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How Should Christians Respond to Obama's Re-Election?
Christian Post ^ | 11/07/2012 | Russell D. Moore, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Posted on 11/07/2012 6:39:28 AM PST by SeekAndFind

The American people have decided that Barack Obama should have a second term. And, behind them, in the mystery of providence, God has decided that Barack Obama would be re-elected. So how should Christians respond to our once and future President?

Many of us have some disagreements with the President. As a conservative Christian, I believe unborn children have certain inalienable rights, including the right to life, and I wish President Obama would work to protect them. I believe freedom of conscience is the preeminent right in a civil society, and the Administration's incursions on religious liberty are troubling. I don't plan to back down one bit on these matters, even as our forefathers Isaac Backus and John Leland relentlessly stood up to the founding generation of leaders on behalf of religious freedom and human dignity.

We are going to disagree with the President on some (important) things; there will be other areas where we can work with the President. But whether in agreement or disagreement, we can honor. Honor doesn't mean blanket endorsement.

I am always amazed by those Christians who will dispute the command to honor, arguing that "kings" in our system are the people, and therefore we're called to honor the Constitution but not elected officials. But the Scripture doesn't command honor simply for the ultimate authority (which is, of course, ultimately God, in any case).

Humanly speaking, the ultimate political authority in the New Testament context was the Emperor. And yet, the Apostle Peter specifically calls the people of Christ not only to show submission to the emperor "as supreme" but also to "governors" (1 Pet. 2:13-14). The Apostle Paul calls on the churches to pray and to show thanksgiving for "kings" (plural) and for "all who are in high positions" (1 Tim. 2:1-2).

Paul imitated this when he showed due respect to the governor Felix, referring to him with the honorific title "his Excellency, the governor" (Acts 23:26) and "most excellent Felix" (Acts 24:2), even as he appealed his way up through the political process of the Roman Empire of his time. Paul showed thanksgiving for Felix, despite his part in a system with which Paul disagreed at some important points, for his "reforms" for the common good (24:3).

Behind that is a more general command to "honor everyone" (1 Pet. 2:17), to pray for "all people" (1 Tim. 2:1). We are to not only pay our taxes but give "respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed" (Rom. 13:7).

Christians, above all people, should pray for and show respect for our President and all of our elected officials. After all, unlike those who see politics as ultimate, we recognize that our political structures are important, but temporal, before an inbreaking kingdom of Christ. We don't then need to be fomented into the kind of faux outrage that passes for much of contemporary political discourse. And, unlike those who see history as impersonal or capricious, we see behind everything a God who is sovereign over his universe.

So let's pray for President Obama. Let's not give ourselves to terms of disrespect, or every crazy conspiracy theory that floats across the Internet.

That doesn't mean slavish obedience. In a democratic republic, the President and the Congress govern by the consent of the governed. We appeal to our elected officials, and lobby them for the common good, expressing disagreement when we must. But we do this, as Paul does before Felix and Agrippa, with respect and honor, even as he seeks to persuade them of the need for religious liberty and as he preaches "righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment" (Acts 24:25).

However we voted in the election, let's pray for God to bless our President. We can pray for him to be granted wisdom and health. We can pray that God would prosper his good ideas, and change his mind on his bad ideas. Moreover, we can teach our children to respect our President, starting with referring to him as "President Obama" or "Our President," not as "Obama" or "the guy our parents voted against" or what have you.

There's a time to vote. There's a time to campaign. And there's a time to petition. But, through it all, let's be the people who, even as we speak with conviction, are marked by kindness and respect. When we have to differ with President Obama, let's do that, with backbone. But let's make sure we do all this with honor, with respect, with prayer, and, most of all, with love.

Let's render unto Caesar, as free people with natural rights. Because we know as believers that we will eternally say "Jesus is Lord," we can as citizens temporally say, "Hail to the chief."

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Dr. Russell D. Moore is the Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice-President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He also serves as a preaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church, where he ministers weekly at the congregation's Fegenbush location. Dr. Moore is the author of The Kingdom of Christ and Adopted for Life.


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1 posted on 11/07/2012 6:39:31 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.


2 posted on 11/07/2012 6:42:21 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ok, enough of this ridiculous ‘God has decided...” nonsense. What, is he deciding if I have pizza for lunch or take a nap???? WE allowed this commie prick to usurp power right under our ugly noses! WE let it happen.


