IS THIS THE ONLY VOICE?
IS THIS THE ONLY VOICE CALLING FOR
LEADERSHIP? OR DO YOU SENSE THE
SAME NEED AND WANT TO HELP?
Last week we cited the statement from Bobby Eberle,
expressing concern over the lack of "leadership" --
but his emphasis was solely on the lack of leadership
in the political sphere. We also cited the statement by
Congressman Mike Pence emphasizing his affirmation
of his beliefs, that he is "a Christian, a Conservative
and a Republican, and in that order."
"Politics," per se, is not our primary area of expertise,
nor is it our primary subject for comment -- although
we would be failing in our responsibility as citizens of
a nation founded on Christian principles if we did not
express our concern over our national administration
operating contrary to those Christian principles. Thus,
our primary concern is with the Christian, Evangelical
and Conservative viewpoints -- all applicable terms for
our religious convictions. And, of course, the term
"Conservative" applies also to our political convictions.
In the religious area of life, we Evangelical Christians
are bereft of dynamic, effective eldership. Very frankly,
that lack of leadership played an important role in the
election of an extremely Liberal president in November.
The Evangelical vote, the Moral Majority, which had
twice elected Ronald Reagan with larger margins than
had ever been recorded before, fell apart with the loss
of Jerry Falwell and Jim Kennedy. We faced the
obstacle of so-called "Evangelicals" saying they
would rather not vote at all rather than vote for the
Republican candidate. We are now paying the price
for that attitude.
If we expect to see this resulting situation change, we
who claim to be Evangelical Christians are going to have
to find a new leader, and rally behind him, and reclaim
this nation for God and return to acknowledging those
Christian principles upon which it was founded.
Such a leader does not seem to be in sight at this
moment, but God has never left us leaderless in times
of need -- starting, if you will, with providing Moses
as the leader to take Israel out of Egypt, across the
wilderness so that ultimately they would reach God's
designated land for His people.
This we do know, that He has His man for this need,
and will make him known to us in His time. We must
be faithful in our prayer for such a leader.
And the need is great, because while the major
shortcomings of the Obama administration are in the
political realm, many of those actions have a serious
effect on religious issues. Absent a strong Evangelical
leader those anti-Christian positions will strengthen
and have more devastating results.
An analysis well worth reading! In mid February
Jeffrey Kuhner, president of the Edmund Burke
Institute, a Washington, DC think tank, analyzed the
danger we face in a column in the Washington Times
newspaper in February. A few excerpts from that
analysis will point out the similarities between the
administration of Juan Peron in Argentina in the mid-
twentieth century and the Obama administration in
America today: "The disastrous path on which
America is currently embarked was tried in another
country in the Western Hemisphere: Juan Peron's
Argentina. During the 1940s until a 1955 coup
ousted him from power, Peron presided over a
fascist state ... Argentina had a strong industrial
base ... Like America, it served as a magnet for
immigrants from all over the world ... Within 15
years, however, Argentina went from being one of
the richest to one of the poorest countries...This
was due largely to Peronist policies. Upon coming
to office, Peron established a corporatist state
characterized by lavish social spending, elaborate
welfare programs, protectionism, confiscatory
taxation and runaway deficits... Argentina
degenerated into the Latin American basket case
that it is today... Socialism and a sky-rocketing
national debt can permanently impoverish even the
wealthiest nations. America is not immune from the
laws of economics... Mr. Obama is taking the first
dangerous steps toward an American version of
Peronism. His followers see him as a political messiah,
a revolutionary change agent ..."
Frightening? Yes, and Dr. Kuhner concludes with
the very applicable warning from George Santayana,
"Those who fail to learn from history are condemned
to repeat it."
