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Did the Democrat Party Really Adopt a Romans 1 Platform?

February 10, 2013

This post speaks very strongly about sensitive issues in our society today. Let me say before you read further that my intent is to help clarify thinking on these issues, not to hurt anyone who has been touched by these topics. In fact, if you have participated in any of the sins described in this post, then I say to you welcome to the human race. We are all sinners in need of forgiveness from the wrath of a holy and righteous God.

The good news is that what we were powerless to do God did for us by sending his Son as the perfect sacrifice for us. He lived the life we should have lived. He died a death that we should have died. Our sins were buried with him and by his resurrection we are justified. The Bible says about Jesus “a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench” (Isaiah 42:3 and Matthew 12:20). And again the Bible says:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (John 3:16-21)

If you have been touched, or hurt or felt condemned by participation in any of the sins described in this post or by having such sins forced upon you by others who violently abused you, I am deeply sorry. My prayer for you is that you would be healed of the hurt, of the guilt and of the pain of sin by recognizing the one hope we all have in a savior who saw our suffering and chose to join us in our suffering. By his stripes we are healed. By his death, we live. The hope we have in Christ is for an eternity with God that is indescribably magnificent, making all the pains of the life bearable.

The Democrat Party and Romans 1

In our nation the two primary political parties used to agree on the moral values that were part of the framing of our nation. These values were considered timeless and were memorialized in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution of the United States of America. These truths were thought to be “self-evident” and “unalienable”. The political parties agreed on these issues and disagreed on economic issues.

A new day has come. In our last election, the Democrat party adopted a platform that is against the “self-evident” and “unalienable” moral values that were the basis of the formation of the greatest nation that has ever existed. At once, the Democrat platform promotes:

  • The passing out of condoms so people can fornicate and commit adultery at will
  • If an “accidental” pregnancy occurs they advocate killing the baby
  • The party seeks to promote homosexual marriage
  • The Democrat platform even left God out until the convention itself

Worse the Democrats even promote each of us participating in these practices by paying for them with our tax dollars. At the Democrat convention, the party put God back in their platform (he had not been mentioned in their platform prior to that). Had I been at that convention, I would have wholeheartedly promoted keeping God out of a platform that so strongly violates His will.

Essentially, the Democrat party adopted a platform that is consistent with the practices that are condemned in Romans 1. After articulating the “self evident” invisible attributes of God (His eternal power and divine nature revealed in creation) Romans 1 states each of the following that seem consistent with the platform the Democrat party stands upon:

  • Verses 18-20 – “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.”
  • Verses 26-27 – “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.”
  • Verses 29-32 – “They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” (Ouch! This list includes sins I have participated in.)

How have we strayed so far that one of our political parties would adopt a platform that clearly violates the Declaration of Independence. In the Declaration we say that we “hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Many of our laws were based on the historic values of life. Now due to the dysfunction of our government our nation promotes doing to an unborn baby what is illegal to do to an animal. We have a law that says you are free to murder an unborn baby. We have another law that says if you kill a pregnant woman you are guilty of a double homicide. Our laws are bipolar and dysfunctional.

Those on the other side of these issues say we are bigoted and mean-spirited for speaking so boldly against these views. What they fail to understand about us is that as Christians we believe life is sacred. We believe marriage is sacred. We believe sex is sacred. We believe that God has made these a holy and sacred part of the created order. Life and marriage and sex are wonderful things. God gave these gifts to us. They are holy and right when fulfilled in a monogamous relationship between one man and one woman for life, just as God designed it.

Fire is a wonderful thing in a fireplace, but when you take out it outside of the fireplace it will burn your house down. In the same way, the healthiest way to procreate is in the sanctity of the sexual union between a man and a woman who have committed to love each other for their whole lives. The healthiest way to raise a child is with a mother and a father. The healthiest way to express the most intimate love of all is between a committed man and woman. This kind of love is more of a commitment that says each party to the marriage will seek the best interest of the other party to the marriage no matter what. It is the same kind of love that God has for us. It is the “agape” love that seeks the interest of another over self-interest. Sure the emotional love is great, but it needs to be expressed on the solid foundation of a committed relationship.

If you disagree with these views, please understand that for us as Christians to think any differently would be to us a violation of God’s will for our lives. If you say we are bigoted because we condemn racism and yet don’t support homosexuality, please understand that from our point of view race is sacred too. A person’s race is given to him by God. We would never condone treating a person differently because of the color of their skin. But, we also believe a person’s sex is given to him by God. Therefore sex is sacred and our position is that sex must be expressed in a manner that is consistent with God’s word. Our positions are univocal. By our way of thinking, your views are equivocal and not based on consistent thinking.

We are not saying that those who disagree with us shouldn’t be free to express their love and their sexuality in the way they see fit (God has granted liberty to all of us). We are just saying don’t call it a marriage if it is not the union of one man and one woman for life. Marriage is a sacred gift of God and should not be used as a way of condoning what the Bible clearly calls sin. That would defile the sanctity of the marital union as God designed it.

My hope in writing this is that Christian thinking might be made clear. But please hear me. We are ALL sinners. We ALL need a savior. Thankfully God has given us a savior who “though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Do you know the Jesus who died to save you from your sins?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Debbie Dashner permalink
    August 17, 2013 1:30 pm

    I think that the question, “Do Christians Really Hate Sin?” should be asked as much as “Do Christians Really Love the Sinner?” I have often thought how can a Christian really hate sin, in the biblical sense, if he does not also love the sinner? To hate the sinner is also a sin, just as it is a sin to hate anyone. Debbie Dashner

  2. August 17, 2013 3:01 pm

    I agree and wrote on that topic here:

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