VOTING IN 2016

By Lloyd Streeter

I will be voting for a straight Republican ticket this year. Why? Because, the Republican platform is superior to the Democrat platform. I have read both platforms which are over 50 pages each.

My vote is not exactly a vote for Donald Trump, although he, of course, will be in the mix. Mr. Trump has said some things and has done some things of which I do not approve at all. He was not my favorite candidate in the Republican primary. I cast my primary vote for Ted Cruz who fought for conservative principles before the Supreme Court, a man who is a true conservative, a highly intelligent lawyer, and a fine Christian.  But, according to many Republicans, Mr. Cruz apparently does not have a winsome personality, is somewhat of a nerd, and is hated by the political bosses of his own party.  I believe he would have made a fine President. But, of course, Trump won the nomination.

Donald Trump is brash, rude, and crude. He is not a conservative at all.  He has been a Democrat all of his life.  He voted for Obama. Until recently, he was in favor of a woman’s right to kill her unborn babies. He was a Democrat at the time that he made crude remarks to Billy Bush about how some celebrities are disrespectful in their behavior toward women.

But, as bad as Trump is, Hillary Clinton is worse. At least with Trump there are no dead bodies. The blood of the four Americans killed at Benghazi is upon Hillary’s hands. And that is not all!  Hillary is complicit in the deaths of many people who died in all of the countries where she promoted the overthrow of governments. Then there are the aborted babies.

So, my straight Republican vote is not exactly a vote for Trump. It is a vote for the Republican platform. I do want to send a message that I favor the principles in the Republican platform and oppose the policies of the Democrat platform. Here are five issues about which the Republican platform is superior, in my opinion.

  1. The Rights of the Unborn

The Democrat platform says a woman has the right to kill her unborn baby. The Democrats, in fact, are calling for even more killing of the unborn, the unlimited practice of “partial birth” abortion, and the repeal of the Hyde doctrine. Partial birth abortion is the procedure which allows the baby’s head to be born, and then the baby is knifed to death before the baby’s body can be born. The Hyde law, which Hillary wants to undo, is supposed to stop the use of our tax dollars for the grizzly business of abortion. The Democrat platform calls for continued public funding of Planned Parenthood, even though Planned Parenthood has been caught selling aborted baby body parts. Hillary Clinton and the Democrats have lent their influence to the killing of 60 million unborn babies since 1973.

The Republican platform recognizes the right to life for unborn babies. The Republicans call for protections for the unborn, a Human Life Amendment, parental consent, waiting periods, and informed participation. The unborn are human persons from the moment of conception, a unique substance made in God’s image (see Psalm 139:13-16). God knew us, and recognized us when we were uncompleted, without any members, without heart, eyes, arms, or legs.  God saw us as persons from the beginning of that new substance. It is sin against God to kill innocent people, and that includes unborn babies. It is time to stop the slaughter of the unborn.

  1. The Supreme Court

The Democrat platform has a litmus test for any appointments to the Supreme Court. The Democrats call for Supreme Court justices who favor abortion, favor same-sex marriage, favor more gun control, and favor citizenship for illegal aliens. Hillary and the Democrats want to pack the Court with justices who will make up laws where none exist. This is all very dangerous for our future and for our grandchildren.

The Republican platform calls for justices who will recognize the limits that the US Constitution puts upon their power. It stands for the 10th Amendment rights of the States to decide local questions that should be reserved for the States. The GOP platform takes steps to protect freedom of religion. It opposes amnesty and citizenship for illegal aliens who have entered our country with disrespect for our laws. It recognizes that the death penalty for capital murder is a matter of settled law. And the GOP platform says that Supreme Court decisions that allow same-sex marriage were wrongly decided and should be reversed. There is no question about the fact that the Republican platform is more in line with what the Bible teaches about justice, mercy, and truth.

  1. The Economy and Taxes

The Democrat platform contains many job killing and economy destroying ideas.  The Democrats want to raise taxes on all of those who have incomes large enough so that they can invest and create jobs. The Dems want to increase the death tax (estate tax), thus forcing many small businesses and family farms to be sold to pay the tax.  The Hillary supporters want to continue Obama Care and even increase the penalties and taxes to support it. The economy cannot grow beyond its 1% present rate until taxes are lowered, regulations are loosened, and Obama Care is repealed and replaced.

