Monday, October 31, 2011

The Season Of Destruction

With a field of presidential candidates running for the opportunity to run against the Left's politically wounded Banner Carrier once thought by fellow progressives to be near deity, we have entered the season of destruction.

With far left confidence in President Obama on decline---even NBC's Chris Matthews was critical of him yesterday, the personal rather than political attacks are under way.

The M.O. is always the same, people of Christian faith running for office are particularly high value targets.

This field of Republican candidates give the far left multiple targets.

Herman Cain found himself the object of their attention this past weekend, even though many former female employees and colleagues stepped forward to reveal a very different Herman Cain than the press is defining.

But it was the attack on Michele Bachmann that hurt my heart. Whether or not she is your pick of the candidates, this hurts.

The recent attack on Bachmann was not on her policies, not even about her husband this time, but on her faith, her relationship with God---the essence of what and who she is.

In Matt Taibbi's Rolling Stone profile of Bachmann, he claims that Bachmann's efforts to portray herself as a righteous and religious culture warrior prompt additional questions and skepticism.
This is an example from his article, which is read by millions of people:

"Bachmann's story, to hear her tell it, is about a suburban homemaker who is chosen by God to become a politician who will restore faith and family values to public life and do battle with secular humanism. But by the time you've finished reviewing her record of lies and embellishments and contradictions, you'll have no idea if she actually believes in her own divine inspiration, or whether it's a big con job. Or maybe both are true -- in which case this hard-charging challenger for the GOP nomination is a rare breed of political psychopath, equal parts crazed Divine Wind kamikaze-for-Jesus and calculating, six-faced Machiavellian prevaricator. Whatever she is, she's no joke."

When you act on what you believe God is calling you to do, you make yourself very vulnerable to these kinds of attacks. I personally discovered this on the local level following the R-71 campaign. I also discovered these kinds of attacks can come from both the secular press, and sometimes, unfortunately, from within the Christian camp.

We see this spirit manifested often on the posted comments on this blog.

There is a cost associated with firm beliefs and moral convictions, this is why we see people of faith and sometimes even Christian leaders deferring to a relativistic, silent position on the most critical moral and social issues of our times.

May God help us.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Strong. Be Convinced. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.

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18 comments:

  1. Well Gary, politics is a rough and tumble game, a fact you seem well aware of as evidenced by your own posts attacking liberal targets, including non-politicians like Michelle Obama. Seems like your real issue is you don't think it's fair to for conservatives (especially those claiming to be Christians)to be treated in the same manner and with the same respect they show liberals. Better call you a whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaambulence!

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  2. Bachmann is not my choice, but she has taken some heavy hits from the press. I think she is a good person and dedicated to God. You are right Gary, if you act on your faith in any public way, it will cost you. If you keep it inside the church house they don't care that much. Thanks.

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  3. Great insight. Thank you.

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  4. RE: "But it was the attack on Michele Bachmann that hurt my heart. Whether or not she is your pick of the candidates, this hurts. The recent attack on Bachmann was not on her policies ... but on her faith, her relationship with God---the essence of what and who she is."

    Oh brother. Gary, do you even try to hide your hypocrisy anymore? Go back to 2008, when Obama was still a candidate, and you spent tons of time questioning Obama's faith and relationship with God and implying that he was not a Christian, but a Muslim in disguise. Much of the right did the same.

    Why was it OK for you to attack Obama's faith, but not OK for the left to attack Bachmann's? Why did your comments about Obama's faith have to do with his policies?

    May God help you all, indeed.

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  5. You know Gary, the real reason I continue to use anonymous is because of the whacko's crying for whaaambulances that post on your blog. They are a very weird and twisted bunch. And as I have posted before - it never matters what the truth is they just keep repeating their whacko drumbeat like a rhythm. One moderator who conducted the GOP debate was outed when his record showed that he had asked smearing questions of 93 Republicans and - get this - two Dems. So again, it doesn't matter what the truth is these dummies just keep going on about how mistreated they are. When you are dealing with retardation it is very difficult to have an intelligent or productive discussions. Many times I have concluded discussions with friends, "Well I guess we will have to agree to disagree." But that isn't good enough either.

