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‘In God we trust’ precludes backing false idols of hope or fear

[This exchange occurred in response to both my column this week at WND and the post entitled Obama’s adamantly un-American radicalism meets Romney’s self-canceling conservative pose.]

THE COMMENT

I love you Alan.  I co-ran your Minnesota Campaign in 2000 (we beat McCain, even though he was the projected winner  –  it took the tribune a week to acknowledge) and was responsible for all those Keyes for VP buttons at the national convention (I still have a bag in my attic if you want some) as well as the original Declaration.org grass roots website that I developed.   There is brilliance as usual at your Loyal to Liberty site, but you are dead wrong my friend about voting  NO to Romney.  I’m exhausted from dealing with the Anarchist fringe Ron Paul fanatics who would never vote GOP unless it was their own messiah – and now find one of the men that I most respect is advocating NOT VOTING for the Republican nominee ……… well,  to paraphrase Dietrich Bonhoeffer  “not to vote (for Romney) is to vote (for Obama)” And for my children’s sake, I can not allow that.  God bless

ps, It was a dream of an African American president in 2008 that caused me to spend 9 months of my life helping to lead the Minnesota 2000 campaign and my focus on the VP position from the very beginning   And yet when I saw you debate Obama for the Illinois Senate, I instantly understood It was a democrat who had been chosen… Did you understand this as well?

MY REPLY

When I ran for President I did so to offer Americans who adhere to the principles of America’s Declaration of Independence a choice for President that represented their will.  I ran, therefore, pure and simply as an American. Then as now my only “dream” was to uphold the vision of God acknowledging liberty that is America’s dream.  Like the men who signed the Declaration, I believe that, by trusting in God’s Providence, we can realize that dream.  We can do so not only for ourselves but for all people willing to acknowledge God; trust in His endowment of right; and unite in supporting a constitution and laws that respect the “laws of nature and of nature’s God.”
In my campaign for President in 2000 I did my best to exemplify, in all I said and stood for, that simple premise of America’s character: In God We Trust.
If, when you watched my debates with Obama in 2004, you were dreaming of an African American president, then it’s no wonder you “understood it was a democrat who had been chosen”. Obama was made to order to fulfill that racially motivated delusion.  I stood against him precisely because the idolization of race, or any other artifact of human understanding, abandons the premise that endows right and justice equally for all, as conceived by our Creator, not ourselves; as understood according to God’s will, not the often vain, invidious, and sometimes utterly false categories of our self-conceit.
In the literal sense, Obama was lifted up to be an “American Idol”, the focus of the self-obsessed, self-consuming passions, vices and vain material ambitions that have been at war with the God acknowledging vision of the Declaration of Independence since before that document was penned.  Tragically, the self-consuming aspect of that idolatry finds its expression in the holocaust of abortion; the hedonistic debasement of the vocation to procreate; the degradation of marriage and the natural rightness of the God-endowed family.  It appears as well in this generation’s abandonment of its responsibility toward posterity, as we support or tolerate politics and government policies that prepare an unimaginable mountain of debt to crush and enslave generations to come.
It saddens me to say it, but the fallacy you use to justify your vote for Romney falls prey, in a negative sense, to the same kind of idolatrous delusion that informed your “dream of an African American president.”   Only now you are not driven by your commitment to a false and idolatrous hope.  You are driven by your surrender to an equally false and idolatrous fear. In 2008 Obama was the golden calf. He became the focus of America’s longing to escape the temptation to self-destruction occasioned by the fragrant guilt still wafting from the sins of the past.  But he also offered an opportunity to surrender to that temptation, made all the more powerful by the unacknowledged conviction of guilt produced by sins we presently perpetrate against ourselves and our posterity.  Mesmerized by the false idol of hope he was made to appear in 2008, the nation was led to cast itself into the abyss.  Now as we fall, that false idol of hope has morphed into a flaming, hideous monster of destruction.  Out of the depths we cry for deliverance, yet on account of our guilt and self-delusion we fear to cry, with all our heart, unto the Lord.
This fear and halfheartedness doom us to destruction.  Unable simply to stifle our cry, those who stand to benefit from our destruction work to misdirect it toward another version of the self-made god.  And now the vote you cast will give that other idol worth, spurning again the true Providence of God that time and again assured America’s survival.  God did so, in spite of all our sins, because from the depths of fear, with deep repentance, came voices that had not forgotten the Word of their Creator, and would not cast their lot with anyone but Him.
In times like these we are challenged to remember the true meaning of faith. When a false idol of fear drives us into the arms of a false idol of hope, the truth of our faith lies in our willingness to trust in the eyes of the spirit, rejecting the vain counsels of human fear and strength, in order to rely on the common sense that binds our hearts to God. That common sense calls for us to reject the idols of flesh we are made to see, and rely instead upon the power of the One true God, whose vision we have, with conscientious certainty, from within. For the sake of your children, and their children as well, I pray that God will lead you to look with this vision of conscience upon the ill nature of the bad choice you presently see as your only alternative.  I pray that you will then have the moral courage to vote instead to affirm, as I think America’s founders did, the inward vision of the good God even now prepares for those who trust in Him.
p.s., That’s what I thought you were doing in 2000.  It’s late, but not too late, to prove me right.

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  • William Fithian October 22, 2012, 8:18 pm

    God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

  • JA Wilson October 20, 2012, 9:08 pm

    There could not be any more right answer to this man’s comment! For the life of me I have not been able to understand why other deeply committed followers of Jesus Christ, in conviction to rid our Republic of Barack Obama’s presidency, have been equally dogmatic to seat Mitt Romney in the Oval Office. “As the Bride of Christ in America, why are we not truly crying out to You, our Maker, our Husband, our Provider, our Lord, to seek Your will and honor You in the matter of presidential vote?”
    In your comment Dr. Keyes, He gave me the answer to my why! “Out of the depths we cry for deliverance, yet on account of our guilt and self-delusion we fear to cry, with all our heart, unto the Lord.”
    Yes indeed, thank you very much for staying the course, Alan!

  • Katrinka Yobotz October 20, 2012, 1:26 pm

    I voted for you every time you ran, Dr. Keyes, because LIFE has been the sentinel at the door to my vote since 1973. If someone can’t get LIFE right, they can’t be trusted on anything.
    Well, this year I am writing in Tom Hoefling for President because he will not compromise on opposing killing any innocent in the womb. In fact, he promises to use every appropriate Constitutional power available to the Executive Branch to thwart the horrendous holocaust.
    So I wonder, Dr. Keyes, what is the sentinel at the door to your support? Is it chance of success, money, personality, degrees? Why aren’t you encouraging pro-lifers to help with the grassroots campaign to elect Tom Hoefling?

  • Tom Daniels October 20, 2012, 4:03 am

    Excellent Reply Dr Keyes. I too will not be setting aside my love for Christ to cast a vote for the “Lesser of 2 evils” I will never again deny Christ when I cast my vote. Therefore I will be casting my vote without feeling dirty for the first time since I voted for Ronald Reagan, I will be Voting for Tom Hoefling. Keep fighting the good fight Dr Keyes.

  • Tawny October 19, 2012, 5:41 pm

    Wow, just beautiful.

  • sgtwoodro October 19, 2012, 5:34 pm

    Dr. Keyes,

    Will you be endorsing a third party candidate this cycle? Tom Hoefling’s organization has requested volunteers as electors. Was hoping you might be comfortable with a yea or nay response to his candidacy.

    Thank you for staying the course.

    -Sean

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