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A Letter to Christian Voters in Georgia

Dear Christian friend,

On Tuesday, December 6, you have an opportunity to vote in a Georgia runoff election that will affect not just Georgia, but the whole nation. Both candidates (Sen. Rafael Warnock (D) and Herschel Walker (R)) profess themselves to be faithful Christians, and you might have trouble deciding which one to vote for. 

This letter contains my personal observations – as a professor who has taught classes in the Bible and theology for 45 years – about the issues at stake. I have included some teachings from the Bible that have influenced my conclusions. I also explain 17 reasons why I encourage you to vote for Herschel Walker, the Republican candidate.

The Georgia runoff will decide whether Democrats have strong or weak control of the Senate.

The Senate now has 50 Democrats and 49 Republicans. If Rafael Warnock wins, Democrats will have a 51-49 majority. In that case, Democrats will outnumber Republicans on every Senate committee, where much of the Senate’s work is done. They will be able to vote ultra-left judges and other presidential nominees out of committee and send them to the whole Senate for confirmation. And even if one or two Democratic senators are absent, they will still be able to pass legislation on a 49-49 vote, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting a tie-breaking vote.

In addition, if the Democrats have a 51-49 majority, it will no longer be possible for a single Democratic senator to demand a modification or even block harmful legislation (as West Virginia’s Joe Manchin has done in the past two years). 

But, if Herschel Walker wins, the Senate will have 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans. They will be given an equal number of seats on all committees, and they will be able to prevent far-left presidential nominees from being reported out of committee (because the vice president is not able to cast a tie-breaking vote in committee work). If they want to accomplish anything, with a 50-50 split, both parties will have to learn to work together. Also, if even one Democratic senator should decide to retire or to switch parties, that would give Republicans a 50-49 or 51-49 seat majority, and Republicans would control the Senate. 

The political party that wins the Georgia runoff will have more influence than any individual senator such as Warnock or Walker.

Individual senators can accomplish very little on their own. Bills are passed only when the leadership of a political party (whether Democrat or Republican) supports a  bill and the senators from that party fall in line to vote for it. Therefore, in today’s political climate, a candidate’s political party is more consequential than specific details about a candidate’s life. 

Why do senators and representatives vote along party lines? For at least two reasons: (1) A senator or representative who votes against his or her party leadership runs the risk of receiving no money from the national party in the next election. The party may even recruit a candidate to run against the “wayward” legislator in the next primary election. (2) Nearly all elected senators and representatives truly believe in the policies favored by their particular parties.

Therefore in this election you are either voting for the Republican Party and its policies or for the Democratic Party and its policies. In what follows, I will explain why Republican policies seem to me to be better for the nation as a whole and more consistent with the teachings of the Bible. 

17 important differences between Republicans & Democrats.

(1)  Inflation

Democrats generally favor bigger government, more government spending, and higher taxes. Republicans generally (with some exceptions) favor smaller government, less government spending, and lower taxes. It is no surprise that we had 2.3% inflation under the previous Republican administration but now we have had 8.3% inflation under the Democrats.

The Democratic pattern of excessive spending was seen less than two months after President Biden’s inauguration. On March 11, 2021, he signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which authorized $1.9 trillion in additional economic stimulus spending. Less than 7% of this was offset by new taxes, so 93% of it was just the government sending out “stimulus” checks, which had the same effect as printing new money. Numerous analysts warned that it would bring on rampant inflation, which it did. Importantly, all Republicans in the House and Senate voted against this unnecessary and massively wasteful bill, while all the Democrats in the Senate and all but one Democrat in the House voted for it. 

How did this cause inflation? Here’s a simple example that I learned from economist Brian Wesbury: 

“If I have 10 apples and you have $10 to spend on apples, the price will be $1 per apple. But if I have 10 apples you have $20 to spend on apples, the price will be $2 per apple. If we think of my 10 apples as representing all the things for sale in the entire economy, and your $10 as representing all the money in the economy, the illustration demonstrates the point: when the government just prints stimulus checks and mails them out to people  without raising taxes to pay for it, this injects more money into the economic system and drives up prices.”

This is why some commentators say that inflation is “too much money chasing too few goods.” And this is why Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman famously said, “Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon.”

