We often hear comments like “ Who one votes for is not a test of Christian authenticity.” Or “Churches shouldn’t preach about politics. It has no place in our pulpits.”

In light of todays political platforms, however, I contend that it is a sin to vote for any member of the Democratic Party. I am making this comment in light of the opposing party platforms not the candidate. But this is not how many think. Many vote personalities not platforms.

In August of 2020 I had an experience that helped me understand why many conservatives vote for Democrats.

Judy and I went off the road and into the ditch in southern Wisconsin. A sincere and kind woman in her late forties saw our distress and pulled off to help. She had been out of town for the weekend and was returning to her family in Minneapolis. She was happily married to a successful husband with four teenage children. While waiting for the tow truck, we got into a lively conversation. I asked about her politics. She was somewhere between liberal and conservative.

“Who will you vote for?”

“I don’t like Trump. I don’t trust him, so I think I’ll vote for Biden.”

“I’m surprised,” I said. “You seem too conservative to vote for Biden.”

“I lean toward conservatives,” she answered. “In fact, I usually vote Republican. But there’s something about Trump. I just don’t like him.”

“I don’t particularly like him either. But I vote for the party platform not the individual,” I answered. A vote for Biden is a vote for the Democratic platform.”

She didn’t seem to understand the platforms and didn’t care. It was not important to her. The personality of the politician was the main thing.

It was a friendly discussion. She was a reasonable person. We were able to discuss conflicting ideas without either me or her feeling threatened—a rare experience today.

Members of the Republican and Democratic parties are dedicated to implementing their party platform. How do the two compare? Here are just a few of the differences

Platforms

Democrats oppose any restriction on abortion up to and including the time of birth. Republicans support a ban on abortion after twenty weeks.

The Democrat platform says nothing about marriage. The Republican platform strongly states that the nuclear family is the foundation of society, and that the marriage of one man and one woman is the foundation of marriage.

The Democratic platform supports mandatory insurance coverage for “gender transition,” including “surgery and hormone therapy; wants to ensure that all transgender and non-binary people can procure official government identification documents that accurately reflect their gender identity; supports banning practices aimed at assisting patients with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria; will work to “guarantee transgender students’ access to facilities based on their gender identity; will protect the rights of transgender students; will fight to enact the Equality Act” – a diabolical bill that would allow biological men to play in women’s sports if they identify as transgender women.” All of this the Republican platform rejects.

The Democratic platform supports the HHS contraception mandate that coerces faith- based groups like Little Sisters of the Poor to support financially. The Republican platform wants freedom of conscience for all.

This takes us to religious freedom. The Democratic platform will fight to enact the above referenced “Equality Act” – a bill that would remove religious liberty protections and even force churches to violate the tenets of their faith. The Republican platform rejects the “Equality Act.”

What about human rights? The Republican platform states that if God-given, natural, inalienable rights come in conflict with the government, court, or human-granted rights, God-given, natural, inalienable rights will always prevail. Because they believe that rights are not God-given, the Democratic platform is silent on this issue.

What about sex education? The Democratic platform supports “LGBTQ+ inclusive” sex education with a full range of “family planning services. The Republican platform supports “sexual risk avoidance education that sets abstinence until marriage as the responsible and respected standard of behavior.

On top of the above we have all witnessed the democratic support of no southern borders, the defund the police movement, Joe Biden’s support of the war in Ukraine, reckless out-of-control federal deficit spending, constant attempts to cancel free speech, celebration of the LGBTQ agenda, repeated trampling of the rule of law, and persistent rejection of our constitution.

In sum, a vote for a Democrat at any level in our political system, no matter how winsome their personality, is a vote for the democratic platform. That platform is diabolical.

Some say Christians churches should stay out of politics. Others, say that we shouldn’t preach on these subjects, but I don’t see how any true Christian can possibly vote for anyone even remotely associated with the Democratic policy without sinning against a holy God. Affiliation with the Democratic Party is a commitment to further most or all of these Party objectives. How can a Believer vote for a candidate like this?