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Oct 20, 2008

The Danger of a Super-majority

There has been a great deal of concern over the possibility of Barack Obama winning the White House in the November 4th election. In the past few weeks, Iíve received dozens of emails from people frustrated over how one of the most liberal senators is getting a free ride to the White House.

There has been very little media coverage of what could prove to be a far more dangerous political development. Polls indicate that the Democrats have a good chance of expanding their congressional majorities past the point of having a filibuster-proof Senate.

ďThis would be one of the most profound political and ideological shifts in U.S. history. Liberals would dominate the entire government in a way they haven't since 1965, or 1933. In other words, the election would mark the restoration of the activist government that fell out of public favor in the 1970s. If the U.S. really is entering a period of unchecked left-wing ascendancy, Americans at least ought to understand what they will be getting, especially with the media cheering it all onĒ (Wall Street Journal, 17 Oct. 2008).

The founding fathers created a system of checks and balances to block an aspiring dictator from seizing total control of the government. No U.S. president has the power to reshape the laws of our nation. If someone like Adolf Hitler were elected to office, he couldnít implement a fourth Reich alone. The president can propose a budget and legislation, but he cannot force Congress to accept them.

During both previous times when there was a super-majority, it was possible to rewrite the rules at will. Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave us the New Deal and Lyndon Johnson created the Great Society--just fancy words for socialism.

The Democratic party of today is far more liberal than it was during any previous super-majority. I canít imagine FDR addressing the virtues of gay marriage in one of his radio chats. Mr. Obama has long supported gay unions. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is the representative of America ís Sodom and Gomorrah: San Francisco. I doubt the gay lobby will have any trouble getting her support.

You can be certain that the Democrats have a very long list of liberal proposals that they would love to see become part of the law of the land. Here are just five of them:

- The fairness doctrine Ė Backers of the fairness doctrine argue that because the airwaves are a scarce resource, they should be policed by federal bureaucrats to ensure that all viewpoints are heard. Liberals point to conservatives' dominance of talk radio as the reason radio stations should be forced to give time to left-wing commentators. Liberals have already monopolized TV, newspapers, and Hollywood. A domination of media is a hallmark of any despot seeking dictatorial rule.

- Union supremacy Ė Unions have been in decline for several decades. One of the key reasons is that they have a negative impact on business productivity. In a highly competitive world, unionized firms tend to fall behind. Democrats love unions because they are a good way to control large blocks of people with promises of government incentives.

- Medicare for all Ė The U.S. is already facing a calamity from the future entitlements promised to the baby boom generation. That bill will amount to $44 trillion. The idea of expanding the scope of Medicare makes me wonder if the Democrats are part of a secret plan to bankrupt this nation.

- Homosexual rights Ė Gays already have equal rights. The next step in this moral slide would be to make this sin protected from rebuke. In many European nations, it is a hate crime to quote the Bibleís view of homosexuality.

- The green agenda Ė Any plan to protect the earth seems like a noble cause, but ďyou donít have to dig very deep to discover the true beliefs of the influential leaders who are using genuine concerns about the environment to promote an agenda of fear and controlĒ (http://green-agenda.com). A few years back, Al Gore narrowly missed getting a BTU tax on everything that used energy. If his democratic buddies gain control of the government, you can bet the Environmental Pope is going to be back.

One of the disadvantages of being close to the time of the rapture is that we may witness some rather shocking changes in our form of government. If liberals are swept into super-majority power, there will be nothing to bar them from enacting these proposals. We can take comfort in knowing we will soon be rescued by a special Someone who will stand solidly for liberty and righteousness.

-- Todd

Electing Godís Way

This presidential election has come down to one issue, according to most pundits who pontificate on the process of electing the nationís top leader. Itís the same as the time of electioneering that first brought Bill Clinton to the presidency. ďItís the economy, stupid,Ē was the slogan that powerfully influenced the outcome for the Democrats of that election. It is the issue of economy that is driving the polls toward electing this political seasonís ultimate winner.

