I am a Christian, and a longtime member of a pretty much average Baptist church in Alabama. I have been watching politics for years and this is how it has been in the past. I even behaved this way myself for a while, then I woke up.
A large portion of Christians will vote for whoever wears the biggest cross and American flags on their person, and mentions God and Jesus with a tear in their eye when they give speeches.
They will vote for someone who promises to use the force of government to keep gambling and drugs illegal and promises to make even more things they don’t like restricted and/or illegal. [Please don’t misunderstand me. These things are bad. I get that. I don’t think anyone should gamble or use drugs. I do however question whether it’s the government’s rightful role to make and enforce laws regarding them. Explained below, keep reading]
They will vote for someone who waves the flag and promises to kill the heathen (this is pro-life?) overseas who, for some inexplicable reason, don’t like us (hint: maybe us dropping bombs on them and covertly overthrowing their governments might just have a little bit to do with it).
They will watch Fox News and be afraid of whatever enemy the talking heads tell them to fear. They will vote for someone who will expand the police powers of the state and further erode the Bill of Rights, to combat this enemy.
These things pretty much explain the popularity of Mike Huckabee in 2008 and Michelle Bachman, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum in 2012. God apparently “told” each of these people to run for President, and they promised to do the above things. And the people cheered.
At the same time, many of these Christians will neglect doing their God-given task of “so let your light shine before men” redeeming of the society via their prayers, example and witness – they have instead delegated this work to the government through their vote for the “Christian candidate.”
Just like the Church has pretty much delegated “taking care of the poor” to the welfare state. Just like we delegated “taking care of our parents” to Social Security. Just like we delegated “taking care of the sick” to Medicare and Medicaid. Just like we delegated “taking care of the homeless” to government-run housing projects. All these things are the job of the Church and God’s people, and we should be ashamed for delegating them to the government.
These Christians do not seem to understand that a government that can enforce those types of behavior restrictions can, and eventually will, outlaw their Bible study groups and public prayer too. Government is too big, has its tentacles in everything, and tries to do too much. We need desperately to go in the opposite direction, while it is still possible to do so.
As a member of such a church, I am doing whatever small part I can to change that trend. We Christians need to think logically, grounded in the Word of God, and not be ruled by emotion.
God gave man free will. He thought free will was important enough to pay the ultimate price for those who use their free will improperly (that is, ALL of us). Jesus was abused, died on the cross and rose again because God thought free will was that important (he would not have had to save robots). How dare we delegate to the government to enforce our view of morality when it is God’s desire that as individuals, we each submit to Him willingly and not by force?
It is no virtue if I wear my seatbelt because the law says I have to. It is no virtue if I don’t smoke pot because it is illegal. And it is no virtue if I help the poor only via the IRS withholding money from my paychecks. The virtue is in doing something because it’s the right thing to do, not because it’s mandated by law. To have unfettered free will, yet do something unselfish, is great virtue indeed.
I have studied the current crop of Presidential candidates and tried to learn as much as possible about all of them. All but one would increase the size, cost and intrusiveness of government in one way or another. Many of them are just as dangerous as the “Occupier in Chief.”
I have found one candidate to be different, proposing actual spending cuts and actual reductions in the size and role of government. He is a Christian but doesn’t wear it on his sleeve, he demonstrates it through his consistency and integrity. He’s never voted for a tax increase, or to raise his own pay, or for anything else that isn’t constitutional. He doesn’t change his mind because something is unpopular. His congressional voting record is spotless. The big media and entrenched politicians of both parties are so afraid of him that they do everything in their power to make him look like an unelectable nutcase. In reality he is the only one of them making any sense whatsoever. It is a sad time indeed when following the Constitution, respecting individuals, and obeying the rule of law is considered a radical idea.
Albert Einstein once said that to do the same things over and over, expecting different results, is the definition of insanity. I choose to become sane.
This Christian is supporting Ron Paul for President. I hope you will too.
For more information including details on all the issues, please visit www.ronpaul2012.com. Please register to vote in your Primary election, and vote for true conservatives who support the Constitution and the individual. If you wait until November the choices have already been made.