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I used to get so much grief over my support of Cong. Paul from my own people:  Fellow believers in Christ.  They were against Paul’s foreign policy (they thought noininterventionism was isolationism and vaguely disloyal) and some thought he was not a consistent social conservative.  Some also felt that Paul was against Israel and not threatening enough against Iran.  (I am not sure about this aspect of Dr. Paul’s positions but you can’t agree with your political hero in every matter!)  Some wanted a Christian leader like Mike Huckabee.  Finally, I stopped discussing Cong. Paul’s foreign policy and tried to emphasize his personal testimony of faith in Jesus Christ and his social conservatism.  (Although I did a small “prank” at church when pastor needed a theme for his sermon series “SOUL REVOLUTION” – I suggested “SOUL RLOVEUTION with LOVE in red ink and for the next several weeks we had SOUL RLOVEUTION on the church bulletins etc.  It was great!)

I also assert that many fellow evangelicals came to trust government and leaders we liked – George Bush, congressional leaders and power brokers in the believing community rather than Jesus Christ as Lord.  Perhaps this time is a discipline from God to lead us back to Him.  Did the GOP save us?  Did we do away with abortion?  Reestablish prayer in schools?  Restore Constitutional government?  The Republican government from 2000 to 2006 rather increased the size of the Department of Education and created new government programs instead.  Followers of Christ must not trust in government but in the Lord of Hosts!

But I have seen many evangelicals start to come around to Ron Paul’s position.  They are so angry at the spending, debt and Obamacare that they are beginning to respect Paul’s positions.  “I’m beginning to like that Ron Paul guy.”  I have tried to argue as I did in Style Weekly, Richmond’s alternative urban newspaper that libertarianism is not only not a threat to evangelicals, rather freedom actually gives us the ability to share our faith, do missions and good works, and preach the Gospel without interference. 

That brings me to the Hastings case.  The Hastings College of Law case is a terrible case.  It was, most respectfully, wrongly decided.  However, what the Supreme Court basically said that if you take government benefits your right to practice your faith is up to the government.  Your practice of faith is whatever the government decides you get.  No tax exemption for churches.  No “faith-based” government programs without government strings.  Education must be according to state standards. Look at this excerpt from footnote 24 of the majority opinion:

The question here, however, is not whether Hastings could, consistent with the Constitution, provide religious groups dispensation from the all-comers policy by permitting them to restrict membership to those who share their faith. It is instead whether Hastings must grant that exemption. This Court’s decision in Employment Div., Dept. of Human Resources of Ore. v. Smith, 494 U. S. 872, 878–882 (1990),unequivocally answers no to that latter question. See also infra, at 31, n. 27.

So I ask my fellow evangelicals:  What has government done for us lately?  Many trusted in the Supreme Court, too.  Yes, that Court that banned prayers at public school graduations.  The Court said:  You get whatever liberty the elected bodies say you have if you take any sort of government money or benefits.  Ask Grove City College – even the use of federal financial grants for students brings the entire college under the thumb of the Federal Government

So I exhort my fellow believers:  It’s time for liberty.  We don’t have a choice anymore.  The people are still sovereign in this nation.  So – join us!  Come to help your local Campaign for Liberty or tea party function.  Support liberty candidates at the local, state and federal level.  We must not place our trust in politics or politicians.  Let’s remember that it wasn’t the Constitution that said “Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof”  (Lev 25:10 [KJV]) and its not the Constitution that said someday in order to buy or sell anything you’ll need the Mark of the Beast (see Rev. 13:16). 

Come join the cause of Liberty!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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