8 Critical Voting Points from Religion and Culture Expert
Dr. Alex McFarland Will Give Wisdom and Insight at the Polls
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—What is the most important question to ask at the polls next week? Is it about emails or past conduct? Foundations or hotel businesses?
The most important question, says religion and culture expert and author Dr. Alex McFarland (www.AlexMcFarland.com), is “Will I feel good about the decisions this President makes?”
In the weeks leading up to the election, McFarland has been offering eight critical considerations to make before heading to the polls, namely, what the next President will do over these coming years in office.
“November 8, 2016, will be an historic day in America,” McFarland said. “Yesterday marked Reformation Day, another historic day for Christians, when God’s spirit moved in significant ways, and Martin Luther hammered a list of 95 theses to a church door in Germany. That brave act led to a political and religious revolution—a transformation of society—and we desperately need another transformation in our nation, and around the world.”
Christians and the Church, McFarland added, will answer to God if they had a chance to change the trajectory of the nation and didn’t take it. Voting is not only a duty, but a form of stewardship, he said, and to take a back seat in this election and allow our nation to further deteriorate is unacceptable.
“If one thing is certain, we can rest assured that God is immensely saddened by the way we’ve thrown away the sanctity of life, trampled on religious freedoms and reversed what he set forth in the Bible, from marriage to gender,” McFarland continued. “In this next week, it’s time for Christians to pray outside the box, calling out to Him and asking Him to show up quickly and in bold ways, even for a nation that has pushed Him away. We must pray with fervor, especially for the direction of this country, and rediscover what desperate intercession really is.”
McFarland, who has written 17 books including his newest, “Stand Strong America,” has been talking to Americans about these eight crucial voting considerations for November 8:
- Remember that “the perfect is the enemy of the good.”
- 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?
- Will my life be better or worse under this president?
- 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 www.AlexMcFarland.com/survey. For example, when asked, “My outlook on the culture as a whole compared to 10 years ago is…,” about 96 percent report they feel “WORSE” about the culture, with the remaining reporting they feel “BETTER” or “THE SAME.”
- Will this president protect my religious freedom?
- 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?
- How will this candidate protect life?
- 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.
- Will this candidate protect our country?
- 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.
- 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.
- Will this president protect the financial resources with which God has entrusted us?
- 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.
- Will I feel good about the decisions this president will make?
- 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 recently unveiled his new blog at www.AlexMcFarland.com, with categories such as Church & Ministry, U.S., World, Politics, Entertainment, Relationships and Inspirational. Some of the first posts include “The Answer to Abortion Questions Is Simple—It’s a Life. Period,” “5 Questions About the Bible Every Skeptic Asks,” “Meet the Wife of John Lennon’s Murderer—and Find Out Her Amazing Secret” and “Five Freedoms No President Can Take Away.” Read more here.
He is also the author of “The God You Thought You Knew: Exposing the 10 Biggest Myths About Christianity,” “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 (www.ngu.edu) 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 more than 125 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.