It’s The Economy Stupid Again, Or Is It?
It’s The Economy Stupid Again, Or Is It?
The Grave Danger of Voting Based Upon Misplaced Priorities!
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In the 1992 race for the White House, the Clinton / Gore ticket coined a now infamous line that led to the defeat of Bush / Quail. That line that was the most repeated mantra of the election year was, “It’s the economy stupid.” Bill Clinton capitalized on looming economic concerns all the way to eight years in the Oval Office. Mean while, the legacy of Bill Clinton went from a don’t ask don’t tell policy of having gays in the military, to the appointment and approval of two liberal pro-abortion, pro-gay Supreme Court Justices in 1993 with Ruth Bader Ginsburg and in 1994 with Stephen Breyer. In the 1970’s Ginsburg was legal counsel for the ACLU. Need I say more.
Sadly, the election of Bill Clinton resulted in grave setbacks in the cultural war. Just think about it. Right now the Supreme Court has four pro-life strict constructionist justices, four liberal progressive justices, and one swing vote that no one can depend on for sure. Where would we be right now if Bill Clinton had not been elected and Ruth Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer were not on the bench of the highest court in the land? Well, it is very likely that Roe vs. Wade would have already been overturned. Just think about it. Over a million babies are aborted every year in America. For every year we have failed to overturn Roe vs. Wade we have seen mass genocide of the most defenseless lives in our land. That is what falling for the line, “It’s the economy stupid”, has gotten us. Those who voted according to their pocket book and not according to the issue of life and abortion have gotten a lot of blood on their hands since 1992.
Now it is 2008 and the question for Christian voters again is, “What do you value most?” Do you value most your pocket book, or the life of the unborn?
Consider what values the Bible says that men will have in the last days. In 2 Timothy 3:1-4 the Scripture gives a description of men in the end times. Among the long list of descriptive words, the text gives six terms that have to do with what men will love, with what they value and cherish most, as opposed to what they do not value, and do not love.
The reader may remember that Philadelphia is the city of brotherly love. The word, (Philadelphia) in the Greek is a compound of two Greek words. (Plilos) for love and (Delphos) for city, thus the word Philadelphia means city of brotherly love. In five of the six terms in the text, the Greek term employed is a compound of the common Greek word (plilos), for brother love and another term. These terms demonstrate what men in the last days will love as opposed to what they don’t love. The terms demonstrate what they will value and prize.
Notice the following six descriptive terms from within the passage.
2 Timothy 3:1-13(1) This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.(2) For men shall be…
1. The Values They Hold Dear… They Will Love Themselves
…lovers of their own selves, The phrase is one word in the Greek which is a compound word (philos – for love and autos – a pronoun for self), This is an age of self love, self fulfillment, and self gratification. It has been called the “Me Generation”. People will vote primary based upon what impact their vote will have on themselves and their well being. That is the chief value of men in the last days.
2. The Values They Hold Dear… They Will Love Money
(2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves,… …covetous, This word is also a compound word (from philos – philarguroi which means lover of money), In the last days, a chief love and value of men is the love of money. Today is an age of greed. Those who have money want to hang on to it, and those who don’t have money want to obtain it. Those in business will be concerned with voting for someone who will help business. Those in labor will vote first for someone who is for “the little guy”. Those who have nothing will vote for someone who promises handouts from big government. For each social economic group, the chief value is the love of money. Thus the line, “It’s the economy stupid” is an effective line. Sadly, in the last days, people will vote primary based upon what impact their vote will have on their own pocket book.
3. The Values They Hold Dear… They Will Be Without Natural Love of Family
(3) Without natural affection,… This word is the only word in our list that is not a compound word with (philos). This Greek word is (astorgous) which is from (storgē, love of kindred) with the negative (a) before it. The term literally means (not having natural love of family). Also in the last days, the natural love of family relationships will fade. According to the Bible, the natural normal love of husband and wife, of parent to child, and of child to parent, will dissipate and decline. Genuine bonding and love for family for many is not a priority. Consider the unbelievable high divorce rate in America. Consider the unnatural love that is part of gay and lesbian immoral relationships. Consider the lack of natural love for children when a mother leaves her baby in a dumpster or in all of the countless abortions in America. Consider the lack of natural love when children rebel against their parents. Love for family often takes second place to love of self. Voters will not always vote for things that promote the family. For many in the last days, the natural love of family is not a priority.
4. The Values They Hold Dear… They Will Not Love Good Men or That Which is Good
…lovers of their own selves, The phrase is one Greek which is a compound word (the negative “a” and philos – for love andagathos – for good). The term means not a lover of good men or not a lover of good things. In the last days men will not love that which is good or will not love good men. Consider what types of persons are celebrated in pop culture as heroes in our day. Often times the people that are the most popular are entertainers and icons that are known to be immoral and boldly lewd. For some, a celebrity is more popular when they are found out to be immoral. On the contrary, in the last days, people will not love those who are truly good. When people vote in the last days, they place little value on a candidate’s personal moral integrity. For some, a candidate’s past moral indiscretions or even resent one make no difference. In this election, three Republican top tier candidates have had divorces in which two of the candidates lives would be considered in former days as scandalous.
5 & 6. The Values They Hold Dear… They Will Love Their Pleasure More Than God
…lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; The phrase in the Greek is also a compound word (philēdonoi) from the two words (philos, and hēdonē). The term (hēdonē) is the Greek word from which we get the word hedonism. (philēdonoi) literally means lover of pleasure. This is contrasted with the Greek term (philotheoi) from (philos, and theos- for God), which means lover of God. The text says that in the last days men will be lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. not a lover of good men or not a lover of good things. In the last days men will love and value pleasure more than they love God. Rather than voters spending time in prayer and consulting the Bible as they choose a candidate, often they consider their standard of living and their pleasure. Today we have a growing movement within Libertarianism that would legalize drugs, prostitution, and argue that the Constitution prohibits laws against such vices. These interpret freedom to mean licentiousness. The recent rise of legalized gambling is also indicative of this philosophy. The love of pleasure is a chief value that many voters will decide by. Not the love for God.
So in the last days men will love themselves, love money, not have a natural love for family, they will not love those who are good or good things, and they will love pleasure more than they love God. This is what men will love and value in the last days and it is what will drive many voters in America this election.
So what values should Christians consider when voting for a candidate? The Christian should have a completely different value system from the world and the Christian voter should reflect a dramatic difference in how he or she votes. A Christian’s first value should be God Himself. He should love what is good and those that are good. He should love his family and love the family. He should not place a premium on love of self, love of money, or love of pleasure. The Christian should always have the following verses as a driving principle when he goes to the ballot box.
Proverbs 14:34(34) Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
Proverbs 29:2(2) When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
The Christian’s chief value in voting should be love of God and love of righteousness. Is it the economy stupid? Or should the issues be the life of the unborn, the protection of traditional marriage, and the moral education of our children? Either way, rest assured, a person will always ultimately vote their values.
What values will determine your vote this election?