So when President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan and injected $1.9 trillion into a $25 trillion per year economy (an increase equal to 7.6% of Gross Domestic Product) and then, when subsequent Democrat-sponsored spending bills have added nearly $2 trillion more to that amount, it is no surprise that inflation is out of control. 

Democrats answer that inflation is really the fault of President Trump. They claim that the more significant cause of inflation was the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which was a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package enacted at the height of the COVID pandemic and signed by President Trump on March 7, 2020. But Republicans can hardly be blamed for this, for the bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 96-0 and in the House by 419-6. With COVID lockdowns in place and economic transactions grinding to a halt, there was a national consensus that emergency spending was needed to keep hundreds of thousands of businesses and families from going bankrupt. 

Yes, this also must have had some inflationary effect, but it was mostly offset by other factors, and in this case both Republicans and Democrats agreed it was necessary. Both parties are equally responsible for the effectiveness (and the shortcomings) of the program. 

One final point: it seems remarkably unpersuasive to me when I hear Democrats say that the 8.3% inflation that we experienced in 2022 was caused by the bipartisan stimulus package in 2020 but not by the Democratic-sponsored stimulus package in 2021. It is more reasonable to think that the stimulus package in 2021 was the primary cause of inflation in 2021.

The Bible says only a little about principles related to inflation, but it does permanently standardize the weight of the shekel, which was the primary unit of currency:

“Each one who is numbered in the census shall give this: half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary (the shekel is twenty gerahs), half a shekel as an offering to the LORD.” (Exod. 30:13).

This “shekel of the sanctuary” apparently served as a nationally-known object which could be used to measure the weight and thus the value of the basic unit of money, the shekel. And if the value of a shekel was fixed, it would be unlikely that much inflation would occur unless the rulers minted a large quantity of new shekels. (The expression “shekel of the sanctuary” occurs in 25 verses in the Old Testament.) 

There is one more biblical principle, however, that applies directly to the problem of inflation. That principle is found in the 10 Commandments: “You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15). For example, if I had $10,000 saved on January 1, 2021, and if there was 8.3% inflation in 2021, then my $10,000 had lost about 8.3% of its purchasing power by December 31 and is now worth only $9,170. The government that caused this inflation has essentially “stolen” $830 of my money. Rampant inflation silently steals from everybody.

To return to my main argument: A vote for the Republican candidate Herschel Walker will help Republicans eventually to bring the government’s excessive spending under control and bring inflation under control.

(2) Control of the southern border:

Republicans generally hold the view that governments should control their borders and should welcome as many legal immigrants as the people of the nation decide through their elected representatives and the laws that those representatives establish. A strong wall gave peace and security to cities in the Old Testament (Psalm 122:7: “Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!” ), and one of the primary responsibilities of government, according to the U. S. Constitution, is to “insure domestic tranquility” (in other words, a safe and peaceful life). 

Those who oppose a border wall are preventing the United States government from enforcing the laws on the books that limit the number of people who can immigrate into the United States each year. They are thus promoting lawlessness, in violation of Romans 13:1: “ Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” 

I believe that we should generously welcome immigrants and other visitors who come here legally. “Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10:19). As a nation, we already welcome more than 1 million legal immigrants every year, which makes us  the most welcoming nation on the face of the earth.  

I understand that many Americans sincerely think we should admit more immigrants every year. In other words, they think we should change the immigration law that sets a limit on how many people we admit legally. That is a reasonable position, and I personally would likely support such a change. But we shouldn’t bring it about by crippling the country’s ability to enforce the current law. Those who want to expand the number of immigrants allowed each year should follow the normal process of persuading members of Congress to change the law so as to bring this about. But in the meantime they should not disobey the law or encourage others to disobey the law, even if they disagree with it.

Democrats increasingly hold the view that the United States should welcome all the suffering people who seek to escape poverty and oppression in other countries by fleeing to our borders. I’m not aware of any leading Democrats who have specified what number of immigrants they think we should admit to the United States every year, and a number of Democratic leaders seem to favor completely open borders.

We should not imagine that all of the thousands of people who come across our border every week are  poor, suffering, oppressed people. Many of them are criminals, bringing with them destructive drugs or engaging in the horrible practice of human trafficking.

