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Believing and behaving

There are connections between them and important disjunctions

On Nov. 7, U.S. citizens will go to the polls. Many of their votes will be influenced by what they consider to be moral issues.

Voters who are Christians will be part of this great diversity of opinion. Some poll may reveal that Roman Catholics tended to vote this way and Baptists that way, but it's likely that votes of the entire Christian population, as a whole, will reflect essentially the same spectrum of opinion as the general electorate.

Also, most Christians will consider their votes to be driven, in part, by what they believe to be of moral importance. This will be true regardless of how they vote on any particular person or proposal.

Polite people often avoid conversation about their political and moral opinions with those whom they know to be in sharp disagreement. They've learned from experience how volatile such encounters can quickly become and how they often turn out to be fruitless.

Yet moral convictions about important matters are not, and should not be, set aside easily or at all.


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