A Book Recommendation for Thinking Deeper about our Dual Citizenship

By Jason McConahy,

As we have discussed the role of the Christian in the political process over these past few weeks, some of you may feel stirred to dig deeper. Russell Moore’s book “Onward” is a good place to start. The subtitle, “Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel”, gives a good snapshot of the book’s intent - to encourage a bold presence in our culture (rather than retreat from culture) WHILE holding out the hope of the gospel as the true answer for the human condition. The book probes more deeply into the idea of our citizenship (common kingdom of the world vs. redemptive kingdom of God) and the chapter on Human Dignity will deepen your understanding of why being pro-life is not a political position, but rather a biblical ethic. There are a few copies of this book in our bookstore, or it can be found online from many sources.

Thinking Through “Sanctity of Life” Issues

By Jason McConahy,

This weekend we asked the question, “Do some issues matter more than others?” when it comes to evaluating the political platforms we support. We answered this question with a “Yes", because while many issues have moral implications, the manner in which government should be involved in those issues may not be clear, leaving room for Christians to differ passionately in their views and stances. But some issues are clear biblically, binding the Christian conscience. It was proposed that issues pertaining to the sanctity of human life are in this category. Here are a few resources to both encourage you, and challenge your thinking as you begin to pray for God to lead your engagement in this election season.

A resource for healing and help in our city - 
http://www.thealphacenter.org

This clip provides a passionate defense for a bold pro-life ethic. You will be challenged. As always, any time you are presented with a short excerpt from anything, consider watching the entire message to catch its context - 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=absW29h8KGA

One of the ways a pro-life ethic is being challenged outside of the topic of abortion is the emerging issue of doctor assisted suicide. Currently legal in five states, the legalization of this is now on the ballot for the state of Colorado. Here is a helpful article from this past year that will begin to stir your thoughts on this issue -
https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/when-sanctity-of-life-includes-the-right-to-choose-death

Educating Yourself on the Issues and Candidates

By Jason McConahy,

In the sermon this weekend, we ended by encouraging a few very practical steps for engaging the upcoming election. Those steps were to educate yourself, for the purpose of prayer, trusting that God wants to lead His people as we walk in dependence on Him. The following resources are helpful in becoming informed about the issues and candidates we have the chance to vote for or against.

Resources for investigating the candidates…
This web site allows you to answer a large array of policy questions in great detail, not only giving your stance, but articulating the level of importance of that particular issue to you. It then compares your answers to those of the presidential candidates and shows which candidates you most closely align with. This is a great first step for then looking deeper into candidates you might not already be familiar with.  There are many other web sites like this one, so consider searching for a few others to look at as well. 
http://www.isidewith.com

Resources from Larimer Country…
This is the sample (draft) ballot for the upcoming election. It is helpful to read it in its entirety as a way to start familiarizing yourself with every issue you have the opportunity to vote on. 
http://www.larimer.org/elections/2016_General_Election_Sample_Ballot.pdf

This page has basic information about the upcoming elections - 
http://www.larimer.org/elections/current_elections.htm

Resources from the State of Colorado…
The “Blue Book” is a resource put together by the state that contains the text and some analysis on all ballot initiatives. You should have received this in the mail, but this link takes you to the digital version -
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cga-legislativecouncil/ballotblue-book

Here is a page showing contact information for agencies / groups that are both in favor or against the ballot initiatives. This can help you investigate where certain ballot initiatives might have their origin, and see a more diverse an impassioned stance (either in favor or against) then you might find in the Blue Book.
https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Initiatives/ballotContactList.html