Two leading voices of the Republican Party's evangelical wing visited Rock Church on Friday for a forum aimed at recapturing some of the movement's political momentum.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee urged Christians to get involved in politics to preserve the presence of religion in American life.
"I think this is one of the most critical moments in American history," Gingrich said. "We are living in a period where we are surrounded by paganism."
Paganism? Well, it is all good to tell people to get involved in their government. People should. It is voices and pressure that makes a difference in congress votes, but the Republican Party already has this section of the vote within its own party. It is everyone else, meaning the rest of the country, that folks have an issue with the Republican Party.
They need to speak about how Iraq was an illegal war, a war of choice, not neccesity. How many people within the church are struggling with high health care costs or don't have any due to job loss or other factors. What about starting there? But when you ask for solutions from within the Republican Party, there are none.
Huckabee told the audience he was disturbed to hear President Barack Obama say during his speech in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday that one nation shouldn't be exalted over another.
"The notion that we are just one of many among equals is nonsense," Huckabee said. The United States is a "blessed" nation, he said, calling American revolutionaries' defeat of the British empire "a miracle from God's hand."
Did Huckabee understand what Obama meant? Obviously, not. The United States of America is not and should never have been a nation builder and one to tell other nations what to do. Case and point, IRAQ. We are one of equals, it is obvious that the damage done by the Bush Administration will require many hands to help resolve it in the Middle East. Yes, we are the leader and need to show leadership, but in that leadership requires tolerance, understanding and relation building.
I believe in God, firmly, but I don't believe God wanted us to march into Iraq and turn the Middle East into what it is now, a WORSE burning war zone. Thanks to the United States of America's interference.
This is why a definitive line should be crossed between Church and State. People go to church to get their souls, beings healed and yearned for God's word; not for the continuous use of the pulpit to misdirect folk for political rhetoric.
Finally, Newt Gringrich is the last person to tell any Christian what to do. His exemplary life, itself, is enough to disqualify him. To start, serving a current wife, (at that time) who is in the hospital struggling with cancer divorce papers, so he can marry his mistress? How hypocritical is that? No, Newt is surely not the one to speak about Christian values and what any Christian should or could do.