Monday, January 02, 2012
The Ron Paul Endorsement that Offended the GLBT Lobby
Personal Endorsement of Pastor Phil Kayser, PhD (Pastor Dominion Covenant Church)
I support Ron Paul as the Republican candidate for president for a number of reasons.
1) The first reason is that he is the only candidate who holds to a strict constructionist interpretation of the constitution (i.e., that the Feds can only do what is explicitly enumerated in the Constitution) whereas the other candidates hold to a broad constructionist interpretation (i.e., that the Feds may do whatever is not explicitly forbidden in the Constitution). It is broad constructionism that has gotten us into the mess we are in today, and you cannot fight liberal broad constructionism with conservative broad constructionism. Both lack integrity.
2) The second reason is that he is the only candidate that has a consistent philosophy of economics that will truly resolve America's problems. The economics of each of the other candidates is flawed, and in my opinion grossly unbiblical.
3) The third reason is that Ron Paul's strictly Constitutional civics is far closer to Biblical civics than any of the other candidate's on a whole range of issues including non-interventionism in international politics, limitations on what can be a crime, limits of jurisdiction, the rights of interposition and civil resistance, inflation, banking cartels, the national identity card, the American Community Survey, the use of torture by the military, etc.
As a Biblical ethicist I am very concerned about overturning Roe v Wade (something that Ron has sought to do), but I am also extremely concerned about all the areas of lawlessness that have destroyed nations in the past. What candidates take these things seriously? I know of only one candidate who obeys God's clearcut prohibitions against interventionism in politics: "do not meddle with them" (Deut. 2:5), "do not harass them or meddle with them" (Deut. 2:19), but instead "buy food from them" (Deut. 2:6) - in other words, engage in free trade. Biblical issues like this should be as easy to understand as Ron Paul's positions are easy to understand.
He is by far the best candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America. Even though I strongly disagree with him on some issues, he is the only candidate that I can endorse. Phillip G. Kayser, PhD
( Used by Permission)
Pastor Kayser's further analysis of Dr. Paul's positions on a sampling of issues is also very helpful for Christians studying the various presidential candidates.
1. Ron Paul is the only candidate who obeys God's clear-cut prohibitions against interventionism in politics: "do not meddle with them" (Deut. 2:5), "do not harass them or meddle with them" (Deut. 2:19), but instead "buy food from them" (Deut. 2:6) - in other words, engage in free trade.
2. Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate who has taken a clear stand against torture. Scripture repeatedlyspeaks against such things as secret “haunts of cruelty” (Ps. 74:20) and “instruments of cruelty” (Gen. 49:5-7). The other candidates have been all too quick to take away “inalienable rights” and constitutional principles such as the “due process clause,” “the self-incrimination clause,” and the right to remain silent. But as Benjamin Franklin said, "They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
3. Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate who has understood the Bible’s condemnations of inflation (Is. 1:22).
4. Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate who has understood the Bible’s condemnation of banking cartels and the way our Federal Reserve System works.
5. Ron Paul is the only candidate who seems to understand the Biblical limits of jurisdiction for family, church, and state. With Washington overstepping those bounds routinely, it will be good to have a president who respects family and church jurisdictions.
6. Ron Paul is the only candidate who has not expanded the list of crimes way beyond what the Bible calls a crime (i.e., a sin that has a specific Biblical penalty attached – Heb. 2:2). Thus, while the use of drugs may be sinful, God does not authorize the state to declare a war on drugs anymore than the state can declare a war on gluttony.
7. Ron Paul seems to understand the distinction between orientation toward sin (which God alone can judge) and actual criminal actions (which the state may judge). He is not seeking to make the state omnipotent in order to “prevent” possible crime.
8. Ron Paul is the only candidate who holds to a strict constructionist interpretation of the Constitution (that the government may only do what is explicitly permitted in the Constitution). The other candidates have on many issues taken the dangerous road of "broad constructionism" (the belief that the Federal Government may do many things not mentioned in the constitution, so long as they are not forbidden). It is impossible to hold the government accountable to the Constitution on a broad constructionist interpretation.
9. Ron Paul is the only candidate who sees ALL civic power as being severely limited both by Scripture (John 19:11; 2 Cor. 10:13; Rom. 13:1) and the Constitution ("vested," "herein granted," Ninth Amendment, Tenth Amendment, etc). We should not be giving more power to the very government that has been creating the mess we are in.
10. Ron Paul is the only candidate who holds to Austrian economics (what I consider to be the closest system to Biblical economics). Any other approach to solving America’s economic madness will be merely putting a band aid on the cancer.