Cruz, Jindal, Huckabee Have No Problem Naming Evil, Why Does Carly?

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How does anyone who claims to have a “personal relationship with Jesus Christ” two weeks after 9/11 praise an Islamic Civilization that has historically– and continues– to institutionalize violence against women, children, Christians, Jews, and slavery of Blacks, non-Muslims, and children over the last 1400 years?

Fox News recently highlighted Carly Fiorina’s comments, “It was my personal relationship with Jesus Christ that saved me” and “no one needs to question or tell me about my faith.”

Contrary to Scripture, Christians are in fact instructed to use Biblical discernment to correct error and advocate righteousness first and foremost among self-identifying Christians. Carly provides an excellent non-answer and continues to not take responsibility for her remarks in which two weeks after 9/11 she praised the very Islamic Civilization that caused 8 Crusades and instituted the sex slave trade and abuse of women and girls, which continues today. Not to mention the greatest terrorist attacks to ever occur on American soil.

I’ve challenged Carly Fiorina, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and many others who claim to be Christians while also advocating falsehoods about Islam.

Christians should be well aware that throughout the Bible, God commands his people to name, fight, and warn of evil. If they don’t– the blood of the innocent and martyrs is on their hands. (Ezekiel 33: 7-9). He says:

“So hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.  But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved.”

Consequences, both punishment and redemption, exist for those who heed or reject His warning:

“If someone who is righteous disobeys, that person’s former righteousness will count for nothing. And if someone who is wicked repents, that person’s former wickedness will not bring condemnation. The righteous person who sins will not be allowed to live even though they were formerly righteous.’

“If I tell a righteous person that they will surely live, but then they trust in their righteousness and do evil, none of the righteous things that person has done will be remembered; they will die for the evil they have done. And if I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ but they then turn away from their sin and do what is just and right— if they give back what they took in pledge for a loan, return what they have stolen, follow the decrees that give life, and do no evil—that person will surely live; they will not die. None of the sins that person has committed will be remembered against them. They have done what is just and right; they will surely live.”

Christians are commanded to provide for and protect widows and orphans (the majority of whom exist in 57 Islamic-majority countries.) James, Jesus’s half-brother, remarked, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27).

Further still, Timothy warned, “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Tim. 5:8).

The primary contribution of all Islamic civilizations, past and present, is death and destruction.image004

Since the mid-late 600s, Islamic military invasions spanned from North Africa, to Spain, France, the Mediterranean, Balkan, Asian and East Asian and former Russian and Mongol territories. No Muslims existed in Jerusalem until their final and successful invasion in 1244. The Dome of the Rock was specifically built on top of Israel’s holiest site, the Temple Mount.

Yet, the God of the Bible pleads for his people to choose life. He said,

“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may liveand that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life.” (Deut. 30:19, 20).

It is to life that Christian Governors Mike Huckabee and Bobby Jindal, and Senator Ted Cruz consistently point.

Cruz recently pointed to the Ninth Commandment, “’Thou shalt not bear false witness,’ when clarifying that, “When we call evil by its name, it has a clarifying power that has never been more needed than it is this instant, right now.”

Last fall, standing outside of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Huckabee remarked,“The very people who created the death industry and ‘scientifically’ and medically experimented on prisoners … went home every day, ate dinner with their families, played with their children, went to concerts, and lived normal lives, knowing all the while those under their authority were living in horror.”

As political leaders, they are required to name and fight evil. Elected officials have taken oaths to defend American citizens and the U.S. Constitution from threats both foreign and domestic. Article VI of the Constitution requires federal officials to swear, “to support this Constitution.” The U.S. statute 5 U.S.C. 3331 specifies officials to “solemnly swear [or affirm]” that they “will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and “will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”

These leaders have not hesitated to name evil. But more importantly, they continue to promote that which is good, which best contributes to human flourishing.

Leadership and Christianity both require what Andrew Breitbart admonished, “No matter what the threat, no matter what the peril, stand up, speak the truth. Speak truth to power and call evil by its name.”

Praising a civilization that caused death and destruction both during the 800 years Carly cites, and today, bears false witness. Worse still, condoning institutionalized violence against women and children opposes everything Biblical and the nature of Christianity itself.

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August 24, 2015