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It is the Duty of Christians to Vote Godly People Into Office
Dr. Allen Barber
January 30, 2012


Proverbs  29:1-18 NLT

2 When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan. 
4 A just king gives stability to his nation, but one who demands bribes destroys it. 
12 If a ruler honors liars, all his advisers will be wicked. 
14 A king who is fair to the poor will have a long reign. 
16 When the wicked are in authority, sin increases. But the godly will live to see the tyrant's downfall. 
18 When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is happy. 
26 Many seek the ruler's favor, but justice comes from the LORD.

2 Tim 3:12-17; 4: 1-5 NKJV
 
12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,  15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 

1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 

POLITICAL DEBATES DEMAND BOLDNESS!


Last night’s CNN sponsored Republican Presidential debate was an obvious setup by CNN and the Democrats and I am surprised the RNC agreed to have a debate on the Democratic controlled CNN network – one that continually mocks and ridicules Christianity. The Democrats are more astute and refuse to have a debate on the Fox Network.  

Anderson Cooper of CNN who hosted the debate, directed the questions on abortion, homosexuality, and gun control to the obvious Christian candidates – Huckabee and Hunter. Of the two, Duncan Hunter gave the boldest answers especially the one on gays in the military. Huckabee danced around the question given to him by the Log Cabin Republicans (a homosexual political organization) who asked him if he would endorse their platform. His response was anemic and political and lacked bold truthfulness. Instead of saying that he does not approve of the gay and lesbian lifestyle because God defines it as sinful and that he would not seek endorsement from such organizations, he wimped out by commenting that he does not approve of same-sex marriages. Homosexuality is more than same-sex marriages as many homosexuals are single and do not seek unions. Homosexuality is corrupt and sinful period whether or not same-sex marriage is involved. This is why I say Huckabee took the less controversial road in answering the Log Cabin Republican.  In fact, he laughed about needing as many votes as he could get and in doing so invited the homosexual vote.   

The correct biblical answer was that as a Christian who strongly believes homosexuality is sinful that he would not endorse or seek the vote of their organization nor would he have homosexuals in his administration as President Bush has done (President Bush has wined and dined the Log Cabin Republicans throughout his two terms). However, that response called for bold convictions and standing for righteousness and truth. It also would have cost him the homosexual vote and probably both liberal and conservative voters who think homosexuality is not a sin and an acceptable lifestyle. 2 Timothy 3:12 says those who choose to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. Huckabee, being the typical politician, chose not to suffer persecution before a national TV audience by standing for bold uncompromising truth, yet many Christians will run out and vote for him because he gives the appearance of standing for biblical principles. In addition, the answer he gave on the death penalty was more how he felt about it rather than saying the bible demands the death penalty for capital crimes such as murder (Genesis 9:6). His answers on gun control and abortion favored the conservative opinion because they are less volatile and damaging to one’s political career. 

The above Scriptures from 2 Timothy require the man of God, whether a minister (which Huckabee is) or a so-called Christian politician, to take a bold stand for the “faith” and base his answers on the Holy Scriptures that are profitable for doctrine, reproof, and correction. The TV airwaves provide a prefect venue for teaching the truth and do not think for a moment the Lord was not observing what was being said:

Proverbs 5:21 NIV

21 For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD,
and he examines all his paths. 

When the Lord Jesus was questioned by the religious and political leaders of His day, He never once failed to speak the bold truth and often quoted the Old Testament Scriptures in support of his position. John the Baptist did the same and lost his head.  

Huckabee’s answer to the question of whether he believed the Bible is the Word of God, I had no problem with. However, if he really believed the Bible is the revelation of God to man, then that requires bold truthful answers to questions about homosexuality. You cannot have it both ways – either you believe the Bible is the Word of God and requires straight-forward and truthful answers or you believe it is acceptable to dilute its truths for political reasons. This is the area where the Church and its leaders are failing this nation. When pressed for bold truth, the response is normally a watered-down less compromising version of the truth. The Bible warns about compromising the Word of God:

Psalms 119:1-4 NLT

1 Happy are people of integrity, who follow the law of the LORD. 
2 Happy are those who obey his decrees 
and search for him with all their hearts. 
3 They do not compromise with evil,
and they walk only in his paths. 
4 You have charged us 
to keep your commandments carefully. 

Proverbs 25:26 NLT

26 If the godly compromise with the wicked, it is like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring. 

May I be so bold as to say that it is not acceptable with our Lord and God for any Christian politician to give the impression that homosexuality is something we oppose but tolerate because it is not politically correct to call it what it is – an abomination, when these people will die in their sins and spend an eternity in the Lake of Fire. Placating homosexuality as an alternative benign lifestyle is not doing them any favors. Bold truth is what sets people free. Huckabee could have responded in a loving but truthful way by saying that he does not agree with the homosexual lifestyle because God has declared it sinful and wrong, but that there is something better – a relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ who offers all homosexuals forgiveness of that sin and a better life in Christ. Now I realize that would have agitated the homosexuals in the audience as well as made Anderson and the other candidates uncomfortable, but it is the bold plain truth that sets people free not the compromising anemic version. 

When I say the debate was a setup by CNN and the Democrats, the gay retired army general who posed the question about gays in the military, works for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. What was he doing in a Republican debate and why was he allowed to ask his obvious pointed question?  He was a “plant” by the Democrats to embarrass the Republicans if possible or cast them in a bad light.  In fact, Anderson Cooper, had a problem making the general shut-up. Duncan Hunter made it very clear why gays in the military compromise unit morale and cohesiveness (having served in the Marines in combat situations with gays, I can verify that is the case).