But lest you say: "Oh, those are purely political
issues," pause and remember the promises candidate
Obama made on the campaign trail, and the steps
he has already taken while in office -- steps which
are in direct opposition to, or abandonment of,
traditional Christian principles upon which our nation
was founded. Respect for life has been discarded in
favor of increased provision for abortions, despite
50 million babies killed already . . . his pledge to do
away with the Defense of Marriage law . . . his
promise to support homosexual demands with the
destruction of the concept of family . . . the removal
of the right of moral convictions with the threat of
loss of license of hospitals and medical facilities . . .
the reliance on the unproven "green" theory . . . these
are but a few of the anti-moral, anti-Christian moves
which the present administration is in the process of
Our response, our reaction to this need at this
moment can be two-fold; first, to pray for God to
give wisdom to our leaders to do what is right, and
to show us the new leadership we so urgently need,
and second, to protest to our Senators and our
Representatives in Washington when proposals
contrary to our Christian convictions come before
them for action.
And just for the record: The daily Rasmussen Survey
results this week have given President Obama the
lowest Approval Index of his presidency. After quite
a steady day by day decline, the Approval Index this
week slipped to +4. The rating is computed by
subtracting the percentage of "Strongly Disapprove"
from the percentage of "Strongly Approve." The
Index was in the +28,+30 range after Inauguration,
and has declined to this week's new low of +4.
We often quote the nation's founding fathers.
to remind us that this nation was established on
Christian principles. Here is one who is not often
quoted: Davy Crocket, frontiersman, soldier, hero
of the Alamo -- and three times elected to the US
Congress: "We have rights, as individuals, to give
as much of our own money as we please to charity;
but as members of Congress we have no right so
to appropriate a dollar of public money." (1831)
And two other quotes with current applications:
"A fondness for power is implanted, in most men,
and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired."
-- Alexander Hamilton, 1775
"The main vice of capitalism is the uneven
distribution of prosperity. The main vice of
socialism is the even distribution of misery."
-- Sir Winston Churchill
Some Random Afterthoughts . . .
Continuing our series of "One liners" -- From
Davy Crocket (Congressman, cited above): "I bark at
no man's bid. I will never come and go, and fetch
and carry, at the whistle of the great man in the
White House no matter who he is." A pity that today
we have so few in Congress to speak so boldly as this.
A quick fact, ignored by the liberal media: the
reenlistment rate among our military serving in Iraq is
higher than at almost any time in history. Perhaps our
armed forces know more about what is happening
in Iraq than our liberal politicians and media personnel,
safely ensconced in their stateside offices.
Another new "correct" term for current events:
Janet Napolitano, our new Secretary of Homeland
Security, instead of speaking of threats from terrorists,
now refers to them as "man caused disasters." In
response to a question if that means she thinks Islamic
terrorism no longer poses a threat to America, she
responded "Of course it does." One wonders what
kind of a world she thinks she is living in. And we're
putting our homeland security in her hands?
And another change in a dictionary definition:
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary in its newest edition
has changed the historic definition of "marriage" to fit
the homosexual concept, stating in the new definition
that marriage includes "the state of being united to
a person of the same sex in a relationship like
that of a traditional marriage." It is sad that the
dictionary continues to bear the name of Founding
Father Noah Webster, who relied on the Biblical
concept in defining "marriage."
More scientists oppose "global warming" hoax:
Following the release of reports that the president's
proposed climate plan could cost industry close to
$2 trillion, 59 additional scientists skeptical of the
threat of manmade global warming have been added
to the U.S. Senate Minority Report on climate change,
bringing to more than 700 the number of scientists
around the world who have spoken out against the
hysteria created by Al Gore and other global warming
alarmists. In another note on this subject, the theory
of "global warming" has been called a "cult." Just to
help you keep up on this issue.
Another Founding Father assertion: "Let it be
impressed on your mind that God commands you
to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the
fear of God ... If the citizens neglect their duty and
place unprincipled men in office, the government
will soon be corrupted ... If our government fails
to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must
be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands,
and elect bad men to make and administer the laws."
-- Noah Webster, 1832
God Bless You Greatly!
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