For the Orthodox Christian, it is not even about one’s respect for national security clearances or whether or not we are going to pour more money into government programs or teach the lower class to stand for themselves.
For Orthodox Christians, Catholics, and even Protestants, there is something much larger at stake, which is mysteriously not being discussed. For the God-fearing of us, this election can be broken down to one thing and one thing only: The Supreme Court!
With Justice Scalia’s seat still empty and Justices Breyer, Kennedy, and Ginsburg at 78, 80, and 83 years old respectively, the next president will likely be appointing up to four new justices.
After President Obama appointed Justices Sotomayor and Kagan, four additional judges appointed by a socially liberal Hillary Clinton would create the most anti-Christian bench in the history of our country.
This should matter to each and every one of us because over the next 4 years, the High Bench will hear matters on the constitutionality of: state funded abortion in which your tax dollars pay for this vile act, “Equal Marriage” rights and whether or not the government can force any and all churches to perform same sex marriage, school vouchers and the imposition of common core and its aspects of the curriculum that push acceptance of transgenderism to the youngest of our children, and voter ID amongst others.
Once decided, a ruling can live as legal gospel for generations before standing a chance of being repealed. In the case of Voter ID, a liberal interpretation could assure no conservative is ever elected again. In the case of marriage equality, the appointment of proudly progressive judges could aggressively impose the government’s ability to force the sacrament of marriage to be offered by every church seeking non-profit status, regardless of doctrine, canon, and scripture.
Therefore, the primary criteria by which we should be selecting our next president should be “whom will he or she appoint to the high court?” Will those appointed approve or oppose these highly and passionately contested issues?
Hence, the most effective way to protect the sanctity of our Christian lives from government intervention is to elect the candidate that does not seek to nominate the most progressive judges possible. The most effective way to protect the sanctity of our Christian lives from government intervention is to elect Mr. Donald Trump and allow him to seek out and select core conservative advocates of smaller government that will oppose increased government intervention and allow business, people, and churches to flourish freely on their own accord.
So remember, when you walk into that voting booth, this is not a decision for 4-8 years simply about economics and national security. When you select your candidate, you are selecting whether or not you choose to protect our religious freedom with Mr. Trump’s more conservative nominees or you choose to empower someone dedicated to dismantling every position held by Orthodox Christian doctrine in Hillary Clinton.
The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Duran.