“America, America, God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.”
“For Zion’s sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet.” Isaiah 62:1
In what may seem to be a departure from this blog’s focus on God’s Grace, I’m constrained to share my reasoning and persuasion regarding this important election. I’m not so concerned about my departure from a discussion of grace, as I am for America’s departure from God’s grace.
During the 2000 election cycle, many Christians fasted and prayer for weeks regarding the outcome. In response, I believe God was gracious by ensuring a leader was put in place that could handle the challenges heading to our nation’s doorstep. Yet, I sensed that the “church” was in danger of behaving like the Israelites in the Old Testament–voraciously pleading and crying for God’s care in desperate times and immediately forgetting Him after a bountiful response. We’ve been poor stewards of God’s grace, seeking our own interests, becoming introspective and inactive regarding the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Fwd to 2008. Christians are divided in their support of the Presidential candidates and the very future of our nation. MSNBC reported yesterday (11/02/08) that prayer support groups for Obama have been going on for the last four months. And conservative ‘value voters’, Catholics and Protestants across denominational lines, have been praying for McCain fervently. Rallies and prayer vigils for the election are happening everywhere–for McCain and Obama. Like football fans on both sides of the field praying for their team, calling on the Lord. This is reminiscent of a line from “Cold Mountain”, where Inman, a young Confederate soldier, says, “I think God is weary of being called down on both sides of the war.”
Does God have a candidate? When we vote, what standard do we follow? As Dr. Dobson said in a recent newsletter, “I am less concerned with politicians and political parties than I am with the timeless biblical principles that those parties have the power to either strengthen or damage. No candidate is perfect, whether in this election or any other.” 
With that in mind, here are (a few) reasons why I’m voting for McCain, based on my understanding of Biblical principles.
LIFE. McCain knows when life begins: “At conception.” Obama doesn’t even believe in sparing the life of a baby who survives a ‘botched’ abortion.
ISRAEL. McCain is unswerving regarding his support of Israel. If they need us, we’ll be there. The Word says to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May they prosper who love you…For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, ‘May peace be within you.’ For the sake of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your good.” (Psalm 122:6,8-9) Obama, on the other hand, said one thing to a gathering of Jews, and the opposite to a gathering of other Middle Easterners, i.e. Palestinian supporters. He’s not on Israel’s side.
CHARACTER. Brief example. McCain upheld his promise to restrict his campaign to public funds, even though it greatly limited the amount of money he could use for advertising. Obama promised the same, then changed his mind.
FREEDOM. Obama said he will support re-enacting the Fairness Doctrine, which puts extreme limits on freedom of speech and religion in the media, primarily impacting conservative radio and, more importantly, Christian broadcasting. Charles Krauthammer, a respected and gifted commentator, says, “the so-called Fairness Doctrine [is] — a project of Nancy Pelosi and leading Democratic senators — a Hugo Chavez-style travesty designed to abolish conservative talk radio.” 
THE CONSTITUTION. McCain will seek to appoint Federal judges who are guided by our tried and true Constitution. Judges who, as the familiar statue of justice portrays, are to be blind to one’s station in life. But what we can expect from Obama are, “judges who go beyond even the constitutional creativity we expect from Democratic appointees. Judges chosen according to Obama’s publicly declared criterion: ’empathy.'”  Obama has said that the Constitution is a document of “negative” liberties. Does that include the 1st Amendment, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”??
NATIONAL SECURITY. As a retired Navy Chief with military service running through our family, young and old, I believe McCain is the best choice as Commander in Chief for our active duty military personnel. He will make measured decisions regarding our troops in the Middle East, not with respect to polls or popularity, but with respect to our nation’s security and that of the world.
This is a condensed list! 🙂 But I can’t conclude this post without bringing us back to the Bible and individual responsibilities no matter who “wins.”
Respected minister, David Wilkerson, discusses what is REALLY important during these crazy days of media bias, financial crisis, and departure from acceptable moral values and God’s Grace. Copyright issues on his newsletter prevent me from quoting his material, but briefly–It’s about the heart ! He quotes 1 Peter 4:7-8:
“The end of all things is at hand; therefore be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.”
If you wish to read Dr. Wilkerson’s article in full, click HERE. Or see footnote .
In an excellent audio series called “Biblical Principles of the Ballot Box“, Douglas Phillips  discusses the principles which should guide Christians election day, everyday:
“More important than who wins or loses the 2008 election is this: Will Christians look to the Bible as their absolute standard for determining what principles must guide their voting practices? At stake is far more than the presidency. The question concerns the conscience of the Church. We can “win” an election, and yet sell our spiritual birthright. Conversely, we can “lose” an election yet remain faithful to the Word of God, thus preserving the conscience of the body of Christ, and enjoying the favor of the Lord.
“Elections matter. They matter a great deal. But what matters the most is that the Church remains faithful to her bridegroom by following the only infallible standard ever written for the selection of civil magistrates. That standard is the Bible, and there is none other that perfectly reflects the mind of God. It is our source book for determining what guidelines must govern the selection of our leaders.” 
Well, if you read this far in the post, you deserve a grande pumpkin spice latte!! Thanks for hanging in there and letting me rant. In less than 24 hours, the election will (probably) be determined, and my words will mean less than nothing to very few. But God’s words are eternal, and to His I return:
“Behold, the nations are like a drop form a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales…All the nations are as nothing before Him, they are regarded by Him as less than nothing and meaningless.” Isaiah 40:15,17
“For He is the living God and enduring forever, and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed, and His dominion will be forever.” Daniel 6:26
“And to Him was given dominion, glory, and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and men of every language might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed!” Daniel 7:14
“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28. 29
“Wile we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” II Corinthians 4:18
1. Dr. James Dobson, Focus on the Family Action, October 2008 newsletter, page 7.
2. Charles Krauthammer, “McCain Owns the Kitchen Table”, www.Townhall.com, October 31, 2008. Accessed 1 Nov 2008.
3. Dr. David Wilkerson, Getting Ready for the End of All Things, Pulpit Series Newsletter, October 6, 2008. Accessed 2 Nov 2008.
4. Douglas Phillips, Biblical Principles of the Ballot Box, available for download at http://behemoth.com/album/51649/. Accessed 2 Nov 2008.