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Commentary on Obama's Reelection and on the Other Elections

Posted Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at 10:44 AM

Well, I was dissappointed last night when I heard that our president had won a second term. I'll just be real honest. Although I was afraid that might happen, I hoped he would not. I hoped the American people would have enough sense not to reelect a president with his kind of moral values and economic record. But, it happened.

Here's a text I recieved from a fellow minister. "Our democracy has chosen to move further away from her foundations. Maine and Maryland have legalized gay marriage and Colorado has legalized marijuana. I read that Old Testament Israel had to go very low before they repented as individuals. Politics has (again) not delivered the "Promised Land" that too many Christians had trusted it would. Yet, God still has a plan. May He now help us to find it. When news reached Augustine in 412 AD that Rome was sacked and burning, he steadfastly replied to the courier, 'What man builds, man destroys. Let's get on building the Kingdom of God.' Hebrews 12 speaks of, 'Receiving a Kingdom that cannot be moved, let us have grace whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.'" He is right!

My reply was as follows: "The my people of 2nd Chronicles 7:14 are partly to blame. How can God answer the prayers of His people while they desecrate the Lord's Day and break other laws of God? 2nd Thessalonians 2:11,12 comes to mind in regard to those who voted for Barak Obama's reelection."

Another minister texted me, "I'm afraid that Republicans largely missed the point by focusing on the economy while missing the deep void in America's soul." Of course, he is exactly right!

Well, regardless how the election went, God is still King! He is still on the throne. It's agravating to hear some of the reasons why people voted the way did. But, we must keep things in perspective and trust in the King.

Regarding the other races, we lost some and gained some! Both Democrats and Republicans will agree! One thing is certain, ALL the yard signs are gone from my yard! My neighbors are happy. So is my wife. I am too!

I'm glad folks exercised their right to vote even if they voted opposite to the way I did. Now, we are again united as before. Again, let's keep things in perspective. God is still in control. He rules!

God Save America

Richard D. Swift

505 Hickory Hills Dr

Dexter MO 63841

573-625-9535

swiftyone2002@yahoo.com


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We live in a democracy and share the blessings and the cursings of it. If the wrong people gain control of a democracy and the power of the people is used to destroy and enslave the people, then we must endure the things people impose upon us. There are great death tolls from alcohol, abortion, and homosexual AIDS that the people who won the election have imposed upon us and may increase them. Many men, women, and children will be missing from their homes at Thanksgiving and Christmas this year and the next 4 years because of the AD 2012 election. The American people are in a great falling away like the one predicted in the Bible. We must resist this falling away from God and Christ but do it in a Christian and legal manner. Our bureaus are being filled with internationalists and other anti-Americans chosen for special reasons. They quietly weave a soft, alluring web around us.

Billy Joe Parker

Georgia Prohibition

-- Posted by Billy Joe Parker on Wed, Nov 7, 2012, at 3:28 PM

I find your reference to 2 Thessolonians 2:11-12 quite interesting. I must confess though, I am more concerned about who is telling the lie rather than who is believing it. I am a Christian conservative as are the vast majority of my friends and family. I received hundreds of emails and viewed a plethora of facebook posts from my Christian fundamentalists, conservative friends, each containing the latest evidence that our president was communist, muslim, anti-American, hated veterans... ect. They were all posted by people who I know are God fearing and just want God's will for our nation. Yet, in the vast majority of cases, a little bit of research revealed the "evidence" to be a lie. These "honest" Christian people were using an absolute lie someone else created, making assertive efforts to pass the gossip along, and making it their own lie. We had Christians bearing false witness on a massive scale with the hope of achieving a Godly outcome to the election. We will never contribute to the building of God's kingdom if we insist upon using Satan's tools to do it. Why should God give us a better president if we, God's servants, are willing to ridicule and bear false witness against the one we have? The manner in which we Christians conducted ourselves in this election puts me more in mind of the words of Jesus in Matthew 23:15. Proclaiming rightousness with the very same breath that breaks the ninth commandment is anti-God, anti-Christian, and anti-American. We are to display a higher standard and be a light to the world that shows the lost the way to rightousness. Well, our light is covered in filth and we are stuck in the mire because we chose to abandon truth and lie in order to get power. We were more like Annas and Caiaphas than Jesus and we got what we deserve.