The Republican platform calls for lower taxes and fewer regulations on business and individuals. The Republicans want fairer trade with foreign countries, so that we stop giving our country away at the rate of $800B per year (trade deficit). The GOP wants to close our borders and regulate illegal immigration which is costing our citizens thousands of jobs. There are no jobs that Americans will not do if they are paid a fair wage. The Republicans want to repeal Obama Care which made it impossible for many employers to hire full-time workers. Most of the new jobs in the last 8 years have been part-time, low paying jobs. Americans have not had a raise in income for more than 15 years, and Republicans call for a correction of this situation. The Republicans also want the death tax to be repealed.

  1. Illegal Immigration

The Democrat platform says that illegal immigrants should have a path to citizenship.  The Democrats call for more and more admittance of Middle Eastern refugees even though it is impossible to properly vet them. Hillary and her supporters fudge on what proper vetting is. Obama and the Democrats have not kept America safe.  Attacks from Radical Islamic terrorists have multiplied under Obama’s years in the Presidency. Dozens of immigrants from the Middle East have killed Americans, have conducted Jihad against America, have plotted to explode bombs, and have committed other terrorist attacks against Americans. And yet, the Democrats oppose restrictions on un-vetted immigrants, and offer protection to illegal aliens through sanctuary cities and lack of enforcement of immigration law.

The Republican platform calls for the closing of our borders to keep out illegals, lawbreakers, criminals, and illegal drugs. Republicans are opposed to any form of amnesty for those who have entered our country illegally. The GOP wants to refuse entrance to any person who cannot be vetted. The Republican position on immigration is safer and wiser because it is designed to serve our own national interest instead of the interests of criminals, globalists, and a political party seeking more immigrant voters.

  1. Guns

The Democrat platform calls for more gun control. Hillary wants the right-to-carry decisions of the Supreme Court to be reversed. The Democrats want to incrementally chip away at our gun rights through law suits against gun manufactures, through restrictions on the purchase of ammunition, through the limitation of the number of guns one may buy, and through other restrictions.

The Republican platform defends the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans. The right of sane, non-criminal Americans to own and carry firearms is necessary for self-protection and for the protection of our families and other innocent people. If every law abiding American gave up all of his guns, the criminals, gangs, and terrorists would still have guns. It is not right for the Democrats to push for the destruction of our gun rights. There are enough gun laws on the books already if they were only being enforced.

These are the five main reasons that I will vote for the Republican platform this year. However, there are many other reasons that I will vote straight Republican.

The Democrats want to push Israel for a “Two-State Solution;” I do not.

The Democrats want to close Guantanamo Bay prison; I do not.

The Democrats want only sun and wind energy. I want all forms of energy, including coal, oil, and gas obtained through fracking.

The Democrats want a bigger Federal government controlling all water, all education, all farming, and all healthcare; I do not.

On November 8, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be elected as our next President. There are no other possibilities. There are objections to both of them.  Both of them have filthy mouths. Both of them are selfish. Maybe Donald Trump will complete the ruination of our country if he is elected; but Hillary will, without a doubt, complete the ruination of our country if she is elected. Hillary Clinton is an awful person!  She is a compulsive, congenital liar who cannot tell the truth. She is completely corrupt and moves from one scandal to another—cattle futures, money laundering, White House Travel Office Firings, Whitewater, and her mishandling of national secrets through her private email server. She sold her Secretary of State office so often that she and her husband became extremely wealthy. She abused, threatened, and ridiculed the women that her husband sexually assaulted. She does not know how normal people live because she never gets out of her bubble. She proved herself unworthy and unfit to be Commander-in-Chief at Benghazi when she failed to protect Americans and left them there to die.

My vote for a straight Republican ticket is not so much a vote for Trump as it is a vote against Hillary. It is a vote for the Republican platform. It is a vote for my grandchildren. What would I tell my grandchildren if I have the opportunity to vote against abortion, and I do not do it?  What would I tell my grandchildren if I do not vote for a safer, better America.

 

LUKE 1 – AN IMPORTANT DETAIL

This is a portion of a sermon Pastor Streeter preached in 1985. The topic is as current today as it was then. Luke 1:41 tells us that John the Baptist “leaped” in Elisabeth’s womb when Mary visited after Mary had received the news from the angel that she would be the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. What does that tell us about the life of a babe in the womb?

