God's litmus tests for all government officials including
 judges, politicians, school board members, etc.

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Founding Fathers in prayer

A stained glass replica of a painting of the first Continental Congress in 1774 depicts the entire congress in fervent prayer (click on image to see a larger version)

This article was originally posted prior to the 2004 presidential campaign.  Much of what is in it is as relevant today as it was 4 years ago. One major difference is that we supported the Constitution Party candidate 4 years ago.  Today we are endorsing Mike Huckabee.

God's criteria for selecting government officials

God tells Christians that they need to pay very close attention to the religious beliefs of anyone that they put in positions of power in their government.  Consider these verses as an example:

Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place [such] over them, [to be] rulers of thousands, [and] rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:
Exodus 18:21

And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city, And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who [is] with you in the judgment. wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do [it]: for [there is] no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.
2 Chronicles 19:5-7

The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. Counsel [is] mine, and sound wisdom: I [am] understanding; I have strength. By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, [even] all the judges of the earth. I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
Proverbs 8:13-17

God demands of us that they be committed Christians who fear God.  In addition to the definition of "fear" which is given in the Proverbs verse that is quoted above, "fear" also means that they need to have a deep and profound reverence for God.  They should be in awe of His mighty power and wisdom. They should understand that God demands of them that they be first and foremost accountable to Him. The people who elect them should expect and insist that they believe that way. They must be willing to put God's will over their own opinions, even over the will of the people they serve if those people choose to disobey God.  These are men who practice exegesis not eisegesis when studying God's Word, the Bible, to see what guidance it gives them in their official government and personal roles.  So how can the average person tell which method of interpretation someone is using?  The answer is simple.  Spend some time learning hermeneutics, the principles for Bible interpretation.  The more you learn, the better able you'll be to spot eisegesis when you see it.

Look closely and you'll see that liberals who claim to be Christians normally engage in bible study with an eisegesis approach.  When applying this litmus test to politicians, judges and school board members, most of them would fail miserably.  Most are far more afraid of poll results, focus groups, their contributors, the media and their constituents than they are of God.

Many today complain about liberal activist judges.  These judges are in power today only because of our lack of vigilance over who we have put into positions of government power, and because we have been for decades largely ignoring God's litmus test for them.

 

What the Bible says about women in government leadership positions

God appears to make some pretty clear statements in the Bible about whether or not women should serve in elected leadership roles in the church or in civil government.  See this link for what he says about women leaders in the church.  We believe that a strong Biblical case can also be made that God does not want women serving in government positions either.  See the following link (not on our web site) for a good explanation of why:

Should Christians support a Woman for the Office of Civil Magistrate?

I know that in this politically correct world, this is not a popular statement to make.  But God's Word often flies in the face of popular opinion, especially in a world that is drifting farther and farther away from Biblical truths.

 

Democrats have a long track record of being anti-Christian

 
"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened."

Norman Thomas
Presidential Candidate in 1944
American Socialist Party

As far as the Democrats are concerned, few of their candidates, judges and school board members could pass these tests.  John Kerry, John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy and most other national Democrats certainly could not. With the Democratic party's longstanding support of gay rights, abortion, evolutionism, and a whole host of other liberal anti-Christian and anti-God causes, as a party they clearly do not have anywhere near the fear of God that they should.  If given control of the Congress and the power of the presidency, Democrats would also appoint liberal judges that would pull this country even farther away from God. Their track record is so bad and so obvious, it isn't necessary to discuss it much further in this article.  It's no accident that most conservative Christians avoid the Democratic party.  Most Democrats that I've personally observed are either atheists or agnostics, or are those Christians who could be the poster boys/girls for eisegesis.  For those Democrats who are conservative Christians, may I humbly suggest that you consider switching your party affiliation to one that has a platform that is far more pro-Christian so that those fellow Christians who want to vote for you can feel more comfortable doing so.

 

A closer look at why the Republican Party is also failing God's litmus tests

 
President Bush on several occasions has referred to Islam as a "great" 1, "tolerant" 2 religion,  and has openly said he has "nothing but praise for it".3  When asked in an October 25, 2004 interview on Good Morning America, "Do Christians and non-Christians and Muslims go to heaven in your mind?", Mr. Bush responded by saying, "I think we do. We have different routes of getting to the Almighty". 4

Islam directly contradicts the central message of the Bible, which says that salvation is only possible through faith in Jesus Christ.  When President Bush or anyone who claims to be a Christian makes statements like this about any false religion (including Islam), he is denying the core doctrinal foundation of faith in Jesus that Christianity is built upon.  These are just a few of the many Bible verses that Mr. Bush is in direct conflict with:

If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
2 John 1:10-11

This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Acts 4:11-12
(This verse in Acts is referring to Jesus)

The Republican party has for years been the one conservative Christians have traditionally chosen to put their support behind. However, what has surprised me lately is how much the Republican party has also been involved in anti-Christian activities. I've been doing research on this topic for the past several months. There are many examples that could be cited of President Bush's overtly anti-Christian activities.  The same is true for Ohio's liberal governor Bob Taft, California's liberal governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.

It matters greatly that we get this right.  We can't count on the secular media to do our thinking for us by going along with their endorsements.  We must get educated on the candidates, their party platforms and the issues, then think for ourselves.  Virtually every secular news media outlet I've seen that has endorsed one candidate or another has done so for purely secular reasons.  None of them seem to have a clue how important it is what God thinks of us as a nation.  For an answer to why they are so ignorant about this issue, see our link titled  Many in the Liberal Secular Media do Satan's bidding whether they realize it or not.  

God has promised his blessings and protection on nations that put Him front and center.  He has also promised chastisement to those nations that "forget" him.  If we keep putting politicians like Bush, Kerry, Taft (governor of Ohio), etc. into office, what kind of a message is that going to send to our Creator about how serious we are about being the kind of nation that He demands that we be?  

I think it's fair to say that many pastors today realize that God may already be in the process of chastising our nation for a long list of sins we are already committing against him on a daily basis (See our Is America being chastised by God? link for more information about that topic).  Do we really want to exacerbate this problem by continuing to put someone as liberal as Kerry into office, or someone like Bush who tries to be on both sides of the fence at the same time as far as social issues are concerned?  Do we want to keep allowing liberal judges like the ones who gave Terri Schiavo a death sentence by refusing to reinsert her feeding tube?

Let's look at president Bush as an example.  On the surface, it may look like President Bush is a committed Christian who closely follows what God's Word, the Bible says.  Many Christians support him and voted for him.  However, it has also been my experience that these same Christians often will refuse to even look at what people like me and others are trying to bring to their attention about Bush's anti-Christian actions.  I suspect it's because they're afraid of what they might discover if they do, and of having to face the tough choices that would follow if they finally did come to the realization that Bush does not pass God's litmus test for Biblical leadership. 

There are several examples where Bush has taken the right stand on and issue, and he should be commended for doing so.  However, he has also been engaged in some rather disturbing behavior that no Christian leader should ever be involved in regardless of how well it may play to the liberal news media or to non-Christians.  Here are a few examples:

  1. President Bush on several occasions has referred to Islam as a "great" 1, "tolerant" 2 religion,  and has openly said he has "nothing but praise for it".3  When asked in an October 25, 2004 interview on Good Morning America, "Do Christians and non-Christians and Muslims go to heaven in your mind?", Mr. Bush responded by saying, "I think we do. We have different routes of getting to the Almighty" 4.  If a pastor of a church made such statements to his congregation from the pulpit, he would probably be fired.  If we wouldn't let the pastor of a local church make such blasphemous statements, then why we we even consider putting someone into office who is the head of our entire nation who believes this way?

  2. Bush scolds Christian leaders who have spoken out against the false religion of Islam.  See http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/788763/posts.

  3. See the article titled, "Bush cheers 'gay' church after 'Marriage Week'" at http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=35539.

  4. See various other articles about President Bush's other actions that fly in the face of Christianity at these links: 

    http://www.bushrevealed.com/
    http://www.ohiocp.org/whynotbush.php

 

The Constitution Party is an alternative

Many Christians voted for President Bush this time around because they consider him to be the lesser of the two evils, and the alternatives don't have enough support behind them yet (or they aren't aware that there are good alternatives). However, many of those same Christians have longed for an alternative party and candidates who will show far more respect for God's Holy Word, and who will fear God as he commands them to. It turns out there is such a party. It's called the Constitution Party. Their web site is

http://www.constitutionparty.com

When comparing the platforms and candidates of the Republican party against those of the Constitution party, the differences are very striking.  Please consider taking a hard look at their platform and supporting their candidates at the federal, local and state levels starting with this election and all subsequent ones. If we will get behind this party, especially at the local and state levels, it will help them to build momentum and become a force to be reckoned with.  If you are a Republican politician, consider switching to the Constitution party where you can be far more comfortable with a platform that truly puts God front and center.

