I don’t think there are few other individuals alive today that have the respect that Billy Graham has across the Christian community.  So I think the advice he offers is worth sharing…

On November 6, the day before my 94th birthday, our nation will hold one of the most critical elections in my lifetime. We are at a crossroads and there are profound moral issues at stake. I strongly urge you to vote for candidates who support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and woman, protect the sanctity of life, and defend our religious freedoms. The Bible speaks clearly on these crucial issues. Please join me in praying for America, that we will turn our hearts back toward God.

I would encourage you to follow his advice.  Find out where the candidates on the ballot stand on these issues.  Unfortunately, this will be difficult for many in Arkansas as Democratic consultants are foolishly telling their clients to duck these issues.  While saying they are “conservative Democrats” who are different from the liberal positions of their national party, they will not say where they stand on these issues, which are highly important to a socially-conservative state.

On the issue of the protection of life, Arkansas Right to Life PAC’s voter guide offers the best chance for state legislative candidates to tell voters where they stand.  But most Democrats did not complete the survey while most Republicans did.  Of the 16 contested Senate races, only 2 Democratic candidates completed the survey while all the Republicans completed theirs.  Of the 48 contested House races, only 4 Democratic candidates completed the survey while 44 Republicans returned theirs.

Similarly with Family Council’s voter guide, all 16 Republican state candidates in contested races completed the survey while only 2 of their Democratic opponents returned theirs.  In the House 45 out of 48 Republican House candidates responded while 11 of their Democratic opponents responded.

This is puzzling and I think will end up coming back to bite these Democratic candidates most of whom simply relied on what their consultants told them.

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Jason Tolbert is the moderator for his opinion blog, The Tolbert Report. He can be reached by e-mail at Jason@TolbertReport.com. Follow him on Twitter: @TolbertReport.