ten Commandments as a reflection of our history and our

country’s Judeo-Christian heritage.

Entire platform mentions 15 times.

 

THE COURTS

 

We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and

the sanctity of innocent human life.

Seeks to “enable courts to begin to reverse the longline of activist decisions- including

Roe, Obergefell, and the Obamacare cases.

 

SEX EDUCATION

 

Supports “sexual risk avoidance education that

sets abstinence until marriage as the

responsible and respected standard of

behavior.”

 

EDUCATION CHOICE

 

Will “fight for school choice” and “local control.”

Recognizes that parents, not the government, are a child’s first and foremost educators.

Supports homeschooling, private schools, vouchers, and tuition tax credits.

Encourages teaching the Bible as an elective in public schools.

 

SOCIAL EXPERIMENTATION IN THE MILITARY

 

We reject the use of the military as a platform for social experimentation and will not accept

attempts to undermine military priorities and mission readiness.

Supports “the religious freedom of all military members, especially chaplains, and will not

tolerate attempts to ban Bibles or religious symbols from military facilities.”

Opposes the “Selective Service registration of women for a possible future draft.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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2020 Party Platforms

           
           
 
 
 
 
     
REPUBLICAN ISSUES DEMOCRAT      
           
Supports protection of human life SANCTITY Supports repealing the Hyde Amend,ent to allow      
Supports real solutions for women OF government to fund abortion      
Support Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act HUMAN LIFE Supports “codifying” the right to abortion      
Supports a human life constitutional amendment   Believes every woman should be able to access      
Supports a ban on abortion at 20 weeks   reproductive health care services, including safe and    
Supports a ban on abortion when babies feel pain   legal abortions      
Supports a ban on abortion based on sex or disability   Oppose and will fight to overturn federal and state      
Supports a ban on dismemberment abortion   laws that create barriers to reproductive health and      
Supports a ban on human cloning   rights      
Supports a ban on experimenting on human embryos Opposes current FDA safety restrictions on      
Supports a ban on sale of human body parts   chemical abortive pills      
Supports a ban on use of public funds to perform or   Supports repealing President Trump’s changes to      
promote abortion or fund organizations like Planned   theTitle X program that separates abortion from      
Parenthood,   Federal family planning grants      
           
           
           
The American family is the foundation of civil REDEFINING Are silent on marriage and family being the      
society, and the cornerstone of the family is MARRIAGE foundation of society      
natural marriage, the union of one man and one          
woman.          
Condemns the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v.        
Hodges and urges it’s reversal          
(Obergefell v. Hodges states same-sex couples have          
a fundamental right to marry)          
           
           
We embrace the principle that all Americans should LGBT AGENDA We will fight to enact the Equality Act – a bill that      
be treated with dignity and respect. TRANSGENDER BATHROOM, would alter our entire federal civil rights framework,    
We support measures “barring” government WOMEN’S SPORTS IN SCHOOL gut religious liberty, and advance abortion.      
discrimination because of one’s marriage and family.   including “surgery and hormone therapy.”      
Supports the right of parents to determine the   We will ensure that all transgender and non-binary      
proper medical treatment and therapy for their minor can procure official government identification      
children.   documents that accurately reflect their gender      
Opposes Title IX being used to impose a social and   identity.      
cultural revolution upon the American people by   Supports banning practices aimed at assisting      
wrongly redefining sex discrimination to include   patients with unwanted same-sex attraction or      
sexual orientation or other categories.   gender dysphoria.      
Opposes reshaping our schools-and our entire   We will work to “guarantee transgender students”      
society-to fit the mold of an ideology alien to   access to facilities based on gender identity.      
America’s history and traditions.   We will protect the rights of transgender students.      
Opposes President Obama’s Title IX transgender   We will fight to enact the Equality Act – a bill that      
bathroom edict.  It is “illegal, dangerous, and ignores   would allow biological men to play in women’s      
privacy issues.   sports if they identify as transgender women.      
           
           
Opposes the federal government funding abortion ABORTION AND THE LGBT We believe access to reproductive care and      
overseas and supports restoring the Mexico City AGENDA INTERNATIONALLY abortion services, are vital to the empowerment      
Policy, to prevent federal money from going to NGO’s of women and girls.      
which “provide or promote abortion” or are complicit Supports for repealing President Trump’s expanded    
in China’s one-child policy.   Mexico City Policy and the Helms Amendment which      
Condemns the Obama administration for “imposing   bar American funding for abortion abroad.      
on foreign recipients, especially the peoples of Africa, We will restore the United States’ position of      
its own radical social agenda while excluding   leadership on LGBTQ+ issues and appoint “senior      
faith-based groups.”   within the federal government.”      
           
           
America’s healthcare professionals should not be CONSCIENCE RIGHTS IN Supports the coercive HHS contraception mandate      
forced to choose between following their faith HEALTHCARE against faith-based groups like the Little Sisters of      
and practicing their profession.  We respect the rights the Poor.      
of conscience of healthcare professionals, doctors,   Condemns the Trump administration’s regulation      
nurses, pharmacists, and organizations, especially   clarifying the definition of sex discrimination in      
the faith-based groups which provide a major   the Affordable Care Act.  This regulation allows      
portion of care for the nation and the needy.   doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies to      
    practice medicine and operate in accordance with      
    their conscience.      
           
