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OUR GREATEST DANGER!

Two elderly men sat listening to a political candidate giving a campaign speech.  "Who is that fellow?" one of the old men asked.  "I don't know," said the second, "but he sure thinks highly of himself, doesn't he?" Is God at all concerned with the moral character of political leaders and candidates?  Note the inspired description of the reign of king Ahaz of Judah (730's B. C.), found in 2 Chronicles 28:1 and 9- "Ahaz ... did not do what was right in the sight of the LORD ... For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel, for he had encouraged moral decline in Judah and had been continually unfaithful to the LORD. "God made sure mankind would never forget the demoralizing effect Ahaz's idolatry and immorality had on his nation.  He goes down in Biblical history as a wicked leader.

Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, wrote, "When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned ... Our greatest danger is not from invasion by foreign armies.  Our dangers are that we may commit suicide from within by our complaisance with evil, or by public tolerance of scandalous behavior."  The Bible agrees with Hoover's assessment in Proverbs 14:34- 'Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach (or disgrace) to any people."  The greatest threat to America's security is not economic or military in nature.  The greatest danger is that while we fervently debate morally neutral political issues like a prosperous economy, education, and prescription drugs, etc., we choose to be indifferent about the moral ills which are slowing choking our culture of its strength and vitality.  Our greatest threat is not a president whose repeated moral failures embarrass us.  Our greatest threat is a populace that is complacent about and completely tolerant of such scandals.

This is not a political ad.  There is no evidence that God or Jesus are registered as Democrats or Republicans.  This is an appeal for Christians to thoughtfully and prayerfully examine political candidates and make political choices based on something deeper than superficial promises ofphysical prosperity and/or simple partisan politics.  As children of God we must allow our moral and spiritual convictions to shape our political involvement and choices, and not vice-versa.  Dwight D. Eisenhower said, "A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." That, my friends, is our greatest danger.

Dan Gulley
Smithville Church of Christ