作者介绍：杜布森James Dobson博士为美国著名基督徒领袖，Focus on Family（爱家协会）的创始人。2020年10月1日，他写了这封“致基督徒的公开信”，以下是译文。原文链接：https://www.drjamesdobson.org/newsletters/October-newsletter-2020。
亲爱的朋友们，这是我在11月3日美国投票日前写给80万人的最后一封信。我们正处在美国历史上惊心动魄的时刻。请允许我复述我在8月份的公开信中的简短评论，因为它与今天的局势有关。许多政治评论家都说，2020年这次选举，是自1864年以来，最重要的选举。1864年的选举，是亚伯拉罕·林肯争夺连任，他的对手是民主党人乔治·麦克莱伦（George McClellan）。1864年那一年，我们深爱的美国岌岌可危。如果林肯输了，南北战争就会草草了结，邪恶的奴隶制会继续在南方各州，甚至在北方，合法存在。如果林肯输了，联邦就会四分五裂。感谢上帝，林肯先生赢了，尽管这让他付出了生命的代价!现在，这即将来临的总统选举，是另一场对我们民主政体的稳定性（存亡）至关紧要的选举。金里奇（Newt Gingrich）曾说，我们现在所面临的，可能会扼杀我们所熟知的文明。他也许指的是一场可能爆发的革命。不管怎样，我相信他对我们国家的深切担忧，是有道理的。几个世纪以来，美国一直是自由的明亮之光，照耀着美国国内和世界各地。如果我们放弃我们立国的核心价值，世界也会因此受苦。摆在我们面前的二选一，是如此黑白分明。美国同胞们，你如何决定投票给谁？如何选择我们的首席执行官？最近几周，我从几十个朋友和熟人那里听到，他们仅仅根据候选人的言辞、语气、风格或受欢迎程度，来做出决定。这是否也是你的选择方式？就在刚才，我正要回应上面的选择方式时，我的妻子雪莉给我看了几分钟前来自她朋友的一份电邮。电邮引用了一段匿名的陈述，直戳心窝，内容如下。“这不是初中生或高中生的人气秀或个人秀的竞赛。我投票，不是选个人，而是选政策！“我投票，是选择维护第二修正案，是选择下一任最高法院大法官，是选择维护选举团，是选择维护我们赖以生活的共和国，是选择维护警察、法律与秩序，是选择支持军队和为国效力和牺牲的老兵，是选择支持在公共活动中经常被消失的国旗，是选择维护我的话语权及不被审查的权利，是选择支持边界的安全，是选择维护毫无恐惧地赞美上帝的权利，是选择保护每一个可能被流产的未出生的生命，是选择保护自由和美国梦，是选择美善抵挡邪恶。我不是投票选择一个人！“我是在为我国家的未来投票！”这段话说得再好不过了。我还想在作者的单子上，再加上一些。我投票，也是选择能够在国际上行正道的领袖，是选择那些支持以色列的人，是选择那些保护儿童免受左派课程洗脑的人。是选择国家的财政廉洁，是选择父母的权力，选择在家教育的权力，是选择郊区的自由，是选择支持穷人小姐妹会（Little Sisters of the Poor）和其他基督教组织，是选择各种族的合一，是选择“我们相信上帝”，选择支持在校园中祷告，是选择支持医生和其他专业人士的良心自由，是选择传统婚姻，是选择保护所有阶段（母腹中）的生命，是选择反对安乐死，反对医生协助人自杀，是选择用智慧来处理这场疫情，是选择保护教会不受政客的压迫。 最后的思想：从各种角度来看，这次大选不是关乎你，当然也不关乎我；而是关乎到我们的孩子，我们的孙子，以及未来的子子孙孙——若他们还能够出生的话。
This will be my final letter to 800,000 people before Americans cast our ballots on November 3rd. It is a breath taking moment in the history of the United States. Perhaps I will be permitted to repeat a brief comment I made inmy August letter because of its relevance to today. Many political comment at or shave stated that this election is the most significant since 1864, when AbrahamLincoln vied for a second term against Democratic nominee, George McClellan.The future of our beloved nation hung in the balance that year. If Lincoln hadlost, the Civil War would have ended precipitously and the wretched evils of slavery would have remained legal in the Confederate States, and perhaps evenin the North. Had Lincoln been defeated, the Union would have been torn as under. Thank God Mr. Lincoln won, even though it cost him his life!
Now we are approaching another presidential election that carries enormousimplications for the stability of our democratic system of government. Indeed,Newt Gingrich said that what we are facing now might bring an end to civilization as we have known it. He may have been referring to a possible revolution. Regardless, I believe his grave concern for our nation is valid.For centuries, America has stood as a shining light for liberty and freedom inour nation and around the globe. If we abandon our founding core values, theworld will suffer for it. The binary choice before us is that stark.
How will Americans, and how will you, decide who to vote for as our Chief Executive Officer? I have heard from dozens of friends and acquaintances in recent weeks who tell me they will base their decision solely on a candidate'srhetoric, tone, style, or like ability. Does that describe your thinking process?
Just now, as I was about to react to that idea, my wife, Shirley, brought in anemail that she had received a few minutes before from a friend. It quoted ananonymous statement that gets to the heart of the issue, as follows:
"This is not a junior high or high school popularity/personalitycontest. I'm not voting for the person—I'm voting for the platform!
I'm voting for the Second Amendment. I'm voting for the next Supreme Courtjustice. I'm voting for the electoral college. I'm voting for the Republic inwhich we live. I'm voting for the police and law and order. I'm voting for the military and the veterans who fought and died for this country. I'm voting forthe flag that is often missing from public events. I'm voting for the right tospeak my opinion and not be censored for it. I'm voting for secure borders. I'mvoting for the right to praise God without fear. I'm voting for every unbornsoul that is at risk of being aborted. I'm voting for freedom and the Americandream. I'm voting for good and against evil. I'm not just voting for one person.
I'm voting for the future of my country!"
I couldn't have said it better, although I want to add to the writer's list.I'm also voting for candidates who will exercise sound leadershipinternationally. I'm voting for those who will support Israel. I'm voting forthose who will protect children from leftist curricula. I'm voting for thenation's fiscal integrity. I'm voting for parental rights. I'm voting forschool choice and home education. I'm voting for freedom in the suburbs. I'mvoting for Little Sisters of the Poor and other Christian organizations. I'm voting for racial unity. I am voting to support "In God we trust" andschool prayer. I'm voting for freedom of conscience for physicians and otherprofessionals. I am voting for marriage. I am voting for life in all itsdimensions. I am voting against euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. I'm voting for wisdom in handling the pandemic. I am voting for protection for the Church from oppressive politicians.
One final thought: With all respect, this election isn't about you. Itcertainly isn't about me. It is about our kids and grandkids. It is about thosewho are yet to come, if they are allowed to live. This vote has awesome implications for future generations and the nation we love. It is about our Constitution and the immutable, God-given rights it protects. It is aboutvalues, and truth, and greatness, and hope. That is why the notion of choosinga president based on frivolous personality characteristics is so unfortunate.
In summary, this election is for all the marbles . . . the Presidency, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Supreme Court. Together, they set the agenda for this country.
If you love America and don't want it to be "fundamentally transformed," it is time to do three things:
Pray like never before that God will spare this great nation from tyranny and oppression of religious liberty.
Volunteer to help your candidates.
Vote for the candidates who will best uphold your values and convictions.
Also, consider forwarding this letter to your friends, family,and others whom you might influence.