In addition, all of the controversial biblically oriented questions were directed primarily to the Christian candidates. Giuliani’s response to the question about the Bible was weak, and it is obvious he does not believe the part about adultery, having an affair while married to his second wife and now living in a third adulterous marriage. While he may have been a great mayor of New York, he is immoral and we do not need another immoral person in the White House (read the passage from Proverbs above). 

Let me say one more thing about the question from the Log Cabin Republican. If the question had been from a Ku Klux clansman, Huckabee would no doubt have jumped all over that (there was one question about the confederate flag) as being very wrong and immoral. He would not have compromised his position against a racist organization, yet homosexuality is dividing the nation and inviting the judgment of God. He seems to have his priorities in the wrong places, as do the other candidates on homosexuality. 

Huckabee’s position on illegal immigration as well as Giuliani’s is not what grassroots American’s want to hear. Huckabee’s humanitarian response that you do not punish the children for the parent’s sins is also not supported by the Bible. We are accountable for our sins, which oftentimes bear consequences for our children. Illegal aliens who enter out country are responsible for their illegal behavior and for bearing children. Not only are they here illegally, but so are their children. Every illegal child in our public school system is a burden on the citizens and taxpayers. Every illegal alien child sitting in a public school classroom means that space cannot be occupied by legal children.  The Constitution and the laws of our land do not give illegal aliens rights over its law-abiding citizens. The root problem in Huckabee’s position is that is denies the “law of accountability.” We are all accountable to a higher authority including the laws of our nation. If we are not, then we are a lawless people and a lawless nation. There is no middle road here. If the leaders of this nation would stop pandering to illegal immigration and draw a line in the sand by saying “No” to all illegal immigration regardless of circumstances, the problem could be rectified overnight. It is called “tuff love!”  

John McCain will always have my respect for his unselfish service to our nation and it is obvious he still bears in his body the results of torture the North Vietnamese put him through, but having served in Vietnam during the same period as McCain with military intelligence, he is just dead wrong about “water boarding.” The terrorists in no way qualify for protection under the Geneva Convention III that McCain keeps talking about. They are blood thirsty criminals who want one thing – the destruction of the United States and with it Christianity. Jesus said before going to war, first count the cost if you can win.  If “water boarding” makes terrorists talk like the mastermind of 9-11, then use it and I do not care if it makes them uncomfortable. We cannot win wars against a ruthless cowardly foe that hides behind women and children to carry out their deadly attacks by trying to appear we are the more civilized. There is nothing good about war except to be on the right side and to win. If it means we have to use extreme measures such as “water boarding” or worse to defeat this tyrannical enemy, then we must do so!  

Did you notice that both Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee are for abolishing the IRS, but they only jumped on Ron Paul. Ron Paul, as I have said several times, is the only pure Constitutionalist among the candidates. The problem with Ron is that he does not articulate how he will implement his positions. He is correct in his position about the North American Community Union and I noticed the other candidates were amused by his comments for they are totally ignorant about this phenomenon.  After the debate, the usual post-debate quarterbacks were giving their opinion about the debate and they all mocked Ron Paul’s warnings of losing our sovereignty calling him a conspiracy nut. They are the “nuts” because the globalists have deceived them that no such union exists when it is being carried forward everyday by the Bush administration. 

The candidate I thought who decidedly lost the debate was Mitt Romney for he stumbled all over his tongue on several issues such as immigration and water boarding, even though he claims to be against illegal immigration. His response on water boarding was weak and left the audience wondering what he really believed. On abortion, I admire him for being honest to say he was wrong about abortion and changed his opinion. The press continually beats him up about this with their self-righteous piosity. Of course, his answer about believing the Bible is based on the Mormon version of the Bible, not the authentic version. 

Did you also notice that the majority of the questions went to Huckabee, Giuliani, Romney, McCain and Thompson?  Tancredo, Paul and Hunter received the least number of questions and attention. Thompson held his own, but I did not think he showed any real strength. This morning, Thompson announced he wants to meet with the Republican candidates in private session and discuss the issues. His invitation noticeably left out Ron Paul, Tom Tancredo, and Duncan Hunter. He obviously does not believe they are viable candidates. 

It should be obvious to those who watched the debate that CNN and Anderson Cooper attempted to cast the Republican candidates as homophobes, Bible nuts, red neck gun advocates, and lacking in compassion for illegal immigrants. Whether they succeeded will be seen in the ensuing days. 

There is not one Republican candidate who is a strong Biblical literalist. Huckabee also blew the comment about Jonah’s three days in the belly of the great fish; he should have said that the gospels quote Jesus as affirming that Jonah in fact was in the belly of the great fish three days and three nights. It does not matter Giuliani’s comment that he did not take that account as factual but allegorical This is what I mean by allowing secularists to interpret the Bible and define our faith. We should always side with the Bible and make our position clear! 

Whom would I vote for at this juncture – not one of the candidates I watched last night on CNN!  As Proverbs says, When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan. Presently, I am not doing much rejoicing about our choice of candidates. The democratic field is the weakest I have ever seen in over 40 years of voting in the national elections; not one of them will get my vote.

While it is not my position to tell you how to vote, I caution you not to vote for a candidate based on appearances, but study the candidates and appraise them based upon the biblical worldview. The future of our nation and faith hinges on how we vote in this election.