-- Posted by mikeshirrell on Thu, Nov 15, 2012, at 11:05 AM

Unfortunately, so much is posted on the internet that it's hard to tell fiction from truth sometimes. There are some basic facts about Obama's record as Illinois state senator, U.S. senator, and first term as president. How he stands on traditional moral values and economic principles is important. Unfortunately, 52% of the electorate just didnot care but voted for him anyway. In an email exchange, I was asked for what purpose or plan of God was it for Obama to have been reelected. The "my people that are called by my name" of 2nd Chronicles 7:14 need a revival of obedience to "if they will turn from their wicked ways" (repentance) if they expect God to answer their prayers and bless their land once again. We worship the gods of entertainment, fashion, sports, education, politics, and materialism. We desecrate the Lord's Day Sunday with all kinds of buying and selling and making money. We accept immoral behaviour. We do as you stated in your comment Mike. We "abandon truth and lie in order to get power." We also break other commandments of God's Word. Then we gather at some community prayer service and ask God to turn the election our way. God help us because it doesn't work that way.

-- Posted by swift on Thu, Nov 15, 2012, at 3:34 PM

Thank you Mike for shedding light on this subject. The supposed Christian Right can be so wrong and judgmental.

It's so hard to understand how many Christians can be so mean spirited. I suppose they love the Lord and Fox news.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sat, Nov 17, 2012, at 8:10 PM

When did the optimum political setting become a prequiste for christians and the church? Even among Jesus disciples were opposing politcal views. It was only when they set aside their differences and waited for the Promise united (with one accord)instead of divided that GOD came and a revival began.

I hardly think Roman occupation or Jewish hardliners who hated this new "cult" provided an ideal enviroment for those early believers. It wasn't easy. It could be costly. It could be deadly to be a christian. And yet.....

In any election "wrong" people will win. "Wrong" usually means it was the person I did not vote for. But the health of the christian and the church is not dependant on who is in power. Well, actually it is...

-- Posted by apureheart on Sun, Nov 18, 2012, at 8:31 AM

Mike, you are the first person I've heard making the point that the Christian Right was guilty of "bearing false witness" against the President in the last two elections. This is an amazing observation! They said he was Kenyan--wrong--He was American. They said he was Muslim--wrong--He was Christian. The critics fought with hearsay and vicious personal insults, rather than sound political arguments. How did they expect to elect the "right" person, when their methods were so wrong? The end does NOT justify the means.

-- Posted by goat lady on Sun, Nov 18, 2012, at 9:56 PM

dexterite, goatlady, and apureheart, I sent replies to each of your comments but they haven't gotten posted yet so I'll reply like this and see what happens.

1. We as Christians need to quit depending on politicians and start depending more on God. We need to turn from our wicked ways and seek God's face.

2. Persecution from both the religious power and the political powers brought unity to the early church and drove them to their knees asking for power from God. God gave them power to spread the good news of Jesus Christ inspite of persecution!

3. As was mentioned, the end NEVER justifies the means.

Thanks, y'all!

-- Posted by swift on Mon, Nov 19, 2012, at 2:52 PM

Last word:

The Democratic Party Propaganda Machine must also take part of the blame for Obama's reelection. One must remember that the electoral college elects the president. That being said, Missouri voted for Romney. Well, except for Boone County, Kansas City, St Louis County, and St Louis City. Stoddard County voted overwhelmingly for Romney instead of Obama. 95% of Blacks (14% of the electorate) voted for Obama. Most of them voted for Obama simply because of his color. 70% of Hispanics (14% of the electorate) voted for Obama. Another 24% of the electorate (Whites and Asians) voted for Obama. Most of those who voted for Obama voted for him because they beleive in what the Democratic Party Propaganda Machine has told them: "White conservatives are racists", "Republicans are for the rich; Democrats are for the poor", "Conservatives hate the poor and elderly and are at war with women", etc. Democratic Party political commercials distorted, exaggerated, lied, and misled. The Sheeple blindly followed and voted for Obama. Thus I close this blog entry by reprinting my blog entry, "Standing Up Against Evil" with some deletions for this comment:

Standing Up Against Evil

Psalm 94:16 "Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?"