I think the Republican view is beneficial to peace and security in the country and to legal immigrants. I think the Democratic view will result in a permanent “underclass” of people who are hiding from the government and unable to participate fully in society, and will eventually become an economic burden that will overwhelm our economy, given that the world population is more than 20 times the population of the United States. It is possible for us to be both compassionate and wise in this matter, and also to protect the country from those who would harm it.

The conclusion? Vote for Herschel Walker because he is a Republican, and Republicans will complete an effective border fence and make our borders truly secure.

(3) Crime and unenforced laws:

Republicans generally hold the view that people who do evil deeds should be held accountable for those deeds. In the New Testament, the apostle Paul writes that the government official is God’s servant to punish evildoers and thereby to protect peaceful citizens from being harmed by those who would seek to hurt them. He says that the officer of the law “is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer” (Rom. 13:4; see also Exodus 22:1; Colossians 3:25).

Democrats hold the view that people do evil deeds primarily because they have been treated wrongly by other forces in society, and so they should be helped, not punished. This view has resulted in numerous  district attorneys in large cities who refuse to prosecute hundreds of people who are arrested for various crimes, and so they are just released back into society. It has also resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to small, family-owned businesses when Democratic mayors and governors would not send in enough police and National Guard to bring the riots under control after the George Floyd murder on May 25, 2020. (People may respond that black Americans had a right to protest, and I agree, but they did not have a right to destroy other people’s property and even to destroy police stations. Two wrongs don’t make a right.)

The ongoing result of these Democratic policies has been a tragic increase in crime in numerous cities. Citizens see the reports of carjackings, muggings, physical assaults, and murders, and they  can no longer feel safe in the downtown areas of Portland, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and many other cities. It was primarily or almost exclusively Democrats who led the campaign to “defund the police” in 2020, and diminished policing and increased crime has been the result. “Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil” (Ecclesiastes 8:11).

As a solution, Democrats often advocate “removing the causes” of criminal behavior through better training in schools, better social welfare programs, better counseling for troubled children, better employment opportunities, and so forth. Republicans agree that destructive sociological factors that tend to contribute to wrongdoing should be changed, but we also need the police to enforce the laws and the prosecutors to prosecute criminals. This is similar to how we respond to drunk drivers. Yes, we should encourage people with an alcohol problem to attend Alcoholics Anonymous. But we should also arrest drunk drivers and punish them for recklessly endangering human life.

I think the Republican view better promotes a peaceful and safe society, gives more respect to human dignity, is more consistent with biblical teachings, and is more just. Therefore, vote for Herschel Walker.

(4) Energy prices and global warming:

On this issue I think there may be some difference of viewpoint among Republicans. It is my impression that most but not all Republicans think that we should use all available energy sources to the extent that they are economical and reliable. This includes using coal, oil, and natural gas (“fossil fuels”) as well as hydroelectric, wind, solar, and nuclear power.

This is based on a conviction that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant but a gas which occurs naturally in the earth’s atmosphere and comprises 0.04% of the earth’s atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is necessary for human life and is used by plants in photosynthesis. It is also the colorless, odorless gas that provides the carbonation in carbonated beverages, and at low temperatures it takes the form of dry ice. 

Carbon-based fuels (that is, coal, oil, natural gas) necessarily produce carbon dioxide when they are burned to release energy, and they are abundant, valuable, and relatively cheap sources of energy. Republicans generally believe that these energy sources should be used as long as they are available and economically beneficial. 

As for global warming, the earth’s atmosphere goes through long-term warming and cooling cycles over many decades, and human activity is only a slight factor influencing those cycles. Democratic attempts to reach “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050 will be monumentally expensive because the cost of energy affects the cost of every other item. In addition, because China, India, and other countries continue to expand their use of fossil fuel-based energy (primarily coal), the Democrats’ plans will have no significant impact on the amount of carbon dioxide in the world’s atmosphere and no significant impact on the Earth’s temperature.

In any case, I believe that God created a “very good” earth that is resilient so that the heating and cooling trends seem to be self-correcting over time, just as the thermostat in a house corrects the temperature in the house and prevents it from becoming too hot or too cold. I believe that God is wise and powerful enough to have built global “thermostat mechanisms” into the complex workings of the earth (such as the “global iris” effect of clouds over the oceans) to keep the earth from becoming too hot or too cold.

