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Today’s Topic: Faith & Politics

Posted by truthtalklive on June 20, 2007

Todays guesthost: Roger Wiles http://www.reformationtodayonline.com/

The 2008 presidential campaign is a virtual smorgasbord of faith.  There are Catholics, a Mormon and a host of candidates expressing their “faith & values” and going after your vote.  How big a role will faith play in this coming presidential election? Does it matter?

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10 Responses to “Today’s Topic: Faith & Politics”

  1. anonymous said

    I’m a little suspicious of too much discussion of God placing people in office, and giving them the ability and wisdom to govern. We elect people using our wisdom (or lack thereof) using a system that I think God has blessed. This nation has seen some pretty incompetent folks from both parties (some of whom were very devout.) Hitler ruled Germany for 12 years Stalin ruled over the USSR for thirty years. God allows lots of things to happen, but there’s plenty of evil that has been perpetrated by national leaders and we’ve got to be careful not to make God the author of evil.

  2. anonymous said

    Mormonism has great people, but some lousy theological beliefs and are therefore at the fringe of Christianity in my opinion. That being said, that can’t disqualify a person. If it does we need to be willing to say that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson should not have been elected- both were unitarian deists.

  3. Rusty Havener said

    I have listened to the guest host today, and while it is my first time to listen to this host and this program, I feel the need to comment.
    First there is no “Good Morals and Good Person” scale as mentioned several times this afternoon. Either you have accepted CHRIST or you have not. There are many false religions and false prophets and several deceptive individuls running for office.
    Please keep this man in your prayers and listen to what he says and his leadership.
    First, Mike Huckabee is a Republican Candidate and former Govenor of Arkansas. He IS a GODLY man and a strong CHRISTIAN. I say this with deep personal knowledge, having served on his staff at Beech Street First Baptist Church. He served as the head of the Arkansas Baptist Convention twice.

    Another thought to bear in mind, GOD says HE appoints all leaders. If we as CHRISTIANS do not vote and do what we are called to do, HE will raise a leader up that is HIS choice. HIS choice does not mean that it will be a believer, it means HE will allow us to our own devices.
    If we do not take a stand for HIM, HE will not stand for us.

  4. Brad said

    “Mormonism has great people, but some lousy theological beliefs and are therefore at the fringe of Christianity in my opinion. That being said, that can’t disqualify a person. If it does we need to be willing to say that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson should not have been elected- both were unitarian deists.” (Anonymous)

    Based on their beliefs, Mormonism can’t even be considered on the fringe of Christianity, b/c they don’t believe in the same Christ of the Bible, based on the attributes they assign to Him. You say that “that” (meaning Mormonism, I assume) can’t disqualify a person. Why not? That may be your opinion, but it doesn’t mean that others can’t choose to not vote for Romney b/c he is a Mormon. We don’t have a mandate from the Constitution to remove religion from our individual voting preferences – the only mandate is that religious preferences can’t keep a person out of office, IF they are elected to that office. But they first have to be elected. It may be your opinion that Mormonism can’t be held against him, and you’re entitled to that. But it doesn’t mean others can’t base their vote on that. Does that mean that Jefferson and Adams possibly should not have been elected? Maybe. It certainly means that people could have, and should have, taken that into consideration when voting.

  5. Hank said

    I think that we shouldn’t pay any attention at all to what the candidates say about specific issues. They are only going to say the things they have been told will get them elected.

    The general issues are what separate the two parties. You know where you stand. The person running is almost irrelevant.

  6. Troy said

    Christians must get up to speed on the republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul from Texas.

    He has been in all three national debates and has won just about all the online polls after each, yet he gets little in the way of support from the big talking heads or Christian leaders.

    For Christians Dr. Paul, having delivered over 4000 babies as an OB-GYN, is a staunch pro life candidate and has the fruit to back it up, not the least of which was his bill H.R. 776 in 2005, “the Sanctity of Life Act” which had little support from other congressmen. That bill would have returned all abortions to illegal status by recognizing all human life as beginning from conception.

    He is the only candidate on either side that truly understands the role of the federal government and operates in the House of Representatives accordingly.

    And for those who are calling for a third party candidate, Ron Paul is your man but because he is running for the Republican ticket he actually gets to participate in debates.

    Please prayerfully check into Ron Paul from Texas and you will soon conclude that he is truly the best Christian choice, and he is electable.

    Brief Overview of Congressman Paul’s Record

    * He has never voted to raise taxes.
    * He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
    * He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
    * He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
    * He has never taken a government-paid junket.
    * He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.
    * He voted against the Patriot Act.
    * He voted against regulating the Internet.
    * He voted against the Iraq war.
    * He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
    * He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

    Check it out informed Christians
    http://WWW.ronpaul2008.com

  7. Anonymous said

    Well our faith should matter look at whats going on to our nation but seems like there’s not much we can do about it and everyone wants to blame Pres. Bush or someone else well what ever happened to supporting the President what happened to all these so called Christians when 9-11 happened that came out of the wood works or any other tragedy? Our nation is falling because of devision the Christians need to start standing together instead of allowing these TV shows music internet and anything else that is destroying our family’s and friends lives keep destroying us. These political views just help keep our country in devision. I don’t think God allows things to happen then you have told God that he doesn’t ultimately love you because he gives us choice. Choice to do live for him or choice not to. Hitler and Stalan made choices not to but I can’t see God telling anyone he is going to just let something happen and let people die and go to hell that is not his love! He doesn’t let bad things happen bad things happen when you make a bad choice. Hopefully all Christians will be praying to make the right choice for the election.

  8. Anonymous said

    Well I would have to disagree with God appoints all leaders just by Hitler or Stalan being appointed at leaders or any Muslim that would say go and kill as many people as you can so when you get to Heaven you have however many virgins waiting on you. Sorry but I think it is wrong choices that people make not God letting something happen it was humans choice to eat the forbidden fruit and start the whole sin thing it is humans choices to do evil instead of good I would think more that God is crying at some of the people who have been put in office that are hurting his children like it says in Revelations that Christians will be turned on and killed because of his name he knows whats going to happen but it’s from humans stupid choices not God allowing someone to get elected and thats why the world is so terrible it’s our choice so lets try to make the right one for a change!!!

  9. Mike Sears said

    Anonymous said: “Well I would have to disagree with God appoints all leaders” I would recommend re-reading the Old Testament. God raised up (Allowed) Babylon and many other evil rulers in order that He may bring His people to repentance. I would also recommend studying up on the sovereignty of God. And if Romans 8:28 is true “For God works all things together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose”, why in the world would God be “crying” over such human actions? Now I do agree that God allows our sins to be culminated through free will and that that is certainly coming close to a crescendo in our society today. But ultimately God sees all and knows all including the end when all things, “Good, Bad and Ugly” will culminate together to reveal His majesty and His Glory will be shining so brightly that no one will miss it. HE WILL BE GLORIFED!!!

  10. anonymous said

    Mike,
    Yes I’ve studied the O.T., yes I’ve taken systematic theology, yes I know about Romans 8. I also know that God used a pagan King Cyrus in the O.T. Yes God is sovereign. What I am saying is that in defending the sovereignty of God, we don’t want to make God the author of evil.

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