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Pastor Baldwin has it right. But, what the Christian right pastors neglect to realize is that these Ron Paul netizens are going to grow up some day & go to the church of their choice - - and, if your message is not that of Truth they won't be seating themselves in your pews. I know. I am 64, and long ago gave up trying to find an honest ministry. If Ron Paul was a minister instead of a doctor, I and millions would listen to the message of His Truth as delivered by Dr. Paul.
Do you really believe down in your soul that the $5 million Dr. Paul received just today was from the usual political & religious hacks and rent-seekers who are seeking something for themselves? If you do, then cherish the tithings you receive now, for they shall diminish as the real Truth inherits our people.
AN APPEAL TO MY FELLOW PASTORS
By Pastor Chuck Baldwin
Consider how Congressman Paul's message
impacted Pastor Jim Hartman of the Assembly of God church in
Integrity: that is the issue drawing
millions to Ron Paul, including young people. The night before I spoke, nearly
700 students gathered at
Ron Paul doesn't recruit artisan spin writers and bloggers to wear down those who might question his past dealings. He doesn't need to. There are no missing hard-drives, ethics violations, and taxpayer funds used for personal use that need to be spun away. He still refuses to participate in the lucrative Congressional pension fund and returns a portion of his Congressional office budget back to the U.S. Treasury each year.
This kind of integrity moved Pastor
Hartman, the students at
Ron Paul has been fighting for the right
to life from the beginning of his public career. Dr. Paul is rock-solid on
pro-life. After all, he has helped over 4,000 women deliver their babies into
the world in his obstetrics practice in
Is Ron Paul a libertarian, as some use in a throw-away line, often intended to move the listener to discard him without thought? Yes, on areas of fiscal, economic and judicial liberty, he is. But, he is also a social conservative and a Constitutionalist.
Ron Paul's priorities are right with marriage. He and his wife, Carol, have been married for more than fifty years. He believes marriage should be between a man and a woman and defends that principle with his vote, where and when he has the Constitutional authority to do so. For example, Dr. Paul strongly supports the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Candidly, though, Ron Paul does not believe (and neither do I) that the U.S. Government needs to be defining that which God has already defined in His Word.
Where pastors often become confused about Ron Paul is that when he is resisting the unconstitutional centralization of our federal government, he is often perceived as being anti-family. Many in these pro-family movements themselves have been co-opted into believing that the solutions to our family problems come in the form of more unconstitutional federal legislation and programs. And when one does not agree with these unconstitutional remedies, they conclude that he or she is "anti-family." Such people mean well but are confused.
In fact, adherence to the Constitution protects our freedom of speech and assembly; our freedom of worship; our right to keep and bear arms; our right to a trial by jury; the right to be secure in our own homes against police overreach; our right to witness for Christ in public, as a Christian; the right to own property; the right to not be deprived of life or property without due process of law; the right to face our accusers, and the right to keep government local and limited.
Keeping government local and limited is the cornerstone doctrine of American government. Ron Paul understands this more than any other candidate running today.
Most of the problems that we are now
dealing with socially, culturally, financially, etc., stem from
Consider how it has been federal courts
that have banned prayer in school, and legalized abortion and homosexual
marriage. Even in the liberal State of
The solutions to these problems do not reside in more federal legislation. All that does is strengthen the scope and power of the federal judiciary.
The only ones who have anything to fear from Ron Paul are those who believe in Big Government.
You see, Ron Paul is actually calling on us pastors and Christians to stop seeing the federal government as one "in whom we live and move and have our being." Jesus Christ is our Savior and Lord, not the federal government. Have we not, in a material way, set up the federal government as our functional Lord and Savior? When we look to the federal government to solve our moral and spiritual problems, that is exactly what we are doing.
When it comes to the war in
Soon after 9/11, Congressman Paul
introduced H.R. 3076, the September 11 Marque and
Reprisal Act of 2001. According to Paul, "A letter of marque
and reprisal is a constitutional tool specifically designed to give the
president the authority to respond with appropriate force to those non-state
actors who wage war against the
This is precisely what President Thomas
Jefferson did when
One thing that Pastor Hartman brought up
in our meeting in
Ron Paul is not
Ron Paul's non-interventionist and
constitutional foreign policy approach would help, not hurt,
Also consider this: according to published reports such as this one in the Houston Chronicle, Ron Paul is receiving more donations from military personnel than any other Presidential candidate in either party. Think seriously about this. Our active duty and retired military personnel clearly endorse with their own contributions Ron Paul's non-interventionist position above all others.
In the end, if the candidate is a sincere
Christian, he will all the more readily obey his or her oath to preserve,
protect, and defend the Constitution of the
Ron Paul lives his Christian faith and takes his oath to the Constitution seriously. What more could we ask for in a Presidential candidate? Every Christian pastor should seriously consider Congressman Ron Paul. Here is his website:
© 2007 Chuck Baldwin - All Rights Reserved
Chuck Baldwin is
Founder-Pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in Pensacola,
Dr. Baldwin is the host of a lively, hard-hitting syndicated radio talk show on the Genesis Communications Network called, "Chuck Baldwin Live" This is a daily, one hour long call-in show in which Dr. Baldwin addresses current event topics from a conservative Christian point of view. Pastor Baldwin writes weekly articles on the internet http://www.ChuckBaldwinLive.com and newspapers.
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