October 29, 2012
Biblical Principles & the
By Mike McManus
Two weeks ago Billy Graham met Mitt
Romney with two results. The Billy Graham Evangelistic
Association removed the Mormon religion from its list of cults.
Second, it published full-page ads in The New York Times,
USAToday and a dozen other newspapers in key states.
In the ad, Graham states, “As I approach my 94th birthday, I
realize this election could be my last. I believe it is vitally
important that we cast our ballots for candidates who base their
decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of
Israel. I urge you to vote for those who protect the sanctity of
life and support the biblical definition of marriage between a
man and a woman. Vote for biblical values this November 6, and
pray with me that America will remain one nation under God.”
Lacking is an explicit endorsement of Romney. However Graham
told Romney that he would do “all I can to help you.”
America’s most influential Christian has not come this close to
endorsing a candidate for President since supporting Nixon in
1968, and lived to regret it. When he heard the conspiratorial,
foul-mouthed Nixon on Watergate tapes, Graham said he wept and
became physically sick.
However, this is not a normal election, with reasonably
competent people challenging one another.
Consider the abortion issue. Obama is the most radical supporter
of abortion to be president. He even voted for partial birth
abortion in which a live baby is delivered, but before the head
is removed, its brains are sucked out. When 10
Republican-controlled state legislatures voted to defund Planned
Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, saving
taxpayers $61,701,000 – the Obama Administration gave five
states grants to make up the difference!
By contrast, Romney proclaimed recently, “I’ll be a pro-life
President. The actions I will take immediately are to remove
funding from Planned Parenthood. It will not be part of my
He also declared, “I’ll reverse the president’s decision on
using U.S. funds to pay for abortion outside this country. And I
hope to appoint justices for the Supreme Court that will follow
the law and the constitution. And it would be my preference that
they reverse Roe v. Wade and therefore return to the people and
their elected representatives the decisions with regard to this
By contrast, Obama appointed two pro-abortion justices to the
Supreme Court. Whoever is elected will appoint new Justices.
Four of the court’s current Justices are very old: Ruth Bader
Ginsberg is 79; Antonin Scalia is 76; Anthony Kennedy, 76; and
Stephen Breyer, 74.
The contrast between the candidates on gay marriage is also
stark. Obama became the first president to endorse same-sex
marriage in May. A day later, Romney said, “I do not favor
marriage between people of the same gender.” The Republican
Party Platform “supports a Constitutional Amendment defining
marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
Obama refused to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which
blocks giving federal benefits, such as Social Security to
partners of same-sex couples. Result: two federal appeals courts
have declared DOMA unconstitutional. Romney would uphold DOMA.
Dr. Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s
Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, has never endorsed a
Presidential candidate. Last week, however, he backed Romney
because he believes this “is perhaps the most important election
since one that occurred on Nov. 6, 1860, when in the providence
of God, Abraham Lincoln was elected President, preserved the
Union and expunged the evil of slavery from our land.
“America is at a fork in the road and must choose between a
President Barack Obama who wants to remake America in the model
of a European welfare state and a Governor Mitt Romney who wants
to restore a more economically vibrant and traditionally moral
America. The stakes could not be higher morally, socially or
He outlined the differences between the two candidates on the
sanctity of life and same-sex marriage. “In addition, we have a
financial crisis that has increased our national debt by nearly
60 percent in the last four years. As a nation our federal
government is borrowing over 40 cents of every dollar it spends,
an unsustainable ratio of debt to spending, that if not
curtailed almost immediately, will permanently circumscribe and
attenuate our children and grandchildren’s economic futures.
“We are currently engaging in generational theft by incurring
astronomical debt that future generations will spend their
entire economic lives redeeming.”
In writing nationally syndicated columns for 35 years, I have
never endorsed a candidate for President. Today, however, I join
many others to endorse Mitt Romney.
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