A Reasonable Justification for a Third Party

Often we are told that we should be pluralistic and openminded in our churches, our government, our work place, and our political parties. Yet as the socialists increase their budgets, promote the educational propaganda that makes good people cringe, and erode our once-effective judicial system, we must ask, "Isn't there something we can do to remove our contribution to the advances of this socialism and humanism?" I would like to develop a reasonable justification for quitting the establishment parties and joining a party based on certain basic principles. Please consider the following.

A Republican Senator from the state of Oregon has become known as Mr. Death because of his outspoken pro-abortion stand. Fourteen out of the 43 Republican U.S. senators voted to use taxes to promote abortion. This vote took place on July 16, 1991.

Twenty out of the 43 Republican U.S. Senators voted in favor of using fetal tissue from abortions for medical research. This vote took place on March 31, 1992.

As the final coup de grace to any principled life in the Republican party, when all but three Republican U.S. Senators voted to confirm the radically pro-abortion Judge Ginsburg to the Supreme Court of the United States in August, 1993. All of the Republican U.S. Senators voted to confirm Judge David Souter, the only abortionist ever appointed to the Supreme Court.

Stay with the Republicans and most of your team will passively accept the mass murder of helpless babies. The Republican party is definitively not pro-life. The Republican party is "a house divided against itself."

George Bush and Ronald Reagan were Republican presidents and paid much lip-service to the pro-life and anti-tax positions. They may have prevented fetal tissue from abortions to be used for research or government funds from going directly to the coerced abortion programs in China. But what did they really do to punish evil-doers in the abortion industry, and reduce abortions in the United States?

In 1981, the Reagan administration proposed an increase of more than 30% in the population control programs of the Agency for International Development.

Reagan and Bush continued to increase funding through entitlement programs for Planned Parenthood and other similar anti-family organizations throughout the 80's. This funding climbed from $70 million per year in 1981 to over $400 million in 1992 (Source: Howard Phillips Issues and Strategy Bulletin, 9/7/92). The money was used to strengthen the pro-abortion movement while the pro-life movement depended largely on individual contributions. The nuts and bolts of abortion was being supported, indeed, fostered by the Republican presidents of the 1980's. Do not be naive. It is MONEY that plots the course for socialist and immoral programs in this world.

George Bush and Ronald Reagan appointed Supreme Court Justices that would vote against the pro-life position. Justices O'Conner, Kennedy, Souter, and Thomas (as reported in The Washington Times, 12/1/92, page A1) all voted to kill the Guam law that banned abortion except as necessary to save the woman's life. Prior to appointment to the Supreme Court, O'Conner had voted twice for abortion on demand through the ninth month of pregnancy (as an Arizona State Senator), she promoted ERA, opposed the Human Life Amendment, etc. Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court, David Souter approved and managed abortions in two different hospitals.

A famous Republican, Jack Kemp told an Empower America meeting in 1993, "I think the whole [Republican] platform needs to be updated. I am pro-life. I believe, however, that the Republican Party must show that it is open to men and women of all views and there are many different views" (Source: World Magazine, July 3, 1993, Pg. 8). And so, would they invite those with child-killing views, pro-pedophiliac views, pro-sodomy views, or views on National Socialism (Nazism)? Every god seems to be welcome in the pantheon of the Republican Party. Kemp supported the pro-abortion, pro-sodomy Republican candidate for mayor in New York City. Kemp forgot what the Second Amendment was written for when he told told Tim Russert in "Meet the Press" on 3/7/93, that "you don't need assault weapons [however that is defined] be a hunter or a legitimate sportsman...ban it any way you can!" Further, The Christian Science Monitor (4/19/93) reports that during "Kemp's tenure, the list of grants to these [non-profit] groups ran hundred of pages long. Much of this money went to liberal activist organizations for studies and conferences, not for housing services." Unfortunately, many Christians are clueless or could care less about these things as Concerned Women for America proudly tout Jack Kemp as a speaker at the 1993 CWA National Convention.

Haley Barbour is the new Republican National Committee Chairman. In an interview with Pat Robertson's Christian American magazine, he admitted he was pro-life, with a big old "BUT, as chairman of the Party I also recognize that there are millions of pro-choice Republicans who are just as good a Republican as I am."

