Many things y'all said really started me thinking about some things, in particular Denise's point that "[habeas corpus is] not a right God tells us to protect in the Bible, so Christians are not bound to necessarily hold that particular right in high regard."
My most recent Quandary is over what I previously called, "Dual Citizenship." That is, I am a citizen of Heaven (Phil. 3:20) while I am also a citizen of the United States of America. From my current perspective, I see the Bible as the guidebook or "system of government" for me as a Christian, and I would like to equate the Constitution of the United States as holding that same position of authority over the government of this Nation. So, The Bible guides me (and the Church) as a citizen of Heaven while the Constitution guides me (and the nation), as an American.
Upon that premise, I have pondered how much I should allow the former to creep into the latter. In a nation where Church is separated from State, should I vote as a Christian, or should I vote as an American? How should my religion affect my politics? Should I be holding the country and its leaders accountable to the Bible? Should issues like abortion and homosexuality hold any weight other than the weight the Constitution gives them? I understand why Single-Issue Christian voters would throw themselves into a vote for McCain, hoping against hope that he would reverse the evil laws allowing legal abortions in this country. I understand the sentiment there, and I want to label it: "Dedication to their citizenship in Heaven." It rises up in me, as well. But once again, something stops me.
Strictly as Americans, should abortion matter to us any more than "because legalizing abortions contradict the Constitution"?
If I assume the position that it should not, I would halt and say, "So, how can I vote for a man who upholds one of the Bills of Rights while blatantly throwing down another?" When I vote strictly as an American (just "State, " not "Church") the 6th Amendment becomes as important to uphold as the 5th. Here, my friends, is where my agony lies.
When I am voting in "State" mode, if you will, I see that one candidate promotes the legalization of abortions, which is anti-constitutional while the other, though he wants to return the 5th amendment right to the unborn, he plans to remove the 6th amendment right from the un-tried (still considered "innocent") person accused of terrorism.
When I am voting in "Church" mode, I see abortion as just a nation of ungodly people who have always wanted to kill their unborn children for convenience, anyway, and are now able to do so publicly because it is legal. Though it is an injustice, truly, and hurts to think of it, I just want to wash my hands of what the evil nation does with its own children, and fight to preserve my own children, instead, and the future of their religious rights by voting against the candidate who wants to infringe upon those rights (Is it too far a stretch to say that a Christian might be accused of terrorism or religious fanaticism in the next 20 years? But at least it will be difficult to convict them thanks to the Bill of Rights). My children over theirs, is what I say in Church mode.
Folks, thanks from the bottom of my heart for giving this matter your consideration. I am still in a place of great indecision........though thankfully, I will not be voting in a swing state, so that takes the pressure off in one sense. However, I consider it high time that I put some serious thought into these issues, and it is good---very good to hear your voices on the matter.