Thursday, October 16

My thoughts

"They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. 'Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace." (Jeremiah 6:14)

Reverend, Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina, Inc, gives us alot to think about over the next eighteen days before we gather at the election polling sites and cast our vote for whom we feel is the best candidate for the office of President of the United States of America. Most people believe that there are only two 'serious' considerations to ponder for such a lofty position, Obama or McCain. The third party candidates aren't 'electable' in most American's eyes.

Last night's Presidential debate left many liberal media talking heads saying that Obama, who was cool and calm under the deft deflection of truth in reply to McCain's accusations, took the debate with flying colors and if the election was now, would win by 300 electoral votes. If you look though, at the things Obama said, there was many misdirecting lies and simple denials that are easily researched and validated if one took the time. And, with the trumph call of a 'historical' election, you should take the time.

Many conservative evangelical leaders are saying that we should vote for the candidate 'most likely' to support our values and morals, remembering that God provided these two candidates for our political process to nominate. God doesn't need our vote to elect a third party candidate, if He so chooses. Many are calling for us to be 'realistic' and vote for the 'electable' candidate as opposed to such minors in the third party system.

Barack Obama, quotes in Rev. Creech's commentary, stated in his "Call to Renewal" speech that has so 'inspired' a nation;

"Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument, and amenable to reason. I may be opposed to abortion for religious reasons, but if I seek to pass a law banning the practice, I cannot simply point to the teachings of my church or evoke God's will. I have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all."[3]

This is the 'nominee' who is leading the polls for the office of the 44th President. One who joined, signing an pledge, a socialistic movement. One who, despite being only eight when the actual attacks of a homegrown terrorist happened, still choose to work and include him in his inner circle until word got out that he was associating with said terrorist---who, in the intervening years, has proudly triumphed his vicious attacks upon his fellow citizens....and then spoke out against his actions, not his views.

One who stood under the leadership of a Black Liberation Theologist for twenty years of mentorship, speaking out against him only when word was again brought up in the press, and then only disassociating his membership, not his views.
We have much reason, beyond the 'lack of experience', to question the effectiveness and validity of such a candidate to the highest office in our government. Yet, there are those who are worshipping Obama as the 'god-sent' messiah who is going to raise mankind to the next higher plane of existence.

As an patriotic American, that gives me pause.

Dave Berry, author of Things It Took Me 50 Years to Learn, is quoted by Creech with a thought-provoking remark. "When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that person is crazy." [1]

There are many corollations in the history of mankind, throughout nation after nation, of this phemonmial and its destructive effects upon the foolish population who fall under such a leader's 'spell'. There is nothing hidden beneath the surface of the candidates who are vying for the Presidential office. Neither support a 'christian' view of ethics, morality, and values. McCain is not 'as bad' as Obama. But he is no 'poster boy' for the cause.

"Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally impossible for us to figure ourselves what that life would be if these standards were removed. We would lose almost all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals, all the standards towards which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves." [Theodore Roosevelt]

Roosevelt's quote is one of many that Creech references in his commentary. But, compare the worldview of Obama (as Creech does) to Roosevelt's statement, and you will discover the world that we are heading towards with Obama or McCain in office. A world where all standards of public and private morals are subject to arguement and amenable to reasonable doubt. Where the limits to which mankind will demoralize himself and his future by the denial and ignoring of the past.

As a Christian, that gives me pause.

A socialist nation under the 'being' of many.

And history shows that such a nation, such a population, falls from the rot within by forces outside.

"As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man." Proverbs 27:19

When you stand before the judgment throne of God and He looks back upon this 'historical' election, what will you be able to say? "I gave you an impossible position; two candidates that were liberal and ungodly in their platforms to lead you and your fellow countrymen. You left me no choice when you left me out of your decision to vote for the 'least liberal of the two.'"

You might say, "But, You are God and don't need my help to bring that person whom You want to lead the nation into power."

What would God say? I believe, "I don't need your help for anything, but I want your help for everything!"

Regardless of whether my vote will allow McCain to be defeated by Obama because my vote falls for a candidate of a third-party or I write in my own name, I will vote my values, my morals, and my faith.....judging according to the biblical definitions of leadership and good government the candidates before me.

So I can stand before that white throne and hear God say;

"I gave you an impossible situation. Two candidates that would draw the nation away from Me. You stood, upon the principles, words, and values that I have declared good and voted for neither. That is why I moved and raised the candidate I wanted to lead you up. Because You had faith and denied it not in the trials."

[1] Things It Took Me 50 Years to Learn, Dave Berry
[2] Challenging times present chilling temptations, Rev. Mark Creech
[3] Call to Renewal Keynote Address, June 28, 2006, Barack Obama

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