Michael Farris is a pro-life Christian who won the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of Virginia this year! However, his pro-abortion, Republican contender, Bobbie Kilberg, refuses to indorse him against the Democrat...AND GET THIS...she has the support of Haley Barbour! This is according to an article by Robert Novak in the Conservative Chronicle (July 7, 1993). Novak writes, "In contrast, Christian activists have bowed to the will of the party and backed pro-choice candidates Paul Coverdell and Kay Bailey Hutchison, who went on to win Senate elections in Georgia and Texas." Michael Farris lost the election.

Christians must break their coalitions with these millions of pro-abortion Republicans that Haley Barbour represents. 2 Corinthians 6:15,17 "And what concord hath Christ with Belial?...Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." It's time to take our positions firmly and let our coalitions and representatives know that we insist on government by principles. It would be better not to vote than to support those who passively accept the slaughter of babies. After all, the only purpose of government is to punish those who murder, rape, and steal (Romans 13:1-4). It's time to get out of coalitions that compromise on abortion.

George Bush's NEA funding went to a crucifix in a jar of urine. Then following much public protest to this, in succeeding years, his NEA funding supported pictures of Christ molesting small children. (James Dobson's historical interview of George Bush prior to the November, 1992 election clarified Mr. Bush's lack of interest in these atrocities.)

The Republicans are fundamentally socialists today. They propose budgets and approve budgets that fund welfare programs, entitlement programs, pro-abortion programs, homosexual awareness programs, cultural programs, agricultural programs, industrial programs, one-world-government programs, international bribery programs, and programs that make decent people shudder. There is little difference between the Republicans, the national socialists, or the international socialists. Some Republicans favor international socialism by supporting NATO and the United Nations. Some Republicans favor national socialism, focussing more on "domestic" programs.

Federal spending and regulations skyrocketed in the 1980's, spurred on by Republican-proposed budgets. Federal (fascist) control of private enterprise expanded by bills like the Bush-signed "Americans With Disabilities Act."

As reported in The Washington Times (8/16/92, page A3) in 1980, the top 5% of income earners paid 36.4% of all federal taxes. In 1990, they paid 42.9 percent. The graduated income tax system is based on envy and specified in the second plank of Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto.

I don't believe any Republican Senators are working for the abolishment of the property tax. The property tax is specified in the first plank of the Communist Manifesto.

I don't believe any Republican Senators are working for the abolishment of the central bank. The central bank is the fifth plank of the Communist Manifesto.

I don't believe any Republican Senators are working for the abolishment of government education, government media, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Public education is required by the tenth plank of the Communist Manifesto.

The socialist and humanist trends of the last 100 years have never been reversed under any administration. The Republican party has simply amalgamated into the principles of government that socialist parties have held for a hundred years, only biting off smaller chunks of their policies. Both parties contribute to the same system, only one is a little more half-hearted about it.

The Republican party has disintegrated, lacking any central principles that would espouse freedom, liberty, or principled government. The effect of good people is diluted when they sacrifice their principles for the sake of immediate accessible power. Why do we expend our energies rushing to catch a plane that is sure to crash, and support politicians that are sure to compromise? The end result of compromise and synthesis with wicked men is a total loss for the cause of freedom and righteousness. And on top of that there is the curse of God for our compromise.

A third party based on principles and filled with principled leaders will sound a clear note for those principles upon which freedom rests. Today in the Republican party, there are no clearly delineated characteristics of what good government is or can be. The property tax, the national bank, government funding of entitlement programs, public education, and government regulation of businesses, churches and homes are all central tenets of socialism, yet they are meekly accepted by Republicans all over from the White House to the dog catcher.

I say let the Democrats and Republicans debate on whether NEA funding should go to pictures of Christ molesting small children or to a less offensive picture of homosexuals kissing each other. The principled party will stand up for what is truly right. Our government has no business funding propaganda or any ideological expression. We don't need a $176 million ministry of culture.

Let the Democrats and Republicans debate on whether governments should spend 47.3% or 49.6% of the Gross National Income. We stand for an age-old Biblical principle which says governments may spend no more than 10% of the people's income (I Samuel 8:15-18).

Let the Democrats and Republicans quibble on whether children should be taught homosexual or heterosexual acts in the 4th grade or the 7th grade. But we will stand for the age-old Biblical principles. Education must be controlled, funded, and mandated by parents. Get government out of the education business!

Let the Democrats and Republicans waffle over the abortion issue, on whether 45% or 65% of their party leaders should be pro-baby killing. Abortion is a central political issue although, not the only one. Immorality goes hand-in-hand with the expansion of governmental tyranny. Hence we cannot trust a political candidate who says he is conservative economically, while he compromises and waffles verbally on moral issues. Christians must demand fidelity to the pro-life stand.

