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All about the 2016 Presidential Race

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  • I would love to get a nice discussion on your thoughts about the 2016 Presidential Race.  It would be great to update this thread as we get closer and closer to election time.  There are so many questions and things to discuss, I'll list a few, please add your questions/concerns.  I am going to miss a lot of great talking points, so help me out! (Maybe rewording my questions too if they're confusing haha).  I will update this first post with new questions so any newcomers can see the list of our talking points.

    1. What is God's plan for the future of America?  What role does God play in America?  How can we as a society and country make our walk closer with God, so we can serve as an example to other Christian and non-Christian countries? 

    2. What candidate, in your opinion, puts God first by observing their actions and listening to what they have to say?

    3. Who is your favorite candidate and why?

    4. What is your stance on the issues, what issues in America would you like addressed?

    5. Should there be a fine line between being politically correct and sharing your true feelings about an issue?

    6. What problems are we facing as a Christian society?

    7. Are our Christian values being neglected, are we becoming or are we already a non-Christian society?

    8. What type of president do we need?

    9. Does the country need to be fixed or should we preserve what we have now or should we continue on our path of accepting things that were once taboo/unaccepted in society?

    10. Does it seem like society doesn't even pay attention to the election?  Why?  (Seriously though, I try to talk about politics with my friends who come from all walks of life and they could care less.  I'm sure many people will see this post and say "I could care less." That is something that I truly do not understand and there must be a reason why and a solution. Please share your thoughts on this.)

    These are not the most important questions, I'm just trying to start a nice discussion.

    At this time, I am praying that Ben Carson receives the GOP nomination and ultimately wins the election.  I have been inspired by his story since I was in second grade.  But that does not mean I do not listen to the other candidates, some have really great things to say and have amazing records in government and business.

  • Two things will either come out of this thread: a lively discussion or a dead thread.  Let's see which it is.

    To start off I consider myself to be an Independent.  This is because, as a general rule, I dislike the fact that many people take a position on issues purely on partisan considerations.  I instead take my topics on a case-by-case basis, with the result being that depending on what you ask me about, I might be conservative or liberal.  For example, regarding same-sex marriage, my view is conservative, but regarding the immigration problem, my view is more liberal.

    Now, I will answer some of your questions in a summary of what my thoughts are in this election.  My views are changing gradually because of some considerations.  Bernie Sanders used to be one of my favorite candidates, but that changed when my economics teacher reminded me of the implications of his socialist views for the nation's economy.  Anyway, one thing remains basically the same.  When I think about politics and the upcoming election, I don't normally have in mind what God is planning for this country.  In my opinion, it's pointless to speculate on that level.  I simply don't know what God has planned.

    I also care much more about candidates who will do things that benefit this country than I do about a particular candidate's religious beliefs.  I won't vote for a candidate just because he is a Christian, and it's a shame, I think, that so many people view any Christian as being a Republican.  Think about it: do any of you see any of the Democratic candidates as Christians?  My point here is to say that even if an atheist were running for office, I'd be more likely to vote for him if I felt that he would benefit the country.

    I can't say yet who my favorite candidate is.  Recently, Ted Cruz has seemed more promising to me than he was before, and I do need to do more research on Ben Carson.  My least favorite is easy, though: Donald Trump.  No matter who wins, I just pray that it isn't him.  Among the Democratic candidates, it's hard for me to say.  Bernie Sanders used to be my favorite, but now that's changed, so I need to take another look at the candidates.

    And despite the fact that a candidate's religious beliefs is not a priority in my choice of who to vote for, I still think that Ted Cruz in particular is a genuine Christian, and I respect him for that.

    The main issues that I want addressed are education, immigration reform, and our involvement in the Middle East.  I would also love to see abortion and same-sex marriage revisited, but that seems like wishful thinking at this point.

    That's about it for me.  I'm not what some would consider a "normal" Christian voter because I'm not staunchly conservative.  I welcome discussion because this is something that Christians should care about.  I care so much about it now because this will be the first time that I get to vote.

    Anyway, there are my views.  God bless.

    1 Peter 3:15 (NASB): "But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence."

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