This country was founded on Christian principles.
Approximately 84% of Americans are "Christian" (Gallup poll 1996)
"American voter turnout has reached ridiculously low levels -- it was considered a positive trend in the 1998 mid-term elections when voter turnout dropped only eight-tenths of a percentage point, down to a measly 38 percent. For American democracy to be taken seriously, nearly twice as many people need to consistently vote." (Citizens for a True Democracy)
U.S. Has lowest turnout of any industrialized nation -- 55% in 1992 election, compare with
94% - Italy 75% - U. K.
84% - Australia 73% - Japan
82% - Israel 67% - Canada
77% - France 55% - U.S.A.
Therefore, there are a number of Christians who have failed to vote for various reasons. Christianity permeates all of one's being. Politics and voting are not exempt. God expects to be first, as He should be. More importantly, how many of those who consider themselves as "Christian" are actually going to heaven?
Luke 13:23 Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to them, 24 "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, `Sir, open the door for us.' "But he will answer, `I don't know you or where you come from.' 26 "Then you will say, `We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.' (NIV)
Couple these facts with recent events-
Mr. Manager HYDE:
Mr. Chief Justice, distinguished Senators, this is a fascinating question. Edmund Burke was asked that once, and he said that a member of Parliament owes the highest degree of fidelity to his constituents, but he doesn't owe his conscience to anybody. We have, or we have not, a representative democracy. We are not delegates who are sent here to weigh our mail every day and then to vote accordingly. Our work here is not an ongoing plebiscite. We are elected to bring our judgment, our experience, and our consciences with us here. I have always believed and I believe more firmly than ever; and this experience confirms me in that belief there are issues of transcendent importance that you have to be willing to lose your office over. I can think of several that I am willing to lose my office over abortion is one; national defense is another; strengthening, not emasculating, the concept of equal justice under the law. My life is devoted, as a lawyer I have been on the Judiciary Committee; this is my 25th year and equal justice under the law is what moves me and animates me and consumes me. And I am willing to lose my seat any day in the week rather than sell out on those issues. Despite all the polls and all the hostile editorials, America is hungry for people who believe in something. You may disagree with us, but we believe in something.
Polls show a positive Presidential approval rating but negative personal values, denying that the Presidents judgement is critical for the job. Therefore we bomb pharmaceutical plants, Iraq, etc., ending innocent life. When will we realize the wrong we are delivering? An immoral President cannot lead a moral battle. Therefore, people die and are displaced from their homes. Kosovo. May God have mercy on them and us.
Goals of DIO-
Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual--or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country. Samuel Adams, The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alone Cushing, editor (New York: G.P.Putnam's Sons, 1907), Vol. IV,p. 256.
Matthew 24: 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him . 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, `My master is staying away a long time,' 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. ... 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Why this may be worthwhile.
In addition to the reasons given above and because of the reasons given above, there are at least a limited number of people who are so fed up with business as usual that we are in for major political upheaval. These are generally morally conservative Christians who probably have supported Dole and Dole-like candidates for so long with the result of a clearly, markedly worsened government than years ago.
As an excellent windsock, James Dobson from Focus on the Family and Gary Bauer (Family Research Council), were basically holding their noses while they tended to support the Republicans during the last Presidential election. They realized they were being sucked in by the Republican leadership who sold them out time after time. Gary Bauer decided to run. Dobson is pushing the moral agenda harder than ever to his large audience. Howard Phillips and Alan Keyes would be quite acceptable to those individuals who hold firm to God's Word. The moral issues will never go away.
Republican Chairman, Jim Nicholson, leaders in Congress, and other party-line folks are out of touch with the masses. Their goal is winning but, especially with the poor handling of the Clinton problems, they are divorcing themselves of possibly the largest group of voting individuals.
Dio's main goal is to get the message out, hoping people will realize where they stand in eternity and, if possible, to call our Nation back to God. Hearts need changing. Now should be the time for this to succeed.
Compromise is fine when we try to decide which options we want on the car we purchase. Compromise is wrong if we compromise on what God cares about, having cared enough to have it written down!
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