Sunday, June 1, 2008

Why don't "mainstream" Christians get it?

Hello everyone. I have hardly been blogging at all these days, and that is why this blog has very little content. Anyone familiar with my other blogs knows that I am a supporter of Ron Paul. Many Christians and other citizens support Ron Paul, and I think that the majority of Ron Paul's support base comes from ordinary, common, everyday American Christian citizens, like myself and my family.

I have noticed that Christians as a whole group are not anywhere near unanimous in their support of Dr. Paul, however. Candidates like Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson (although they are now out of the mainstream race for the most part) seem to be the main candidates for Christians to gravitate towards. But they would find a more faithful friend in Ron Paul, whether they believe it nor not.

Many Christians do not support Ron Paul because he has not supported the Human Life Amendment to the Constitution, but this is a poor reason not to vote for the candidate who is, by far, the best on the block. Ron Paul is pro-life, and his strategy is much better than the one that has been proposed by the mainstream evangelical right. His strategy, and its superiority to the "constitutional amendment" strategy, is explained briefly in the first of the two videos below.

Now, I am certainly pro-life. I would not vote for a candidate that is not pro-life. Anyone who favors or is willing to ignore abortion of any kind is an accomplice to murder of the most gruesome kind, and as such, is not worthy of any public trust whatsoever. So many in the "evangelical Christian right" say that abortion is currently the most crucial moral issue of the day. I agree that it is a serious problem that needs to be taken seriously, and stopped quickly; however, there is a greater moral problem that underlies abortion, and every other immoral ill in this country. This great moral problem is the lack of virtue in the so-called Christian Church in America. Polls show that those who profess themselves Christians do not, as a general group, have greater morals than those who profess themselves non-Christians. Oh yes, these Christians may mentally acknowledge higher moral "standards," but do they live by these standards? It seems that most don't do that very well.

This moral problem in turn, springs out of a view of God, a view of sin, a view of the Gospel, and a view of salvation, that is not found anywhere in the Bible. It is the view that does not demand holiness of the Christian, or of anyone. I have been studying the Bible on this subject for some time now, and will soon post my studies, and my findings, on my personal blog, Herculean Reflections. It may be a while until I post this study, so let me simply say that the book The Way of the Master (by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron) is a pretty good analysis of the problem with the American Church, the problem of our evangelism, and how that is destroying our country. Here is the website. Watch the video "Hell's Best Kept Secret" for an idea. Another video that explains this problem well, is a sermon by missionary Paul Washer. Please watch and listen prayerfully.

In the meantime, I want my readers to carefully and prayerfully watch the following two videos, and then consider the question that follows the videos --



There is a passage in the first video I would like to highlight:
A girl today even if she delivers by herself, is frightened and throws the baby away, she's arrested ... but why isn't that girl acting rationally? It's because she's been raised in a culture and society that says, 'Life has no value.' And, people get paid for destroying life.

And I think that issue, right there, has to be resolved for us as a society. And quite frankly, I don't think that that is going to be resolved by the law; we can have the proper laws to try to regulate this thing. But that isn't it. As a matter of fact, the law isn't what allowed abortion; the abortions were being done in the 60s against the law. The courts came along, and conformed to the social changes and the moral changes, so law reflects the morality of the people.

That doesn't mean we give up on doing our best, to stop abortion due to the law, but ultimately, it's going to be up to us as parents, and ministers, and as Christians to bring about changes. We can't just say, 'Let's wait for that next Supreme Court ruling, that next Supreme Court appointment, and let's avoid my bill that can take care of it by a majority vote from Congress -- let's work to change the Constitution!' Sometimes that's duckin' our responsibility. Because really, deep down, it's going to be a moral issue -- us as individuals, how we raise our children, how we talk to our friends and neighbors, and what we do in our churches, and that ultimately will make the difference. I think that the easiest and the best and the most proper way under the Constitution, not only with the abortion issue, but with prayer in school and marriage as well, these things should be taken out of the hands of the federal court. This doesn't mean that we can't work for better justices, that we don't have to work for a constitutional amendment -- this a majority vote in Congress, signed by the President, and you can change all this.
Ron Paul has taken a similar stand, and further detailed his vision, in a speech that he made on the floor of the House of Representatives in 2004, concerning the Indecency Act. I have written about his speech, and given a link to the whole text of it, here.

The second video is provided by Christians for Ron Paul. Check out their website!

Unless the Christian community wakes up to the realization that revival is caused only by the repentance and genuine conversion of the Church, which in turn shapes law and public policy, and NOT the other way around, we will only be digging ourselves deeper into the grave of chaos and tyranny.

Vertas est Libertas!


Jenn said...

Excellent post. This is the first clip and speech I've heard from Ron Paul and he has my vote. Do you really think an underdog who doesn't have the party nom could win? Do you think he'd try again in 4 years if he doesn't get it this year?

Hercules Mulligan said...

Hello Jenn, and welcome to my blog. Thanks for your comment.

I wish I could give a surer prediction over whether or not Paul can win, based on nomination. I am not sure if he has necessarily been rejected from the nomination. He is still running, but has not been focusing on his presidential campaign of late, just so that he can maintain his seat in the Congress (he is up for re=election). But he is still running, and he still has a lot of grassroots support.

If he does not win this year, I think he would try again in four years. Dr. Paul has been making his bid for the presidency ever since Bush I was President, and each election season he is gaining more momentum. So I think that he would run again, if he didn't win this year.

Thank you for supporting Ron Paul, and for visiting this blog and taking the time to leave your thoughts. Come again!

God bless you.