Should Christians support the Constitution Party
instead of the Republican Party?

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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)

God's litmus test for 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 this verse 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

They need to be committed Christians who fear God.  That means that because of their deep reverence for God, and their awe of His mighty power and wisdom, 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.  When applying this litmus test to politicians today, most of them would fail miserably.  Most politicians are far more afraid of poll results, focus groups, their contributors and their constituents than they are of God.

As far as the Democrats are concerned, few if any of their national candidates could pass this test.  John Kerry and John Edwards certainly could not. With the Democratic party's longstanding support of gay rights, abortion, and a whole host of other liberal anti-Christian causes, as a party they clearly do not have anywhere near the fear of God that they should. Senator Kerry is among the worst in this regard.  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. 

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, 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 putting 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?

 

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

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 will vote 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 will vote 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. 

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. 

 

A vote for Bush is a wasted vote

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

  1. He is the only candidate running for president who can pass the Biblical litmus test specified above.

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

  3. Christians who are voting 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 THIS election.  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.  

Christians who vote for Mr. Peroutka will probably be blamed by other Christians for allowing Kerry to get into office if Kerry wins.  However, I believe that the blame is misplaced.  If Kerry does win, it won't be because people like me failed to vote for Bush.  Instead, it will be 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 we get stuck with Kerry, and he starts persecuting Christians as I firmly believe he will, 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.

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 a far less Christian platform than the Republican party offers.

 

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 instead of voting out of fear of persecution.

 

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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