Pocketbook exigencies once again are the focus of American voters. Money is what most of us believe to be the ďnaturalĒ concern, because our lives--within United States society and culture--revolve around the ability to buy, sell, and influence others in that commercial process. If nothing else, the current economic crisis demonstrates that America and the world have become an inextricably linked fiscal entity. Global economics brings about through computers, satellites, and lightning-fast communications of other kinds a one-world financial community. This structure is geared toward electing governments based upon what they promise to do in making our lives monetarily richer. Economy is the primary criterion in considering for whom to cast our ballot. But, this is electioneering humanismís way, thus Satanís way, not Godís way.

Godís Word affirms without reservation what should be mankindís priorities for conducting life while upon this fallen sphere. Not one of those top priorities includes figuring in the love of money and what money can do for making our lives better, in the sense the Creator of all things defines the term ďbetter.Ē As a matter of fact, the Scripture tells us that the love of money is the root of all evil Ėnot of anything good.

Yet economy is again, like always, at the top of concern for the American voter. Thus, economy is the top politicking point for those who seek office in order to continue to use government to tell us what is ďbetterĒ for us than God or anyone else can determine.

Conversely, electing leaders Godís way is electing to choose the moral over the financial Ėand every other factor that involves our personal or national lives. Godís way is to elect righteousness over comfort, expediency, or the pursuit of pleasures--whether civilized or debauched. We are promised that if we pray for those leaders, we are more likely to lead peaceable lives.

Of course, God gave this prescription for living righteously to those who know Him--i.e., those who are in His eternal family through accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. They are called the Ten Commandments, and all of those prescriptive ingredients for living righteously were fulfilled by Jesus, who came to earth from heaven to provide the only way to God the Father for reconciliation and redemption.

Again, not one of those commandments glorifies or aggrandizes the accumulation or administration of earthly wealth. Jesus said that at the apex of that list of prescriptives for electing to embrace righteousness over monetary or any other of lifeís ingredients is: ďÖThou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mindĒ (Matt. 22:37).

No matter how attractive the candidate in this or any presidential, state, or local election, the prescription for electing righteousness is always in play for the Christian. No matter the appeal of the promises to add money to the voterís financial coffers, electing Godís way is to choose righteousness over all other considerations. Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. That is the top priority, according to the Lord of heaven.

Loving God with all of our hearts, souls, and minds means choosing what He considers righteous, not what we consider comfortable, expedient, or pleasurable. So, using this template for electing Godís way rather than the humanistic (Satanís) way, when going into the voting booth, we must look at the issues, candidates, and the political parties with Godís righteous instructions in mind.

With all of that brought into the picture for the presidential election in which you and I are about to cast our ballots, I remind you that we must look past the humanistic issues. We must go directly to the most important questions involved in this election milieuĖGodís priority issues involving His righteousness. No two issues are more prominent in that regard than those that news provocateurs want left out of the mix this election year. These are issues surrounded by Godís righteousness. And, neither Rapture Ready, Todd, nor I, are going to be deterred. Abortion and homosexuality are those two primary issues. Godís Word says that the shedding of the blood of innocents is something He hates. Murdering 50 million babies in the wombs of their mothers is shedding the blood of innocents of the most heinous sort.

God calls homosexuality an abomination. He hates that lifestyle (not the individuals involved in that lifestyle) so much that He included in His Law for the Jewish people the command that all who participate in that lifestyle be put to death. I didnít say that those who engage in that lifestyle be put to death; the God of heaven, in His Word, the Bible, said it.

To the ChristianĖthe person reading this who has been born again into the family of God through the shed blood of Christ (and thatís the only way anyone can come into Godís family), I can tell you upon scriptural authority that you must never support a candidate, nor a political party, that is in favor of abortion in any form, or who supports in any fashion making homosexuality an acceptable human activity in America or anywhere else on the planet.

Elect Godís way, rather than fallen mankindís way, when you step into the booth this election season.