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Today's column is written primarily for the benefit of my fellow Christians and pastors. More than 31 years as a minister of the Gospel qualifies me to broach this subject.
We Christians profess to trust in God. We preachers instruct people to trust in God. Furthermore, "In God We Trust" has been our national motto ever since the passengers of the Mayflower sewed the saying into the sail of their ship. However, I fear that a vast number of Christians, along with their pastors, have allowed their faith in God to be supplanted. This is especially true when it comes to affairs of state.
When it comes to finances, we are told to trust in God. When it comes to relationships, we are told to trust in God. When it comes to occupational concerns, we are told to trust in God. Ditto for family matters, heath concerns, anxiety, church, etc. However, when it comes to governmental concerns, we are instructed to trust the GOP.
Some will say that I am exaggerating the subject or trying to oversimplify a complex issue, but I am not. When one blows away the smoke, Christian ministers throughout America have sold their congregations on the notion that the only "spiritual" thing we can do regarding affairs of state is to support the Republican Party-no matter what.
I've heard national Christian leaders shamelessly say that they are "just as hard" on Republicans as they are on Democrats. That is nonsense! The misdeeds, mad machinations, and mendaciousness of Republicans are routinely ignored and even lauded by Christian ministers.
The reason given by Christian leaders for this compromise of principle is, "Republicans are better than the alternative." It is the old "lesser of two evils" mantra that we hear over and over again.
My question is, "What happened to trusting God?" Why is it that we are instructed to trust God with every other detail of life, but when it comes to governmental affairs, we must trust, not God, but the GOP?
Yet, how low do we have to go? How much compromise of truth, dereliction of duty, abandonment of constitutional government, and betrayal of fundamental principle must we accept? Apparently, there is no bottom.
I am already hearing leaders of the Religious Right say that they will support the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, even if he or she is pro-choice and pro-gay marriage. Their argument (try not to laugh): a pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage Republican is not as bad as a pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage Democrat.
What is pathetically sad is that it appears that the illustrious leaders of the Religious Right are genuinely sincere in the above reasoning. Equally sad is the reality that these same evangelical leaders have already proven that they will give Republicans a pass on infinitely important issues such as the dismantlement of constitutional liberty (i.e. the Patriot Act), the sellout of American sovereignty via Draconian "free trade" deals, massive illegal immigration (which sacrifices America's culture and even security), and the wholesale explosion of federal spending. This is accepted, because it is the Republican George W. Bush that has led it. Of course, had it been a Democrat such as Al Gore or John Kerry that was responsible, these same Christian leaders would be out front leading the opposition.
So, just who and what is it that has our loyalty? Is it Christ or Republican presidents? Is it Biblical principle or GOP politics? Furthermore, are we Americans or are we internationalists?
Then again, internationalism seems to be trendy for some leaders within the Religious Right. For example, just recently, two national Christian leaders boasted of being selected for membership in the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR): Richard Land, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and "Purpose Driven Life" author Rick Warren.
Does anyone not know that the CFR is among the most active and influential organizations promoting an economic and governmental One World Order? The CFR has been the puppeteer pulling the strings of both Republican and Democratic administrations for years.
Behind the emerging North American Union is the CFR. Behind the NAFTA superhighway is the CFR. Behind the push for amnesty for illegal aliens is the CFR. Behind CAFTA and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is the CFR. Behind the outsourcing of America's jobs, factories, and livelihoods is the CFR.
According to the late Admiral Chester Ward, Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Navy, the CFR's goal is "submergence of U.S. sovereignty and national independence into an all-powerful one-world government."
That Christian leaders today would be willing to be part of an organization as sinister and diabolical as the Council on Foreign Relations speaks volumes as to what purpose really drives them!
Nonetheless, there are still enough constitutionally-minded conservatives (Christians and non-Christians) in this country to return this nation to its roots. Our nation does not have to be led by the cabal of one-world globalists who currently control both major parties.
For starters, if instead of spending precious pulpit time trying to be humorous, pleasant, and appealing, America's preachers and Christian leaders would begin educating their people on the fundamentals of Biblical principle, and extol the essential elements of American history, and hammer home the message of standing for truth and trusting God, EVEN IN POLITICAL MATTERS, we could soon restore a sense of sanity to our nation. We really could.
There is nothing sacred about any political party. Nowhere is it written that principled people should be willing to surrender their convictions on the altar of political partisanship. Obviously, some things are not worth a blood-bath. However, some things are worth dying for!
Turning our country into a giant corporate boardroom for the benefit of power-hungry globalists is not acceptable to any true American, especially if that American claims kinship with Jesus Christ! But that is exactly what today's Christian leaders are letting happen.
The break up of the two major parties would be one of the best things that could happen to this country! If we Americans had at least 4 real choices for president in 2008, the chances of breaking the back of this internationalist cabal in Washington, D.C., would rise exponentially.
I remind you that Abraham Lincoln was elected with a brand new political party and with less than 40% of the vote. I am not judging the merits of his presidency, only the bare facts of how he came to be elected. There were 4 legitimate presidential contenders in that race in 1860. And contrary to the opinion of today's political pundits who have a vested interest in the continued success of the current two-party system, competition is good, not bad. And more competition is even better.
If America's Christian leaders would begin preaching and teaching the truth and encouraging their people to "judge righteous judgment" and stop worrying about whether the GOP maintains or regains control of anything, we could begin the process of restoring this nation to its historic principles. In other words, it is time our Christian leaders taught their people fidelity to that time-tested platitude, "In God We Trust."