A Constitutional Report Card on the 9/22/2011 Fox News/Google Republican Presidential Debate
Last Thursday, Republican candidates for president squared-off again for the 7th in a series of Republican presidential primary debates. Today I am pleased to offer you a Candidates Report Card, the goal of which is to help you better understand the issues on the table and the positions represented by the respective candidate. Each of the candidates was graded based on the fidelity of his or her answers to the United States Constitution. In addition to a constitutional grade, some limited biblical commentary is also offered on key issues.
The task of grading the candidates is difficult because they were not asked an even number of questions, nor were their questions all the same. That being said, each candidate was graded as to the specific questions asked to each of the candidates, and based on the objective standard of the United States Constitution.
Nothing in this report card should be construed as advocacy for an individual candidate. The heart of this project is to help the Body of Christ think wisely about the issues and candidates. We believe that two of the most important questions will probably never be formally asked in the presidential debates. They are questions that American Christians must have answered before they can begin to hope to make a decision on how to employ their vote for the glory of God.
The first is this: Will the candidate faithfully uphold his oath to the United States Constitution? The answer to that question informs the second and more important question, which is this: Is the candidate biblically qualified to serve as President of the United States of America?
These questions are both vital. If a candidate is not willing or able to uphold the terms of his oath of office, or if he does not meet the minimal threshold biblical qualifications of a civil magistrate (the chief executive of a nation in this case), then you may not support him with a clear conscience before the Lord.
The Bible reminds us that “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). When it comes to our God-blessed civic duty to cast our votes “in the fear of the Lord,” we must have knowledge. To do that we need to understand the standard. We also need the facts. Please remember to pray for us as we try to be faithful in bringing both to Christian families in our nation
About the Author
Doug Phillips is the director of Vision Forum Ministries, a discipleship and training ministry that emphasizes Christian apologetics, worldview training, multi-generational faithfulness, and creative solutions whereby fathers can play a maximum role in family discipleship