The battle for the soul of the nation—I came across this phrase the other day, and I instantly clicked on the link, expecting to read something profound and deeply spiritual. Imagine my disappointment when I realized it was only the slogan for the Biden/Harris presidential campaign.
This did get me thinking, though. There is indeed a battle for the souls in our nation. And it is inherently deeply spiritual—not political—though we certainly see it playing out in the political arena.
Our spiritual enemy is very real and exists to spread darkness over light, master lies over truth, sow seeds of discord instead of peace, create confusion where there was once clarity, burn to ash what was once beautiful, gleefully seize upon disunity in place of unity, declare what is wrong right, enslave those who were free, and seek death over life. We all see this in our own lives and in the nation as a whole.
But as the family of Christ, we already know the end of the story—this enemy is defeated. Christ has already won the spiritual battle through His perfect life, death, and resurrection. He is Light, Truth and the Prince of Peace. He is a God of order and wisdom who trades ashes for beauty. He calls us to be one in Him, and only He has the authority to declare what is right. He sets captives free. And, He has defeated death once and for all, for all of us who trust in Him.
Biden and Harris have it wrong—the spiritual battle has already been won, and that certainly wasn’t the work of any political leader.
But in one sense, they’re also right. As the spiritual battle plays out in the political arena in 2020, there are real battle lines and completely divergent beliefs held by the candidates that could lead our country in very different directions.
There is truth vs. lies
One side of the political debate believes that a boy or man who says he feels like a girl can be a girl—and that he can take girls’ spots on their sports teams or share their showers with them at school. They call those who disagree “bigots” or “haters.” But the truth is, no matter how many hormones he takes or life-altering surgeries he has, a man cannot be a girl. And a man cannot become a girl no matter how many politicians declare it to be so. So, on election day, will we stand for the truth, or for a mountain of lies?
There is right vs. wrong
One side of the political debate believes that children should not be free to pray or express their Christian beliefs in school. This same side believes that healthcare professionals should be forced to participate in abortions or “gender transition surgeries” even on children—regardless of whether the procedure is in the child’s best interest or against the professional’s faith. Yet, for a believer, prayer is like breathing, and our obedience to God’s Word must come before any politician’s agenda. On November 3rd, will we pursue right or wrong?
There is freedom vs. captivity
One side of the political debate works hard to hold men and women captive to a sexual agenda that only leads to physical brokenness, mental and emotional anguish, and damaged relationships. Just ask our friend James Shupe who became the nation’s first legally-declared “non-binary man,” and has now found real freedom in Christ alone. Political decisions have real consequences in real lives. For the sake of our neighbor, I pray we choose freedom over captivity on election day.
There is life vs. death
And of course, one side of the political debate praises death as a “choice,” adding their stamp of approval as lives made in the image of God are destroyed in the womb. Political leaders truly hold life and death in their hands as they make decisions that further the devastation of Roe v. Wade or pass laws that save as many lives as possible. Even worse, Kamala Harris believes every state in the nation should get her “permission” to pass a pro-life law. For me, this decision is clearest of all. On November 3rd, I will choose life over death up and down the ticket.
As we prepare to vote this year, I pray you rejoice with Family Policy Alliance® that the spiritual battle has been won! We do not have to trust in or rely upon any political leader to defeat evil, “save the nation,” or save souls.
But I also pray that we recognize the battle lines that do have spiritual implications for ourselves and our American neighbors we are called to love. So when we vote, let us not vote for any particular political leader, but let us vote for truth, right, freedom and life.
For citizenship worthy of the Gospel of Christ,
Vice President of Strategy
If Joe Biden intended to distance himself from the extreme Left with his VP pick yesterday, he failed.
Sen. Kamala Harris, whom Biden tapped as his running mate, holds positions that are among the most radical in the U.S. Senate, especially on social issues.
To get a sense of where she’s coming from ideologically, just take a look at her positions on three key social issues: abortion, LGBT issues and religious freedom.
