Faith in Politics – The Faith Based Candidate

By admin ~ October 9th, 2011 @ 11:57 pm

“CHARLES GIBSON: Do we all worship the same God, Christian and Muslim?
PRESIDENT BUSH: I think we do. We have different routes of getting to the Almighty…
CHARLES GIBSON: Do Christians and non-Christians and Muslims go to heaven in your mind?

PRESIDENT BUSH: Yes, they do. We have different routes of getting there….
Tuesday, October 26, 2004 ABC News: Good Morning America

What?!

This is not a misstatement or an unguarded moment. Pres. Bush has repeated this view many times over the years- most recently in an October 5, 2007 Al Arabiya interview. While those views may be politically correct, they certainly don’t reflect the view of mainstream Christians. Christians believe there is only one way to get to heaven- Jesus.

Of course, all politicians make “wishy-washy” statements. But, Christians cannot have it or say it both ways. One either believes John 14:6- Christ is THE [one and only] Way, THE [one and only] Truth, and THE [one and only] Life, or one does not believe the Gospel. Not everyone that cries “Lord, Lord” is a Christian- especially in politics. Politicians, Republicans and Democrats, have hijacked the Name of Christ to get votes.

Some politicians promote “Christian” tax structures to rally support to their view. Christian tax structures? While Christ did say that Christians should pay their taxes, he never addressed the appropriate “capital gains tax” rate. Any candidate can profess “pro-family,” or “pro-morals,” or “pro-life” morals. However, what a politician says can differ greatly from who he is and how he votes. The short list of “moral” candidates who have professed values counter to their actions would include President Bill Clinton, Senator Larry Craig, Representative David Vitter, Representative Mark Foley, etc. They all sounded good on camera!

These days EVERYONE has a speech to woo the Christian voter. It is nothing but vain talking. Be wary of candidates that tell you exactly what you want to hear. They are just out to scratch itchy ears. These people are playing the Gospel and us for fools. They show up in churches and television shows, spout some God-talk, and laugh all the way to the polls. As Christians, we have to do more than test the words. Christians cannot make voting decision based upon thirty-second commercials or partisan voting guides. Christians must test the spirit behind the candidate with prayer and observation. One sound scriptural test is 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, The Love Confession.

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…”

Recognize this truth. A candidate can confess “correct” positions on all the issues but if Biblical Love is not evident his life and campaign, he/she is of the WRONG spirit. Is the candidate or his campaign mean spirited, arrogant, or dishonest? If so, then the spirit motivating that person is not the Holy Spirit. God is Love. If the candidate is not “in Love,” he/she is not “in God.”

The Love Walk candidate will be the right person for the presidency because “love never fails.” A Christian Love walk will produce a strong moral national defense policy, balanced immigration law, and will correctly weigh the rights of the consumers versus the economic needs of business. A Holy Spirit motivated candidate can hold fast to his confession while not intruding on the divine right of others to be wrong! This candidate will respect a Pledge of Allegiance that says “One nation under GOD, WITH justice and liberty for ALL.” The balance of these two principles is the essence of the Love Confession.

Be Blessed and Fruitful
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