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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Republican Sell-Out

Although I am a South African, I have always been a supporter of the Republican Party in the United States of America.

I know, that makes me, as a non-US citizen, completely anti-Politically Correct (PC).

I read somewhere, just yesterday, an article in which the commentator said that voting for the Republican Party does not prove that you are a Christian, yet he simply did not have a clue how a Christian could vote for the Democrats. What he was trying to say is that he did not see voting for the Republicans as a litmus test for being a Christian, however, he had his doubts about a person's commitment to Christ if that person voted for the Democrats.

Until recently, I had the same doubts. However, my doubts have grown. My doubts are now starting to include the Republican Party.

In my estimation, the Republican Party has betrayed its constituents by allowing government to grow bigger, instead of keeping government small. The Republican Party has always been the party of small government while the Democrats have been the big-government party.

The Reps have also been a haven for moral conservatives (MC). By and large, conservatives of all types, especially evangelicals, have voted for them, while moral liberals (ML) of all types have voted for the Dems.

The amazing thing is that since Bush has taken over, the Reps have not kept to the wishes of their conservative constituency. They have become weak on homosexual issues such as same-sex marriage, with Condoleeza Rice making favourable comments about same-sex partners in public. That certainly violates the conscience of MCs! When leaders in the same party proclaim a divided message, then certainly the house is divided and it will fall! Jesus said that "Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand." (Mat 12:25)

Furthermore, the amount of homosexuals working in the White House is more, even than in Clinton's years. This surely must speak volumes to the MCs. What is it with all the homosexuals in the party? How come they have such a large representation among the Republicans? Why are the Log Cabin Republicans (homosexual movement within the party) so prominent in the party? Has the Republican Party been high-jacked by the homosexual mafia?

Another aspect in which the Reps failed its constituency is in the appointment of MC judges. It is no use blaming the Dems for their continued brattish filibusters. If all Reps moved as one man, then these things could have been avoided and more conservative judges would have been at the bench right now. But, the problem is when there are leaders in the Republican Party who do not run with the vision of the party, who lead committees and do not do justice to the party in those positions. Such a person is Sen. Arlen Spectre. In my estimation he is a closet Dem and should rather be true to himself and come "out!" As a Dem, that is!

The problem with the Republican Party is that it has moved sufficiently to the left, to simply be a shadow of the Democratic Party. That effectively makes the Republican Party useless.

What I see as a need in American politics right now is that there are basically two choices:
1 - The Republicans must realize that they have gone astray and have betrayed their constituency and consequently must start a major overhaul of the party in order to get rid of the dead wood, the depraved clan, the leftists and the corruption.
2 - The American people is seriously in need of a party that will stand true to real moral conservative ideas.

Maybe it was a good thing for the Republicans to have lost so badly. Perhaps now they will think of where they need to position themselves in American politics. It is no use in positioning themselves in left field since the Dems already occupy that space! It is also of no use to become moderates either. That is just a position in which leftists come to hide their true identity from the voters. There are enough people among the Dems that claim to be moderates, but simply stand there to hide their yellow underbellies! The Americans certainly do not need another party to be "moderate!"

In short, the Republican Party has lost its backbone due to capitulation to PC politics! Political correctness is simply a euphemism for "no moral backbone."

However, the church in America must not be too concerned. The universe did not come to a fall when Clinton ruled the US, and neither did the universe become a greatly better place while Bush ruled.

Political parties come and go. Even when they are around for one or two hundred years. They will come to an end.

Yet, on the other hand, Jesus did not tell us to seek political parties. He told us to "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Mt 6:33) As Christians we have been influenced too much by the world to think that the correct party will make things better for us. That is demonstrably false.

For too long, Christians have sold their souls and their values for political parties. "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." (Mat 13:44) It is when we give up everything for the kingdom of God that we will find peace. It is in the advancement of the kingdom of God that change will come, not in the ideals of political parties.

Did Jesus promise us that He would build political parties and the political futures of countries? No! "I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it," Jesus said! (Mt 16:18) No matter what the world tries in its desperation to live its debauched, depraved lives; it will not destroy the church. Many have tried and they have all failed. Christians have suffered persecution for millennia, yet the church continues.

King David put it in perspective for us, "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7) Our trust is not in political victories, but in God alone. If He uses political parties to accomplish His will on earth, then that is the method He has chosen. Yet, our trust is in the Lord.

We should rather have Habakkuk's attitude. "(17) Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, (18) yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. (19) GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places." (Hab 3:17-19)

Am I saying that there is no place for political parties? No! They have their place in this world and God certainly makes use of the Godly and the ungodly to accomplish His purposes. What I am saying is that we should not lose focus of why we are on earth. The Westminster Confession of Faith in its Larger Catechism asks its first question, "What is the chief and highest end of man?" The answer to this is, "Man's chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever." Our focus should be to glorify God in everything that we do (1 Cor 10:31). In glorifying God, we march forward with the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaiming redemption in His name to all mankind.

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