Monday, December 06, 2021

The "Sifting" of the GOP?

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"Sifting" is a process that breaks up any lumps in the flour and aerates it at the same time by pushing it through a gadget---usually a cup with a fine wire strainer at one end.

The Bible usually describes it as a "separating" function---like that of wheat, separating the edible from the chaff.

Democrat Senator  Amy Klobuchar (MN) told Chuck Todd yesterday on NBC's "Meet The Press" that "pro-choice Republicans have 'signaled interest' in codifying Roe v Wade's verdict into law" because she and other far-left pro-abortion politicians believe the Supreme Court is headed toward overturning the so-called "right" to kill unwanted, unborn children.

A number of  Republicans are running against Republicans in the upcoming 2022 primary elections.

Will it be a successful sifting of those who hold to the Party's beliefs as stated in their platform?

Or, an exercise of futility?

Be informed, not misled.

Democrat Senator Klobuchar told NBC's Chuck Todd yesterday that "pro-choice Republicans have 'signaled interest' in codifying Roe v Wade's verdict into law."

She said, regarding the Supreme Court, "They clearly are headed toward overturning Roe."

She claimed that 75% of Americans believe that the decision of abortion should be made between a woman and her doctor. She criticized the Court, noting that they are not going with the "changing moral rays of society"---but "raw political power pushed those new [constitutional] Justices onto the Court, and this is going to be the outcome."

"The answer," she told Todd, is "putting Roe into federal law."

Why would a politician be a member of a political party with whom they fundamentally disagree on such an important issue as the sanctity of life?

I don't know. 

But it isn't only pro-life issues.

There is a number of Republicans across the country who are challenging incumbent Republicans in the coming 2022 primary elections.

Two of them who have received national attention, are from Washington State.

Perhaps they can answer those questions. 

Loren Culp

Washington's Fourth Congressional District Republican candidate Loren Culp told Breitbart News Saturday he is challenging "spineless" Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse to unseat him after he failed the Republican Party by voting to impeach former President Donald Trump and in favor of the January 6 committee.

Culp says, "I'm running against Newhouse because he is of the ten who voted to impeach President Trump, but also doubled down, and voted for the January 6 Commission, which is allowing them to keep the charade going and attack conservative people."

He says, "It's sad to see Republicans turning their back on the people who put them in office...cowering down and voting along with the radical Left."

He says while he is running for the "American people" Newhouse "voted for gun-grabbing red flag laws, he voted to give amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, and along with Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, also call themselves Republicans."

He also said,  "When we elect Republicans in the office, we expect someone who is a conservative...who will stand up for citizen's rights. We don't expect people to betray us. And it's like you said, the Democrats, we understand them. We know what they're going to vote for, you know, socialism, communism. But Republicans, we expect something different from them."

"And we have way too many spineless Republicans in there that I believe are Democrats that have just infiltrated the Republican Party."

Culp said, "I will support the Constitution and my oath of office, which I've taken three times already, the first when I joined the United States Army, the second as a police officer, and the third as police chief of the same department...we've got to get back within the confines of the Constitution."

Culp is not the only Republican who feels that way.

In October, "The Chronicle," which services Centralia and Chehalis in southwestern Washington state, published an article pointing out that there were indeed a number of Republicans running against other Republicans---but they were miserably failing in their fundraising. And point out that Trump wasn't supporting them financially as expected, this was a "Trump" inspired movement, and was somewhat marginal.

While giving a general rundown on all 10 Republicans who joined the Democrats in their quest to "get Trump," they noted that Republican incumbent Jamie Herrera Beutler had, at the time, raised $523,591 with $1.4 million in the bank.

And they noted that her primary challenger, US Army veteran Joe Kent, had raised $452,132.

Joe Kent

Joe Kent lives in Yacolt, Washington. He is a conservative, pro-life Republican. He's running as a Republican primary candidate for Washington's 3rd Congressional District. He's challenging incumbent Republican Jamie Herrera Beutler.

He is a "Gold Star husband" (his wife and mother of their two children was killed in military service)  and retired Special Forces officer. 

Following the 9-11 attacks, Kent charged into conflict. He served 11 combat tours---mostly in Iraq with deployments in Yemen and north Africa. He was said to be the "elite of the elite."

Although very different personalities, he shares the views of Loren Culp. He also has another Republican running against him in the primary who shares the same concerns that he and Culp share.

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) has written an extensive article about Kent and Heidi St. John.

Hedi St. John

St. John is a well-known Christian author and public speaker. You can check out her website.

Earlier this year St. John wrote an article titled, "America the Beautiful, You're In Trouble."

In the article, she expresses her deep feelings and love for this country. She supports Trump, although he has endorsed Kent, and although flawed, she says he was a great leader and president.

Washingtonians who live in the 3rd District clearly have some prayerful decisions to make in the coming months.

Our country also has some decisions to make as a mid-term election looms with the most consequential presidential election in our lifetime following in 2024.


I still hear the comment from time to time, "Christians should not be involved in politics. We should be completely given to preaching the gospel."

Involvement in the culture and preaching the gospel is not mutually exclusive. The Bible teaches both. In fact, Old Testament Joseph and Daniel served in civil government. 

The decisions made by the government have a substantial impact on people and on our being able to "preach the gospel."

Ask a pastor in an underground church or a missionary trying to clear visas and travel permits in countries opposed to the gospel. I've been there. It matters who leads governments.

Government derives its authority from God to promote good and restrain evil. 

The Christian witness in the public square contributes transcendent values about moral and ethical issues. Christian withdrawal from the public square creates a moral vacuum that is susceptible to influences that pressure government to move further and further from Godly principles and values.

Because of what the Bible teaches and the inevitability of its effect on our culture, Christians must care and be involved in politics.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Engaged. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.