[Vision2020] Straight from the Horses Mouth (or perhaps, elsewhere)
donaldrose at cpcinternet.com
Mon Nov 4 10:51:03 PST 2013
Voting in a Wobbly Canoe
Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013
by Douglas Wilson <http://dougwils.com/author/admin>
Yesterday I exhorted the saints
Christ Church to make sure that they voted in our local election tomorrow.
In the course of that exhortation I said that it was not the church's
business to descend into partisan factionalism, but that it was our
responsibility to pray that we would be allowed to "lead a quiet and
peaceable life" (1 Tim. 2:2 <http://biblia.com/bible/esv/1%20Tim.%202.2> ).
I said that we ought to be voting in the same direction as our prayers,
which means that we should be voting in the direction of civil magistrates
leaving us alone. That would include doing something about zoning
commissions that are used as a cat's paw for various intoleristas.
Having said that, I was asked several times about something I said in the
pulpit last year, <http://dougwils.com/s8-expository/pulpit-freedom-2.html>
and was also challenged online because of my recent comments
look-like.html> about evangelical pastors who had voted for Obama the
The first link in the previous paragraph goes to a sermon outline I preached
on Pulpit Freedom Sunday. In that sermon I endorsed, or came close enough to
it as makes no difference, a candidate for the state legislature, a man
named Gresham Bouma. How does that fit with what I said yesterday?
I do believe that the church should stay out of partisan politics, but I
believe this on theological grounds. The rule should be a church standard,
and this means the IRS has absolutely no authority to be setting
restrictions on what ministers may say. So the first point is that this was
said as part of a nationwide challenge to the IRS. This was made possible by
the candidacy of Gresham, a well-known member of our Christian community
operating with a biblical worldview - a man who fears the Lord, is a man of
truth, and who hates covetousness (Ex. 18:21
<http://biblia.com/bible/esv/Ex.%2018.21> ). It was an exceptional
circumstance for a specific situation.
In the current race, we have candidates who represent the officious left,
and candidates who represent views more friendly to economic growth - but no
one is representing a full-orbed biblical approach to anything. To use the
power of the pulpit to lean this way or that in a wobbly canoe would be
In short, to say that the pulpit should never be partisan does not mean that
it can never be personal. It can be personal, but that is rare.
On the Obama question, the question is simpler and much more
straightforward. He supports the killing of babies and therefore no
consistent Christian may support him. That is not a partisan issue, and it
only appears to be such because the Democratic Party has been captured by
One last thing. This blog is owned and operated by me, the proprietor, and
is not supported in any way with tithe money, which means that I am
functioning here as a private citizen, albeit a noisy one in a party hat.
That means I can say I voted for Lambert instead of Chaney, and in the
council race, the voter has three votes that he can spread over four
candidates. It is not necessary to use all three of your votes, but it is
important not to use any of them in favor of Rebecca, a woman who uses
exclamation marks on her yard signs, a thing which ought not to be done. So
I voted for the three non-Rebeccas. Those who are interested in more
information can check with the Greater Moscow Alliance
It would be nice if we could get to a place where smart growth officials
would quit giving each other awards for the achievement of empty lots, which
we already had, and which are not exactly the pyramids.
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