Trump, Rubio, or Cruz?

With the Iowa Caucuses just a few days away, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz are dominating the headlines on the Republican side of the election and sweeping up the vast majority of support from Evangelical Christian voters.

While all three claim to be Christians and though no candidate will ever be perfect, it is sad that so many Christians are choosing to support these three men for the highest office in the land.

So much more could be said on why Trump should not receive the support of a Christian, but Matt Walsh has done us all a great service through this article:

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/dear-christians-if-you-vote-for-a-godless-man-you-are-asking-for-tyranny/

Marco Rubio has impressed in every debate and clearly has the talent and widespread appeal that could make him a strong candidate in a general election. He also has recently emphasized his Christian faith, even stating in the most recent debate that “there is only one Savior, His name is Jesus Christ!” His strong stance against abortion also appeals to many Christians. However, his current strong emphases on increasing government surveillance powers, vastly increasing our government spending to build up the military (while greatly adding to our debt), and increasing our military interventions around the world without Congressional declarations of war not only violate our Constitution in some cases, but also go directly against Biblical principles for government.

Increasing government surveillance without a warrant violates the 4th amendment and going to war without a Congressional declaration violates Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. Violating the Constitution is violating the Oath of Office and is therefore violating two of the Ten Commandments (taking the name of the Lord in vain and bearing false witness). Furthermore, as the highest law of the land, to violate the Constitution is to pervert justice. Leviticus 19:15a says “you shall not do injustice” and Micah 3 and Proverbs 28 are two more passages that speak about the importance of rulers enforcing justice. Romans 13:2-4 and 1 Peter 2:14 also make it clear that government exists to punish evil and reward good.

Romans 13:8 says, “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another.” God’s Word makes
it clear that debt is something that is to be avoided because it can lead to bondage (Proverbs 22:7) and excessive debt is a mark of wickedness (Psalm 37:21). National debt is also a sign of a nation that is suffering and experiencing God’s judgment (Deuteronomy 28:43–44).  Just as the Scriptures say, accruing large public debts can enslave a nation to foreigners and force us to do their bidding, as is already happening to our country. Additionally, making large interest payments can lead to higher taxes, which drag down the economy. Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Think what you do when you run in debt; you give to another the power over your liberty” and Thomas Jefferson asserted, “I, however, place economy among the first and most important of republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.” John Adams summarized the fact that a national debt is arguably as great a threat as any when he stated that, “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”

Supporting Marco Rubio would lead to continued perverted justice, disregard for our Constitution, and eroding of the liberties that our founding fathers fought for. Furthermore, it would also lead to the increase of our dangerously high national debt and potentially the tragic loss of life in more undeclared wars around the world.

So what about Ted Cruz? He has received endorsements from thousands of pastors and scores of other evangelical leaders. He regularly uses Christians lingo and sprinkles his speeches to Christian groups with Bible verses. He is strongly pro-life and even made his presidential announcement speech at an evangelical university. Unfortunately, he too has some serious shortcomings that should prevent a Christian from supporting him.

First, Senator Cruz’s wife is currently a high-level employee at Goldman Sachs, and in fact was a Vice President there in 2008 when it received one of the most corrupt bail-outs in history. Glenn Beck (who I do not in any way endorse due to his repeated flip flops on various issues and who in fact has ironically endorsed Cruz this cycle) gives a good breakdown of the corrupt bailouts here:

This, coupled with the recent revelations that Ted Cruz took out loans from Goldman Sachs as well as Citibank (who also received a huge bailout as part of the corruption in 2008) to finance his senate campaign should give Christians pause when considering supporting him. In Exodus 18:21 Moses was advised to select rulers who “hate dishonest gain”; can we honestly say that having a wife who was a leader in a company and then receiving financial support for running for office from companies that engage in dishonest gain from the American people on a massive scale qualify Ted Cruz as a man who hates dishonest gain?

