Below are the issues and position statements used to determine candidate alignment with We Believe We Vote values. WBWV strives to determine the character of candidates based on scripture. Character lays the foundation for what is right and what is truth in action. (Prov. 17:13; 20:22; 24:29) Leaders with character do what is right, are determined and not afraid, and serve the people. They exhibit: moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance and kindness. (1 Peter 1:5-7).

Experience

Our Position: With experience comes wisdom.

  • Proverbs 4:6-7 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
  • Job 12:12 “Wisdom is with aged men, With long life is understanding.

 

Campaign Management

Our Position: We recognize that historically a well-run campaign has proven to be an advantage.

  • Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

 

References to God in Government

Our Position: This nation has been blessed because it has honored God in displays such as our national monument, the pledge of allegiance, the national anthem, our money, etc.

  • 1 Samuel 2:30 Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that members of your family would minister before me forever.’ But now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.
  • 1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

 

Member of Faith Community

Our Position: We believe that being a part of a faith community contributes substantially to the welfare of the individual, as well as society.  We also believe in the power of corporate worship and prayer.

  • Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

 

Abortion

Our Position: God created life from conception.

  • Luke 1:15 “for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.
  • Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
  • Psalm 139:13-16For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be

 

Homosexuality

Our Position: Homosexuality is not God’s design and is a sin.  Sexual immorality is frequently spoken of as sin in both Old and New Testament.  God hates any sex outside of marriage.

  • Leviticus 20:13 “‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
  • Leviticus 18:22  You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.
  • Matthew 5:17  Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
  • Romans 1:26-27 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
  • 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

 

Same-Sex Marriage

Our Position:  Marriage between a man and a woman is an institution clearly created by God for the benefit of individuals and a healthy society.

  • Genius 2:24 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and live with his wife. And the two will become one flesh.”
  • Matthew 19:4-6 “Haven’t you read the Scriptures about creation?” Jesus replied. “The Creator made us male and female from the very beginning, and ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and live with his wife. And the two will become one flesh.’ From then on, they are no longer two, but united as one. So what God unites let no one divide!”

 

Gender Identity

Our Position: God made us male and female.

  • Matthew 19:4-6 “Haven’t you read the Scriptures about creation?” Jesus replied. “The Creator made us male and female from the very beginning, and ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and live with his wife. And the two will become one flesh.’ From then on, they are no longer two, but united as one. So what God unites let no one divide!”
  • Deuteronomy 22:5 “A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God.
  • Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

 

Religious Conscience

Our Position: Individuals and businesses should be able to deny services if it is against their religious beliefs.  The Constitution clearly states that we have the right to express our religious conscience so long as they are peaceful.  Our moral and religious beliefs should be respected in law.

  • Acts 5:29: But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”

 

Bible Belief

Our Position: The Bible is true and relevant for today without additions or subtractions. Knowing this and following what the Word of God says is fundamental to the type of candidate we support.

  • Revelation 22:18-19: I testify to everyone who hears the prophetic words of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book.  And if anyone subtracts from the prophetic words of this book, God will remove his portion from the Tree of Life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
  • 2 Tim 3:16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

 

Electoral College

Our Position: The Electoral College System was written into the US Constitution to assure proportionate representation for rural citizens and smaller states.  We agree in the Electoral College system.

  • The Electoral College is Federal law embodied in the Constitution in Article 2, Section 1, and in the 12th Amendment.

 

Right to Keep & Bear Arms

Our Position: It is a US Constitutional right for a mentally healthy, law abiding adult citizen to keep and bear arms.  Jesus instructed his disciples to buy arms and was with his disciples while carrying swords (armed men).  We feel today’s equivalent to the sword is the modern firearm.

  • Luke22:35-38 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered. He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors”; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.” The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.” “That’s enough!” he replied.
  • John 18:10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear.
  • The right to keep and bear arms is the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson said this: “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

 

Recreational Marijuana

Our Position: Intoxication is forbidden in Scripture.   A person can have a non-intoxicating dose of wine; however, this is not the same with marijuana, especially with the potent varieties in today’s market.   Wine will intoxicate only with sustained excessive use while marijuana immediately intoxicates the user. We know that many drugs were available and in use in the first century and that if the Bible intended for us to use marijuana in moderation, the same detailed guidelines for drug use (including marijuana) that we have for wine and other alcoholic beverages would have been included as well.

  • Ephesians 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit
  • Galatians 5:19-21 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

Border Security

Our Position: Clearly defined borders are God’s idea. The United States is a sovereign country; therefore, we should have strong national security and borders.  In order to have a strong country we must have strong borders.

  • Acts 17:26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.
  • Exodus 34:24 “For I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your borders, and no man shall covet your land when you go up three times a year to appear before the LORD your God.

 

Children of Undocumented Immigrants

Our Position: For many children of illegal immigrants the United States is all they know.  We believe these children are innocent of any immigration crime and should have a pathway to citizenship.  We believe we should treat foreigners as one of our self which includes abiding by your laws and paying the price for crimes committed just as a citizen would.

  • Leviticus 19:33-34 When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lordyour God.

 

Debt

Our Position: We believe in a balanced budget and being debt free.  The United States is currently over $6 trillion in debt to foreign countries. We have a moral obligation to repay our debts and not to presume upon the future. God warns us against the use of debt.

  • Proverbs 22:7- The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
  • Deuteronomy 15:6 “For the LORD your God will bless you as He has promised and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow; and you will rule over many nations, but they will not rule over you.

 

The U.S. Constitution

Our Position: The US Constitution established America’s national government and fundamental laws. It guaranteed certain basic rights for its citizens, including the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  It did this for the purpose of forming a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. Original intent of this document and the Founders should be respected by all branches of Government.

  • Romans 13:1-2 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.