Democrats favor the view that human production of carbon dioxide must be drastically reduced in order to prevent catastrophic global warming. The problem is that wind and solar power are unreliable when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine, and even with government subsidies they are still significantly more expensive than coal, oil, and natural gas.

I am convinced that the Republican view is more faithful to the scientific evidence (see the Cornwall Alliance), and is far more beneficial to the economy, especially to the price of electricity. 

Speaking from a theological perspective, I do not believe that God created an earth with abundant carbon-based energy sources for us to use, but at the same time, by using them, we would necessarily bring significant harm to the planet. I think that God placed these abundant energy sources in the earth for us to use, knowing they would bring us great benefits. 

For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the LORD, and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:18).

I also think that a primary reason for the popularity of the Democratic view among government officials is that governmental control of energy use would be a convenient means of substantially increasing governmental control over all of people’s lives.

My conclusion is the same: vote for Herschel Walker in order to prevent massively crippling electrical blackouts and completely unacceptable increases in the price of energy.

(5) Gas prices:

On his first day in office, President Biden revoked the Keystone XL Pipeline permit. The pipeline would have brought significant quantities of oil from Alberta, Canada, into the Midwestern United States. During his first week in office, President Biden imposed an indefinite moratorium on new leases of federal land for oil drilling. This moratorium was found to be unlawful by a federal judge in June, 2021, and so a minimal number of leases have been approved, but they amount to a tiny 3.2% of the average number of leases approved by previous presidents from Eisenhower to Trump during the same amount of time in their administrations. Biden also canceled all oil lease sales from the vast quantities available in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Cook Inlet in Alaska. On June 1, 2021, Biden suspended all oil drilling leases in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, potentially a source of immense amounts of oil.

These actions are significant because more than one fourth of US oil production comes from leases on federal lands.

The result of these actions was an immediate decrease in oil production and the curtailing of plans by oil companies for future drilling. This naturally led to sharp increases in gas prices at the pump. When President Trump left office in January, 2021, the average price of gas in the United States was $2.39 per gallon. Under President Biden, it went up to $5 per gallon last June, and today it is still $3.53 per gallon, and much higher in many states ($4.65 at my local gas station here in Arizona).

Many Democrats are quietly pleased that the price of gas has risen so much. They think it will deter people from driving, which will cause less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which will help to stop global warming. Meanwhile, the high price of gas cuts into everyone’s budget. More than it hurts anyone else, it hurts people with low income jobs who have to drive to work. 

When the high price of gas became a threat to President Biden’s approval rating and the reelection hopes of Democrats, Biden began recklessly releasing oil from the nation’s strategic oil reserve. On March 31, 2022, he began releasing 1 million barrels of oil per day. This increase in the supply of oil drove gas prices down somewhat, boosting the election hopes of Democrats, but this oil was supposed to be held in reserve for national emergencies. In addition, whereas under the previous administration we were “energy independent,” producing more oil than we needed and exporting the excess oil to other nations, now President Biden has turned to Saudi Arabia and to the rogue government of Venezuela asking them to sell us the oil we need.

Republicans generally believe we should make good use of the vast supplies of oil still available in our own country. This would drive gas prices down once again and stop us from depending on oil from other countries. This is another reason to vote for Herschel Walker.

(6) Defense:

Republicans generally favor the view that American military power is a force for peace, freedom, and economic flourishing in the world. Therefore our military power should always be strong enough to decisively defeat any two world enemies who might attack us at the same time. (Romans 13:3-4). But today many Republicans are concerned that we may no longer have enough ships and airplanes to come out victorious if we are attacked by China or by China and Russia together. Or at least they might think we are too weak to resist them.

Democrats generally favor the view that American military power is far too great and costs far too much money. They think that much of the money spent on defense should be used elsewhere for other purposes, and the best way to counteract foreign enemy nations is through diplomacy and selective use of foreign aid. In their view, some of the foreign nations that we perceive as hostile to us are really only seeking to defend themselves against possible future American aggression.

This Democratic aversion to supporting military power was on vivid display when President Biden ordered the abrupt and shameful withdrawal of all our forces from Afghanistan by August 30, 2021. We betrayed thousands of Afghans and hundreds of American citizens who had trusted us and to whom we had promised safety and protection. We abandoned over $80 billion worth of military equipment, including many weapons, which were later seized by the Taliban. We gave up a strategic military outpost (the Bagram Air Base) which was the center of operations for the 2,500 American troops still in Afghanistan keeping the Taliban at bay. Not a single American life had been lost at Bagram in the entire preceding year, and it had the strategic advantage of being near to both China and Russia. But President Biden abandoned it. 