Harris on Abortion: Supports It Up to Birth – and Beyond
For starters, Harris toes the line of Planned Parenthood on every abortion issue:
- Supports abortion up to the moment of birth – and even after, calling it a woman’s decision on whether care should be offered to a baby who survives an abortion
- Has a 100% voting record according to Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America
- Sponsor of the infamous “Women’s Health Protection Act” that would have invalidated nearly every federal or state restriction on abortion
But Harris goes even further. She has a plan to pre-emptively stop states from passing new pro-life legislation. Under her plan, states and localities that “have a pattern of violating Roe v. Wade” would have to seek pre-clearance from the Department of Justice before a law dealing with abortion could go into effect. Specifically, the Department of Justice would have to certify that “it comports with Roe v. Wade.”
Harris on LGBT Agenda: Zealous Advocate for Full Playbook
Harris first gained notoriety on LGBT issues when, as Attorney General of California, she refused to defend Prop 8, the constitutional amendment protecting marriage that was passed by the voters of California. Later, as AG, she personally performed same-sex weddings.
As a presidential candidate, she zealously advocated for the entire LGBT playbook, plus some of her own additions. These included:
- Forcing school students to share bathrooms and locker rooms with the opposite gender
- Overturning President Trump’s ban on transgenders in the military – thus prioritizing social engineering over military readiness
- Establishing a White House LGBT czar – the “Chief Advocate for LGBTQ+ Affairs” – who would work with agencies throughout the federal government to advance the LGBT agenda
- Forcing taxpayers to subsidize so-called “sex-change” surgeries through guaranteed coverage in her Medicare for All plan
Harris on Religious Freedom: Limit It
Sen. Harris seems to only have one approach with regard to religious freedom – limiting it. In fact, she introduced a bill to do exactly that. Her so-called “Do No Harm Act” would forbid First Amendment religious freedom protections if the religious views were deemed to be discriminatory against people who identify as LGBT. In other words, in Kamala Harris’ world, the LGBT worldview trumps religious freedom every time.
As a senator, Harris also stirred up controversy when she attacked a Catholic whom President Trump had nominated for a federal judgeship. She called him an “extremist” simply because he is a member of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization.
Most importantly, the selection of Kamala Harris says a lot about Joe Biden – what he stands for and the kind of people he would appoint to fill thousands of federal leadership positions. His pick underscores the monumental stakes in this election.
At Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, we focus on three primary issues – life, family, and religious freedom. Recently, all three issues have been in the news and we are providing for you below a list of handpicked articles for your review and consideration.
Based on these stories and other current events, I think you will see that the need for our work is more important than ever. And on that note, if you would like to see us continue the fight to defend life, strengthen the family, and preserve our First Amendment rights, would you consider supporting us with a generous gift today?
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In the News: Life
Planned Parenthood Endorses Biden After Pledging to Triple Election Spending In 2020 Over 2016
“The advocacy arm of Planned Parenthood, a frequent target for Republicans, endorsed Joe Biden on Monday, calling Trump “dangerous” after pledging to spend $45 million this cycle, three times what the group spent in 2016.”
SHOCK: Documents from New Mexico facility reveal dozens of late-term, healthy babies aborted daily
“Newly obtained documents show that over a dozen elective abortions are being committed daily on babies 20 weeks and older at Southwestern Women’s Options, an abortion chain with locations in New Mexico and Texas.”
In the News: Family
Family policy group launches ‘Save Girls’ Sports’ campaign to preserve female athletics
“Family Policy Alliance announced Monday that it was launching its “Save Girls’ Sports” campaign, an effort to build support for laws that ensure that only biological females can play in girls’ high school and university athletics.”
“Who Owns Your Children?” – Summit Pushes Back Against Homeschool and Parental Rights Opponents
“Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Bartholet made headlines – and raised a lot of dissent – when an article in Harvard Magazine publicized her opposition to homeschooling. The professor, who is also faculty director of the law school’s Child Advocacy Program, argued that homeschooling was “dangerous,” giving parents “essentially authoritarian control” over their children.”
