ELDER PATRIOT – Ralph Reed, the leader of the Faith and Freedom Coalition told his followers last week that they should not be “looking for a politician-messiah, we already have a messiah. We understand that perfection is not the measure that should be applied. In all of recorded history, there has only been one perfect person, who walked on the earth and he wasn’t a candidate.”
Reed estimated that 17 million of his faith-based followers failed to vote in the 2012 election choosing instead to stay home due to their disaffection with the imperfection of both presidential candidates. Many who did vote chose to vote for Barack Obama guided by their misguided notion that government should conform to the role of the church.
Robert Jeffress explained to Lou Dobbs this past week why that just isn’t so.
Pastor Jeffress’ most salient remarks regarding the separate roles of government and the church begin around the 4:00 minute point:
Dobbs asked Pastor Jeffress to explain his support of Donald Trump in light of criticism that Trump, at times, may have acted as less than the ideal Christian.
Jeffress’ response should free the conscience of every Christian who wishes to square acting in accordance with their religious beliefs with the defense of their religion:
Jeffress contention is that the argument against Donald Trump is “build on the false premise that there is something un-Christian about a candidate who wants to protect our country and keep us safe. And, you know, I was arguing with a professor not long ago on NPR, he said ‘Pastor don’t you want a candidate who will govern this nation according to the words of Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount?’ I said, ‘heck no I don’t want a president like that.’ Jesus didn’t give the Sermon on the Mount as a governing document for our country. It’s how we’re supposed to treat one another. Government has an altogether different responsibility and that is to protect its citizens.”
Christianity once formed the moral and intellectual basis that underpinned America’s rise to greatness. The great question Christians will answer this November is if they’re still interested in re-affirming the foundational beliefs that resulted in the greatness that their forebears built?
In his comments Reed pointed out that Evangelical Christian and Catholic voters comprise a larger voting bloc than Blacks and Hispanics combined. Reed promised to do everything in his power to make certain that Conservative and Catholic voters don’t retreat into the “stained glass ghetto.”