While I recognize that President Trump had earlier reached an agreement with the Taliban to withdraw our troops if they followed certain conditions, the  Taliban broke that agreement early in Biden’s presidency, and Biden should have refused to withdraw our troops at that point. His top military advisers repeatedly told him to keep this small number of 2500 troops in Afghanistan, but he ignored their advice. 

I think the Republican support of a strong military view is beneficial and even necessary for the continued existence of the United States, and the Democratic view is harmful for our nation and endangers our future and the future of much of the rest of the world. For stronger national defense, vote for Herschel Walker.

(7) Abortion:

Republicans favor the view that an unborn child should be treated as a person and its life should be protected (Psalm 51:5; 139:16; Exodus 21:22-24; Luke 1:44; ). Many pro-life Republicans (including me) would prefer to see protection for the unborn baby from the moment of conception, but if that position does not gain enough support to pass state legislatures, then we would support a law that protected the unborn baby after some recognizable point in pregnancy, such as the moment a heartbeat is detected, or the 12th or 15th week of pregnancy.

Democrats favor the view that a pregnant woman should have the right to have an abortion at any time up until the moment of birth (and in New York and Virginia, immediately after the child’s birth). Democrats in the Senate actually defeated a bill that would have required medical care for babies who survive an abortion, and they also defeated a bill that would have prohibited abortions after 20 weeks. Every Republican voted for both bills, and only three Democrats voted for the first bill, one Democrat supported the second.

I think the Republican view is beneficial to the country and the Democratic view is harmful. The Democratic view (in my judgment) allows people to take the lives of innocent human beings. To protect unborn children, vote for Herschel Walker.

(8) Israel

Republicans generally  favor the view that the land of Palestine is the rightful homeland for the Jewish people. Israel is our strongest ally in the Middle East and a beacon of democracy. Israel has the right to defend itself against the belligerent and recalcitrant Muslim neighbors that surround them, especially Iran, Syria, and the Palestinians. (Genesis 17:8; 48:3-4).

Democrats (largely) favor the view that Israel is wrongly restricting the rights of the Palestinians to live freely in their own homeland, and that Israel regularly commits numerous human rights violations against the Palestinians.

I think the Republican view is beneficial for the United States, for Israel, and for the Jewish people, as well as for the Arab people who currently live within Israel and have full rights as citizens to vote, own property, and hold public office. I think the Democratic view wrongfully risks the destruction of Israel as a nation (which is the avowed purpose of many Arab leaders). To support the defense of Israel, vote for Herschel Walker.

(9) The poor and welfare:

Republicans hold a view that the primary solution to poverty is for people to be able to have jobs sufficient to support themselves (Genesis 2:15; Deuteronomy 8:7-10; 2 Thessalonians 3:10).

Democrats generally hold a view (or in practice advocate policies that assume) that the primary solution to poverty should be guaranteed (and often perpetual) welfare payments to the poor.

I think the Republican position is beneficial for the nation, because it gives people the dignity of having jobs and supporting themselves. I do not see any hint in Scripture that some people should become permanently the dependent on the gifts of others (with the exception of those with significant disabilities that make it impossible for them to support themselves). To support the wise and compassionate use of welfare payments, vote for Herschel Walker

(10) Freedom:

Republicans hold the view that governments should protect individual freedom and only restrict it when necessary to prevent one person from harming another. One of the primary purposes for the creation of the United States government was “to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

Democrats increasingly favor the view that other goals have higher priority than promoting individual freedom, goals such as promoting greater economic equality, promoting non-carbon-based energy production, and promoting LGBT rights. 

This issue is a bit more complex and decisions have to be made on individual issues, but in general I think the Republican view is preferable, and I think the constantly escalating restrictions on individual freedom that flow from Democratic policy choices become increasingly dehumanizing, restrict individual moral accountability, and excessively burden freedom of conscience and religious freedom. To protect human freedom, vote for Herschel Walker.

