The Right View: Joe Biden Pre-election and Mail-in Ballot Myths

A quick search online will expose Tony Perkins as a controversial figure.  However, my views tend to coincide with Mr. Perkins, his controversies arising from principled stances on what he believes.  So I will use his two blogs of July 21 2020 for this guest blog.  However, keep in mind that as Christ-followers we must find the perspective of Randy Alcorn, writing in Heaven (the book, not the address 😉 ): “Christians should be involved in the political process, and we can do much good, but we should never forget that the only government that will succeed in global reform is Christ’s government.”   And some of the links, like the ones to CNN, Fox News or the Washington Post, are particularly interesting.

A Veep of Faith?
July 21, 2020

Based on his comments, Joe Biden’s never had much use for evangelicals. As far as he’s concerned, they’re “virulent people,” the “dregs of society.” But those “dregs” also vote. And Joe’s hoping they’ll forget what he’s said and the policies he pushes long enough to support him.

It’s an ambitious strategy, trying to win over a group of people you’ve spent the last several years insulting. And yet, Biden’s campaign is leaving no election stone unturned, including, it turns out, the president’s staunchest base. In an interesting announcement from the former vice president’s camp, Biden confirmed he’s hired former Republican Josh Dickson to oversee his “faith engagement.” The liberal media, which, like Biden, usually has nothing but disgust for orthodox Christians, rushed to applaud the move, suddenly finding some use for the religion it usually maligns.

The press’s flattery wasn’t lost on everyday people like Patty McMurray, who couldn’t believe the same CNN that routinely mocks Christians was rushing to “prop up Joe Biden as some sort of deeply religious man.” Then again, they probably don’t see his faith as a threat, since it never seems to translate to policy. Deputy Political Director John McCarthy admitted that evangelicals “might disagree on a particular issue” (or 20), but insisted that “for faith and values voters,” Biden’s “spiritual authenticity is the quality they’re looking for.”

As Scripture points out, who can know a man’s heart? Maybe Joe Biden, a self-identified Catholic, is personally spiritual. But “authentic?” Surely, no one who’s followed his four-decade career could conclude that Biden shares Christians’ values where it matters: in the public arena. And yet even Dickson himself tried to sell the former vice president as the real deal because he “love[s] our neighbor” and “care[s] for the poor and vulnerable.” But what does he consider children in the womb, if not vulnerable? This is man running on a vision, not only of abortion-on-demand, but abortion right up until — and perhaps after — birth. To cap it off, for those Americans who do have a biblical or moral objection to abortion, he says they should still have to pay for them with their tax dollars. How does he square “authentic” faith with those radical positions?

The reality is, FRC’s David Closson points out, that “while Joe Biden is touting his faith and courting evangelicals, his policies remain odious to anyone whose view of the world has been shaped and formed by Scripture.” Last year, the one-time defender of the Hyde amendment traded his 40 years of integrity for the support of groups like Planned Parenthood. From there, he swore to appoint only rabid abortion activists to the bench and bulldoze every state pro-life law. He told nuns they’d have to fund birth control, churches they’d have to cover abortions, and U.S. taxpayers that overseas abortion would be our newest export. Someone please explain how this is a candidate that can connect with Christians “through a shared worldview?”

And that doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of his radical LGBT advocacy. Biden, who brags that he forced Barack Obama’s hand on same-sex marriage, is so outside the mainstream that his first act as president would be to gut religious liberty — destroying Christian schools, Catholic hospitals, and nonprofit charities from food banks to homeless shelters. We’re talking about a piece of legislation, the Equality Act, that hunts down and punishes the same evangelicals whose vote he claims to want! One that also ends women’s sports, girls’ and boys’ bathrooms, Christian counseling, privacy laws, conscience protections, millennia of biology, medical ethics, parents’ rights. If you can imagine a man in every girls’ shower and a drag queen in every library, that’s Joe Biden’s priority. “This is our soul, da** it,” he said. “This is who we have to be…”

Now, there are some who will say that Joe Biden is a more acceptable choice to Christians because he’s less brash and confrontational than Donald Trump. But if a kinder, gentler Biden was what Americans were expecting on the campaign trail, a gentlemanly statesman is not what they got. Biden’s tirades in local town halls have been the stuff of internet legend, as he berates, profanes, and shouts his way through the heartland. If Biden is supposed to be the angel to Trump’s devil, no one told him. As for his personal conduct, there are at least eight women who would question that he’s more suitable choice for the office than the current occupant.