In the News: Religious Freedom
‘Seismic implications’ for religious liberty, church in SCOTUS ruling
“The ruling also will have seismic implications for religious liberty, setting off potentially years of lawsuits and court struggles, about what this means, for example, for religious organizations with religious convictions about the meaning of sex and sexuality.”
Josh Hawley calls for civil rights investigation into church restrictions over coronavirus
“Sen. Josh Hawley asked Attorney General William Barr to open a civil rights investigation into the restrictions placed on churches during the coronavirus pandemic.”
In less than a week, the field of major Democrat presidential contenders has shrunk from seven to two: Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
Much of the attention on the two has focused on their economic positions. But what about key social issues? Where do they stand, and how do they compare? Let’s take a look.
Biden and Bernie on Life
When it comes to abortion, there is essentially no difference between Sen. Sanders and former Vice President Biden. Both support abortions up to birth and are committed to only nominating judges who would defend Roe v. Wade in its entirety.
For example, Sanders recently told a Texas audience: “My promise to you is I will never nominate anybody to the Supreme Court or the federal bench who is not 100 percent pro-Roe v. Wade.”
But Biden, who is often cast as a moderate, is no less committed to the abortion-until-birth policies enabled by Roe v. Wade. In fact, he’s been even more explicit in in terming his pro-abortion pre-requisites as a “litmus test” for nominating judges. And he pledged recently that if the Roe v. Wade decision is overturned judicially, he would send a bill to Congress to codify it legislatively. Last week, Biden also advocated for funding abortion internationally as a population-control measure.
Though the two are in lockstep on abortion now, that has not always been the case.
While Sanders has never deviated from his strictly pro-abortion voting record throughout his political career, Biden has changed somewhat. Even as he supported abortion rights, he had always opposed public funding of abortions. He announced a change, however, shortly after he entered the race for the presidency last year. As noted above, he now not only supports domestic funding of abortion, but international funding as well.
Biden and Bernie on LGBT Issues
It’s hard to tell who is more extreme on LGBT-related issues. At an LGBT town hall last October, Biden summed up his views with this statement: “We allow homophobes to control the agenda” – emphasizing that if he were President, he would lead the way on LGBT causes. But on issue after issue, it is impossible to find any daylight between the two.
Both strongly support the LGBT lobby’s top priority, the so-called Equality Act. Similar laws in some states have been the doorway through which the Left has targeted wedding vendors and pushed their aggressive transgender policies. The federal version would go even further – imposing transgenderism on the military, among other things. Biden has called the Equality Act his “top legislative priority,” while Sanders trumpets his role as a “proud cosponsor.”
Sanders supported same-sex marriage before Biden, even voting against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. But as Vice President, Joe Biden preceded President Obama in supporting same-sex marriage in 2012.
And, in addition to the Equality Act, both support additional legislation that would specifically foist pro-transgender policies on all of America.
Biden and Bernie on Religious Freedom
While both naturally claim to support religious freedom, the best way to gauge their commitment is to look at their response where religious freedom is currently being threatened.
Right now, the biggest threat to religious liberty is related to the LGBT agenda, and both oppose religious freedom in that context. Biden has stated: “Religion should not be used as license to discriminate, and as president I will oppose legislation to deny LGBTQ equal treatment in public places.” Meanwhile, Sanders has pledged to “oppose any and all religious freedom claims used to deny equal treatment to LGBTQ+ people.”
Specifically, for example, both Biden and Sanders have stated their intention to force faith-based adoption agencies (that receive any taxpayer funding) to violate their conscience with regard to biblical sexuality. If they are successful, then faith-based adoption and foster-care agencies throughout the nation will face the same dark choice as others in places like Boston and San Francisco have already faced – violate their conscience or abandon the children and families that they serve.