           
           
 We strongly support the freedom of Americans to RELIGIOUS  Celebrates the paramount importance of      
act in accordance with their religious beliefs, not LIBERTY maintaining the separation between church and      
only in their houses of worship, but also in their   state.      
everyday lives.   Rejects broad religious exemptions for businesses      
Ongoing attempts to compel individuals, businesses,   medical providers, social service agencies, and      
and institutions of faith to transgress their beliefs are   others.      
part of a misguided effort to undermine religion and   We will fight to enact the Equality Act – a bill that      
drive it from the public square   would remove religious liberty protections and even    
We value the right of America’s religious leaders to   force churches to violate the tenets of their faith.      
preach, and American to speak freely, according to   Religious freedom is a core American value and      
their faith.  The government is constitutionally   a core value of the Democractic Party.  Democrats      
prohibitied from policing or censoring speech based   will protect the rights of each American for the free      
on religious convictions or beliefs.   exercise of his or her own religion      
           
           
           
Affirms the importance of the U.S. Commission on INTERNATIONAL It will be the policy of the Democractic      
International Religious Freedom RELIGIOUS Administration to advocate for religious freedom      
Promises “A Republican administration will return LIBERTY throughout the world.      
the advocacy of religious liberty to a central place in   Implies religious freedo is a “cover for      
its diplomacy, will quickly designate the systematic   discrimination.”      
killing of religious and ethnic minorities a genocide,   Asserts that there is a “politicization” of religious      
and will work with the leaders of other nations to   freedom within U.S. foreign policy.      
condemn and combat genocidal acts.”          
           
           
If God-given, natural, inalienable rights come in GOD IN Silent on the role of God in government      
conflict with governmennt, court, or human-granted GOVERNMENT Silent on the source of human rights.      
rights, God-given, natural, inalienable rights always   Celebrates the paramount importance of maintaining    
prevail.”   the separation between church and state      
We support the public display of the Ten   enshrined in our Constitution.      
Commandments as a reflection of our history and   Entire platform mentions God one time.      
our country’s Judeo-Christian heritage.”          
Entire platform mentions God 15 times.          
           
           
We support the appointment of judges who respect THE COURTS We will appoint U.S. Supreme Court justices and      
traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent   federal judges who will respect and enforce      
human life.   foundational precedents, including Roe v. Wade.      
Seeks to “enable courts to begin to revers the long   Applaud “the decision in Bostock v Clayton County      
line of activist decisions–including Roe, Obergefell,   which redefined the word sex in Title VII to include      
and the Obamacare cases.”   sexual orientation and gender identity.      
           
           
           
Supports “sexual risk avoidance education that sets SEX EDUCATION Supports “LGBTQ+ inclusive” sex education with a      
abstinence until marriage as the responsible and   full range of “family planning services.”      
respected standard of behavior.”          
           
           
Will “fight for school choice” and “local control.” EDUCATION CHOICE Democrats oppose private school vouchers and other    
Recognizes that “parents” not the government, “are   policies that divert taxpayer-funded resources away    
a child’s first and foremost educators.”   from the public-school system, including the      
Supports homeschooling, private schools, vouchers,   program at issue in the rescent Espinoza decision.      
and tuition tax credits.   No mention of homeschooling.      
Encourages teaching the Bible as an elective in public          
schools.          
           
           
We reject the use of the military as a platform for SOCIAL We will reverse the Trump Administration’s ban      
social experimentation and will not accept attempts to EXPERIMENTATION  (DOD policy on Gender Dysphoric individuals      
undermine military priorities and mission readiness. IN THE MILITARY serving in the military).      
Supports “the religious freedom of all military   Silent on service members’ religious liberty rights.      
members, especially chaplains, and will not tolerate   Calls for VA medical benefits to include abortion      
attempts to ban Bibles or religious symbols from   and gender “transition” services.      
military facilities.”          
Opposes the “Selective Service registration of women        
for a possible future draft.”          
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           


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Christianity and Politics in the United States of America – Part 3

  SHOULD I VOTE?
 
Pastor Bill Johnson made the following statement:  Without God, I cannot.  Without me, God will not.  Let me repeat that.  Without God, I cannot.  Without me, God will not.  Simply put, our prayers bring God into the situation, but it is our feet and hands in action that carry out His plans and purposes.  In Genesis 1:26, He gave authority and dominion to mankind.  We are the part of the body that is to do the work.  Soooooooooo………
 
Yes!  It is our responsibility to vote.  I do not have a choice and neither do you if you are a child of God.  We can say we all have a choice, and that is a true statement.  But just because God has given us a free will and allows us to make choices, it does not automatically follow that the choice we make is correct.  If I want to do His will and please Him, my choices become very narrow and focused.  Matthew 7:13 tells us to enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
 
Voting is the way every American can exercise his or her voice in government.  God has given us this country and He expects us to protect and rule over what He has provided.  Matthew 25:14-30 is the parable of the talents.  The Master was going on a long journey and left his servants with talents to watch over.  The servant with five talents and the servant with two talents doubled their talents and were rewarded by the Master.  The servant with the one talent buried his talent and returned the one talent when the Master returned.  The Master was angry and called him a wicked and slothful (lazy) servant.  The one talent was given to the servant with ten talents.  Our vote is like the talent.  We will lose what we do not use.  Only 1 in 5 Americans choose the President and only 1 in 8 Americans choose their governors, mayors, county, city officials or other elected officials.  These numbers tell us that others are choosing our government for us.  If we do not like the candidates available to us, it is our fault if we have not voted.
 
