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Mitt Romney for President

On November 6, I will vote for Mitt Romney for many reasons, not the least of which are these 4:

1. I am pro-life. I am “pro” lots of other stuff too. I am also opposed to lots of stuff. I just happen to believe that God values life and that the right to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is a right extended to humans while they are in the uterus and in the nursing home. I don’t think Mr. Romney is as “pro-life” as I would like, and I know it represents a change of mind for him. However, President Obama publicly and loudly proclaims his pro-choice position. It is a legitimate difference of opinion and I do not hate him for it. I just believe it strongly enough though, that I could never vote for him. This president is likely to make two Supreme Court appointments that will tip the balance of that court dramatically. I trust Governor Romney to do that in a way that will defend life more than I do President Obama.

2. President Obama has proven to me during this term that he doesn’t value the historic freedoms afforded the church under the First Amendment. I know he and I would disagree and that many of my friends would disagree with me. I am angry about the 3 pages of definition of church in the law commonly referred to as Obamacare. Among 2000+ pages that the former Speaker of the House said they would “pass now and read later,” are these three little innocuous pages that slipped into this bill and show the disregard for this critical historical principle. The act tells us what is and is not a church for purpose of exemption. Having gone before the Supreme Court and been validated, it now is case law. The next time a lawyer for groups historically antagonistic to Christians wants to clamp down on the rights of churches, they will cite this case. I am voting for Mr. Romney in hopes he will stop Obamacare. (Ironically, I believe we need substantiative and thoughtful health care reform that involves all parties. I just don’t think this is it.)

3.  I have strong feelings about same sex marriage. I happen to believe homosexuality is wrong and marriage is designed by God to be between one man and one woman. I believe there should be laws enforced to protect those who are gay. They should not be harassed, degraded, or discriminated against in jobs, housing, etc. However, I don’t believe we have a right to redefine marriage. I am a Biblicist. While I know where the issue is headed and  what the law is doing, I just believe the legalization is wrong and that our presidents relentless move to that position is going to adversely affect the church very soon. Imagine how it might go. I pastor a church that owns a facility. It is simply a matter of time before the courts rule that as a pastor, I am discriminating against same-sex couples if I choose not to officiate at their wedding or allow it to happen in our Worship Center. How long will it be before a court decides I am discriminatory if I don’t hire openly gay staff members? I don’t think the tide will turn back on this issue, but I believe a vote for Mr. Romney is an attempt to stem the tide and slow it down.

4.  President Obama has shown an unwillingness to deal with the out-of-control national debt and deficit. It is not easy. Social Security, welfare, food stamps, defense spending, etc. all are important to a lot of people. The problem is that our system of taxation and government will not sustain it much longer and we need leadership. We need someone who will make some difficult decisions in the short term so there will be something for those who need it most in the long term. I am not sure Mr. Romney can do it but at least I have to vote for someone who I think may try.  If we had all the money and all the time in the world, I would not be so frustrated with this lack of leadership. However, we are spending borrowed money to do things we cannot afford and we don’t have any more time. We have to fix this NOW. I know it is a political minefield. I know it is painful. BUT, we need leadership. Please!

Regardless of who is elected on November 6, I will do what I have done for the past 4 years. I will pray for my nation, pray for my president, and do everything I can to advocate for a more civil, moral, and righteous America. May God’s will be done and not mine or yours. Please exercise your right to vote.

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