“Obviously,” Michael Brown said on “Washington Watch,” “people have to vote their conscience, and they have to do what they feel is right before God for their own lives. But the big question is, what are we actually voting for?” Evangelicals don’t support Donald Trump because he’ll hold up a Bible — they support Trump because his policies are based on what’s inside. No administration in history has done more for Christians in America and around the world than this president. And I’ll be the first to admit that, four years ago, I didn’t think that was possible. No one is rationalizing or excusing Trump’s failings. But consider what he’s accomplished for the unborn, religious liberty, Israel, persecuted minorities, the military, our economy, the family. He’s had a backbone of steel to push back against LGBT extremism, political correctness, America’s enemies, and the world’s tyrants.

This isn’t blind allegiance on the part of evangelicals. This is reasoned support for a political leader who has made and kept his campaign promises. As for Joe Biden, it’s going to take a lot of outreach for Democrats to prove that he’s even mildly sincere on the evangelical issues that matter. So far, as his record shows, the only way faith has been a “central part of [Biden’s] persona” is his willingness to attack it.

Unsigned, Unsealed, and Undelivered: The Perils of Mail-in Ballots
July 21, 2020

It’s a “myth,” USA Today insists. “Rare,” writes NPR. Either way, the New York Times argues, “it doesn’t affect elections.” That’s interesting, the Heritage Foundation points out. Because they’ve counted more than 1,285 cases of this rare myth of voter fraud that doesn’t affect elections in the last four years — and they’re convinced: that’s not all of them.

Cheaters have prospered — and they’ll continue to prosper — voters worry, if the Left’s campaign for universal mail-in balloting succeeds. According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, a plurality of Americans worry that the Democrats’ idea makes the election “vulnerable to significant levels of fraud.” A majority of them — 60 percent — want to vote in person this November, the latest sign that George Soros’s plan to steal the election isn’t fair or popular.

With more than 70 lawsuits underway in states across the country, Democrats seem intent on forcing their way to a different system. But, as Hans von Spakovsky pointed out with Sarah Perry on “Washington Watch” last month, that won’t score them any political points. This isn’t a partisan issue anywhere except DNC headquarters. By and large, every American wants some form of election integrity, and this system — which we already know from this year’s primaries and local elections — is ripe for abuse.

“If you talk to liberal activists and liberal leaders of the Democratic Party, they’re all against voter I.D. If you actually look at the polling, you find that everyday folks — no matter whether they’re Republican, Democrat, Independent, no matter whether they’re white, black, Asian, Hispanic — a majority of them say voter I.D. [makes sense]. So their constituents don’t agree with the views of their leadership.” The same goes for voter fraud, he said. In the polling he did for his book with John Fund, “we found that African-Americans were more concerned about voter fraud in communities than other voters.”

And why shouldn’t they be? Democrats are talking about a system with no witnesses, no voter ID, no certainty that their vote would even be delivered. If Americans thought 28 million missing votes over the last four elections were bad, imagine no accountability or supervision whatsoever! True the Vote Founder Catherine Engelbrecht prays it doesn’t come to that. “This is engineered chaos,” she warns. “We need to see it for what it is. This is not an effort to make sure that those who’ve been affected by the pandemic are going to be able to cast their ballot in a secure and well-defined process. It’s anything but that.” It doesn’t matter if you’re dead, incarcerated, illegal, or unregistered, Catherine points out. Every active or inactive voter would get a ballot. “Then you throw in all the dysfunction that is the U.S. Postal Service … and it begs the question, why are we doing this if not but for intentional manipulation to a certain end,” Engelbrecht said.

As FRC’s Ken Blackwell has argued, we can’t let anyone exploit this crisis to take away the integrity of our elections. “This pandemic may seem like it’s changed everything, but it has not changed the rules of our constitutional republic. Let’s keep it that way.”

