Intercessors for America President: How to Address the Moral Challenges of 2016 Election – BOB ESCHLIMAN CHARISMA NEWS

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offer Christian voters many moral challenges, but the head of Intercessors For America has some voting advice. (Reuters Composite Photo)

Intercessors for America President: How to Address the Moral Challenges of 2016 Election

David Kubal, the president and CEO of Intercessors For America, recently wrote on his blog the choices in this year’s presidential election season “pose some significant moral challenges.”
“I have heard that Christians are struggling with the values of the Democrat party: the so-called pro-choice position (which means, in virtually 100 percent of cases, pro-abortion); limiting religious freedoms; more government control over citizens’ lives, etc.,” he wrote. “And I have also heard Christians who are struggling with the morality of voting for a brash, twice divorced, casino-owning presidential candidate.”
Kubal, noting those are “real struggles,” said he won’t minimize those concerns, but he wants Christian voters to “consider the morality of a third option” he’s hearing about. That “third option,” he said, is voting for a third-party candidate or not voting at all.
“I have lumped these last two together because the reality is that the action of taking no action by Christians would certainly guarantee a U.S. president whose party platform will not protect life in the womb, will not support religious freedom, and will force you to forsake your traditional Christian values or face legal punishment if you resist caving in to the anti-God atmosphere across the nation,” he wrote. “Those will be only a part of the negative results. I can guarantee it.”
Referencing the famous Edmund Burke quote—”The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”—he told Christians they will face that kind of moral decision on Nov. 8. He doesn’t urge them to vote for any particular candidate, but instead offers some more generalized advice:
Focus on the political parties’ platforms.
“Delegates of both major parties have worked hard through discussion and debate to construct their respective platforms with the solid ‘planks’ that will outline and support their party’s core values,” he wrote. “[T]he platforms are not secret documents. My suggestion for every Christian potential voter: read both platforms; consider them plank by plank (or value by value). Then consider supporting (with your vote) the one that best reflects your own values.
“We cannot change the fundamental strengths or flaws in any candidate, but we can identify with the platform principles that will guide the elected officials’ governance—from Congress to the U.S. president. Yes, it may be a tough decision. I hope my suggestion will offer some clarity.”
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