Apologetics: ə-pŏl'ə-jĕt'ĭks from the Greek απоλоγία Def: The branch of theology that is concerned with defending or proving the truth of Christian doctrines.

Question of the Week . . . Republicans vs. Democrats.

Is it becoming more and more black and white?

Written By Esthermay Bentley-Goossen on 13 March 2009

Question of the Week:

t flat-out scares me. . .

and I really wonder about “Christians” who voted for him [Obama]. Do they have a clue what they’ve done to this country? Morally? Economically? Are they only “Christian” in name? Do you see the line between Democrats and Republicans becoming more and more black and white?
~ Andrea

A: Yes. The line is becoming more and more black and white. Not in a racial sense. But in a day versus night -- no gray area -- completely polarized sense.

I certainly believe Andrea's questions are rhetorical. They are, nonetheless, worth addressing.

“When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily;
but with honest, sensible leaders there is stability.”
~ Proverbs 28:2

Spiritually speaking, the Grand Old Party is just as lost as is the DNC. Every human being is short of God’s perfection and needs Christ. But the Republican Party does have far more unabashed Born Again Christians among its leadership and its nationally- and state-elected offices.

And there is no doubt that the Republican Platform is more in line with Christian values and more devoted to American freedoms as set out in the U.S. Constitution.

With each national election, this dichotomy becomes more and more obvious.

The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania presented these facts concerning the 2008 Presidential election:

Number of States won by:
: 28
: 22

Square miles of land won by:
Democrats: 1,483,702
Republicans: 2,310,315

Population of counties won by:
: 183 million
Republicans: 119 million

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:
Democrats: 6.56
Republicans: 3.60

Has the line between Democrats and Republicans grown more black and white? You decide.

The math itself does not pinpoint the contrast -- and from the standpoint of a non-Christian, the facts say absolutely nothing. (Keep reading . . . )

"Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people."
~ Proverbs 14:34

“Good leaders abhor wrongdoing of all kinds; sound leadership has a moral foundation.”
~ Proverbs 16:12

"God is a righteous judge, And a God who has indignation every day."
~ Psalm 7:11

Here's where the line between Democrats and Republicans becomes more black and white -- In aggregate, the map of the territory Republican won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country. These would be the citizens who actually work for a living. Just curious: Do you think this work-ethic has anything to do with Biblical values?

"Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best,
for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done,
and won't need to compare himself with someone else."
~ Galatians 6:4

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your might."
~ Ecclesiastes 9:10

"He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment."
~ Proverbs 12:11

"A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor,
but he who hates covetousness will prolong his days."
~ Proverbs 28:16

The fact that Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned properties and living off various forms of government welfare -- citizens who've been ingrained with an entitlement mindset -- should be very telling. Again. . . Just curious: Do you think there's a correlation here between living off the government and living a godless life?

"All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty."
~ Proverbs 14:23

"The sluggard's craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work."
~ Proverbs 21:25

"Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, buy hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. "
~ Proverbs 21:5

Most of us -- who understand, appreciate and accept the Judeo-Christian principles on which the United States' government was founded -- would agree that the United States is now somewhere between the "complacency and apathy" phase of democracy -- with some forty (40!) percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.

The greater question is: What is our leadership doing about it? Does the leadership even care?

"Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?"
~ Luke 6:39

"Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble

is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint."
~ Proverbs 25:19

If a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked.
~ Proverbs 29:12

“A leader of good judgment gives stability.”
~ Proverbs 29:4

“When good people run things, everyone is glad.”
~ Proverbs 29:2

Are you among the 40%? The 60%? Do you care at all?

Apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom. . .

" . . . and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek
My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven,
will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
~ II Chronicles 7:14

" . . . so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent,
children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse
generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world. . ."
~ Philippians 2:15

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.
~ Psalm 33:12

~ Esthermay Bentley-Goossen
© 2009 The Heart of a Pastor's Wife


Barbara said...

This is so good. You ask the right question: Does the leadership care? the leadership (in their immense wisdom) throw money at the problems and tell us all to go shopping. what needs to happen is people need JESUS! But how can the blind lead the blind. Prayer is the only answer.
I'm going to have my son link you to his website. Great list of Bible verses here.

sharon said...

omg - you can't argue with any of this! That statistic on the murder rate is STAGGERING! Thank you for posting truth.

Denise said...

Bless you for sharing the truth.

Susan said...

Thanks Estermay,

These were some very interesting facts.

I really struggle with getting too involved with what I hear daily.

I know we are to pray, fast, and cry out frf our nation, and pray for the peace of Israel daily.

And then I'm reminded of this:

No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 2 Tim. 2:4?

Where do we draw the line?


Conservative One said...

I will vote for you next go around. You will be running?

L2L said...

I'm going to check back tonight when I can actually read without my blessings pulling at my shorts, lol!!!!

kalopoieo said...

You have hit the proverbial nail on the government-sanctioned head!

Edie said...

Apathy among Christians is partly to blame for where we are in this nation. Had we stood our ground and not given the devil a foothold and bought into the deceptions that he whispered into our ears, we might not be here today.

I agree with what you said on my blog, that people are starting to change their views on the man they voted for.

God is still sovreign. I think this is meant (in part) to stir up His people and move us out of our complacency.

Oh your posts are always so meaty. I would love a good conversation with you. :)

God bless!!

sara said...

these statistics are startling but not surprising. two great things to explore: does the leadership care? Apathy!

Meadowlark said...

Well, I will say that I do not think that either party is WRONG. I think BOTH parties are wrong. They have us so distracted by fighting amongst ourselves over which party is good and which party is bad, that we are not paying attention to what they are doing to us. And they're quite content to keep throwing fuel on the fire.

And just a short note on Democrats and government assistance: I live in a sad pocket of BLUE in an upscale community with plenty of money surrounded by RED. They aren't that way because they want the government to take care of them. I think it's because they feel guilty that they "have" and try to assuage their guilt by being liberal.

But what do I know. I'm a rabid Independent. Ron Paul 2012! :)

Barb said...

That map circulated via e-mail right after the election. Doesn't it make you wonder, with all that red, how the Democrats seated a president?

Great post!

Barb said...

Oh... by the way. I looked at your profile, and it didn't mention anywhere that you are an impersonator! You really ought to list it - you're pretty good. *sniff* LOL!!

Laurie Ann said...

Apathy runs rampant. Prayer changes things but people change things, too. What are we, as people, doing to change things? Great post, mind blowing statistics. Wowza!

LauraLee Shaw said...

Again, apathy...it bites. I care, and I won't stop caring. I'll show it on my knees and at the polls.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

About Obama on Leno: Can you IMAGINE what the fall out would have been had Bush made the Special Olympics comment?

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