Ben Kinchlow is a minister, broadcaster, author and businessman. He was the long-time co-host of CBN's "The 700 Club" television program and host of the international edition of the show, seen in more than 80 countries. He is the founder of Americans for Israel and the African American Political Awareness Coalition, and the author of several books.More ↓Less ↑
OK, let’s cut to the chase. Let’s cut through all the bloviating and get to the heart of the matter.
Americans are going to the polls tomorrow to elect a president to represent them for the next four years; that is crucial. The reason for all the hundreds of millions (if not billions) of dollars spent on campaign ads is for candidates to persuade the bosses (you and me) of their suitability to keep, or get, the job as president. Somehow we seem to keep forgetting that Washington (and local/state government) works forus.
Let’s deal first of all with some unfortunate issues – charges of “racism” and “elitism.”
Here is the plain truth: By electing Barack Obama in 2008, America dealt a death blow to the concept of institutionalized racism. In fact, many whites voted for him because he was black. Obama could not have been elected without almost 50 percent of the white vote, and I would bet serious money that the slightly more than 50 percent who did not vote for him were voting for the other candidate, not just against Obama.
Furthermore, those who are viewing him unfavorably now are not doing so because of his race but because of his policies. (Ask Jimmy Carter.) Correct me if I’m wrong, but to my knowledge, America is the only majority-white-population country with an elected black leader. So can we please, please dispense with this “racism” nonsense once and for all?
Elitism? OK, Mitt Romney has been successful, so just exactly when did it become a crime to achieve success in America? I thought most Americans sought that opportunity; and don’t people come here from all over the world in search of the same? Isn’t it communism and socialism that teach that individual success is somehow anti-people? When did it become anti-American to go into business (small or large), become successful and hire American workers in companies like Dunkin’ Donuts, Burlington Coat Factory, Brookstone, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, Sealy, Houghton-Mifflin, The Weather Channel and Staples (a few of the Bain Capital investments)?
Also, this is football season. What do you think the response would be to a coach who, after four consecutive losing seasons, was still blaming the coach he replaced four years ago?
But there are issues deeper still, issues that involve principles and our culture.
Despite media hype to the contrary, assaults on our history and character assassination of our founders, the fact is that America has a very strong Christian heritage (the foundation of modern Western civilization). According to a recent Gallup poll, 78 percent of Americans consider themselves “Christian.”
Human rights, in our form of government, and the principles on which our freedoms rest come not from Congress but our Creator. Tragically, we are seeing a gradual and pervasive erosion of these God-given rights, and “We the People” have been responsible for empowering those who are the facilitators of same. (Click here for additional insights.)
Chief among the problems we must address are moral issues. These issues far transcend the charges of elitism and petty virtual racism we find being thrown about by people with no issues of consequence to champion.
I make a strenuous effort to stay abreast of the issues, but I was taken aback by an email I recently received. Perhaps many of you have seen it. It features a picture of an eagle brooding over her eggs, and beside it a picture of an unborn child in the womb.
Beneath the eagle is this quote:
“Eagle eggs – destroying one is a felony punishable by a $250,000 fine or two years in prison.”
Beneath the unborn child is this quote:
“Not only is it legal to kill her, but Obama is forcing taxpayers to pay for her execution.”
To those 78-80 percent of professing Christians (many of whom are standing on the sidelines not voting), let me remind you of two quotes, familiar to many:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” – The Declaration of Independence
The second quote, perhaps less familiar, is found in the genesis of the first:
“Look to yourselves (take care) that you may not lose (throw away or destroy) all that we and you have labored for, but that you may [persevere until you] win and receive back a perfect reward [in full]. Anyone who runs on ahead [of God] and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ [who is not content with what He taught] does not have God; but he who continues to live in the doctrine (teaching) of Christ [does have God], he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine [is disloyal to what Jesus Christ taught], do not receive him [do not accept him, do not welcome or admit him] into [your] house or bid him Godspeed or give him any encouragement. For he who wishes him success [who encourages him, wishing him Godspeed] is a partaker in his evil doings.” – 2 John 1: 8-11 Amplified Bible
I have a question for the 80 percent: To whom are you actively (by voting) or inactively (by sitting on the sidelines) bidding “Godspeed”? Are you “becoming a partaker” with the deeds of the man who actively and publicly endorses – or the man who opposes – two things God has specifically forbidden: homosexuality and murder (abortion)?
This election is not about race. It’s about right.