Trends that Favor Values Voters

Geographic

  • People move around quite a bit – not just talking someone who drove off in a U-Haul truck. I am talking about the geographic realignment of America.
  • Population has been flowing from Snow Belt to Sun Belt. But it is more complex than that.
  • Fastest growth rates have been in Texas, the Rocky Mountain states, and South Atlantic States.
  • The growth rate in Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia is much higher than in the West Coast states of California, Oregon, and Washington.
  • Interior Boomtowns – Dallas is larger than San Francisco, Houston is larger than Boston, Charlotte is larger than Milwaukee.
  • Rust Belt is collapsing – Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Rochester.

Census – Congress

  • Winners: Texas (4), Florida (2). Six other states: Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington.
  • Losers: New York (2). Eight other states: Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
  • The 2010 election changed state legislatures: 20 legislative houses that were controlled by the Democrats switched to the Republicans.
  • Republicans needed 5 seats for a majority in the Pennsylvania House and won 15 seats.
  • Needed 4 seats in the Ohio House and got 13 seats.
  • Needed 4 seats in the Wisconsin House and gained 14 seats.

Taxation

  • United Van Lines – 20,000 Americans relocate across state lines each day.
  • Follow the general pattern, but the exceptions show the impact of income tax.
  • People tend to move from states with high-income tax rates to states with little or no income taxes.
  • They found that families are leaving these six states: Michigan, New York, New Jersey, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.
  • Consider the eight states with no income tax (Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming).
  • Every one gained in net domestic migrants and all but one (Florida – property taxes) ranked in the top twelve.
  • North Dakota – South Dakota
  • California – Nevada

Growth Rates

  • The eight states with no income tax grew 18 percent in the last decade. The other states grew by only 8 percent.
  • The 22 states with right-to-work laws grew 15 percent in the last decade. The other states grew just 6 percent.
  • The 16 states where collective bargaining with public employees is not required grew 15 percent.
  • The other states grew just 7 percent.

Political

  • Arthur Brooks wrote the “Fertility Gap”
  • Philip Longman wrote The Empty Cradle
  • If you picked 100 unrelated politically liberal adults at random, they would have 147 children.
  • If you picked 100 conservatives, you would find 208 kids. That is a fertility gap of 41 percent.
  • Children follow the 80/20 rule.
  • The gap does not budge for factors like age, income, education, sex, race, or religion.
  • This means there will be a lot more little Republicans than little Democrats to vote in future elections.
  • Ohio – currently 50/50 – by 2020 – 59/41
  • California – currently 55/45 – by 2020 – 54/46

Economic

  • Warren Buffett – Thriftville and Squanderville
  • US – largest creditor nation, debtor nation – $15 trillion debt
  • Current vote – raising debt ceiling.
  • Gene Taylor (dean Blue Dog caucus) – stimulus bill
  • $789 billion = accumulated debt (1776-1978) – fought wars and built a nation.

Technological

  • Alternative media – talk radio, Internet, cable TV programs (no longer the big 3 networks)
  • Flat World – all the digitized information is available to you, impact at townhall meetings.

Government and Social Action

Dual Citizenship

  • Philippians 3:20 – “our citizenship is in heaven.”
  • John 17:15-18 – we have been sent into the world, and thus have a citizenship here on earth.
  • We have a citizenship in both heaven and earth.

Government

“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. . . Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.” Romans 13:1,7

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Key 16

  • President
  • Supreme Court (9)
  • Senators (2), Representative
  • Governor
  • State Senator, State Representative

Civic Duties

  • Obey those in authority
  • Pray for those in authority
  • Vote for those in authority

Pastors and Churches in American History

The Great Awakening

  • Jonathan Edwards – revival began in his church in 1734 like a “flash of lightning.”
  • George Whitefield – made first continental tour of colonies in 1740.

Patriot Preachers

  • John Adams wrote “The Meaning of the American Revolution” in 1818.
  • He listed those men responsible for the revival of American principles that led to the American Revolution.
  • Two of the men he mentioned were Dr. Mayhew and Dr. Cooper.
  • Rev. Jonathan Mayhew, minister of West Church (Boston)
  • Dr. Samuel Cooper, minister of the Brattle Street Church (Boston)
  • Rev. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg (Woodstock, Virginia)

John Peter Muhlenberg

  • Lutheran pastor who served in House of Burgesses.
  • Preached on Eccl. 3
  • Left church with 300 men from his congregation.
  • Became major general in Continental Army.
  • Elected to Congress with brother Frederick.

Pastors & the Constitution

  • Writers from the founding era quoted from the Bible 34 percent of the time.
  • About three-fourths of all references to the Bible came from sermons from that era.

Election Sermons

  • Pastors would preach an election sermon to guide their congregation.
  • Sermon delivered before John Hancock and Samuel Adams.

Sermons on Disasters

  • In past centuries, pastors would preach sermons after a natural disaster.
  • They would ask what is God trying to teach us through this fire, flood, or tornado.

Preaching on Social Events

  • Pastors were in the forefront of preaching against social evils.
  • Christians were involved in the abolition movement, suffrage movement, civil rights movement.

Separation of Church and State

Church and State

  • Where does the phrase “separation of church and state” appear in the Constitution?
  • The phrase and even the words do NOT appear in the Constitution.

Thomas Jefferson

  • Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802.
  • He used the letter to explain why he did not declare days of public prayer and thanksgiving.
  • In his letter, Thomas Jefferson argued that the President had no authority to proclaim religious holiday.
  • And he also talked about “building a wall of separation between Church and State.”

History of the Phrase

  • In 1947, Justice Hugo Black revived the wall metaphor in the case of Everson v. Board of Education.
  • He argued that the wall “must be kept high and impregnable.”

First Amendment

  • “The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, not shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext, infringed.” June 8, 1789
  • “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Biblical Principals Concerning Government

ROMANS 13:1-7
Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from

God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of

God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

1 PETER 2:13-14
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.

1 TIMOTHY 2:1-2
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.

Three Biblical Institutions

 

STATE

CHURCH

FAMILY

Verses

Romans 13, 1 Tim 2:1-2

1 Corinthians, 1 Tim 3:1-13

Ephesians 5-6

Symbol

Sword

Staff

Rod

Force

Physical

Moral

Instruction