It’s hard to avoid the continual debate taking place in our country regarding the 2012 Presidential Election. Our primary focus here at The Romantic Vineyard is for the building and strengthening of marriages for God’s glory. So what do the two have to do with each other? Everything!
This fall we will elect one of two candidates to be our next President. The platforms of the two parties couldn’t be more at odds in regard to their view of marriage. It is a decision one shouldn’t make lightly, nor without studying for yourself the issues at stake.
We believe marriage to be between one man and one woman as designed by God from the beginning.
This is a Biblical conviction, not one of our own making. We fear God and love Him wholeheartedly. He is the only reason we have any hope to share with you concerning your marriage.
Albert Mohler has written an excellent article explaining and comparing the two party’s platforms. We stand together with a hearty AMEN, to this excellent, thought-provoking column. We encourage you to take the time to read it to see where your worldview is lining up this election year.
The Great American Worldview Test – The 2012 Election
by Albert Mohler
American presidential elections are the world’s most public display of the democratic process. The global media follow the American elections with a fervor that is easily understood — what happens in an American presidential election matters all over the world. Our presidential campaigns are political pageants and electoral dynamos. But, as any honest thoughtful observer will understand, our elections are also great worldview exercises. We reveal our worldview by our vote.
This is particularly true of the 2012 election. The presidential nominees of the two major parties represent two very different worldviews and visions. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney have adopted policy positions that place them in direct conflict, and the platforms of their respective parties reveal two radically different renderings of reality.
Years ago, Governor George Wallace of Alabama remarked with disdain that there is not “a dime’s worth of difference” between the Democrats and the Republicans. In a sense, he was at least partly right. A look back at the platforms of the two parties in the 1950s and 1960s reveals little division over many of the issues that now frame our national debate. Some of today’s issues were simply missing, of course, given the fact that they were not even part of the national conversation. But on issues of the economy, foreign policy, the function of government, and a host of other issues, the parties held positions that were far closer than is the case today. Divisive issues such as the war in Vietnam would be addressed with different policy proposals, but the platforms of the two parties reflected a shared moral and political framework — a truth that would shock many Americans today.
All that changed with the social and political divisions that came with the 1968 and 1972 elections, when the Democratic Party experienced its great transformation concerning a host of social issues.
It is good from time to time to take a step back and get the long-range view of what you believe and more importantly, why you believe it. If you don’t know the answer to the latter, we encourage you to find out! It is a question we answer each day with every choice we make.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
(Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV)