Musings – 2012 Election

Politics is a great subject to study as it reveals human nature.  It is often said that Politics brings out the worst in people and this is very true.  The darkness and evil in men’s hearts are revealed come election time.  This should be a time that the love/light of God is shining brighter than any other from believers as the darkness of their fellow man is being brought forth.  Sadly, believers, too many times snuff out the light of God and embrace the darkness of slander and backbiting, hatred and condemnation when we are called rather to bring forth love and truth.

There is nothing wrong with supporting or opposing a person running for political office but as believers we must use equal weights and measures and speak truth in regards to these men (1 Peter 3:10-11; Ephesians 4:25; 1 Peter 1:15).  Not slander, not rumors…verifiable truth.  Every word that comes out of the mouth of a believer should be edifying (1 Corinthians 14:26; Ephesians 4:29).  We are forbidden to speak evil of our fellow man (Titus 3:2), especially of those appointed into positions of leadership (Acts 23:5; Exodus 22:28).  Scripture brings forth heavy warning to believers who speak evil against their fellow man, especially leaders in government (2 Peter 2:10-12; Jude 1:8-9; Romans 13:1-8).  Rebuke can be done without hate (Ephesians 4:15; Leviticus 19:17-18).  Opposing a politician can be done without vilification (2 Timothy 2:25).

It is an abomination to God to devise evil in your heart against your fellow man, to speak lies and sow discord amongst your fellow countryman (Proverbs 6:16-19; 8:13).  Remember this the next time you feel led to speak evil against a politician and spread rumors and slander without doing the research to see if what you are sharing is true or false.  You may despise a politician and believe that his stance on gay marriage or abortion is an abomination in the eyes of God but when you spread slander and lies about him you are no better!

This election year has brought forth a lot of important Biblical issues and is really exposing the evils within the hearts of believers.  Most believers will admit that neither candidate for President is especially pleasing to them so the ones that vote have decided to choose the lesser of two evils.  Biblically, this can’t be justified.  Aligning yourself with evil is still choosing evil (Ephesians 5:1-12).

When one looks at the action of voting from a spiritual viewpoint, voting is related to man speaking his voice and fulfilling the Biblical command to appoint leaders in the gates of his land (Deuteronomy 16:18).  When one votes, he is pledging his support to a candidate and is linking himself to that person as a fruit that clings to the vine.  The elected officials of America are to uphold the Constitution which is based upon the Word.  The duty of those who vote is to make sure they are appointing leaders who do so, otherwise they are aligning with a strange vine (Jeremiah 2:21).  There should be no vote for the ‘lesser of two evils’ for in doing so one is still aligning themselves with evil.

All politicians have faults because they are men and no man is without sin (Romans 3:10).  However, having faults does not equate one with being evil (James 3:2; Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8-10).  The only way to judge another person is by looking at their fruits (Matthew 7:16).  This must be done by looking at their words and actions, not by trying to judge the perceived secrets of their hearts (John 7:24).  This is yet another aspect of walking with the Lord that many believers have perverted in this election.  Unequal weights and measures are an abomination to God (Deuteronomy 25:15-16; Proverbs 11:1; 20:23).  Sadly, this abominable type of judgment is what I have seen from many.

God loves judgment (Psalm 37:28; 11:7; Isaiah 61:8; Jeremiah 9:24).  The Hebrew word for judgment is משפט ‘mishpat’ which has the sense of standing in a court of law and judging a case.  As in all political campaigns, rumors and mistruths abound.  2012 has been no different.  The problem is that believers will many times repeat lies and mistruths because they support one candidate over another.  This is not righteous judgment.  The lies and rumors about Barack Obama are a good example to display this point.

To begin with, Biblically if one is going to condemn another they had better be telling the truth and have the facts.  If not, the judgment which they are trying to bring against the accused will fall on their heads (Deuteronomy 19:15-20).  So, for those who are claiming that President Obama is a Muslim or traitor etc., are you willing to stand in a court of law and bring forth the facts against him?  More importantly, are you willing to stand in a court of law and if proven wrong take the punishment that he would have received as a traitor?  If not, then why are you spreading slander and rumors?  You are not sharing the light and love of God, you are spreading the darkness and hatred of the accuser/satan (Revelation 12:10).

Many believers are spreading the false rumor that President Obama is a Muslim.  This has no factual basis, only conspiracy theory.  Obama has repeatedly said that he was never a Muslim and he believes in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  Nobody can tell what is in his heart, we can only judge his fruit.  There is no fruit, whether in word or deed which can be used to say he is a Muslim.  I have spent many many hours studying this man’s life because of research for a book on the Presidents and found that there is no legitimate evidence that he is a Muslim or a secret ‘taqiyya’ trying to infiltrate the U.S. government and lead us into sharia law.

“There is one thing that I want to mention that I think is important. Part of what we’ve been seeing during the course this campaign is some scurrilous e-mails that have been sent out, denying my faith, talking about me being a Muslim, suggesting that I got sworn in the U.S. Senate with a Quran in my hand or that I don’t pledge allegiance to the flag. I think it’s really important for your readers to know that I have been a member of the same church for almost 20 years, and I have never practiced Islam. I am respectful of the religion, but it’s not my own. One of the things that’s very important in this day and age is that we don’t use religion as a political tool and certainly that we don’t lie about religion as a way to score political points. I just thought it was important to get that in there to dispel rumors that have been over the Internet. We’ve done so repeatedly, but obviously it’s a political tactic of somebody to try to provide this misinformation.” — “Q&A: Barack Obama”, Interview by Sarah Pulliam and Ted Olsen, Christianity Today, January 2008, Vol. 52

“I’m a Christian by choice. My family didn’t – frankly, they weren’t folks who went to church every week. And my mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew, but she didn’t raise me in the church. So I came to my Christian faith later in life, and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead – being my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper, treating others as they would treat me. I think also understanding that Jesus Christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility we all have to have as human beings, that we’re sinful and we’re flawed and we make mistakes, and that we achieve salvation through the grace of God. But what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people and do our best to help them find their own grace. That’s what I strive to do. That’s what I pray to do every day. I think my public service is part of that effort to express my Christian faith.”  — President Barack Obama, September 27, 2010 {Obama ‘Christian By Choice’: President Responds To Questioner by Charles Babington and Darlene Superville, AP, September 28, 2010}

“My father was from Kenya and a lot of people in his village were Muslim. He didn’t practice Islam. Truth is he wasn’t very religious. He met my mother. My mother was a Christian from Kansas, and they married and then divorced. I was raised by my mother. So, I’ve always been a Christian. The only connection I’ve had to Islam is that my grandfather on my father’s side came from that country. But I’ve never practiced Islam.” {“Obama asked about connection to Islam”. First Read – msnbc.com 12/22/07}

“My Christian faith … has been a sustaining force for me … All the more so, when Michelle and I hear our faith questioned from time to time, we are reminded that ultimately what matters is not what other people say about us but whether we’re being true to our conscience and true to our God. ‘Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.'”

Obama reveals that the director of his Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnership’s office, Joshua DuBois, “starts my morning off with meditations from scripture”

“The prayer that I tell myself every night is a fairly simple one: I ask in the name of Jesus Christ that my sins are forgiven, that my family is protected and that I am an instrument of God’s will. I’m constantly trying to align myself to what I think he calls on me to do. And sometimes you hear it strongly and sometimes that voice is more muted.” {Interview with Dan Gilgoff on beliefnet.com}

“When I wake in the morning, I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to give me the strength to do right by our country and its people. And when I go to bed at night I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to forgive me my sins, and look after my family and the American people, and make me an instrument of His will.” {National Prayer Breakfast 2/3/11}

“I came to see faith as more than just a comfort to the weary or a hedge against death, but rather as an active, palpable agent in the world and in my own life. It was because of these newfound understandings that I was finally able to walk down the aisle of Trinity one day and affirm my Christian faith. It came about as a choice, and not an epiphany. I didn’t fall out in church, as folks sometimes do. The questions I had didn’t magically disappear. The skeptical bent of my mind didn’t suddenly vanish. But kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side, I felt I heard God’s spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth and carrying out His works.”

The President also said that those who doubt he is a Christian should just look at his life.

“I have a job to do as president, and that does not involve convincing folks that my faith in Jesus is legitimate and real. I do my best to live out my faith, and to stay in the Word, and to make my life look more like His,” he said.

“What I can do is just keep on following Him, and serve others—trying to make folks’ lives a little better using this humbling position that I hold.”

Many of the rumors against Obama are coming from men of dark hearts.  Men who despise government that was set up by God and look for any conspiracy theory they can to justify the hatred in their hearts for their fellow man.  Scripture is clear that those who are in power were put there by the Lord in accordance with His perfect will.  Those who speak lies and rebel against these people in leadership are in reality in rebellion against the Lord Himself. (Exodus 22:28; 2 Peter 2:10-12; Jude 1:8-9; Romans 13:1-8; Titus 3:1; Proverbs 24:21; 1 Peter 2:11-19; 1 Timothy 2:1-4; Ephesians 6:5-8).

This is not to say that one can’t disagree and stand against the wrongs committed by those in government, but one better have the truth and evidence to back up what they are saying.  Again, the Hebrew word for judgment is speaking of standing in a court of law and bringing forth a case for judgment.

Here are some links for further backup on Barack Obama being a Christian.

Barack Obama on being a Christian

Obama: My Christian Faith Sustains me

Barack Obama Explains His Path To Christianity

JESUS CHRIST… OBAMA’S SAVIOUR!

Obama Speaks at National Prayer Breakfast

President Obama: ‘I’m a Christian by choice’ – Tuesday, September 28, 2010 

CNN debunks false report about Obama

Is Barack Obama a Muslim?

Was George W. Bush a pro-Shi’ite supporter of Iran? No, and Barack H. Obama isn’t Pro-Islamic either.

There are many other rumors and slanderous claims that are being made against Barack Obama.  Some say that Obamacare is going to mandate a microchip…not true.

Obamacare – Microchip?

Some say he is giving money to the Muslim brotherhood…not true.
No, The President Is Not Giving $1.5 Billion To The Muslim Brotherhood

A lot of these rumors are portrayed in a film called 2016: Obama’s America which is a film full of unproven claims, aka fear mongering, attempting to get people to oppose the President for fear that the country would be destroyed if he is re-elected.  If one does research on this film’s claims, few of them can be verified.  Others claim President Obama is secretly married to a man or is the antichrist etc.  Due to the fact that these claims have not  been proven, they would be considered conspiracy theory.

If one wants to look at Obama based upon conspiracies that is up to them.  However, Biblically one must use equal weights and measures.  If one looks at Mitt Romney in light of conspiracy theory it is seen that a Romney presidency is just as ‘scary’ as 2016: Obama.  Why are Christian conservatives not telling you about Romney’s ‘dark side’?

Romney is from a prominent Mormon family, actually going back to the original 12 Mormon Apostles.  He comes from a Church which conspiracy says has a ‘White Horse Prophecy’ where a leader from the Mormon church will ‘save’ America when the constitution is ‘hanging by a thread’ and set up a Mormon theodemocracy.  Romney even ‘died’ of a head wound when he was a missionary in France (Revelation 13:3) and is good friends with the President of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu.  This is significant for conspiracy theorists because it is said that Joseph Smith believed he would be ‘reincarnated’ as Messiah ben Joseph in one of his descendants who will unite the tribes of Judah and Israel and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.  Romney by the way has bloodline ties to Joseph Smith.

There is a lot more to the theory, which I personally do not see as being a legitimate worry, but if one wants to do more research here are some links.

BEFORE YOU VOTE FOR MITT ROMNEY…

“All in the Dragon Family: Mitt Romney”

ROMNEY ANTICHRIST? HEAD INJURY

I share these things not because I believe Romney is the antichrist but to show believers that if they use equal weights and measures, Obama conspiracies are no more frightening than Romney ones.

If a believer votes, his or her choice should be made based upon the fruit of the politician and not conspiracy.  Noah Webster said it best:
“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a republican government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty.” — Noah Webster

Both parties have pros and cons in light of the Bible.  The Republican party says they oppose abortion and gay marriage but the Democratic party does a much better job of helping the poor and the weak in accordance with Matthew 25.  Both parties have pros and cons in light of the Constitution. Republicans stand for smaller government but the Democratic party does a better job of standing for civil liberties.

Believers who vote need to leave the left-right paradigm and judge each politician with righteous judgment in light of the Word.  Not in light of conservativism or liberalism.

The party spirit seen in this country is of the carnal flesh.  In the Scriptures, the word for this ‘party spirit’ is ἐριθεία ‘eritheia.’  It is translated as ‘strife’ in Galatians 5:19-20; Philippians 2:3; 2 Corinthians 12:20 and James 3:16.  I will let the reader look up these verses and see how the Spirit of God looks upon this party spirit as evil.  I share this because the hatred I see coming from believers in Messiah of Obama or Romney is based more upon this party spirit than based upon the fruit of either man.

Concluding, let me leave the reader with some Scriptures in relation to slander to look upon and examine in light of this election and future ones.

Exo 23:1  Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.
Exo 23:7  Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.
Exo 20:16  Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Lev 19:16  Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour: I am the LORD.


Psa 50:20  Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son.
Psa 50:21  These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
Psa 50:22  Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
Psa 101:5  Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.


Pro 11:9  An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.
Pro 11:12  One despising his friend lacks heart, but an understanding man remains silent.


Pro 12:6  The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.


Tit 3:2  To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.


Jas 4:11  Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.


1Pe 3:8  Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
1Pe 3:9  Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
1Pe 3:10  For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
1Pe 3:11  Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.


1Pe 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
1Pe 3:16  Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
1Pe 3:17  For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

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