3 posted on 11/07/2012 6:44:22 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think we are in the beginning period of Revelation and that Obama plays some part in all of this whether he is aware of it or not. God is always in control. It does not mean we won’t suffer while the show gets on the road though; it just means that we’re following the script. We are going to have to change our lifestyles obviously.


4 posted on 11/07/2012 6:45:03 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: SeekAndFind

Onward Christian soldiers


5 posted on 11/07/2012 6:45:55 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Let nothing disturb thee
Let nothing dismay thee
All things pass
God never changes
Patience attains all that it strives for
He who has God finds he lacks nothing
God alone suffices.

And the Catholic entities still need to go forth with their lawsuits and every church should join them.


6 posted on 11/07/2012 6:46:04 AM PST by tiki
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To: Puppage

Malarky. They dang sure do know what they do, they just don’t care.


7 posted on 11/07/2012 6:47:47 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Puppage

Now we will have a pathway to the one world govt. The powers that be will have the following mantra: “You may have eternal life in heaven, but on earth your a$$ is mine!”


8 posted on 11/07/2012 6:47:47 AM PST by Blue Highway
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To: tiki

Well my rosary bead thumping, mass every day, sister-in-law, who would fight to her death to defend Obama, will continue to pray.


9 posted on 11/07/2012 6:49:08 AM PST by Toespi
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To: SeekAndFind

God is punishing our country as He did Israel of old when they went whoring after other gods and forgot their covenant with Him. Each of us should repent of our sins and should give our time, talent and treasure into renewed service of Jesus. We should not support anything that does not glorify God, and that includes this country when it encourages evil.

That being said, the time for mourning for the death of America will be over soon. Christians should pour their efforts into serving their Lord and Savior in their thoughts, words and deeds. Take care of yourself and your family. Help each other on the way to Heaven, for that is our eternal country, free from sadness and evil of every kind.


10 posted on 11/07/2012 6:49:12 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: SeekAndFind

The average Christian in America sees America as God’s shining light in the world. It is our natural tendency to think of ourselves as God’s primary tool for evangelism to all corners of the earth.

However, if you take a careful look at America’s “Christian” history over the last few decades, what do you see?

Do you see an ever increasing population of Christians? or a declining one?

Now ask yourself this question:

What is more important to God?... The salvation of America as a free country? or the eternal salvation of as many Americans as possible?

Now this follow up question:

Under which American form of government (based on our track record as a nation) is the climate set for the maximum number of souls to be won for Jesus Christ?
When you look oversees and see what is going on with the explosion of Christianity and the corresponding increase in the persecution of Christians, What are you to conclude about where America truly stands in the eyes of God?

Time to repent American Christians... it’s our only hope for the healing of this land.


11 posted on 11/07/2012 6:50:08 AM PST by Safrguns
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To: Puppage

Pray for this country, harder than you’ve ever prayed for anything in your life.

I have never seen a man spend half a century on this earth and yet accumulate so little wisdom as Barack Hussein Obama.
Pray that the Lord will keep him from making the fatal mistakes.


12 posted on 11/07/2012 6:52:11 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Doc Savage

Something is amiss here IMO. The crouds were just too large for Romney and not there for odingo.
I don’t think the majority of America voted for the people that boooed God.


13 posted on 11/07/2012 6:53:25 AM PST by sunny48
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To: SeekAndFind

We are the Jews of the Old Testament. The pendulum swings back and forth. They turn their back on God, he punishes them, they embrace him, he rewards them, they turn their back on him...you get the picture. I’m just disappointed I won’t live long enough to see the pendulum swing back the other way.


14 posted on 11/07/2012 6:53:37 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: Buckeye McFrog; All

How??

Get ready for eternity..THAT is how.

Let this cesspool country goto its own demise...


15 posted on 11/07/2012 6:53:46 AM PST by Rca2000 ( NEVER underestimate the power of "one little election", in WI.....)
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To: jsanders2001

I was telling my pastor the other week... what if Hitler HAD to happen to force the creation of Israel.

I believe this is the first of tribulation and Obama does play a part.

He seems to fit some of the features of the Anti-Christ.

I imagine Israel is crying right now. Obama was horrible to them when he wasn’t a lame duck.


16 posted on 11/07/2012 6:54:19 AM PST by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Puppage

It’s time for Christians to stop honoring this humanist creation and incorporating it into the churches, our families and our value system.

We should not make deals with the devil and try to fit into it’s nothingness. We should work within our own communities of Christians and put our charity, support, strength and sympathy there. We need to put our energy into re-connecting with love and marriage relationships and family. Let the barbarians do their thing because we can not and will not stop them.


