As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Monday, December 10, 2007

Christian Warrior

I think that we're starting to understand, upon further scrutiny, why Mike Huckabee has suddenly been launched into the role of the darling of the religious right. It's because he's avowedly with them. The scraps that are coming up in old speeches (this one is from 1998) seems to me to be what is being said to Iowa voters behind closed doors.

Government may have dropped the ball in modern American society, but religion dropped it first, Gov. Mike Huckabee told Southern Baptist pastors Sunday night.

"The reason we have so much government is because we have so much broken humanity," he said. "And the reason we have so much broken humanity is because sin reigns in the hearts and lives of human beings instead of the Savior."

"Government knows it does not have the answer, but it's arrogant and acts as though it does," Huckabee said. "Church does have the answer but will cowardly deny that it does and wonder when the world will be changed." [...]

"I'm often asked why taxes are so high and government is so big. It's because the faith we have in local churches has become so small. If we'd been doing what we should have -- giving a dime from every dollar to help the widows, the orphans and the poor -- we now wouldn't be giving nearly 50 cents of every dollar to a government that's doing ... what we should have been doing all along."

Huckabee also explained why he left pastoring for politics.

"I didn't get into politics because I thought government had a better answer. I got into politics because I knew government didn't have the real answers, that the real answers lie in accepting Jesus Christ into our lives."

Also in 1998, Huckabee was a signatory to a letter that states, among other things:

The SBC article describes marriage as "the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime." It also notes, "The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. … A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. … A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ."

The overt calls of the past have led to dog whistles (like the words "Christian leader" on a recent ad), but I think most people are getting the message.

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