Second, Ted Cruz has violated the commandment to “not bear false witness” repeatedly, whether on breaking his promise to oppose increases in government surveillance (he voted for the USA Freedom Act which he bragged in a recent debate increased the government’s power to gather data from 30% of phone calls to 100% of phone calls) or breaking his promise to vote to audit the Federal Reserve (which incidentally is extremely closely tied to Goldman Sachs). He often accuses his opponents of hypocrisy and pledges his own sincerity and trustworthiness with statements like “Have you ever been burned by a politician? If when the battle is being fought and you don’t stand up and show up to fight, then your credibility when you’re a presidential candidate when you say, ‘Gosh, I really care about [an issue of importance],’ becomes a little suspect.”

Third, his foreign policy vows to carpet bomb Syria and Iraq to test if the “sand will glow” and use all means necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon with or without a Congressional declaration of war are violations of the Constitution. This goes along with his desire to increase defense spending similarly to Marco Rubio which will likely lead to the vast expansion of our debt.

Fourth, his support and praise for an ungodly would-be tyrant like Donald Trump for political gain (“I’m a big fan of Donald Trump”, “Donald Trump is a friend of mine, I like and respect Donald”, “I am proud to stand with Donald Trump. I like him and respect him”, “I’m grateful that he is in the race”) and his criticism of others who tried to stand against him early in the race (“many of the other republican candidates have used this opportunity to take a stick and smack Donald Trump. I ain’t gonna do it”) should call into serious question his judgment and his sincerity. It is ironic that some of Donald Trump’s biggest critics are also some of Ted Cruz’s most ardent supporters…

Matthew 7:15-23 says: “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” Similarly, Ted Cruz has claimed to stand for an important issue and will even claim the sheep’s clothing of “consistent conservative” but his actions fail to match his words. He will sprinkle his talk with Bible verses and Christian lingo, but fails to match some very important policies and actions with biblical principles of government. 

As stated at the beginning of this post, no candidate will ever be perfect. However, each of these candidates have some serious deficiencies in their policy positions and/or character that indicate, if elected, they will continue to lead our nation towards destruction through the expansion of crushing debt, continued disregard for the Constitution, and a serious lack of integrity. In short, supporting them is supporting continued perversion of the biblical purpose of government.

2 Chronicles 18 tells of King Jehoshaphat’s support for King Ahab in his war against the King of Aram at Ramoth-gilead. The King of Aram was certainly not a believer in the true God and was likely exceedingly wicked, making King Ahab seem pretty moral by comparison. However, in the next chapter Jehoshaphat is rebuked by the seer Jehu: “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord and so bring wrath on yourself from the Lord?” Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us stop supporting the “lesser of evils” in our ballot choices and in so doing continue to bring God’s judgment upon our nation. Let us instead follow the admonition of Proverbs 24:24-25: “He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,” peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him; but to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight, and a good blessing will come upon them.”

Let us respond as Jehoshaphat did after being rebuked: he “went out again among the people from Beersheba to the hill country of Ephraim and brought them back to the Lord, the God of their fathers. He appointed judges in the land in all the fortified cities of Judah, city by city. He said to the judges, “Consider what you are doing, for you do not judge for man but for the Lord who is with you when you render judgment. Now then let the fear of the Lord be upon you; be very careful what you do, for the Lord our God will have no part in unrighteousness or partiality or the taking of a bribe.”

Amen.

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Gun Rights: Where the Candidates Stand

A growing number of people today are lobbying the government to issue controls/bans on the right of individuals to possess firearms, arguing that this will reduce the number of violent crimes committed (e.g., school shootings). Just this past week President Obama issued his latest round of executive actions on gun control:

http://www.ncsl.org/research/civil-and-criminal-justice/summary-president-obama-gun-proposals.aspx

However, such legislation directly violates the United States Constitution’s Second Amendment. Though its explanation of the source of our rights should reference God, this short video provides an excellent explanation of the Second Amendment and why it must be defended:

 