EXODUS 21:22-25

Verses 22-25 “If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
23And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life.
24Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
25Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”

This passage is exceedingly important to the modern day discussion of abortion because it tells us God’s estimate of the value of unborn human life. The unborn child has rights which are observed by the Lord. If a pregnant woman is injured through misconduct and she gives birth prematurely and the baby lives and is healthy, the offender would pay a fine. But if death results from the injury (i.e., if the baby dies), then the life of the offender should be taken. The death of the unborn baby should be looked upon as murder.

We are not suggesting that those who get abortions today should be put to death. Nor are we suggesting that doctors who perform abortions should get the death penalty. In this age of grace, God tempers with mercy the Old Testament laws. But what we are saying is that we should heed God’s evaluation of human life, and we should stand against the horrible killing of the unborn.

ABORTION CLICHES

(A newspaper article by Lloyd Streeter)

Abortion has now been legal on a nation-wide basis for 33 years. Many millions of babies have been killed in the abortion holocaust. Every decent and thoughtful person should oppose this grizzly slaughter of innocent little babies. We should oppose it in our influence, in the voting booth, and in all of our thinking.

Abortion is a sin against God. It is sin because God, and only God, gives life; therefore life is sacred, and the unjustified taking of life is a slap at the Person of God.

Abortion is a sin against God because God values the unborn child. He deals with the unborn one as a person from the time of conception. There are many scriptures to prove this (John 10:8-12; Isaiah 49:1 and 5; Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:13-16; Luke 1:41 and 44).

Abortion is a sin against God because an unborn child is a human being scientifically. He is not like a tumor, an appendix, a tonsil, or a blob of flesh. An unborn child’s heart beats, his brain works, he responds to stimuli, he feels pain, and he has intellect, emotion, and will. Make no mistake about it, when a baby is aborted, a human person is killed.

God is honored when little helpless unborn babies are protected. We have the responsibility of doing all we can to protect them. This means that we must oppose abortion which is the biggest threat faced by the unborn.

I have heard all of the clichés, “A woman has a right to privacy.” But wait, killing a person is not right just because it is done in private. Almost all murders are committed in private. Should we remove all penalties for murders if they are committed in private? The “privacy argument” is nonsense.

Another cliché, “Unwanted babies should not be allowed to be born because they will be neglected and abused.” But there are very, very few unwanted babies. They are all wanted by someone. There are never enough babies to satisfy those who want to adopt them. The “unwanted baby” argument is more nonsense.

Still another cliché says, “If we keep abortion legal it will be safer and more sterile and will save some lives.” Strange argument, this. We have legalized a procedure which is supposed to produce safety and protect lives, and it has cost fifty million lives of unborn babies! More nonsense!

Another cliché says, “The woman has the right to control her own body.” But the unborn baby is not part of the mother’s body. The unborn child is an individual human being with its own separate body. That unborn child should have rights, also. No woman should have the right to use her body to kill another human person, even if that other human person lives within the woman’s body.

One final cliché says, “No one knows when life begins.” Well, if you don’t know when life begins, then you certainly should not go about getting an abortion. Do you think it would be all right to fire a shot gun blast through a door when you do not know if someone is on the other side of the door? You say, “Why, that would be immoral!” Right! And it would be immoral to get an abortion if you don’t know when life begins.

Actually, we do know when human life begins. When a human sperm with twenty-three chromosomes unites with a human ovum with twenty-three chromosomes, the result is that human life begins. It is not a vegetable. It is not a mineral. It is not a cow. It is not a horse. It is human life.

I read a little story a while back. Here it is: A young teenaged girl learned that she was pregnant. She had a fiancé, but he was not the father of the baby. Her family was poor and it would be difficult to have another mouth to feed. Her family had a good name in the community, and she hated to see her family embarrassed. An abortion would have been a quick, easy solution to the situation. But she did not have an abortion. She had the baby. It was a little boy. She named Him Jesus.

I would not want to conclude without saying that there is forgiveness for any sinner, even for one who has killed, if he will come to Jesus Christ by faith, repenting of sin. “God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” John 3:17 and 18.

 

IMPORTANT DETAILS IN LUKE

“Important Details in Luke” Luke 1:15, 44; 3:23-38; 1:32-33: Some details in Luke which deal with the Truth of the Virgin Birth, the Truth of the Filling of the Holy Spirit and Abortion, and the Truth of the Second Coming. (851013)

Important Details in Luke