Although the Psalmist is asking a question of appeal, God is also asking this question, "Who will rise up; who will stand up for me against the evil doers and workers of iniquity?"

I. Who are the evil doers and workers of iniquity?

A. Wicked leaders- Proverbs 28: 12, 28; 29:2

"When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden."

"When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase."

"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn."

1. They pass bad laws legalizing evil. Isaiah 10:1 "Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!"

a. Abortion

b. Homosexuality

c. Gambling

d. Alcohol

e. Pornography

2. They take away the God given rights of citizens. Isaiah 10:2 "To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!"

a. Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness as described in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights

b. The right to keep what you make by enacting excessive taxes to "redistribute the wealth".

B. Wicked people-

1. Oppressive: Ezekiel 22:29 "The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully."

2. Immoral: Hosea 4:1,2 "Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood."

3. Entrap with nets: Micah 7:2 "The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net."

4. No respect for family: Micah 7:6 "For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house."

5. Covetous: Isaiah 5:8 "Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!"

6. Pleasure seekers Isaiah 5:11 "Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!"

7. Love sin: Isaiah 5:18 "Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:"

8. Call evil good and good evil: Isaiah 5:20 "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"

9. Wise in their own eyes: Isaiah 5:21 "Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!"

10. Justify their wickedness and their wicked leaders and take away moral laws: Isaiah 5:22-24 "Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel."

II. How To Rise Up Against the Evil Doers and Workers of Iniquity

A. Exercise your right to vote!

1. Vote against legalizing abortion, homosexuality, gambling, alcohol, and pornography.

2. Vote for amendments and laws upholding morality.

3. Vote for leaders who are taking a public stand for moral values and against evil. How can a person call himself or herself a Christian and vote for candidates supporting abortion, homosexual rights, etc.? How can people be members of a political party that takes a stand for the evils mentioned above and call themselves Christian?

B. Let your voice be heard!

1. For those unborn babies about to be aborted (murdered): Psalm 79:11 "Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;" Psalm 102:20 "To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;"

2. For traditional moral values:

a. Sanctity of human life from conception on

b. Traditional family and marriage between one man and one woman

c. Rights of parents to choose how or where they want their children educated; public, private, or home-schooling

d. Freedom of religion in the public arena

C. Pray!

1. For our leaders and that godly men and women will replace those who aren't.

2. For righteousness to prevail.

Hosea 4:6 says, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." Ignorance of the issues and of the importance of standing up against evil is no excuse. Remember the old saying, "All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men and women to do nothing." Don't vote and don't let your voice be heard and don't pray, but don't expect God to bless our nation with godly leaders and moral laws. Proverbs 14:34 says, "Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." I ask you, "Who will rise up for God against the evil doers? Who will stand up for Him against the workers of iniquity?"

We have in the White House, a president who as Illinois State Senator, voted four times against a ban on late term abortions. Three times as state senator, he voted against a "Born Alive Protection Act" which would have saved the life of an infant born alive in a botched abortion attempt. As president, he supported the "Freedom of Choice Act." And we have Christians who, not only voted for once but voted for him again? How could they?

At the latest DNC, 25 speakers endorsed abortion. The president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards spoke at the convention, slamming pro-life Christians for being anti-women. The party platform calls for tax funding of abortions. Not only is abortion endorsed by the DNC, but same-sex marriage is also. The platform endorses gay marriage. Now our president does also. And Christians voted for this man and will vote for him again? And Christians identify themselves as members of his political party? I just don't understand!

Where is the outcry? Are preachers not crying out against the inconsistency of voting different than one's beliefs? I believe they are crying out, but some are so stubbornly a part of their party they will not hear!

Will you stand up against evil?

God Save America,

Richard D. Swift

505 Hickory Hills Dr

Dexter MO 63841

573-625-9535

-- Posted by swift on Tue, Nov 20, 2012, at 2:38 PM

Swift, to address your opening paragraph, I think you have supplied the perfect explanation as to why we are unable to get a conservative elected president. We conservatives seem to have adopted a playground mentality. When confronted with the fact that Christians decided to "bear false witness" during the campaign, many conservatives quickly respond like you did in the very first sentence. The playground version is, "they did it too." Until I can find the scripture that says to do unto others as they have done unto you, I can only deem this as childish. If, in fact, we are doing it simply because they did it, then it is also a sin. Remember, "To him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin." It is good NOT to lie.