17 posted on 11/07/2012 6:55:42 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: SeekAndFind

I believe in the Bible word for word, I do not believe in cafeteria Scripture reading, however God gave us free choice, The American people, majority chose evil over good.

God did NOT make them go out and vote for evil, they did it all on their own. So yes I believe in the Scriptures 154%, but at the same time, people voted for evil over good, out of their own evil hearts, so lets not blame God for their NON Christian evil hearts.

Many/most of US Churches are filled with NON Christians and Non Christian pastors...They might just as well eat drink and be merry, because they certainly do NOT love Jesus...

They can Not love Jesus and vote to abort God`s Children, not even debatable, not to mention that their vote also is a vote to have the Name Of Jesus removed from classroom/public square etc

NOT the first time America chose evil over good, Any Democrat is just as bad as Obama..The American people that voted Obama in are every bit as evil as Obama

So lets not blame God by saying this was his will, American people by their free choice, with their evil hearts voted this guy in, God did not will them to do it, they chose evil over good all by themselves


18 posted on 11/07/2012 6:57:35 AM PST by Friendofgeorge (Look for the Lord Jesus in the air)
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To: SaraJohnson

The America I knew is gone. She is dead. Death to tyranny.


19 posted on 11/07/2012 6:59:03 AM PST by firebasecody (Orthodoxy, proclaiming the Truth since AD 33)
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To: autumnraine
I imagine Israel is crying right now. Obama was horrible to them when he wasn’t a lame duck.

I'd bet that he got a very large percentage of the Jewish vote and quite a few dollars.

Bottom Line: Israel you're on your own and you'll be lucky if 0bama doesn't line American up against you!

20 posted on 11/07/2012 6:59:25 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Never Underestimate the Power of Evil)
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To: txrefugee

Well, it seems God tried to speak to us with that storm, but either Christians weren’t listening, have diminished in numbers so much that there aren’t enough of them, are there are enough and they voted for Obama. Either way, we are left without providence, so I see our nation in great danger.


21 posted on 11/07/2012 7:00:01 AM PST by NotTallTex
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To: jsanders2001
I think we are in the beginning period of Revelation and that Obama plays some part in all of this whether he is aware of it or not. God is always in control. It does not mean we won’t suffer while the show gets on the road though; it just means that we’re following the script. We are going to have to change our lifestyles obviously.

Worth repeating!!!!!

22 posted on 11/07/2012 7:00:42 AM PST by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: SeekAndFind

Prepare for martyrdom.


23 posted on 11/07/2012 7:00:49 AM PST by Argus
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To: SeekAndFind

How should we respond? Realize we are now in the minority. As Brit Hume said last night, we are no longer a center right country. Truth is we are now leftist.


24 posted on 11/07/2012 7:02:54 AM PST by Hattie
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To: SeekAndFind

The truth is in the heart and mind. We as conservatives have decided that we should rule as we say the Democrats do, by dictatorship. We say there shouldn’t be abortion, gay marriage, and such. But all of these things are of the heart. Just because there is a law that says someone can have an abortion doesn’t mean we have to use it. The heart and mind will decide this issue, not a law. Same for gay marriage. If a person wanting to find out about conservatism and how we think, would be appalled at how some of the conservatives on this site talk about others. We have become just as we see liberals. That girl at the Chick-Filet window showed us how we should respond to those who differ from us in thought. She changed his heart, in regards to her anyway, by her actions. We truly need to be that girl in the world to change the hearts and minds of this nation. We do not want to become the dictators, we want to be as Christ and have love and compassion for all. We don’t need to change our values, we need to change our communication methods. Be the change you want to see in the world.


25 posted on 11/07/2012 7:05:15 AM PST by JPII Be Not Afraid
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To: SeekAndFind

“Christians” can take a hike. (My original urge was to suggest they take flight in the direction of a circular pastry.) They didn’t show up for the election because they wouldn’t support a pagan Mormon. So-called evangelicals were conspicuous by their absence in this election.

Now we have a commie atheist who thinks he’s got a mandate. Have fun living in the world you helped create.

Yeah, go ahead, zot me. Fools.


26 posted on 11/07/2012 7:07:18 AM PST by SargeK
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To: jsanders2001

I truly believe that some things become inevitable. Israel now stands alone and I believe that is on sign that the end may be near according to scripture. But time will tell. One gal I spoke with who’s father is retired army says he will not be surprised if Israel bombs Iran in the next few months. We’ll see.

