Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Presidential Politics and Qualifications

I was watching the Republican Presidential debate in Las Vegas last night and noticed that Ron Paul was the only candidate with constitutional positions.  Our family campaigned for Ron Paul and I was a Ron Paul delegate for Ron Paul to the North Dakota Republican Convention in 2008, but Ron Paul isn't the perfect Presidential candidate either.  He believes in evolution, doesn't use the Scriptures to support his political positions, and therefore is not Scripturally qualified to be President.

According to the Word of God, the qualifications for a civil servant are found in Exodus 19.  The New Testament qualifications for elders could be used to elaborate on these, but these simple but profound requirements would change America, if only Christians vote accordingly.

Key Qualification:
21Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; (Remember, that men are not women, fearing God means not bowing to political pressure or democracy, truth is only found in God's Word and therefore laws would need to be aligned with God's Law/Word, and that coveteousness includes all form of socialism and the redistribution of wealth and would eliminate the modern banking system based on debt and fiat currency).

Here is the scriptural context:
13And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening. 14And when Moses' father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even? 15And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God:  16When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.
17And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good. 18Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone. 19Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God: 20And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do. 21Moreover 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: 22And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee. 23If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace. 24So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said. 25And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 26And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.

Ron Paul is a Christian, but does not speak Scripturally in the public square, which is a common and flawed strategy of many Christians in our day.  This is a flawed approach, because it educates people out of Christian thinking and justifies decisions based on man's mind, which is humanism. The Christian faith is not a private affair, but a very public, world changing affair.  Christians were persecuted and died in the early church and all throughout history because they stood against the gods of their day (Caesars).

Ron's Paul's Statement of Faith: My faith is a deeply private issue to me, and I don’t speak on it in great detail during my speeches because I want to avoid any appearance of exploiting it for political gain. Let me be very clear here: I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, and I endeavor every day to follow Him in all I do and in every position I advocate. It is God Who gave us life. As He is free, so are those He created in His image. Our rights to life and liberty are inalienable.

Since there are no fully qualified Republican or Democrat Presidential Candidates, our family will be looking to support a Biblically qualified candidate from another party when the option arises because we expect God to bless obedience to His Word versus our choice for the lesser of two evils.

In the mean time, I think Ron Paul's budget, which includes cutting $1Trillion is the only one that will begin to make some progress in the right direction. Ron Paul would cut the Department of Education along with lots more, which both would have a positive affect private research and educational endeavors. Take a quick look at the graphs and list of agencies he would cut here: 

Here is an article that elaborates more on the Biblical qualifications for civil office:

How would Ron Paul's budget or a Biblically

1 comment:

Karissa Baker said...

This is an interesting concept, but I have to disagree with you when you use Exodus 19:21 as a verse disregarding women as civil leaders. Rarely will you find in the bible where it mentions, men and women, so I tend to think that this verse is not excluding women from civil government. No, this is not just because I am female, I just don't think that this verse is applicable to only men.
Now, to convince you that I'm disagreeing simply because I am a female. I do believe that female's should not run civil government, but I go back to Genesis.
Genesis 3:16 "To the woman he said, 'I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.'"
I believe that if a woman is not supposed to run her a household, then she is not supposed to run a civil government either.

I believe that Ron Paul is not so wrong in choosing not to speak about God in every speech he makes. Several men campaigning for presidential election in the past have used Christianity as a means to try to sway the people. He does need to make it more obvious that he is christian, but if he say's it too often, he looks like he is simply trying to use it for his own benefit, which is worse than not saying it enough.
-Karissa Baker