Huckabee’s Last Stand…in Faith

It’s almost spring in Texas! The grass is getting green around the edges of sidewalks and houses, trees and shrubs are beginning to bloom, and tulips are popping up all over the place. On Saturday the weather was so warm we needed sunscreen to be outdoors!

But this is, after all, Texas, and that means that nothing is predictable about the weather. If you don’t like it, wait a minute. It’ll change.

And that’s what happened to us last night. After a very warm weekend, Monday began with a boom as severe storms swept through the region, leaving behind downed branches and a cold, dreary drizzle. Cold drizzle is typical wintertime weather here. But then around 6pm, snow began to fall. By the time we got up this morning, we had at least 4 inches of snow on the ground. The novelty of the white wet stuff was too tempting to resist. Even though our homeschool co-op had classes today, I decided to stay home and avoid the mess on the highways.

Old Man Winter was taking his last stand here, shaking his finger at all those blooming flowers and greening grass. Here are some photos of Texas snow…

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Similarly, Governor Huckabee is taking a last stand in Texas and Ohio today. But unlike the snow that’s melting away as I write, Huckabee is not going to go away. He is not in this presidential race because of a big ego, as some in the news industry would have people believe. He is fighting a fight for true conservative leadership with a twist: his ideas and leadership style are new and fresh. He’s been fighting an uphill battle all the way against the “powers that be” — against the news media discounting him. Against political pundits not taking him seriously. Against unfair and untrue reporting that he had “pulled out” of Florida. And now against those who say it is a “mathematical impossibility” for him to win the nomination.

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To all of those nay-sayers, I say…just watch God work miracles! Many things throughout history have happened because the Lord said so, even in the face of seemingly impossible odds. Take a walk with me through the “Hall of Faith” found in Hebrews 11:

7 It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.

flowersinsnow.jpg8 It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.

11 It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed[b] that God would keep his promise. 12 And so a whole nation came from this

one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.

poolsnow.jpg22 It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left.

23 It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s command.

27 It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.

29 It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned.

texassnowman.jpg30 It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.

31 It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

32 How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. 33 By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. 35 Women received their loved ones back again from death.

I would never try to add to Scripture. But if there was another slot there in Paul’s “Hall of Faith,” it might read something like this:

It was by faith that Huckabee stayed in the race, despite unfair reporting by the news media, despite being told his election would be a “mathematical impossibility,” despite being condemned for his faith in Christ. He was not taken seriously by the media and political elite because of his faith. But it was by this very faith that he swept Iowa and then the South on Super Tuesday. It was by this faith that he gained support from people across racial, ethnic, and religious lines, and because of his faith, the Republican Party now must reassess its platform and values.

I hope I can write tomorrow that it was by his faith that he came out ahead in Texas and Ohio!

Our God often works through the underdog. Why does he do that? I think it might be because He wants to be loved and adored…he delights in showing us just what he can do for us. That is why I confidently cast my vote for Huckabee in this election cycle. Some may say that today’s election is Huckabee’s Last Stand, and it may be. But there is power in standing, as we see in Ephesians 6:

11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,

against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

The important thing….is to stand in faith. If you live in Texas, Ohio, Vermont or Rhode Island, will you join me today and take a stand with Huckabee?

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