Eight Serious Voting Questions as Potential SCOTUS Justices Hang in the Balance


Religion and Culture Expert Dr. Alex McFarland: Justices Named

to the Court Will Make Decisions with Long-Lasting Effects for

Decades to Come; Gives 8 Voting Considerations 

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—What’s the most important election issue of 2016? Some say it’s the economy, while others argue it’s national security or health care.

But one religion and culture expert says the most crucial matter of the presidential election is the appointment of at least one—if not more—Supreme Court justice over the next presidential term.

Nationally known author of 17 books, including his newest, “Stand Strong America,” and radio and talk show host Dr. Alex McFarland ( says that the far-reaching effects of whom this next president appoints to the bench will affect Americans, and their children and grandchildren, for decades.

“More than the short-term effects of the economy or the repeal of a failing health care law, the next president will have the immense responsibility of appointing a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia,” McFarland said. “And with three more justices on the bench who are over the age of 78, it could be more. These appointments could change the entire trajectory of laws as we know them—laws that will deeply affect our religious liberties, our children’s education and even how we view God-given gender in society. These are serious matters we must consider, and even if one candidate or another does not seem ‘perfect’ in our eyes, we must look first and foremost at who loves America, who will be the most positive for the nation and who will appoint justices who most closely align with our Judeo-Christian beliefs and biblical worldview.”

McFarland is also advising Americans about several critical questions they should ask themselves before they head to the polls on Nov. 8.

  1. Remember that “the perfect is the enemy of the good.”
  2. God can use any presidential candidate for His purpose; all candidates are flawed. Will we allow these flaws, which we all have, to make us cast a protest vote or not vote at all?
  3. Will my life be better or worse under this president?
  4. McFarland has been gathering responses for his own “2016 Malaise Index,” an online survey that gauges Americans’ outlook on society. Hundreds of responses have been submitted at For example, when asked, “My outlook on the culture as a whole compared to 10 years ago is…,” about 96 percent reported they felt “WORSE” about the culture, with the remaining reporting they felt “BETTER” or “THE SAME.”
  5. Will this president protect my religious freedom?
  6. What are the candidates’ plans for preserving the religious liberties on which the country was founded, especially as more and more freedoms are being taken away?
  7. How will this candidate protect life?
  8. Abortion, euthanasia and other life matters have historically been important issues for voters—and 2016 is no different. While the Republican platform is one of the most pro-life in the party’s history, the Democratic platform asserts that a woman has the right to abort her unborn child—a black mark on the nation since Roe v. Wade in 1973.
  9. Will this candidate protect our country?
  10. The safety and defense of the country is of paramount importance. National security and recognition of those who seek to harm America must be a priority for the next president.
  11. Who will this president appoint to the Supreme Court?
    Appointments to the Court have longstanding impact and is perhaps one of the most important considerations of the election. Justices appointed under the next president—whether liberal or conservative—will make long-lasting decisions for several decades.
  1. Will this president protect the financial resources with which God has entrusted us?
  2. Many people are struggling in today’s economy, and many policies could be enacted to ease the financial burden on Americans. All human beings long to have the dignity that comes with providing for their family.
  3. Will I feel good about the decisions this president will make?
  4. Overall, will I still be proud that I voted the way I did in four or eight years? And more importantly, did I carefully consider my vote in prayer?

McFarland’s newest book, “Stand Strong America,” co-authored with evangelist and apologist Jason Jimenez, addresses the idea that Americans are weary of the poor character and decisions of their leaders, who make laws that may not coincide with many Americans’ faith. The book is available at

He is also the author of “The God You Thought You Knew: Exposing the 10 Biggest Myths About Christianity,” in which he dispels the myths and untruths about Christianity and replaces that with the truth of who God really is, as well as “10 Questions Every Christian Must Answer,” “10 Issues that Divide Christians,” “10 Answers for Skeptics” and the “Stand” series of devotions for teens. McFarland is an expert in the field of apologetics—the practice of defending the Christian faith in a world where faith in Christ is plummeting at alarming rates.

McFarland has spent years working with young people and takes their questions to heart. He has preached in more than 1,300 churches and has been featured at conferences such as the Billy Graham School of Evangelism, Focus on the Family’s “Big Dig” and California’s “Spirit West Coast,” sharing the platform with Chuck Colson, Eric Metaxas, Josh McDowell and others. He also serves as Director for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at the Christian Worldview Center of North Greenville University ( in Greenville, S.C.

Part evangelist, part apologist, part educator and part broadcaster, McFarland focuses on communicating the message of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. He co-hosts the daily, live radio program “Exploring the Word” on American Family Radio’s Talk Network, heard on approximately 140 stations across the country, and the weekly television show “Viral Truth,” airing on the National Religious Broadcasters Network, which he co-hosts with Jason Jimenez.

For more information on Dr. Alex McFarland, visit or follow him on Facebook or on Twitter @AlexMcFarland.


To book Dr. Alex McFarland for interviews, contact Beth Harrison at 610-584-1096, ext. 104,, or Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, ext. 102.

Alex McFarland

Alex has preached in over 2,200 churches throughout North America and numerous more internationally. He also speaks at Christian events, conferences, debates, and other venues to teach biblical truths and preach the gospel.

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