WHO DO I VOTE FOR?
 
Charlie Kirk, CEO and founder of Turning Point, USA said that we are not voting for a person or party in 2020.  We are voting for a world view.  No truer statement can sum up this election.  There is a vicious battle for the heart of America.  The battle is between our democratic republic and atheistic socialism / communism.  Make no mistake.  Socialism and communism are the same spirit.  Socialism has been called communism without a gun.  Socialism “sounds” good because it “sounds nice”.  But socialism is anti-God.  It completely removes and obliterates God from society.
 
David Barton, founder and CEO of Wallbuilders, states that we should not vote for personalities or individuals.  Our votes should not be cast based on race, gender, religion, looks, how one speaks or presents themselves, whether they are dog owners or cat owners, etc.  (Believe it or not, polls taken in the past show that all these things determine how many people vote.)  Our votes should be based on what the party platform says.  Why?  Because the platform is a written list of the values and actions supported by each party and tells us what a party will work for and what it wants the country to become.  It also tells us how they expect all the members of the party to vote.  You may not think party platforms are important.  However, many former and current politicians will tell you that the parties do, in fact, put pressure on legislators in different ways to toe the party line.
 
“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”  Abraham Lincoln
 
Many Christian leaders have referred to President Trump as a modern-day Cyrus.  Who was King Cyrus?  He was the pagan Persian King that allowed the Israelites to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the city.  An important distinction was made by Pastor Kynan Bridges.  The Lord showed him that King Cyrus was “the protector of the builders”.  The Israelites were the builders.  Why is this important?  Because we need to see God’s plan for today.  He put a fighter, an “in your face” personality, A PROTECTOR in the White House.  Who is he protecting?  He is protecting the builders.  Who are the builders?  THE CHURCH.  We have been given dominion in our country and we are not only to build the church back up to take our rightful place but we (the church) are to restore and rebuild this country back to its original place and purpose.  The Church is the builder and the President is the protector of the Church, restoring lost Christian liberties and standing firm in attacks on those liberties.  He is part of God’s plan for this end time move of God.  The builders are not the protector and the protector is not the builder.  A part of the building/rebuilding is to vote.  All of us need to be aware of what is happening around us and make sure that we are on God’s side.   Watch with your spiritual eyes and pray.
 
“Our vote is our seed.”  Kenneth Copeland.
 
The Kingdom of God operates on the principle of seed-time and harvest.  EVERYTHING we see and have is a result of seed planted and harvest reaped.  We are all here today because a seed was planted.  Our vote is our seed for what we want our country to be.  A vote that is not cast is a seed planted for the wrong side because we did not actively plant a seed for righteousness.
 
So, who do we vote for?  No politician or party is perfect or will line up with everything we want or think we want.  Everyone has warts and flaws, so to speak.  Therefore, we vote for the platform that most closely falls in line with the Word of God and righteousness in the five areas below.  After we know where they stand in these five areas, then we can consider other issues.  If these five issues are out of line with the Word of God, all other issues will be contrary to the Word of God.
 
  1. Abortion – This is the number 1 issue.  It has been documented that if a candidate is on the wrong side of the abortion / life issue, they will, 90% of the time, be on the wrong side of every other issue.  (Proverbs 6:16-17; Deuteronomy 30:19)
  2. Marriage protection and sexuality – Does the party support the biblical definition of marriage and gender?  (Genesis 1:27, Matthew 19:4; Genesis 2:24)
  3. Public Religious Acknowledgements and Conscience – Do they support God in the public square? Do they agree that everyone has the right to publicly believe in God and act according to their conscience?  (Romans 1:28-31; I Peter 3:15)
  4. Judges – Those we elect appoint the judges. We need them to appoint constitutional judges who will judge according to the law and the constitution, not according to their feelings or political views.  We need righteous judges appointed.  (John 7:34, Deuteronomy 1:16, Deuteronomy 16:19, Leviticus 19:15)
  5. Israel – We must have leaders who will bless Israel and will be a friend of Israel if we, as a nation, are to be blessed. (Genesis 12:3)
 

As Christians, we need to be very aware of a biblical truth.  Matthew 6:21 says, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also.”  Our treasure can be anything of value or importance, not just money.  Our vote is our treasure.  Where we place our vote signals to the forces of the Kingdom and the forces of darkness where our heart is.  By our vote, we choose a side.  And we also need to remember God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit will NEVER contradict each other or the Word of God.  The question we should all ask ourselves is this, “Is my vote on God’s side?”     


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