Am I surprised about the results of this election, no, there was to much fraud being openly committed and the majority doesn’t give a rats a—.

So I think I’ll go and check out the legacy seed packs and such. I guess I may need to actually plant a serious garden in a few years. Probably buy a new canner and more lids and jar rings. I do think it will probably get worse before it gets better.


27 posted on 11/07/2012 7:07:36 AM PST by tickles
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To: SeekAndFind

We do not have to honor an illegal usurper and traitor. There was voter fraud last night and this guy is unconstitutional. We owe it in our society to observe the rule of law and expose him.


28 posted on 11/07/2012 7:08:09 AM PST by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: SeekAndFind

Does he know that the affirmation “Jesus is Lord,” was fighting words back in biblical times? The opposite affirmation was “Caesar is Lord.” Honoring, respecting, even praying for Caesar is one thing. Affirming Caesar as the “Lord” he wants to be is something else. That’s where we are now.


29 posted on 11/07/2012 7:09:19 AM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: SeekAndFind

we can as citizens temporally say, “Hail to the chief.”

Apparently he would have been in the front row shouting “Heil Hitler”.


30 posted on 11/07/2012 7:10:00 AM PST by all the best (`~!)
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To: firebasecody
"And the three men I admire most

The Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost..

They caught the last train for the coast..

The day the music died."

If I had a Chevy that wasn't a government owned entity, I'd drive it to the levy right now..

31 posted on 11/07/2012 7:10:24 AM PST by smvoice (Better Buck up, Buttercup. The wailing and gnashing are for an eternity..)
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To: SeekAndFind

As I always told my friends and family I believe God put Obama there for a reason. Either:

1) Obama will help usher in the AntiChrist

or

2) God is showing how people will react with the AntiChrist. They will blindly follow like the Germans did with Hitler.

No doubt Obama was placed there to fulfill God’s prophecy. However, the blood and the spirit of our Political Forefathers runs deep in a Patriot Veins. God will pour his wrath upon this nation. I am upset but hell I am not going to surrender this beautiful nation over to communist.

WOLVERINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!11


32 posted on 11/07/2012 7:14:02 AM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: SargeK

No zot from me. You nailed it.


33 posted on 11/07/2012 7:14:13 AM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: SargeK

No zot from me. You nailed it.


34 posted on 11/07/2012 7:17:37 AM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Jeremiah 7:15 And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim. 16 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee. 17 Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.
35 posted on 11/07/2012 7:21:24 AM PST by CynicalBear
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To: Doc Savage
I think you're right. I seriously doubt if God cast a ballot in this election. The American electorate put Obama in power. It is clear to me that a majority of the electorate wants that. And I will further disagree with Dr. Moore. I for one have no intention of “honoring” Obama in any way, shape, or form. Any “man” who agrees with the principle of allowing an unborn child to have it's brains sucked out while in the process of being born deserves not a shred of honor from anyone, especially not one purporting to be “Christian”.
36 posted on 11/07/2012 7:23:59 AM PST by chimera
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Read your Bible. Pray. If you go to a church that preaches the ‘social gospel’ instead of the cross and repentance, run and don’t return. If you attend an ‘emergent’ or ‘emerging’ and/or mega-church preaching the prosperity gospel, run and don’t return. If you’re luke warm, turn up the heat.

Prepare yourself spiritually for what is about to come because you’re going to have to be as strong as you possibly can be in the faith to endure. Prepare for persecution and concentrate of finishing the race. Encourage other Christians and try to spread the gospel.


37 posted on 11/07/2012 7:25:57 AM PST by Hayride
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To: SeekAndFind

“Respect” for authorities is not the same think as “liking” authorities. Many OT kings were bad kings who did evil in the sight of the Lord. Being a ruler isn’t a free pass on evil.

You can respect an authority while still wanting to secede from it. Moore’s reading of the Bible must lead him to believe that the American Revolution was wrong, or the break-up of the Soviet Union was wrong, or ousting Hitler from power was wrong.

When we want to split off from the rest of the country, in a sense a new baby government is born and THAT is an authority.


38 posted on 11/07/2012 7:39:17 AM PST by LifeComesFirst (http://rw-rebirth.blogspot.com/)
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To: SeekAndFind
When we have to differ with President Obama, let's do that, with backbone. But let's make sure we do all this with honor, with respect, with prayer, and, most of all, with love.

This is a recipe for defeat. Honor? What honor does the Left show when it steals elections? (Have you read the myriad stories of voter fraud during this election?) Respect? I'd be a fool to respect anyone on the Left. You don't fight leftists by being sweet. You think 2016 is going to be easier if we sprinkle a little sugar around in the meantime?


