Why the election really isn’t about the economy

Although our economy is important and in continued poor health, it’s only a symptom of our underlying national problems.

CALIFORNIA, September 24, 2012 – It could have been predicted years ago that the campaign of Mitt Romney (or any Republican contender) would focus on the incompetent and naive handling of our nation’s economic difficulties. Historically, since the classic Reagan – Carter contest, the question put to the electorate is whether we’re better off now than we were four years before. Obviously, if the answer is “Yes”, then stay the course with the current President; if the answer is “No”, then change the leadership.

In some ways this makes sense, since economics affects everyone. If our national energy policy is misguided and inept, then the price of everything goes up. As massive, irresponsible federal debt grows, our buying power decays through inflation and higher taxes. When businesses (both small and large) are increasingly taxed and regulated, the additional costs are passed onto consumers while precious jobs are lost. After healthcare becomes fully nationalized and quality disappears, the expense (born by the taxpayer) will skyrocket. These, along with hundreds of other factors are keeping our economy sluggish at best and recession-bound at worst.

So, are economic factors the biggest bottom line we’re facing in this election? Is Romney’s constant economic drumbeat the proper focus as Obama continues to blame others for the widespread damage he’s presided over?

Although taxes, jobs and debt are very important, there are at least three other issues that drive my passion to see the current administration replaced.

The first is the elitist view of life itself. The moral problems concerning abortion are clear to anyone that’s willing to objectively face them. When abortion for any reason at any time during pregnancy is seen as a right to be protected at all costs, it reveals a heart with a moral compass devoid of anything but a political conscience. When that same person believes taxpayers should be forced to subsidize abortions here and around the world, and can even justify barbaric partial-birth abortion, it’s a callous disregard for those created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27; 5:1-2) that are the most vulnerable amongst us (Proverbs 31:8-9). To think that Obama, if re-elected, may have the opportunity to nominate one or more radical, liberal Supreme Court justices that would view life the same way is a chilling reminder that elections have life and death consequences.

The second is Israel. The United States has been the strongest supporter of Israel since it’s re-creation in 1948. Our closeness results from: a common Biblical heritage; a moral commitment to prevent another holocaust; similar democratic governance; and our deep spiritual affinity for the earthly homeland where Jesus Christ once lived. Many Christians also believe that the future of our two nations is inextricably tied together. Is it any wonder the obvious personal distaste of Obama for Israel, and the tender regard he shows towards those trying to exterminate them, runs counter to any understanding of spiritual warfare and Israel’s unique place in history (Zechariah 2:8; Genesis 12:1-3)? In contrast, Romney’s strong affirmation of our nation’s commitment to Israel is refreshingly prudent compared to Obama’s misplaced affections.

The third is the protection of marriage. Although the Supreme Court may decide the issue for the nation, Obama sees no problem granting special rights for unnatural, same-sex marriage and throwing our most important societal institution under the bus for political gain with his activist base. It displays a post-modern, relativistic moral standard that denies truths that have transcended time around the world and throughout history. Same-sex marriage is the starting point to making marriage legally irrelevant to any type of human sexual partnering, with inconceivable consequences to our nation and future generations of children. Although Romney has a checkered history concerning same-sex marriage, he appears be align with the Biblical worth of this gift instituted by God for mankind’s benefit (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:3-6).

Yes, the economy’s important, and we should do whatever we can to strengthen it for the common good. But it’s both naïve and shortsighted to expect God’s economic blessings if an historically important ally will continue to be shunned; if the unborn continues to be viewed as nothing more than property; and the unique institution of marriage is radically perverted.

Vote well, the future of our nation is at stake.


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Frank Kacer has been writing and lecturing on the applications of a Biblical worldview to the contemporary issues of the day since the mid 1990s. Besides his regular Biblical Politics column with the Washington Times Communities, Frank has authored over 100 op-ed columns for Good News Etc. and the popular Christian Examiner. Frank can be reached at frankkacer@hotmail.com


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