History of Today’s Republican Party, MacoSauce and more

 

A Critique of today’s Republican Party? 

Op/Ed by Ayesha Kreutz
Mon, Nov 28, 2011

Over the years there has been a concerted effort, on behalf of many, to rewrite political history, especially when it comes to that of the Democrat Party. After finding this out, I set out to find the truth and answer a question that has been on my mind. Is the Republican the same party it once was? In studying the history of the Republican Party, I have to admit that I found myself rather impressed. The Republican Party was formed for the purpose of abolishing slavery and it succeeded with Lincoln as its first president. President Lincoln, the first Republican president, won running on the platform of ending slavery and of being for equal rights. In response, the Democrats promptly started a Civil War because they’d rather dissolve the Union than give up their slaves.
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THE BIBLE AND POLITICS – Presidential elections

 

From khouse.org

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry has worked to distance himself a bit from Robert Jeffress, a senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Dallas, who called Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s Mormonism a “cult.” Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Herman Cain are all seeking the votes of not just the conservative Right, but specifically of the Christian Right. Even Newt Gingrich has openly confessed his past marital failings to pastors. Faith plays a massive role in United States elections, but Christians need to be careful about assuming the hand of God behind any one candidate.

“A lot of pastors and social conservative activists are looking at each other and asking, ‘What horse do we bet on here?’ My sense is right now it’s fairly muddled,” said Ralph Reed, founder of the national Christian Coalition who now heads the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan both described themselves as born again Christians, yet they had vastly different foreign policy approaches. On the other hand, the administrations of both George W. Bush, the compassionate conservative, and the not-so-godly Bill Clinton contributed to the sub prime mortgage housing bubble that popped messily all over the US economy. A host of Christians are gearing up to run for the office of US President in 2012, but their faith or lack thereof does not guarantee they will do their jobs well.

America does need a righteous leader, one who is wise and capable and experienced, one with strong leadership ability. Ultimately, elected officials remain responsible under God for their actions and decisions, and we need to pray for whoever ends up in office. The issue is not whether we want a God-fearing president who will lead America well. Of course we do. The issue is that a church leadership or church body might back one candidate over all the others, as though the voice of God had spoken. One pastor may support the candidacy of Rick Perry and another pastor might support Barack Obama. The fact that a church leader backs a particular candidate does not necessarily give God’s view on the matter. Voters need to do their homework.

The Bible and Politics
The Bible is not silent about political matters. Civil government exists by God’s command and not because a group of men got together and created a social contract. In Proverbs 21:1, Solomon says that God can turn a ruler’s heart. In Daniel 2:20-21, Daniel declares that God both removes and sets up rulers. Ultimately, God is in charge of the institutions of human government, and He has power over them. Paul writes in Romans 13:1:

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

In fact, Paul calls civil rulers the “ministers of God,” who were to be respected (Rom 13:3). Civil leaders are doing the will of God by maintaining civil order and upholding justice. That’s their job.

The Bible constantly treats the position of authority as one that is given by God for His purposes. “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: He putteth down one, and setteth up another” (Psalm 75:6-7). That does not mean that those who became leaders obeyed God or served Him well. There are plenty of kings and rulers in Israel who turned away from God and followed their own desires. Yet, God still gave them the position for His purposes. And while there were many leaders in Israel’s history who made evil decisions, there was Esther, who came through for her people after she was made a wife of the king of Persia, “for such a time as this,” (Esther 4:14).

American Christians:
Christians who are American citizens hold a certain responsibility in the governance of their country and states and counties. The United States is a representative form of government, which means that the people of America have far more control – and therefore responsibility – over what happens in their government than do the citizens of a kingdom or a dictatorship. The United States is a government of, by, and for the people, and Christians have the same civic duties as all citizens: to serve on juries, to give direction to their legislatures about which bills to pass, to pay taxes, to vote, to support those political candidates they consider most qualified.

Where Our Trust Lies:
Ultimately, though, the salvation of this world does not come through the messy business of politics. Governmental decisions are important, but salvation for the human race comes through Jesus the Messiah. As the Psalmist says, “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes,” (Psalm 118:9).

As we wait for Him, we are to keep praying for the leaders that are in place.