(11) Fair treatment for rich and poor alike:

Republicans generally believe that people should be allowed to keep the fruits of their labor (but criminal behavior should be punished). We also believe that governments should care for the poor by guaranteeing that all people have their basic needs met for food, clothing, and shelter (and, in modern societies, also education and job training sufficient to earn a living, and some measure of healthcare). 

But government does not have the right to attempt to compel greater equality of possessions for its own sake. Inequality of wealth is not inherently wrong, but is necessary if people are going to be fairly rewarded according to the value of their work, because people have differing skills, abilities, interests, training, and ambition. Even in the future kingdom of God, there will be varying degrees of reward (see Luke 19:17-19; 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Democrats generally believe that the government should compel greater equality of possessions through higher taxes on the wealthy and significantly increased transfer payments to the poor.

I favor the Republican position because I think it brings better results both in the economic productivity of the nation as a whole and in increased economic well-being for the poor in any society. Also, allowing people to keep the fruits of their labor is more just, and it is the essential engine that drives a society toward increased prosperity more effectively than any other method.

To promote fair treatment for rich and poor alike, vote for Herschel Walker.

(12) Church and state, and religious freedom:

Republicans generally favor the view that governments should protect freedom of religion for all religious faiths. This implies the freedom for Christians, as well as representatives of other religions, to seek to influence government according to their religious convictions, but the Constitution also specifies that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States” (U.S. Constitution, Article VI).

However, freedom of religion must include the freedom to act, speak, and conduct one’s business or profession in accordance with the person’s deeply held religious convictions. “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

Democrats frequently hold that governments should protect “freedom of worship” (a much narrower concept than freedom of religion) and should protect individual freedom to speak and act in private and within the confines of a church in accordance with one’s conscience. However, expressions of religious belief should be excluded from all government activities (including public schools). In fact, many Democrats are now saying that businesses and individuals who interact with the public should be required by law to affirm the validity of same-sex relationships and various transgender identities as a condition of their continued employment or continued right to run their businesses.

I favor the Republican view. If the Democratic view is enacted through new laws or through court decisions, it will soon lead to widespread oppression of Christians and the systematic exclusion of committed Christians from many occupations, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, teachers, professional counselors, photographers, florists, bakery owners, creators of messaging items such as T-shirts and wedding invitations, and others.  

To protect religious freedom, vote for Herschel Walker.

(13) Racial discrimination:

Republicans favor the view that discrimination against individual persons on the basis of their race is morally wrong and should be prohibited by law. All human beings have descended from Adam and Eve and all share equally in bearing the image of God (Genesis 1:27; Galatians 3:28).

The most effective solutions to racial inequalities in the United States include (1) greatly expanded freedom of school choice, with parents being able to decide which school (public or private, religious or nonreligious) their children will attend, and with tax dollars being used according to the choices of parents; (2) economic growth that will lead to more available jobs at higher wages; and (3) increased safety in our inner cities, which requires more police and more support for local police forces.

Democrats also favor the view that discrimination against individuals on the basis of their race is morally wrong and should be prohibited by law. But the solutions to racial inequalities that are proposed by Democrats generally emphasize increased welfare payments to unemployed minority groups, and some Democrats favor the idea that the US government should pay reparations for slavery to African-American citizens. Many Democrats also support the view that police forces in general are racially biased.

I favor the Republican view because I think it provides genuine, workable solutions to racial inequalities. To promote just and lasting solutions to racial discrimination, vote for Herschel Walker.

(14) School choice:

Republicans favor the view that tax money to pay for a child’s education should follow the child to whatever school he or she attends (whether public, charter, private, or religious schools). (See Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4; Luke 6:40).

Democrats favor the view that tax money to pay for a child’s education should only be used for the public school systems.

I favor the Republican position because it promotes greater freedom of choice and more effective educational outcomes. This is because it promotes genuine competition among schools to be more effective in teaching students. The Democratic party is closely aligned with public school teacher unions and will continue to support the monopoly or near-monopoly control of education by public schools in many local school districts.

To promote higher quality education by means of increased school choice, vote for Herschel Walker.

(15) LGBT issues:

Republicans favor the view that government should not compel schools, businesses, or government agencies to recognize or give deference to people’s claims that their sexual orientation differs from their biological sex. People who claim a transgender identity should not be allowed to use public restrooms or locker rooms that differ from their biological sex. Nor should they be allowed to compete in athletic events in categories that do not match their biological sex.

