Did the Republicans make a heroic stand as in the Alamo, or a poorly planned and executed assault like Little Big Horn, which was led by a general who failed to calculate the risks, who ignored the scouting reports of the strength of the opposition, and who made assumptions of the battle that proved to not be true. In the Alamo, men fought to the death to protect what was theirs. In Little Big Horn, and last week in Washington, Republicans launched a fight that wasn’t the plan of the battle-tested generals, but rather the plan of the newest recruits. Blame the press, blame the establishment, blame the liberals, blame one’s own team-- was the analysis of those who thought it wise to charge up the hill for a great cause but without following the counsel of Jesus who admonished to “count the cost” before starting the war. But liberalism among Republicans isn’t destroying the Republican party. Compared to the most conservative Democrats, there are no Republican Congressional liberals. Legalism—not liberalism is dividing the GOP. I’ve seen what legalism does to the church. Legalism is focusing more on HOW one expresses belief to WHAT one believes. The liberal might abandon the Biblical truth, but the legalist abandons Biblical love. Legalists make the method equal to the message. The facility of the church becomes a focus equal to the fellowship of the church. Legalists fight for an artificial purity that they will claim is based upon the “truth,” but for them truth is the WAY they “do church” more than the spirit with which they do it. It’s an arrogant and prideful self righteousness that focuses on self instead of a humble and broken righteousness that focuses on Christ. Legalism fights over the color of choir robes, the tempo of the hymns, and the architecture of the church building. For the Pharisees, purity of faith is based on external behavior. What one DOES becomes more important than what one IS. Some people eat their soup louder than others, but it doesn’t mean the soup tastes better. Political legalism in the Republican party is declaring that the purity of conservatism is based on following a particular personality or taking a very specific tactical pathway. The Republicans’ greatest threat is not from liberals--it’s from legalists in its ranks who would rather raise and spend vast money to defeat another Republican in a primary than to defeat a Democrat. The arrogant and self-righteous indignation of those who elevate themselves to be superior in conservatism because they can cause a train wreck. We should ask if the purpose is to derail the train, or to turn it around? Derailing the train is easy. Turning one around takes time, patience, perseverance, and planning. My political heroes are those like William Wilberforce who spent a lifetime fighting slavery, and Dr. Martin Luther King who died fighting injustice and racism. They understood that politics and change are the result of a process, not just a singular event. They were strong and unyielding in their convictions, but humble, patient and forgiving. They never got all they wanted, but they got more than nothing. If Republicans really want to defeat the threat of liberalism and socialism, they need to learn that their friends aren’t their enemies.

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  • Sho

    11/16/2013 12:38 AM

    , If I live godly . Second, what do you do with all of the passages in Scripture that talk about pelpoe who lived godly lives? 2 Peter 2:9 says that God knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations (for examples he mentioned Noah and Lot. Do you think any Christian on earth is as godly as Lot was?). Titus 2:12 states that we should live godly in this present age. Is that impossible? If so, then why are we instructed to do so? 2 Timothy 3:12 says that anyone who desires to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. I realize that it says desire so it doesn't necessarily mean that we are doing it, but by the Spirit's strength within us, we can. Psalm 32:6 says that the godly man will pray to God. So who are all these godly pelpoe if it is ridiculous? Yes, we are supposed to pursue godliness. We agree on that point, and in Christ, we can lead godly lives. While it may seem like living godly should mean that we never sin, it actually means that we live our lives in such a way that we honor God. Certainly Lot was sinful, yet he was called godly.Finally, the point of this series was to show how pelpoe misuse Bible verses, and that's exactly what you did by quoting Romans 3:10 in this way. Do you know the context of that verse? Do you know the context of where it was originally written and how Paul was using it? If there are none righteous, then how could Lot be called righteous in Peter 2:7? I've been contemplating writing a post on Romans 3:10 and how it is often misused. Your comment has made me seriously consider it. Christians have Christ's righteousness imputed unto them, so technically, all Christians are righteous, but not because of our own deeds. Paul's point was that before coming to Christ, we are all unrighteous, but with Christ, we are righteous, and we can live godly lives.The point of this series is to encourage pelpoe to dig deeper into Scripture and study it, rather than trying to find one verse that seems to support something we want to believe, and then quoting it as if it proves our point. Do you really think it is ridiculous to point out another person's sin? So was it ridiculous when Peter and Paul did it?

  • Edd Shull

    10/28/2013 10:38 AM

    Could we legally post these 6 Rules for Good Citizenship on public property?
    1. Do not murder
    2. Do not steal
    3. Do not lie
    4. Do not commit adultery
    5. Do not covet-earn your own rewards
    6. Honor your father and mother

  • Mark Steven Sims

    10/26/2013 07:02 PM

    Sir, you hit the nail on the head dead center. The GOP waged a very poorly organized campaign to "turn the train around." Why is there not any MAJOR emphasis placed on the issue of no budget from the Dems in five years instead of trying this method to derail Obama Care? It might get major media attention if directed properly. Thank you Mike for your efforts..

  • Dora Dill

    10/26/2013 03:43 PM

    The fight is not only if you
    have the votes or the polls
    say it is popular , the fight is for the American people's good. We all knew that it looked impossible but it had to be done....the
    money for "the affordable"
    health care act keeps draining money freely... who
    can stop it? At least it was
    more clearly expressed to many people...We know we still have a few heroes.
    I do see your point, Mike,
    I am familiar with the legalist position but I do not agree that this is what
    Cruz/Lee etc were doing.
    Quite frankly this is one of
    the only things that I have
    disagreed with you about.
    I appreciate your stand
    for right and am thrilled about your success. Keep on

  • karen koelker

    10/24/2013 07:51 PM

    Ted Cruz and the closing of the government gave the public many concrete examples of the petty meanness and abuse of power of the Federal government. Do we really want these people in control of our health care??? I think not!

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