Reverend Jerry Falwell
(pragmatism over faith)
said: Let each citizen remember at the
moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a
compliment to please an individual--or at least that he ought not so to
do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human
society for which he is accountable to God and his country.
How can it be? A man of God who proudly surrenders God's values
for his seat at the table, promising your vote to one unworthy of a
vote, Sen. John McCain. Yes, we are all accountable to God Himself
for our votes. Is this God's way?
Some will say that Falwell has just gone too far this time.
Really, he went too far a long time ago, especially delivering your vote
to candidate Bush. Martin Luther, himself made dreadful mistakes
at the end of his life regarding the Jews. Falwell has sold us
out, or worse, sold God out.
In fact, Falwell has not sold anyone out who refuses to be sold out.
He, and those like him, are the problem with the Christian's acceptance
of political pragmatism over standing firm for God's values.
Falwell said: at this point he sees "no reason why I could not support"
McCain, he added this could change. (MSNBC's, The Situation,
April 17, 2006)
"John McCain is a strong conservative," Falwell said. "He's pro-
life. He's strong national defense. He's a national hero. His view on
family is just where most conservative Christians' views are." If
Falwell is right, this is an indictment upon us who claim Christ.
Christ wouldn't compromise God's values. We should never accept
|RUSSERT: Do you think that Jerry Falwell’s ideas are now
good for the Republican Party?
MCCAIN: I believe that the “Christian Right” has a major
role to play in the Republican Party. One reason is because
they’re so active and their followers are. And I believe
they have a right to be a part of our party.
I don’t have to agree with
everything they stand for, nor do I have to agree with
everything that’s on the liberal side of the Republican
Party. If we have to agree on every issue, we’re
not a Republican Party. I believe in open and honest debate.
Was I unhappy in the year 2000 that I lost the primary and
there were some attacks on me that I thought was unfair? Of
course. Should I get over it? Should I serve — can I serve
the people of Arizona best by looking back in anger or
|In 2000, McCain wanted to change the GOP's abortion
platform to explicitly recognize exceptions for rape and
"George, do you believe in the exemption in abortion …
for rape, incest and life of the mother?" McCain pointedly
asked then-Gov. George W. Bush during a 2000 GOP debate
moderated by CNN's Larry King.
McCain says publicly that he still supports exceptions
for rape, incest and the life of the mother...
"Most of the pro-life community, myself included, is
happy with McCain's pro-life views," Falwell told ABC News.
"We are comfortable."
|"Falwell approached McCain, not the other way around.
And interviews with both suggest that it is Falwell, not
McCain, who is more willing to be flexible. McCain's
visit to Liberty University is indeed a conciliatory signal
not just to Falwell but to millions of Christian
conservatives who question the depth of McCain's commitment
on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. But it is
as much a chance for Falwell and his supporters to assert
their influence in the Republican Party -- an influence that
has waned in recent years."...
When I asked Falwell if he
could see himself supporting McCain for president, he
quickly answered, "Of course. If he is the candidate, he'll
certainly have my support."
Jerry Falwell simply does not understand that we are not to win at
all costs when the cost is too high. We offend God Himself when we
choose such an approach and as we see Falwell's power decreasing
due to his past failures and our nation in dire trouble, we see that God
is not blessing such a broken approach. He is wrong.
2 Chronicles 7: 14 if my people , who
are called by my name , will humble themselves and pray and seek my
face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven
and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
This is true of Falwell and the rest of us. Falwell blessed our
current president and no children have been saved and Christians are
being blamed for Bush's poor decisions. God had nothing to do with
an endorsement of our current president, except to 'turn us over to our
sins'. God allowed us to make fools of ourselves in order to
correct His children. Isn't it time we see our error with
McCain has no convictions for God's values or it would have been
obvious before now. Could McCain change? Of course.
Has he? No. Will he? Almost certainly, no.
If you allow your vote to go to McCain or one like him, you have
failed God Himself. But, then again, it is business as usual.
Yes, a decision accountable to God. As deceived as the Muslims
are, many show incredible conviction. We who carry the truth of
Christ should be even more committed to His values.
We don't fear God and His justice and increasing wrath will (perhaps
suddenly) cause us to regret such decisions. It looks like the
Constitution Party may
be our only refuge in politics. At least you will be with like
minded individuals who unwaveringly, unabashedly put God first.
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