Would you ever vote for a fool? Think the Electoral College is an outdated tool from bygones past? Believe that the Supreme Court is the end-all in Judiciary decisions and abides solely by the Constitution?
2012 Presidential Election Critical Issues Kit from Vision Forum contains How to Dethrone the Imperial Judiciary, The Importance of the Electoral College and Biblical Principles of the Ballot Box. Purchased alone or in the kit, these resources will not only help you choose a Presidential candidate, but aid in the understanding of American history and structure of our government as well.
Biblical Principles of the Ballot Box CD - Fearful Christians in an Age of Politics.
Though this was taped prior to the 2008 Elections, these timeless principles are still applicable today!
“Christians will panic and loose their spiritual minds and fear over the state of the election. The answer is delighting in the law of God and his statutes’ and beholding the wonderful things he has given us in these statutes’ not withstanding the fact that princes and magistrates and rulers may despise them as may other Christians who have lost their spiritual mind in a state of fear.”
Packed into a 2 hour message, Doug Phillips delivers a distinctively non-political message that doesn't endorse a particular candidate but rather shows all Christians how to use the one true source of guidelines in selecting civil magistrates - THE BIBLE
God can raise up whomever, but we don’t have to endorse someone that doesn’t acknowledge God as law and authority. So an attitude of "There are no perfect candidates, so we must chose the lessor of two evils", doesn't cut it in God's eyes.
For us to give our support, he should uphold Godly principals.
In Exodus 18, Jethro gives Moses specific guidelines in how to select a civil magistrate.
-be able (Man of spiritual strength)
-fear God (honor and reverence God) The Bible says if you don’t fear God, you are a fool.
Why would you vote for a fool?
-be committed to truth
Just as a present day judge gives guidelines to jurors before they render a judgement, Moses gives specific standards (guidelines) to the people in choosing a leader 40 years later in Deuteronomy 1:13.
Interestingly enough, these principles are similar to the selection of elders and are found in:
2 Samuel 23:3
2 Chronicles 19:6-7
This CD also addresses women as civil magistrates as well.
Coming from a "voting for the guy I don't like so that the guy I REALLY don't like doesn't win" perspective, I was personally convicted that I have not been holding my "candidate of choice" completely up to the word of God. With guidelines in hand, it's time for me to get cracking and weigh each candidate by God's standard which was set down after the Flood. This November I will vote with a clear conscience supporting a candidate that is qualified according to Biblical guidelines, whomever that may be.
The Importance of the Electoral College
"What do George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jack Kennedy, Harry Truman, Woodrow Wilson, Abraham Lincoln, and eight other American Presidents have in common? Each received less than a majority of the votes cast in the election that elevated him to the White House. What does every elected President since 1824 have in common? None received a majority of the votes of the potential voting population and, in fact, most received less than a fourth of that possible vote!"
Then why do we need the Electoral College?
Some of the reasons include:
*Republics exercise governmental authority through mediating representatives under the rule of law
*Pure democracies on the other hand exercise governmental authority through the imposition of the will of the majority without regard for the concerns of any minority-thus allowing law to be subject to the whims, fashions, and fancies of men
*The Founders rejected direct popular election of the President because it failed to protect the states from the intrusion of massed centralized forces
*Finally, the Founders avoided direct democracy because it would fail to prevent candidates from ignoring smaller states in favor of big metropolitan areas
Critics say each state's electoral votes are awarded on a winner-take all basis in the Constitutional system. This makes it extremely difficult for third party or independent candidates to win any votes in the Electoral College.
In this information packed book, great for Junior High and up, author George Grant takes examples from the elections of 1789, 1792, 1796, 1800, 1824, 1876, 1888 and 2000 demonstrating how the Electoral College's decision benefited the country over popular vote by representing a greater variety of the population.
For example, in the Election of 1888:
"the campaign proved to be one of the most civil and boring in history. It was also one of the closest. Cleveland won by only 0.8% over Harrison in the popular vote. That lead was concentrated in a single region while Harrison was able to appeal to a broader constituency across the whole nation."While critics claim the above as their best example of how flawed the Electoral College system actually is, supporters argue that on the contrary, this shows why the system worked.
"This is no time to tinker with the great instrument of our freedoms. The Electoral College is not broken. Like never before in our long and vanted
How to Dethrone the Imperial Judiciary
"Nowhere in Article III are federal judges granted “life tenure”. To suggest such permanent, unchallengeable incumbency is as foreign to the actual text of the constitution as are the words “separation of church and state.”
It is pure myth that the Supreme Court has the last word on the meaning of the US Constitution. Indeed, article VI makes clear that “this constitution and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof…shall be the supreme Law of the Land….and all executive and judicial officers, both of the US and of the several States shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution.
In other words, the Judiciary is under the Constitution. and not over it."In Dethroning the Imperial Judiciary, Author Edwin Vieira takes the reader through landmark cases in which the Supreme Court has made their decisions based on foreign law and solely on the Constitution. These rulings have in turn been accepted as gospel.
For example, in Lawrence vs. Texas:
"In summary, foreign law not only was a very important component of the majority's decision in Lawrence, but also could be deemed the controlling component."
It was eye opening to read how members of the Supreme Court are seeking to undermine our Constitution instead of upholding it with such abuses traced back to the late 1800's. This book is meaty and a challenging read - definitely for upper high school and college level readers!
Check out one or all of these resources. I guarantee it will challenge the pop-culture mentality that many of us have been indoctrinated with - even if you've been walking with the Lord for years!
Disclaimer: I received these items for free in exchange for an honest review.