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;” (1 Tim 2:1-3).

Our civil leaders and representatives carry a lot of responsibility. They need us to uphold them so that they can make wise decisions that are good for the country and pleasing to God, whether they are the leaders that would have been our first choices – or not.

 

Related Links:

• Evangelical Pastors Divided Ahead of 2012 Caucuses – AP
• The Role Of Faith In President Jimmy Carter’s Life – Fox News
• Ronald Reagan’s Faith, Not Just Policies, Undermined Communism – Christianity Today
• Topical Bible Studies On America – Koinonia House

 

Bamboozled! The Making of a Black Conservative

Originally Posted on June 30, 2011 KiraDavis.net

by  Takia Hollowell

Politics? I knew everything I needed to know upon casting my very first vote for Bill Clinton in 1996. I didn’t know much about economics but I knew Democrats cared for the poor. I didn’t know much about history but I knew Democrats looked out for us black folks. From a young child, I was conditioned to believe that Republicans were mostly racist white men that only cared for the rich. My conventional wisdom was derived from many sources (television, Hollywood movies, the public school system, my family, etc.). For example, people such as Clarence Thomas were often ridiculed and referred to as an Uncle Tom or a sell-out on television. So quite naturally, I identified as a Democrat and conformed to my environment. There were no black Republicans in my home town of Gary, Indiana (at least none that I knew of). Local politicians overwhelmingly ran on the Democratic ticket for city, municipal and county offices. Being that my city is nestled in Northwest Indiana, it falls within the greater Chicago-land region. It is just 20+ miles away from the city of Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers. Needless to say, my worldview was heavily influenced by liberals from my youth.
In 1998, my worldview began to change as my appetite for reading my King James Bible increased. I noticed that liberals introduced legislation for churches to lose their tax exempt status and felt that this was an attack on the founding principle derived from Ezra 7:24. I also noticed that the Democrats stood for abortion, which Scripture is emphatically against. It was also quite disturbing to find out that liberals historically fought against voluntary prayer in schools. These new-found facts bothered me but I dared not tell anyone so I kept my criticism to myself. I began to have problems being able to reconcile my faith to my political association. For the first time in my life, I took a look at both political platforms and studied them. Once again, I was disturbed to see that the Republican platform fought for traditional marriage, to maintain a tax exempt status for the Church, was against abortion, for voluntary school prayer and against the legalization of drugs. Learning this opened my eyes to the fact that I had been bamboozled. Based on these principles alone, I made a secret conversion from a liberal Democrat to a conservative Republican. My conversion was so private that I dared not tell even my mother or anyone close to me. There was no way I was going to allow myself to be ridiculed with the likes of Clarence Thomas and others.
Over time my sense of faith and political awareness increased. Economically, I noticed that although our communities were riddled with government programs, they seemed to have an adverse affects on us. More and more I saw the government replacing the father in the household. The nucleus of the black family was broken. The family is the foundation of the community and as the psalmist writes in Psalms 11:3, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Being raised by a single mother myself, I saw how welfare gave my father and “easy out”. By no means would I ever advocate that Republicans are perfect but they were not the ones pushing for these big-government welfare programs. In fact, Conservatives don’t run any urban areas but I noticed that Liberals do. Year after year Black leaders would come to our communities around voting time and blame the conditions of our city on so-called rich white Republicans. My eyes were opened to two powerful tactics that Democrats use to keep my people in blindness: race baiting and class warfare. Their elections thrived on agitating race relations and stirring up “rich vs. poor” wars. Shortly thereafter, I could no longer remain silent as I began to open up to my family and close friends. To my surprise, some also made a political conversion, but many did not.
Looking back, I have no regrets and I thank God for His Word shaping my worldview. I am no longer ashamed to tell the world that I am an advocate of ‘conserving’ God’s principles. Any critic reading this testimony would ask, “Why in the world would you put your faith in Republicans?” I would have to respond by saying that my faith rests in God and His principles alone.

Takia Hollowell

 

 

 

 

 

I am a Christian Conservative that emphatically enjoys reading history, economics and law. My burden for the urban community and our nation as a whole, inspires me to get involved politically. It is my desire to see America return to the principles of what made this nation great.

 

 

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