The politics of today's America are a far cry from the politics of days gone by. We no longer take time to really think through the policies of men who run for office. We don't take a serious look at their record and well, if they are on our political team, we pull our team's jersey over our heads and vote for them anyway, defending them at every term or giving excuse saying, "Well at least they are not like so and so." But is this how we should be?

We saw this in the election of Barack Obama and all through his presidency we have seen the 'rock star' mentality without any real substance. We see much of it in the current campaign. We see men proposing all sorts of things, but not one thing proposed really deals with the serious issues our nation faces.

Listen to the discussions that take place. In fact, when it comes to serious articles on the internet that deal with real issues or real investigation into a candidate's record, look how many Facebook likes and shares it gets compared to say fluff, like politicians' gaffes and the like. You will notice something I have. There are few and far between who think that those things are important.

Take for instance an article written on the issue of online sales taxes or the real national debt and how no one is actually addressing any of that and compare any gaffe or fluff piece you can find on the internet.

We have grown accustomed to the 'rock star' election mentality. We like our candidates to have nice hair, a good complexion, great speaking ability, and oh yes, a great set of abs is a plus as well, as if any of these things mattered. We also like it down and dirty and the best gaffes get a lot of attention. I admit we carry some of those here and I'm not saying they are not relevant. In many cases they are quite relevant as just one little snapshot of what a candidate actually believes. So please, don't think I'm against reports on those. I'm not.

Unlike the debates of the past, such as the Lincoln / Douglas debate, Americans have no time or patience for thoughtful, engaging conversation about ideas. In those debates each candidate had hours to explain their ideas and demonstrate how they worked. Today, we can barely sit still through a five minute video. I hear from people all the time, "I don't have time to read" or "I can't watch that five minute video because I have other things to do." This is our society and it's the way we approach things. We give very little thought to whom we are electing and what's worse is we give very little thought to the long term consequences of elections. In fact, I'm almost willing to bet that most, if not all, candidates could not go hours and give us a logically thought out position that actually makes sense on reducing our national debt.

Just give us a good looking guy that says what we want to hear no matter if he has a record that we would completely disagree with or not. For some that isn't even the issue. They are going to vote down their party's line no matter who is running and no matter what the platform.

Our rock start celebrity politicians are only viewed as such because they are a reflection of us, the people. We may have standards, but in the end, we'll give up those standards when it comes to the politicians we vote for in many cases.

Now, before you get upset and ask "Are you looking for perfection in a candidate?" Let me say that I am not. However, I do want us to look for men with strong records and when their records don't match their rhetoric, we should immediately dismiss them. Often the phrase gets tossed about that we vote for "the lesser of two evils." Then why complain, when evil is put into office and you aid it getting there?

While the U.S. Constitution does not provide a religious test oath, even in spite of the fact that most of the states at that time had religious oaths, it does not hinder individuals from having a religious test for whom they cast their vote. It use to be that as a Christian nation that we wanted our leaders to be Christian. Now I'm not talking that they claimed to be Christian and then lived their lives in opposition to Christianity, but they did affirm certain truths. In fact, religious test oaths were often very simple. Please allow me to illustrate.

In Delaware the oath offered by the representative was as follows:

Every person who shall be chosen a member of either house, or appointed to any office or place of trust . . . shall . . . make and subscribe the following declaration, to wit: ‘I ________, do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, Blessed for evermore; and I do acknowledge the holy scripture of the Old and New Testaments to be given by divine inspiration.

Now friends this is a simple oath. It affirms the triune God, or the doctrine of the Trinity, the deity of Jesus Christ and it affirms that the Old and New Testaments were given by divine inspiration. That's it. It goes no further than that. In addition the person swore an oath on a Bible.

All of this was undermined in the U.S. Constitution, Article Six, which reads in part:

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Neither of the two frontrunners could honestly affirm this simple oath, and yes, I realize they don't have to under the Constitution. I'm just pointing out what once the people demanded of their leaders. Also for the current occupant of the White House the reality is that America most certainly was a Christian nation in her beginning and through much of her existence, but she has forgotten where she came from.

It's quite curious though that when we see the swearing in of the President of the United States that he places his hand on the..........(gasp) Bible and affirms an oath to God, presumably the God who inspired the Bible. Yet, there isn't much outcry over this is there?

So why do I bring this issue up? Because we are a people that have forgotten. We have forgotten our past. We have forgotten our heritage. It goes back much further than 1776 or 1789. We have forgotten those who first came to America and why. We have forgotten the institutions of government they set up as Christians that insured freedom and we have traded it for slavery to a system. Over and over in the Scripture men are called to remember and not forget. I'm calling us to remember and return.

My fellow Americans what I am saying is first we must get out of the mentality that we are in concerning the political arena. Second, we must seek God's forgiveness. Third, we should look to what God says about leadership in those "divinely inspired" texts of the Old and New Testament. Here's just one example:

Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain. --2 Samuel 23:1-4

Notice what David says about the man that rules over men. They must be just. They must rule in the fear of God, but not just any god, but the triune God of the Bible. What is the result of such a man's rule? Ahhhhh, like a breath of fresh air. It's like the light of the morning or the sun rising on a cloudless day or the grass that springs up after it rains. As the Scripture declares,

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

Before anyone, especially Christians, shines me on and says "we aren't electing a preacher or a minister," I'll point you to the Scriptures again that say of those in civil leadership,

For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

The civil magistrate, be they a governor, a president or other person of authority are in that position to punish evildoers for the good of the people. They do not exist to provide goodies for us or steal from us. They are in a position as the "minister of God." Therefore, from a Christian perspective, we should choose our leaders within the realm of those that believe in the triune God, affirm the Old and New Testaments as the Word of God with lives that back that up.

My friends we need to return to God again. I understand many people don't think so. They think that it's nonsense, but this is the only way America will truly be blessed again. May God be pleased to provide us with repentance towards Him, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and confidence to trust Him with our vote of good conscience, not of political expediency.

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