Many people in our nation, including our President, have made the assertion that they are Christians, and yet, when the time comes to actually live Christianity and not just talk about it, they end up erring on the side of, well, as in the case of Barack Obama, saying things like “I don’t want my daughter to be punished with a baby.” Now I am not one to be inflammatory…Ok, actually, I am, but I felt it necessary to write down 3 key pieces of the Democrat platform that a Christ follower would not be able to knowingly associate themselves with in 2016. Be warned, these will probably either offend you or empower you…there will be no middle ground.
Right now, as we wait for each of the major US political parties in our nation to have their conventions, a “party platform” is being constructed for each. I happened to read the entirety of the Democrat platform draft, and it told me all I needed to know about why the liberal progressive Democrat Party is not only a serious threat to the future of our nation, but is incompatible with following Christ and obeying His commandments. (Parts that follow that are in quotes are directly verbatim from the 2016 Democrat Party Platform Draft that was completed on 7/1/16.)
1. Civil Rights
“Democrats will always fight to end discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin,language, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. We need to promote civility and speak out against bigotry and other forms of intolerance that have entered our political discourse. It is unacceptable to target, defame, or exclude anyone because of their religion, race, ethnicity, national origin, or sexual orientation. While freedom of expression is a fundamental constitutional principle, we must condemn hate speech that creates a fertile climate for violence.”
Looking at the horrible acts of violence against both police and non-police over the last several days, I thought it was interesting to start here at what the Democrats consider “Civil Rights”, and compare that to what Jesus tells Christians is our responsibility. It is no surprise to any Conservative in the USA that the Progressive Democrats inserted sexual orientation and gender identity into the civil rights plank of their platform. What should concern us as not just Christians though, but as Americans, is that this elevates an issue that is clearly not a civil rights issue to the platform of being so, and in so doing, has put religious freedom at risk across the USA.
It is no longer just “understood” that Democrats are championing the gay agenda and a mental disorder as not only protected civil rights categories, but as people groups that must have their actions and belief systems accepted by all in our nation. It is now codified in their political platform. Many churches across the nation have decided to turn a blind eye to the cancerous growth of this issue as it envelopes whole areas in our society, except church structures, hoping that it will not touch churches at any point. Newsflash, when cancer takes hold of a body, it takes hold of the entire body unless it is first destroyed or cut away from the non cancerous, healthy tissue. When we allow the existence of civil rights codification of the gay agenda and gender identity disorder, we allow a situation to develop, as we have seen with cake bakers and photographers across the nation, where Christians are forced to not only participate in, but celebrate wholeheartedly actions that are against our religious beliefs.
As a Christian, it is impossible to accept this platform and at the same time serve Jesus. It is like what James 3:11 says “Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?”
2. Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice
“Democrats are committed to protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. We believe unequivocally that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion—regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured. We believe that reproductive health is core to women’s, men’s, and young people’s health and wellbeing. We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people. We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment.”
Does it disgust anyone else that we see in the Democrats platform, the importance of protecting the feelings of the gay agenda and the advocacy for brutally murdering preborn babies and selling their parts to the highest bidder through tax payer funding of Planned Parenthood? We have officially entered the portion of our nations history where preborn babies are being exterminated through genocide. Scripture is clear where life begins and ends and, quite frankly, unlike other issues addressed in the Bible, this is not one that most Christ followers will argue about. Aborting a baby is murder, regardless of why it is done. A baby born as a result of rape or incest is still a baby and has no fault in how it was conceived.
The fact that the political party that has said they “champion the rights of women” would be advocating a violent act upon a mother after she had already experienced a violent act like rape shows that the Democrats absolutely are for one thing and one thing only…themselves. They do not care about gays in our nation as seen in what occurred at the nightclub in Orlando. They could care less about women as seen in what has been discussed here in this section. They care about what brings them happiness and what brings the leadership more power. A Christian should be able to read this point in its entirety and see that in no way can they belong to a group that would advocate the dismembering of the innocent while they feel pain (or otherwise). There are Republicans that are pro-choice and I find that to be vile and hypocritical. The Republican platform is pro-life still to this day though, and so being a Republican associates you with a party that values the sanctity of life.
3. Protecting Our (Their) Values
“Our values of inclusion and tolerance inspire hope around the world and make us safer at home. The world will be more secure, stable, and peaceful when all people are able to reach their God given potential and live in freedom and dignity. We strive to ensure that the values upon which our
country was built, including our belief that all people are created equal, are reflected in everything our nation does. That is why we will promote peacebuilding and champion human rights defenders. We will fight to end child labor. And we will seek to safeguard vulnerable minorities, including LGBT people and people with disabilities.”
Do you see it? They said “OUR” values. That means that if you are a Democrat, they are speaking for you. When they talk about killing babies and elevating the rights of homosexuals above Christians and above our freedom of religion, they are saying that you are OK with it. They actually reference the God that they are attempting to remove from almost every area of our nation in the same point that talks about advocating the homosexual lifestyle. This is a situation of “people that do not research anything”, whose leaders do not read the bills they vote on, putting verbiage together than anyone who has read the Bible would know, is fundamentally flawed. As a Christian, we are called to love others, but we are not called to advocate what the Bible calls out as sin. This point in the Democrat Party platform clearly does just that…there is no way that a Christian can associate themselves with a party that would have this point in their party platform.
Now as all of us know, there are many more reasons to not be a Democrat than just the three listed in this article. In fact, as I sifted through the sliminess that is the draft of their party platform, I saw over a dozen safety issues that their beliefs cause for America. The sad fact is that NO ONE that is a patriot and loves their nation should be able to cast a ballot for anyone that calls themselves a Democrat. It would be like a global warming wacko championing the Glenn Beck show…it just doesn’t make sense.