I am convinced after seeing the Republican party fielding liberal candidates like Governors Bob Taft, and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mayor Rudy Giuliani, that we simply cannot rely on the them long-term to represent Christians in a way that the God calls for them to. We must do something about this now, or we will end up with only with choices of candidates who are drifting even farther to the left, and farther away from a Biblical form of government. 

If you are a God fearing Christian candidate, consider switching your allegiance to the Constitution Party instead of the Republican party in future elections. That way Christians who may want to vote for you won't have to settle for the far less Christian platform that the Republican party offers.

 

A vote for Bush was a wasted vote

Many Christians objected to voting for attorney Michael Anthony Peroutka, the Constitution Party candidate for president, because they know he had no chance at all of winning in 2004.  I would agree that this time around he has no chance of winning.  However, I still voted for him anyway for several reasons.  

  1. He was the only candidate who ran for president who could pass the Biblical litmus test specified above.

  2. It is an act of obedience to God to vote only for candidates who can pass His litmus tests.  Our loyalty and obedience to Him should be first above all other considerations.

  3. Christians who voted for Bush this time need to look ahead and see what's coming in 2008 and beyond.  I suspect we'll see someone far more liberal than Bush is running for president as the Republican nominee.  If Christians wait until 2008 to start thinking about their options, God-fearing candidates like those of the Constitution Party may still be as weak then as they are today because of the neglect of Christians who should have been working hard to build them up into a viable, strong alternative.  The time to act is NOW.  Vote for the Constitution Party candidates in the next election and all subsequent ones.  It will send a clear signal to the Republican party, and it will embolden other Christians to take a risk and do the same.  If you still don't feel comfortable doing that, then at least consider your options to start working after this election to support the Constitution party.  

If Kerry had won the election, Christians who voted for Mr. Peroutka would probably have been blamed by other Christians for allowing Kerry to win.  However, I believe that the blame would be misplaced.  If Kerry had won, it wouldn't have been because people like me failed to vote for Bush.  Instead, it would have been because of the lukewarm Christians and AWOL pastors and churches in this country who have for decades been sitting on their hands doing little to nothing as atheists, evolutionists, humanists and other anti-God activists have taken over our public education, media, courts, other government offices and even our churches.  

If our nation is cursed by a liberal democrat president like Hillary Clinton, and he/she starts persecuting Christians as I firmly believe such a person would, it may well be a chastisement from God on the lukewarm, compromising Christians of this nation.  Perhaps that's what it will finally take to wake them up and get them off their back sides and involved in a meaningful way.  Hopefully when they do wake up they will take a hard look at the bold changes the Constitution Party is offering and get solidly behind them instead of wasting their time and votes on the Republican party, which is clearly drifting farther to the left with each passing election.

 

Conclusion

I believe that today we are facing a situation similar to what the apostle Peter did just after Jesus's crucifixion.  Afraid of persecution by men, he three times denied Jesus.  I see parallels with today's Christians who continue to throw their support behind candidates like George Bush who has openly praised a religion that is an enemy of God (Islam), or John Kerry who is in effect pro-abortion and pro-gay regardless of how he tries to repackage himself to the contrary.  

The Christians in this nation may think they're holding off persecution by voting for Bush.  But I can't help but to wonder if they'll accomplish nothing more than to hasten God's chastisement against this nation by sending a strong signal to God that we fear persecution by men more than we fear His chastisement.  God's litmus test for government leaders is unambiguous, and there are good reasons for it.  By continuing to ignore godly men like those in the Constitution Party and instead throwing our support behind those who compromise God's truths, I believe that is exactly the signal we'll be sending to God.  I think we can do better.  I'm still hoping and praying that we have enough Christians who are more concerned with pleasing God than they are men, and who will vote their conscience in future elections instead of voting out of fear of persecution.


 

Related links

Biblical Standards for Choosing Civil Magistrates

The Myth of the Separation of Church and State 

Is America being chastised by God

Many in the Liberal Secular Media do Satan's bidding whether they realize it or not

 

References

1. See http://209.157.64.200/focus/f-news/1005676/posts

2. 

See http://209.157.64.200/focus/f-news/1005676/posts

3. 

See http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3770220

4. 
  

This interview is documented at the ABC News web site at this link: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=193746&page=1.
That particular link did quote Bush accurately.  However, it is not a detailed transcript of the interview.  The Constitution Party obtained a detailed transcript and they provided us with the the exact questions that were asked of Bush, and exactly how he answered them.  You can contact ABC News to get your own copy of the transcript if you want one.  Unfortunately they don't appear to have it available on-line for free.

 

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