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  6. Faith and Freedom Staff3:14 PM, October 31, 2011

    Note to 12:48
    Gary has questioned President Obama's Christian faith because he has said he is a Christian, but does not believe Jesus is the only way to God. This directly contradicts Jesus own teaching on the subject in John 14:6 where Jesus says he is the only way to God. How can one be a Christian, yet deny the teaching of Jesus?

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  7. @1:45 PM

    In your post, you called me a whacko, wierd and twisted and a dummy. Perhaps the reason you post anonymously is so that you can hurl insults and call names without worrying about getting treated the same by others. I believe that is called hypocrisy.

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  8. @12:48

    Don't you see, questioning someone's faith is A-OK when it is from a conservative Christianist point of view, questioning someone's faith from a liberal Christian or atheist point of view is completely unacceptable.

    Note that the questioning of Mitt Romney's faith by multiple conservative Christianists, who insist that Mormon's are not Christians, doesn't warrant a mention in Gary's post. That's because the questioning of faith is from a Conservative Christianist perspective!

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  9. @3:14

    Is the fact that not all Christians are Biblical literalists news to you? Or do you not consider those, who do not hold to literal interpretation of the Bible, are actually Christians?

    Or, do you want to admit that all your post was a just a feeble attempt to justify your obvious double-standard?

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  10. How does one deny Christ's teaching and call themselves Christian or "little Christs"? Why bother?

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  11. @3:14... I don't care why. What did that have to do with Obama's policies?

    @1:45... Shame on you for name-calling, and especially for using the term "retarded."

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  12. Gary -

    This is the coarsest sort of partisan drool I could imagine. Surely you do not need to not just stoop but baptize your self in the gutter....??

    No one remotely deified Barack Obama - even those of who supported him. Remember - all liberals and democrates are atheists... right??

    Aner

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  13. When you say you are Christian you had better live it because you are being watched.

    For instance if you say you are a Rrepublican and a Christian and you allow some thing like the MEDICAREDONUT hole, that targets the sickest of our seniors with a financil buren , to exit
    you are not being true to your faith.

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  14. As a liberal, I'm particularly enjoying this republican primary. The candidates are so far to the extreme right that you correctly observe that the rest of world views them as religious whackos. Go Herman, I'd love to see him as your candidate. I hope he sings gospel songs during the debates. The dems didn't tip Politico on him, they would have saved it for the general election. It was probably Romney or Perry.

    As far as complaining about the personal attacks when it's been your personal modus operandi, well, that's just typical Gary and shouldn't be taken seriously.

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  15. " just typical Gary and shouldn't be taken seriously."

    Seems to apply to 90% of the posts here.

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  16. Anon 5:07

    Maybe some substance next time?

    Or is your jesus just that vacuous??

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  17. Herman Cain just had his biggest fundraising day ever because of the Politico report. Seriously, I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of that money came from liberals.

    Gary claims it's the far left attacking Herman. I don't think so. Believe me, we want Herman to be the candidate. It pains me, but I'm even thinking about sending some money to the Cain campaign myself to help him get past this in the primary.

    Mark in Tigard

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  18. 3:14

    As to the literal interpretation questions, yes, a person must believe Jesus is who he said he was to have any claim to the name Christian.

    Jesus said " before Abraham was I AM", which is a clear statement of his Divine status. He also said," those who deny me before men, I will deny before my Father in heaven".You can't get any clearer than that. You may call yourself one, Jesus says you are not. I'll take Him at His word.

    As to personal attacks on politians, nothing new here, anything goes as long as it discredits your opponent. Politics is unfortunately too often a dirty game.

    I think Mr. Cain would make a good candidate, I hope you good liberals will support him. Two people of color running for president would be a wonderful thing, don't you think? Oh, that's right, they must be a liberal person of color or they don't count, huh?

    Mark, you may get your wish, you may also come to regret it.

    Thanks, Gary, for keeping the light on.

    Craig in Lacey

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