Democrats generally favor the view that governments should compel schools, businesses, and government agencies to treat transgender persons according to the sex with which they say they identify. Many Democrats would favor imposing punishments on any teacher or any employee in a business who will not use the gender-related pronoun that another person claims for himself or herself.

I favor the Republican view because I think it is in accordance with the truth about reality. Men and women differ not only in reproductive organs, but also in average bone strength, upper body muscle mass, and lung capacity. Women’s and men’s brains have tens of thousands of “wiring patterns” that are distinctly male or distinctly female. Women’s bodies contain 27 trillion (not million or billion but trillion) cells with XX chromosomes, while men’s bodies contain 27 trillion cells with XY chromosomes. God created the human race with only two genders, which correspond to our biological sex (Genesis 1:27; see Deuteronomy 22:5).

To protect the wonderful differences between men and women and our appreciation of those differences, vote for Herschel Walker.

(16) Economic systems:

Republicans favor a free-market economic system (also called capitalism), which means that the vast majority of farms, factories, and businesses are owned and controlled by individual persons (including stockholders), not by “society” or the government. That means that decisions about what economic products to produce, and what people buy and sell, are made by the individual choices of millions of persons in the society, not by government “experts.”

Democrats increasingly favor the view that entire segments of the economy (such as healthcare, information technology, and education) should be owned by “the people,” which in practice always means the government (this is also known as socialism). Decisions about what economic products to produce, and what people are able to buy and sell, should be made by “society” (that is, by the government). 

In real life, nations fall on a spectrum from 0% government control of production (pure free-market) to 100% government control of production (pure socialism). The more factories and industries that are owned and controlled by a national government, the closer a nation comes to instituting “socialism” as its main economic system.

I think the Republican view is beneficial for the United States, while the Democratic view is economically harmful because it discourages productivity and commonly leads to more and more people depending on government welfare checks for their survival. Only free-market capitalism brings nations out of poverty. Sadly, no poor country in the world today has a functioning “capitalist” (free-market) economic system (which is the only system that could rescue it from poverty), but many have a socialist or communist system (Cuba, North Korea, Russia, Venezuela).

To promote a more productive economy, vote for Herschel Walker.

(17) The Constitution as the nation’s highest authority:

Republicans favor the view that the nation and especially the courts and the rest of the government should obey the Constitution according to the original meaning of its words.

Democrats favor the view that judges should decide what they think is best for the nation today and then, even if the decision is not justified by the original meaning of the Constitution or the relevant law, they should declare that a “living Constitution” requires us to follow their preferences. In this way, they take to themselves the right to essentially change the accepted meaning of the Constitution and make their personal preferences the highest governing authority in the country.

I think the Republican view is beneficial to the country and the Democratic view is harmful. The Democratic view partially removes the ability to make important laws from elected legislators and US senators and representatives (who are accountable to the people) and gives that ability to unelected judges who have lifetime appointments (and who are not accountable to the people).

To return the rightful legislative authority to the state legislatures and to Congress, removing that authority from judges who have usurped it, vote for Herschel Walker.

Conclusion on these issues:

The differences between Republicans and Democrats are not small differences today. They are immense differences, and they lead to vastly different futures for America.

One or the other of these viewpoints will prevail in the United States, and the nation that results from this struggle will either be 

(a) a nation of continually increasing freedom and prosperity, and ever-increasing human flourishing, with laws made by elected representatives who are accountable to the people who elected them, or 

(b) a nation of diminished prosperity, ever-increasing government control, a growing atmosphere of servitude to government, increasing lawlessness, a weakened national defense system, increasing numbers of people dependent on welfare payments for their livelihood, marginalization of Christians and exclusion of Christians from many occupations, and with laws on the most significant issues made increasingly by unelected judges who have no accountability to the people in the nation and who have lifetime appointments.

On issue after issue, I think the Republican view is far better for the nation and much more consistent with biblical teachings about government. Voters in Georgia, please vote for the Republican candidate, Herschel Walker.

Sincerely,

Wayne Grudem, PhD.

Distinguished Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary

The opinions expressed in this letter represent the views of the author and are not intended to represent the views of Phoenix Seminary.

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