In preparation what Franklin Graham has called “the most important election in [his] lifetime,” the September 2016 issue of Decision magazine has outlined what we are looking at between the two major party candidates. The introduction to this issue is an article entitled “Two Visions, Two Americas” by Jerry Pierce. It is becoming more and more obvious that there are two distinct visions being cast for the future of our nation.
As many other Americans have, Pierce expresses his deep concern with the current state and future climate of our great nation. This election represents the deep divide within citizens and the ideals in our country. “The nation hasn’t merely been “slouching toward Gomorrah,” as the late judge Robert Bork wrote, it has nearly slid past it,” says Pierce.
“The nation hasn’t merely been “slouching toward Gomorrah,” as the late judge Robert Bork wrote, it has nearly slid past it.”
James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, agrees and laments the fracturing and sacrifice of the traditional family values that our country was built upon. Dobson writes, “The sexual revolution weakened the exclusivity and commitment required for lifelong marriage. Spiritual apathy and apostasy have also been major contributors. America no longer lives by an eternal moral code given to us by the Word of God.”
Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, echoes a similar sentiment saying, “we live in a time when we have gone from living in a post-Christian nation to living in an anti-Christian nation. That is completely contrary to the founding principles of our country.” As a nation, we have deviated from the values, morals, and principles that our founding fathers held as paramount to our American foundation outlined in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
“We live in a time when we have gone from living in a post-Christian nation to living in an anti-Christian nation. That is completely contrary to the founding principles of our country.”
Using party platforms that the plans that the candidates have set forth, Pierce presents the two very different Americas. One of these will be a reality depending upon who is elected in November. He goes through some of the main aspects of the campaigns and paints the picture of where both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on:
- The appointment of Supreme Court justices
- Clinton: “On judicial appointments, Clinton said she would strive to appoint judges in the mold of liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor.”
- Trump: “Trump released a list of potential conservative justices vetted in consultation with the Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society.”
- The future of religious liberty
- Clinton: “Clinton suggests that women’s abortion rights supersede religious liberty, saying: ‘Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.'”
- Trump: “Trump said, ‘Religious freedom [is] the right of people of faith to freely practice their faith. [It is] so important.'”
- Clinton: “Clinton said, ‘I support Roe versus Wade because I think it is an important… statement about the importance of a woman making this most difficult decision…'”
- Trump: “Trump said, ‘I hate the concept of abortion. And since [being pro-choice] I’ve very much evolved. … And I am very, very proud to say that I am pro-life.'”
- National Security
- Clinton: “Clinton said, ‘We must be prepared … to go after terrorists wherever they plot using all the tools at our disposal.'”
- Trump: “Trump said, ‘You have to fight fire with fire. We have to be so strong. We have to fight so viciously. And violently because we’re dealing with violent people…'”To see the breakdown of where both candidates stand, read the entirety of the article in Decision Magazine: “Two Visions, Two Americas”. You can also check out the Decision Magazine’s 2016 Presidential Election Guide.
“It is the church—armed with the Gospel—that can fix hearts. It is the Gospel that transforms lives. It is the church through the witness of the Holy Spirit that can preserve a culture. But without the space to do that openly in public, it’s difficult. And elections in our country determine that.” – Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council