Victory!

Psalm 44
3 It was not by their sword that they won the land,
nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand, your arm,
and the light of your face, for you loved them.4 You are my King and my God,
who decrees [a] victories for Jacob.

All Glory and Honor to you, my King. You have caused media pundits to scratch their heads in befuddlement. You have given a righteous man a slice of victory in this country that was founded by men of God!  You have led the way for Huckabee to win the hearts of voters in Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia, and West Virgina!

What caused this “Huckaboom II,” as a Washington Post correspondent asked? I suspect it rose on the wings of prayer upon prayer upon prayer. Nothing happens in this world, over this world, under this world, in back rooms or front rooms or living rooms or closets that the Lord does not already know. It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves.

From one of my favorite songs:

“Every blessing you pour out I’ll…turn back to praise. When the darkness closes in Lord, still I will say…Blessed be the Name of the Lord, Blessed be the Name!”

Many of the psalms deal with enemies. Although I don’t believe the candidates are enemies, they are adversaries in that they stand for completely different things. Huckabee, McCain and Romney all profess to be Christians. All three have their own walks with God. The key difference, I think, is relationship. A Christian can be a Christ follower on the fringes without investing much of him or herself in the process. Such a Christian might say, “Yea, I believe he’s God’s son and all, so I know I’ll go to heaven. I try to be good and follow the commandments.” But that’s it. There is no forward progress.

It helps me if I think of my Christian walk in terms of a marathon that won’t have an end until my time in this world is finished. I’m not running the race by myself. Jesus is right there with me, every step and stumble along the way. Sometimes I sit by the sidelines and watch everyone else race by. Sometimes I stretch out on a bench and take a nap! But always, when I stand back up and start putting one foot in front of the other, I find that my coach, my mentor, my cheerleader, is right there with me. I admit, there are times that my head is so full of stress and depression and anxiety that I lose sight of him. I drag my feet. But I find him again when I spend time in the Word of God. I wrote an earlier post about the word “Logos,” which means Word, but it also means Christ. Spending time reading and thinking about the Bible refreshes me and gives me a new perspective. It’s like gulping a shot of Gatorade that the onlookers hand to runners in a marathon. It’s no surprise, then, that Paul compares the faith to a race in his first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 9:

24Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

Strict training, then, applies to spiritual conditioning as well as physical training. I can’t presume to know the faith walks of those running the race for the presidential nomination. Only the Lord knows that, and I pray for them all to have a genuine, deepening relationship with Christ. What I must do, though, as a voting Christian, is to examine their fruit, being careful to take the planks out of my own eyes first!

If you aren’t familiar with Scripture, I’m not talking about some voodoo with fruit in the grocery store! Jesus told his disciples a secret to finding out what a person is really like:

41“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

43“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

Of what do these men speak in their leadership roles? Let’s begin with McCain and Romney and then move on to Huckabee.

McCain ‘s Record: Roe v Wade

1999: “in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade,”

2007: “It should be overturned.”

McCain and Immigration Reform

McCain and Democrat Ted Kennedy co-sponsored the controversial Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007. This act would have allowed millions of illegal aliens to get on a path to citizenship — allowing them to bypass the existing laws of our nation. Texas Senator John Cornyn challenged on the number of appeals the immigrants would receive and said:

“Wait a second here. I’ve been sitting in here for all of these negotiations and you just parachute in here on the last day. You’re out of line.” McCain replied, “F*** you! I know more about this than anyone else in the room.”

Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.

Mitt Romney and Honesty, or the lack thereof

When Governor Romney began campaigning for Governor of Massachusetts, he was challenged because Massachusetts law states that a person must be a full-time resident for seven years. So Romney filed amended tax return documents listing Massachusetts as his primary residence…even while he was busy in Utah being the CEO of the Olympic games.

Although he says he has become pro-life in his views, he signed a law in Massachusetts that required every person to have health insurance. Those who do not have insurance are penalized with an additional income tax. Under the state-mandated health insurance, patients may get abortions for $50.

Mitt may say he is pro-life, but his actions speak much louder than words. It’s like grapes are growing on a fig tree!

Mike Huckabee’s Record

Let’s take a look at the “fruit” of his leadership.

Proclaimed 1997 as a year of racial reconciliation:

“Let every one of us make it our priority to bring reconciliation, not so much that we can force it or legislate it, because we cannot, but that we begin in each of our own lives to purpose in our hearts that we will not harbor anger, hostility, prejudice, bigotry and racism toward any person.”

Mike’s leadership says a lot about what is in his heart. As governor, he….

Signed legislation to provide health insurance to Arkansas children. Signed a partial-birth abortion ban. Signed a bill allowing religous groups to contract for social services without making them go back on their beliefs. Signed the “Covenant Marriage” act which makes it harder for couples to divorce without first seeking counseling. This law, said Huckabee,

“offers couples a chance to be held to a higher level of marital commitment.”

He believed so much in the concept of covenant marriage that he and his wife renewed their marriage vows under the new “Covenant Marriage” laws.

Huckabee also supports the teaching of creationism in conjunction with the theory of evolution. At a debate last year, he said:

“I believe there is a God who was active in the creation process. Now, how did He do it, and when did He do it, and how long did He take? I don’t honestly know, and I don’t think knowing that would make me a better or a worse president … if anybody wants to believe that they are the descendants of a primate, they are certainly welcome to do it–I don’t know how far they will march that back…”

One thing that Huckabee does that McCain and Romney do not do, at least publicly, is give the glory to God for success. As he campaigned heavily for SuperTuesday, he sent his supporters an emailing letting them know that WE are his ‘5 smooth stones’ — inferring that just as God gave David 5 smooth stones to knock down Goliath, he gave Huckabee us as HIS 5 smooth stones. And he’s using the “widow’s mite” to raise funds for his campaign, little by little, inch by inch. And may the glory be to God!

Many of you researching Huckabee like him, but you are afraid to cast your vote for him because the media pundits say that he is not “electable.” Don’t believe them! Huckabee is just as electable as the others — more so, in my opinion, because he gives God the glory. I leave you tonight with this quote from Huckabee’s speech at the Values Voters Summit in Washington last summer:

Nearly 250 years ago, 56 very brave men took a pen and signed the document that would for ever change the history of the world and would set a course that each of us today are able to live because of. Those brave men, when they affixed their signatures to the Declaration of Independence did not say, “I sign here as long as everything is going well. I sign here with the hopes that King George will listen to us and maybe negotiate a little bit with us and ease up on us a little bit. I sign here so that I can have a little seat at the table and be tossed a few of the king’s crumbs from time to time.”

These men signed understanding full well what they were doing. And they said, “on this day we pledge our fortunes, our families, our lives, and our sacred honor.” Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for those of us who call ourselves values voters to pledge our lives, our families, our fortunes, and our sacred honor to that which is true, which is right, and which is eternal. Let us do it.

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