39 posted on 11/07/2012 7:40:54 AM PST by Cinnamontea
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To: SargeK
“Christians” can take a hike. (My original urge was to suggest they take flight in the direction of a circular pastry.) They didn’t show up for the election because they wouldn’t support a pagan Mormon. So-called evangelicals were conspicuous by their absence in this election. Now we have a commie atheist who thinks he’s got a mandate. Have fun living in the world you helped create.

As a Christian, I 100% agree with you.

I am seriously thinking of finding another church to attend. Basing it on skin color and comments alone, I estimate 75% of my church voted for the devil Obama.

Christians brought this on themselves, either by not voting for Romney or by voting for the devil Obama.

40 posted on 11/07/2012 7:43:10 AM PST by backwoods-engineer (I am now a rebel in a civil war. God save the Republic.)
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To: sunny48

I don’t think the majority of America voted for the people that boooed God.

They certainly just did. Obama won a little more than 1/2 the voting population of which they were the ones booing.


41 posted on 11/07/2012 7:45:05 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: SargeK
“Christians” can take a hike. (My original urge was to suggest they take flight in the direction of a circular pastry.) They didn’t show up for the election because they wouldn’t support a pagan Mormon. So-called evangelicals were conspicuous by their absence in this election.

As per a June 21st UPI poll, ten percent of Republicans indicated they would not vote for a Mormon. Romney only lost by 1% of the vote.

Your post is dead on.

42 posted on 11/07/2012 7:47:34 AM PST by Joseph Harrolds
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To: backwoods-engineer
I am seriously thinking of finding another church to attend. Basing it on skin color and comments alone, I estimate 75% of my church voted for the devil Obama.

I say do it. It's time to draw a line -- where we go to church, where we do business. This morning I'm looking for another place to buy my pet supplies because the local shop (which I like) is owned by a lefty. No more. No more of my support, no more of my time, no more of my money.


43 posted on 11/07/2012 7:48:27 AM PST by Cinnamontea
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To: SeekAndFind

As a Christian, I have known for some time that today I would need to pray for the wisdom, strength and faith to accept with gratitude God’s will. Praise God. He will continue to guide us in our lives so long as we shall follow. He does know what is best for us. Today, I renew my pledge to trust our Lord.


44 posted on 11/07/2012 7:50:43 AM PST by Tau Food (Praise God. Trust God.)
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To: SargeK

No “zot” vote from me.

I second your opinion that the high and mighty, holier-than-thou, self-righteous “Christians” who, either stayed home or voted third party, can take a hike.

They gave their votes away to hussein because Romney is a Mormon. How ridiculous is that. “The One” who is on a path to FINISH destroying this country versus a Mormon and they picked IT. Unbelievable.


45 posted on 11/07/2012 7:57:31 AM PST by Chong
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To: SargeK

While I don’t agree with your sentiment, I know you have a kernel of truth in your comment. When Bush ran, our church was fired up. For Romney - I know in my church we had very tepid support. He was merely the best of two evils. As i phone banked for him, I heard from plenty of baptists who hated obama, but felt morally unable to vote for a cultist. I tried to encourage them to vote - but I know in my heart I too felt regret that we couldn’t get a christian to be the nominee.


46 posted on 11/07/2012 7:58:39 AM PST by rudman
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To: Tau Food

Just curious, did you vote for Tom Hoefling?


47 posted on 11/07/2012 8:00:24 AM PST by InkStone (Omni Vivum Ex Surfboard)
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To: Patriot Babe
Maybe you're correct, but we gotta remember that PROPAGANDA DOES WORK.

And PROPAGANDA is simply the same message constantly repeated, and when the people NEVER hear a different viewpoint, then that message becomes 'Truth.'

48 posted on 11/07/2012 8:09:59 AM PST by InkStone (Omni Vivum Ex Surfboard)
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To: Toespi

I know many like her. Daily communicants who would crawl over broken glass to vote for the nearest pro-abortion Democrat. Absolutely brainless and wicked.

The United States ended on January 22, 1973. There were about three pro-life bishops in the U.S. at the time. We now have about 20.


49 posted on 11/07/2012 8:26:03 AM PST by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, the Catholic Church is illegal.)
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To: Safrguns

I agree with your post. An unpopular message though.

The truth often is unpopular.


50 posted on 11/07/2012 8:28:22 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Turns out that White Horse was just a whitewashed jackass.)
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