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Bridging the Partisan Divide

With the election over, many want to know if Democrats and Republicans will be willing to “work across the aisle” with each other.

However, biblically speaking, the real divide in politics is not party label or any other external thing like race or economic status, but whether one politician is still bowing before the world, the flesh, and the devil and the other has bowed the knee to Jesus as Lord of all.

When our basis for unity in and allegiance to Christ becomes more important than partisan unity and allegiance, when the proclamation and advance of God’s Kingdom is more important than touting and building a partisan community, when God’s Word becomes the foundation for our policy “platform” and Christians elect politicians on that basis, then working across the political aisle won’t be such an important question.

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A Christian Response to Election Results

The election is over and now pundits have begun to debate what will happen in the coming weeks and after the new Congress is sworn in.

For many, election results produce feelings either of hope or discouragement. But the Christian’s confidence about the future does not rest in any political party, because no election can change nor thwart God’s eternal purposes, which were established before the very foundations of the world were laid.

That is why Isaiah was able to confidently say, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

So, the Christian’s response to the election should be to heed the Apostle Paul’s exhortation to pray for those “in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”

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Will You Vote for Schumer or McConnell?

As early voting in Tennessee begins to come to an end and the November sixth Election Day approaches, eyes across the nation are watching the race for the U.S. Senate.

With the retirement of Bob Corker, some hope that Phil Bredesen can win and give the Democratic Party the one vote they need to become the majority party.

Voters must make their own choice, but they shouldn’t be fooled by Bredesen’s promise not to vote for Chuck Schumer as the Senate leader. Under the Senate’s rules, whoever gets a majority of the votes to be leader of their party’s caucus is automatically the leader of the Senate if their party holds a majority of the seats in the Senate.

So, as you vote in that race, remember you are also voting for either Mitch McConnell or Chuck Schumer.

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Are We Really ‘Voting for the Person’?

Voting for the person sounds good. It would be great if voters only had to consider a candidate’s character and policy positions.

But with the Family Action Council of Tennessee’s policy team having more than 40 years of combined experience in politics, it is a fact that party politics can have a tremendous influence on those who get elected.

Each elected official, both in Tennessee’s Legislature and in Congress, is a member of either the Republican or the Democratic party’s caucus, and the leaders of those caucuses expect their members to be team players. “Independence” that is tantamount to disloyalty to the party’s caucus leaders is punished in a variety of ways, including the lack of party funding at election time and poor committee assignments.

So, vote for the person, but know you are voting for their party’s leaders as well.

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Electing People or Consequences?

Ideas have consequences, and so do elections. That’s important to remember as early voting begins this week in Tennessee.

The U.S. Senate race gives Tennesseans an opportunity to vote for or against more of what Dianne Feinstein and Cory Booker demonstrated in connection with Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation and for or against a form of politics that urges incivility and physical harassment and violence, as recently called for by Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, and Barbara Boxer.

That’s really our choice, because, in the current D.C. political atmosphere, no one will be allowed to be neutral or independent.

At the state level, in addition to choosing our legislators, we will choose a new governor who will set our state’s policy agenda for the next four years.

So, remember, you’re voting as much for consequences as for a person.

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