SWEET FREEDOM DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Should You Vote For The “Christian-Y-Ist” Candidate?

Ronald Reagan takes the oath of office for his second term as President. Wife Nancy holds the Bible while a judge administers the oath. (Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

Then the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men. Moreover, at Daniel’s request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained at the the royal court.
Daniel 2:48-49

Somehow over the past few decades, Christians have gotten it into their heads that they should vote for the most “Christian” candidate. Actually, that’s not good enough.

Here’s a thought experiment. What if you had the choice to vote for either a Baptist Sunday school teacher or a divorced Hollywood actor? This really isn’t a thought experiment; this was the real choice Americans faced in 1980. Many evangelicals rightly voted for Ronald Reagan over Jimmy Carter because they figured Reagan would represent their virtues more than the peanut farmer who taught Sunday school on the side. They were right.

In the Bible, the leaders God chooses to advance His purpose are a diverse bunch, and none of them is perfect. In the Old Testament, God even used Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar to protect and promote Daniel and his Jewish friends to important, influential positions over the city.

Sweet Freedom in Action
Today, I advise you not to judge politicians based on religious doctrine, but on values, dedication, and performance. And when you find them, roll up your sleeves, get to work, and get them elected.

Click here for more information on Sarah Palin’s devotional book: Sweet Freedom

45 COMMENTS

  1. I agree. Thanks for this thought provoking post. I think we all know some that are like this. They assume if candidate is a “Christian” then they must be the best person for the job. But qualifications go well beyond that.

  2. The presidency is not a religious test- it is a test of will, strength, leadership and diplomacy. A mewling peanut farmer cannot stand strong against the dictators of the world, cowering behind his vines, regardless of how pious he is.
    Reagan stood firm, resolute and determined, and led our country to prosperity against the foes of the world. He was a true leader.

      • 1. Reagan Supplied Weapons to America’s Enemies

        He armed Saddam Hussein’s Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war despite the fact that it was widely known Iraq was using chemical weapons against civilian populations in violation of international law.

        2. Reagan Ignored the Atrocities Committed by Saddam Hussein

        Even after the whole world condemned Saddam Hussein for using chemical weapons to kill over 5,000 Kurdish civilians in Iraq, the Reagan administration continued to provide weapons and tactical information to Iraq. Iraq used this information to target its enemies with chemical weapons. Reagan even vetoed a UN resolution condemning Iraq.

        3. Reagan Illegally Supplied Arms to Both Sides of the Iran-Iraq War

        While he was supplying Iraq with weapons, Reagan also armed Iran during the Iran-Iraq War in direct violation of a U.S. law that he had signed.

        4. Reagan Caved in to the Demands of Terrorists

        After several Americans were taken hostage by terrorists in Lebanon, Reagan provided weapons to Iran in exchange for their release. Despite this concession, ultimately more hostages were taken.

        Memorial to 241 Marines, soldiers, and sailors killed in the October 23, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon.
        Memorial to 241 Marines, soldiers, and sailors killed in the October 23, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon.
        5. Reagan Caved in to the Demands of Terrorists Again

        After Reagan sent Marines to Beirut for a peacekeeping mission, a terrorist’s truck bomb killed 241 U.S. Marines. Reagan responded by immediately doing exactly what the terrorists wanted, pulling all the troops out of Beirut.

        6. Reagan Was Weak in the War on Terrorism

        After the bombing of the US Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Reagan promised to track down and punish the terrorists who committed that horrible act. He never followed up on that promise.

        7. Reagan Didn’t Obey His Own Laws

        He illegally supplied weapons to Nicaraguan rebels in violation of a law that he himself had signed.

        8. Reagan Supported the Violent Overthrow of a Democratically Elected Government

        He illegally supported the Nicaraguan Contras, whom he called “Freedom Fighters,” despite the fact that they killed civilians and wanted to overthrow the democratically elected government to restore the dictatorship that previously existed in Nicaragua.

        9. Reagan Started an Unnecessary War to Divert Attention From His Failure in Beirut

        Just days after the bombing that killed 241 Marines in Beirut, Reagan launched an attack on the island of Grenada to remove Cuban soldiers there. This successfully took attention away from the devastating loss of those Marines in Beirut.

        USS Stark after 37 crew members were killed by an Iraqi missile on May 17, 1987.
        USS Stark after 37 crew members were killed by an Iraqi missile on May 17, 1987.
        10. Reagan Failed to Defend US From Saddam Hussein

        When an Iraqi fighter jet fired a missile into a U.S. Navy ship in 1987, killing 37 men, Reagan did nothing in response to the attack. Iraq is still the only non-allied country to attack a U.S. warship without retaliation.

        11. Reagan Helped Create Al Qaeda

        The Reagan administration armed and supported the Mujahideen rebels in Afghanistan. Many members of the Mujahideen, like Osama bin Laden, used their experience in Afghanistan to help them form the terrorist organization Al Qaeda.

        12. Reagan Supported the Racist Apartheid Government in South Africa

        When the white minority in South Africa (just 10% of the population) brutally repressed the black majority, even denying them the right to vote, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly passed the Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986 to apply pressure to South Africa to end Apartheid. But President Reagan opposed any sanctions on South Africa and vetoed that bill. Congress was forced to override his veto.

        Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld, special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983.
        Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld, special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983.
        13. Reagan Supported the Most Brutal Dictators in the World as Long as He Didn’t Consider Them “Communists”

        He supported Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega. Later, when Noriega became too close with Fidel Castro, we suddenly considered him an enemy and removed him from power.
        He supported Saddam Hussein when he committed the most brutal atrocities on Earth, killing thousands of his own people. Years later, when Saddam threatened our oil supply, we used these same atrocities as reasons to go to war with him.
        He supported Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos even after Marcos killed his political rival and rigged his own reelection.
        He supported the brutal regime in El Salvador when it was widely known that they were killing civilians, including Americans. After four American nuns were murdered by Salvadorian soldiers, Reagan’s Secretary of State defended the Salvadorians, suggesting that the nuns might have been shot while trying to run a military roadblock—but this wouldn’t explain why they were also raped before they were killed.
        14. Reagan’s Administration Had More Documented Corruption Than Any President in U.S. History

        At least 138 Reagan administration officials, including several cabinet members, were investigated for, indicted for, or convicted of crimes. This is the largest number of any U.S. President. Many of them were pardoned by Reagan or President Bush before they could even stand trial.

        Secretary of the Interior James Watt —Indicted on 21 felonies
        Attorney General Edwin Meese —Resigned after investigations of corruption
        Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger—Charged with Iran-Contra crimes and pardoned before going to trial
        Assistant Secretary of State Elliot Abrams—Plea bargained for Iran-Contra crimes and pardoned by President Bush
        Two National Security Advisors Robert MacFarlane and John Poindexter—Pleaded guilty to Iran-Contra crimes and were pardoned
        Three high ranking CIA officials, Alan Fiers, Clair George, and Joseph Fernandez —Convicted and pardoned for Iran-Contra crimes
        At least nine Reagan appointees were convicted of perjury, lying to Congress, obstruction of Congress, or contempt of Congress
        15. Reagan Frequently Repeated Bald-Faced Lies Even After They Were Publicly Revealed to Be Untrue

        He told stories about having been a U.S. Army photographer assigned to film Nazi death camps. Reagan never visited or filmed any such camps.
        He often told a story about a “Chicago Welfare Queen” who had 80 aliases and gotten $150,000 in welfare. She never existed but investigators did find one woman who had two aliases and received $8,000. Still, Reagan continued to tell the false version of the story.
        He claimed that trees create more pollution than automobiles, an absurdly untrue statement that he literally pulled out of thin air.

        16. Reagan Set Records for Budget Deficits

        After criticizing President Carter for having a $50 billion deficit, Reagan’s own deficits exceeded $200 billion. He tripled the national debt in only eight years. Although Republicans blamed Congress for the deficits, all eight of the budgets Congress passed had less spending and smaller deficits than the budgets proposed by Reagan.

        17. Reagan’s Economic Policies Put Millions of Americans out of Work

        When he took office in 1981, unemployment was at 7.5% and dropping. A few months after his economic policies took effect, unemployment began to rise again. Millions of people continued to lose their jobs for the next two years until unemployment exceeded 10%. It stayed above 10% for nearly a year, peaking at 10.8%. Three years after he was elected, unemployment was still higher than when he was sworn in.

        Ronald Reagan wearing cowboy hat at Rancho del Cielo, 1976.
        Ronald Reagan wearing cowboy hat at Rancho del Cielo, 1976.
        18. Reagan’s Policies Allowed Hundreds of Thousands of Family Farms to Go out of Business or Declare Bankruptcy

        By some accounts, nearly one third of all farms were at risk of being foreclosed during the 1980s. Reagan vetoed a farm credit bill that would have given farmers some relief. His popularity among farmers dropped so low that at one point when discussing the exportation of grain to other countries, Reagan joked that he would like to “keep the grain and export the farmers.”

        19. Reagan’s Financial Policies Caused the Savings and Loan Industry to Collapse

        The financial deregulation and changes to the tax code that President Reagan enacted ultimately caused nearly 750 different financial institutions to fail. This cost taxpayers about $150 billion.

        20. Reagan Robbed the Social Security Trust Fund to Pay for His Budget Shortfalls

        After Reagan cut taxes for the rich, the tax revenue to fund the government was so small that the budget deficit grew to four times what it had been under Jimmy Carter. So Reagan “borrowed” hundreds of billions of dollars from the Social Security trust fund to pay the country’s bills. That money has never been paid back.

        21. Reagan Largely Ignored the AIDS Epidemic while Tens of Thousands of People Were Dying of the Disease

          • Wow….that went sour quickly…is that your answer to my post…am I scum because we have opposing views…that’s what Trump does…instead of dealing with the realities…he resorts to name calling…is this America or not…what about the 1st Amendment…I can’t freely express my views without being verbally attacked…how about disputing what I said with some facts…and what about the whole christian thing…what would Jesus do…would he call me and a whole class of people names because we oppose or did not understand his view…I just happened to be a Democrat…but I am a Christian first and foremost…so I will not resort to name calling or trying to hurt you…as with most Dems…I will just state the facts…when you are for a healthy CONVERSATION about the concerns currently effecting America…let me know….toodles

  3. I’m trying to understand what you are saying…are you saying we should have voted for Hillary…because she was more qualified…she has the political background…are you saying because Trump was less qualified..we should not have voted for him…and can we really say whether a person is a christian on not…because isn’t Christianity a personal acceptance of Christ…wouldn’t that be a heart issue…so we can’t see inside a person’s heart…we can only go by his fruit…according to the word of GOD…so in that case..Hillary would be the choice again…considering her personal lifestyle vs Trumps…so please help me to understand if you are saying we should have voted for Hillary.

  4. I’ve seen through this past election that Political background is NO LONGER the best qualified. The common sense has long left most of the “Politicians” and replaced with revenge and get even tactics. America needs leaders with a vision for a country which runs on Principal, integrity, justice, and a deep love for the people.

  5. Right on… A record of results and not on the tax payers dime doing it…how refreshing. Sarah was right to endorse Trump early,

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