Most importantly, attacks on gun rights also encroach on an individual’s Biblical right to defend themselves, their families, and their property. In His covenant with Noah (Genesis 9:6–7), God allowed for the use of forceful defense against violent aggression because it is necessary to protect our God-given rights. This right to defense clearly applies to defending one’s own family (Genesis 14:14; Nehemiah 4:14), property (Exodus 22:2; Nehemiah 4:14; Luke 11:21), and person (Luke 22:36–38). A common misunderstanding is that Jesus commanded His disciples to not defend themselves in Matthew 5:38–39 but to instead “turn the other cheek.” However, the Greek word used here for “smite” refers to a sharp slap given in insult, not a violent attack. Therefore, this passage is referring to accepting defaming persecution with grace and humility rather than returning evil for evil; it is not condemning the use of just force to check/deter violent acts of aggression.

It is therefore critical that Christians take a stand against gun control legislation because it (1) violates an unalienable right given in Scripture and puts the others at risk by reducing our ability to defend them; (2) violates the Constitution; (3) is based on a lie that guns kill people, when in reality it is people who kill other people; (4) creates over-dependence on government to protect and provide for us; and (5) paves the way for tyranny because it reduces the people’s ability to check oppressive governmental force.

 

So, where do the 2016 Presidential candidates stand on the gun rights? This article does an excellent job of summarizing their positions on this issue for us:

http://redalertpolitics.com/2015/06/22/good-bad-ugly-2016-candidates-stand-gun-rights/

 

Please share your thoughts and comments with us!

In Christ – Samuel and Lydia

Why We Need to Speak the Truth of Scripture to Politics

Psalm 1 begins: How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lordand in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers…

Psalm 2 continues with: Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!” 

Proverbs 24:24-25 promises: He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,” peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him; but to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight, and a good blessing will come upon them.

Finally, 1 Peter 2:13-15 instructs Christians to: Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.

The political arena, particularly the media, is full of scoffers who speak ignorantly and blasphemously against God, misusing His Word to suit their own ungodly agenda and/or promote themselves as candidates. We as Christians are commanded to “put to silence the ignorance of foolish men” through our godly lives in support of godly leaders in the fear of the Lord and follow the example of Christ by directly confronting and opposing the irreverence for God in our day, as He did on numerous occasions (with the pharisees and even against the money-changers in the temple – Matthew 21 and John 2). In contrast to their blasphemy, we should have zeal and reverence for God and His Word (Psalm 1 and John 2:17).

View this video from 1:45-2:30 to see how Donald Trump very irreverently uses the Bible and waves it like a magic wand in an attempt to convince voters of his “Christianity.” Sadly, he isn’t the only candidate who does these sorts of antics to woo Christian voters…They wouldn’t do it if it didn’t work.

Aside from the first several minutes where he points out how Ted Cruz (like the vast majority of politicians) will likely be servant to his largest campaign donors, this video segment degenerates into a very, very sad case of scoffing against God and His Word. Christians should be handling and preaching what God’s Word truly says about government and how our nation’s founders leaned so heavily on the Bible in writing our founding documents. If they did that on a large scale, the man in this video would be exposed for the ignorant scoffer that he is, and would in effect be silenced in his current line of attack.

Christians, the Bible is being used in politics today – but almost always in a blasphemous way. Let’s obey God’s Word and follow Christ’s example. For the glory of His name and His Word.

Please share your thoughts and comments with us!

In Christ – Samuel and Lydia

Monetary Policy: Where the Candidates Stand – Part II

Last week’s post got about twice as many views as the other posts…due to this topic’s apparent popularity and importance, particularly in light of the upcoming “Audit the Fed” vote, here is an interesting material on the subject:

http://www.businessinsider.com/rand-paul-heres-why-we-should-audit-the-fed-2015-12

Call your Senators!

http://www.chooseliberty.org/melt-the-lines.aspx?pid=01b&r=10

In Christ – Samuel and Lydia