What In Heaven’s Name Can You Imagine!?

Randy Alcorn opens Heaven, the book Tyndale published in 2004, with this thought: “The sense that we will live forever somewhere has shaped every civilization in human history.”

He begins by wondering about all the misinformation and distortions of Heaven in our society, and concludes in the first chapter that we have some decidedly incorrect views of Heaven in our western philosophy that have corrupted the Biblical view.  Some of it comes from movies, television, imaginings of friends, and wild-eyed wishful thinking, most from Greek philosophy.

It is not as most suppose, a boring place of ghostly unearthly experience.  Many sincere Christ-followers quote the 1 Corinthian 2:9 to conclude we cannot know anything about Heaven: “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, God has prepared for those who love Him.”  But read on!  Verse 10 says: “These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.”

It is not as many suppose an ethereal realm of disembodied spirits floating around with no physical reality.  Stopping short of verse 10, we fail to see that the descriptions of Heaven in the Bible are descriptions!  They detail gardens, cities, buildings, banquets and even bodies for us; recognizable, identifiable personal bodies.  A human spirit without a body is not really human, any more than a body without a spirit is.  And a place that Jesus is preparing for us (John 14:2-3) is a place to which He will escort us one day.

This is why Paul goes to such detail to explain the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15.  Here he describes a “spiritual body,” but not a disembodied spirit.  “Just as we have born the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the Man of Heaven.” (15:49)  Look at Jesus after His resurrection and we can see that He had a real body, though it was somehow different from His natural body which had been crucified.  Yet He was recognizable (once the disciples got past their prejudice that He was dead), He was touchable, He could eat and drink, He could walk and talk and hold conversations.  This is you and me in our resurrected bodies in Heaven someday!

Now I grant that there are some things in Heaven that are difficult to understand, and I have addressed this issue previously.  An illustration I have used before is going inside a mother’s womb and telling an unborn baby what to expect when he gets out into the world: sunsets, concerts, caramel, roses and massages (to cover the five senses).  How could he possibly understand the heightened awareness he will have when he comes out of the boring, dark and quiet place he lives?

Ezekiel, Daniel, Isaiah and John all saw things in the next world and tried to convey them to us in language we could understand, yet even in the Scripture they fell woefully short of clarifying what they had seen.  But they had not seen disembodied spirits floating on ethereal clouds!  They saw real things in Heaven that we will someday understand when we no longer “see as in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.” (1 Corinthian 13:12)

“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared, but we know that when He appears we will be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is!” (1 John 3:2)  So what in Heaven’s name will it be like when we get there?

Heaven by AlcornI have recommended before, and do so again, Randy Alcorn’s excellent text, Heaven.  It is not a conclusive end-all discussion of Heaven, but rather a challenge to explore for yourself what the Bible does teach about our eternal state.  With sound Biblical exegesis he asserts a Theology of Heaven with careful caveats on where he is speculating and where we are certain of its teaching.

He rejects the philosophies of the Middle Ages, which taught that Heaven was nothing more than a world of light and contemplation, contrary to what the Bible described.  The scholasticism of that era gradually replaced the commonly understood Biblical view of Heaven as a Garden, a City, a Place of earthly beauty, dwelling places, food and fellowship for all eternity.

No one interprets the Bible absolutely literally nor absolutely figuratively.  But if we believe Jesus was physically resurrected and had a glorified body walking and talking with the disciples until His ascension, it is safe to believe His promises of a place for us are real and that when God says He will renew all things, He means that he will make all things renewed (Revelation 21:5)  Note, He does not say He will make new stuff!  Just like Jesus renewed body, He will renew the creation, returning us to the pure life of Eden before the Fall, but in a fuller and more complete relation to Himself than Adam and Eve had in Eden.

The Revelation 21 “passing away” of the first heaven (this is a reference to the sky, not the eternal realm of God) and the first earth will be like the “passing away” of a loved one, as Jesus passed away when He died and was buried.  Then He was resurrected “new” and improved!  Then our Lord’s “dwelling place” will be with us, in a “new heaven and a new earth”. (Revelation 21:1)

What in Heaven’s name will all this be like?  Well, at this time, we can only imagine, but it will be REAL!