You have an excellent rundown of election statistics, but you failed to mention that 9 of the 10 highest per capita income states voted for Obama, 9 of the 10 lowest voted for Romney. Obama won 8 of the 10 states that pay the most taxes per capita, Romney carried 8 of the 10 that paid the least. 7 of the 10 states that use the most food stamps voted for Romney and 7 of the 10 that use the least voted for Obama The 10 most educated states voted for Obama and 9 of the 10 least educated states voted for Romney. As far as government handouts go, 5 of the top 11 and 12 of the top 23 states with the hightest perctage of residents on Medicaid voted for Romney, and 7 of the 13 states with the lowest percent on Medicaid voted for Obama.So looking at these statistics and the states they represent we can see that no one is paying any attention to "White conservatives are racists", "Republicans are for the rich; Democrats are for the poor", "Conservatives hate the poor and elderly..." We can also disregard the latest GOP excuse that says Obama got reelected because 47% of the population is government dependent. Do your own research and you'll come to the same decision I did: in this election, the poorer you are, the more govt handouts you get, the less educated you are, the more likely you were to vote for Romney.

You also proved that one of the supposed "Democratic Party Propaganda Machine" slogans may not be too far off base. You said, "95% of Blacks (14% of the electorate) voted for Obama. Most of them voted for Obama simply because of his color." That paints a pretty shallow picture of African-Americans. What excuse do you use to explain the reason why Gore got 92% in 2000 and Kerry got 88% in 2004 according to National Review magazine.

It's also interesting that you pointed out that the electoral college elects the president. Conservatives should be thankful for that. I don't need to remind you that we have lost the popular vote five out of the last six elections. If it were not for the electoral college, Al Gore would have been elected in 2000.

We conservatives have become experts at blame, pointing out reasons for our loss, and proclaiming "facts" that are fictional (as pointed out above), and we are losing elections because we refuse to take our head out of the sand.

If we can't be honest, pray for our president, be more than bumper sticker patriots, and read, understand, and live the red words in the Bible, we will never again have a Godly leader. We need to quit trying to impose our faith on others with laws. Show me a single example of Jesus forcing His will on others or imposing His beliefs on anyone outside of the temple (which was His father's house). We cannot impose morality, if we do, we will have become the Christian taliban. We have to lead by example, with a servant's heart, just like Jesus.

-- Posted by mikeshirrell on Tue, Nov 20, 2012, at 10:09 PM

Mike, i thankyou for your reply and for your corrections. I believe the electoral college implemented by those who wrote our Constitution is the way we should elect our presidents. You are correct to point out that Republicans have lost the popular vote in 5 out of 6 elections and that Al Gore would have beat G.W. if it wasn't for the electoral college.

I work with a lot of Blacks. They are my friends. In converstions with them about politics, they supported Obama simply because he is black. On guy told me that "if Romney wins, we'll be fighting in the streets." On Thursday after the election, he informed me, "well you have a black man as president." My reply was that I don't care what color he is, I voted against him because of his views on moral issues. I'm just tired of being considered racist just because of my opposition to Obama's policies.

Your last paragraph is right. I'll certainly do my best to pray for our leaders and live out the life of Christian holiness Jesus taught and lived. That being said, principles must still be stood on. Evil must still be preached against and voted against.

-- Posted by swift on Wed, Nov 21, 2012, at 3:27 PM


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My wife Susan (Sue) and I have lived in Soddard County since September of '96. We both graduated from Bible Missionary Institute, our denomination's small four year Bible college in Rock Island, Illinois. I was born and raised in Pomona, California while my wife was raised in Monmouth, Illinois. I am an ordained minister in the Bible Missionary Church. We attend and are members of the Dexter Bible Missionary Church. I've been employed by Tyson Foods for 14 years. My wife is a CNA. I've always been conservative in my political views and have always been active in politics and the Pro-Life movement. My politics have not always been Republican. From 2003-2009 I was vice-chairman of the Prohibition National Committee, the steering arm of the Prohibition Party. In '09, I joined the Constitution Party of Missouri. But, I've been attending the GOP rallys and club meetings since last year and have been campaigning for certain Republican candidates since we moved to this area. I'm on the SEMO Life Chain Committee.