According to the history books, "the slavery issue galvanized the [Republican party] into action," and "the real flint and steel which ignited the Republican movement came with the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Bill in the spring of 1854...opening slavery in the northern territories" (Encyclopedia Americana, 1958 Edition, p.400). Abortion will galvanize a powerful third party again in the 21st century. The only question is, who will be the pioneers who will bravely commit to principles? Will Christians break their coalitions with those who would support the brutal and painful murders of human babies? If ever there was a political issue that is worth abandoning a party, abortion is that issue! Southern plantation owners had slaves. Yes. But they did not cut them in pieces, drown them in saline solution, suck out their brain tissue (as they do in the D&X abortion), and repeat this millions upon millions of times.

I remember when I was student body president of a major west-coast university, a political opponent stormed into my office asking why I would never compromise. He defined the role of the politician as one of compromise. But I found that my outspoken approach to the press and my ready veto gained more power than any past student president in recent history. Several of my decisions held for several years after my departure from the scene.

Take the higher ground. Take the principled route and in the long run you'll find that you exercised far more power for what is right than those who spent their whole lives compromising on a platform that upheld at least 6 planks of the Communist Manifesto. Don't waste your time contributing to a system that is bound to fall. Commit yourself to at least some of the age-old, proven principles for human government. This is the only hope for freedom from government tyranny. If you stand up for the principles of God, no doubt the Creator of the universe, our sovereign God, may bless you if not your entire country.

Our time would be well-spent cultivating godly, principled leaders, rather than supporting half-baked socialists and humanists who will not reverse the trends of a decaying civilization. Besides, a thousand quibbling, compromising politicians are powerless next to one statesman who knows his basic principles and stands by them whatever may come. This statesman wears his power well and usually winds up in the history books.

Winning Isn't Everything

When I was a young teenager, I was severely disciplined for losing my temper after losing a crucial game in a sandlot baseball competition. I was a poor loser then and that hasn't changed much over the years.

But it's not just me. We have a nation that hates to lose. Nobody likes to be on the losing team. Seldom does anybody want to support a long shot. Losing teams tend to attract smaller crowds in sporting competitions. And nowhere is this seen more dramatically than in political elections and other power-seeking processes. It is tantamount to shame to lose or support the loser in a contest. It is considered a waste to even enter a race when it is certain you will lose. It is considered a wasted vote to support a candidate that is sure to lose. Part of the reason for this is that people constantly seek out the better of two evils in political races. They try to ascertain whether Stalin is better than Hitler or vice versa and then throw their support behind the one or the other of two evils.

This brings up the next question: what are we called to do in our lives?

1. Primarily we are called to obey God. Ecclesiastes 12:13

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." In order to "keep his commandments," we had better know what they are in detail. Thus a full study of the whole Bible is tantamount to the fulfillment of life's purpose.

Notice that it was not written that the whole duty of man is to win anything which means that we can be what the world calls "losers" and still be fulfilling our life's purpose at its very highest level! We can be truly blessed in our lives if we fear God and keep His commandments.

2. God always wins anyway. We need to rest assured that the God in whose hands are the worlds, the kings, indeed, the very souls of men is no loser. In terms of our preaching the gospel, though we may think we were relatively unsuccessful, Isaiah 57 reads, "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." John 6:37 reads, "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."

All He requires from us is our daily faithfulness in our calling whatever that is within His kingdom. Some of us are most involved in an ecclesiastical role in His kingdom, some a political role, some a literary role, some a teaching role, and some a cultural role.

3. We should apply wisdom to our efforts. To say that winning is not important at all is to incorrectly interpret my intent. Winning is subservient to obeying and fearing God. We must apply wisdom to our actions but never compromise our principles. We are never to support those persons who willingly and habitually promote evil. We should expend our efforts in areas where we can --

a. Get a message of righteousness across to a populace that needs to hear God's laws and be convicted of their sins. This means a clear message of the law of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our churches. This also includes a clear message concerning God's requirements for the civil authorities when it comes to political races.

Compromised messages in the church may outwardly appear to yield fruit, but really they will only fill the church with tares, pew-warmers, and apostates. These full churches have little impact in terms of true salvation, true maturity in Christ, and an end-result of a sanctified culture. Why do we have huge churches on every other street corner and yet sustain a culture and government that is profoundly ungodly? Undoubtedly, the churches have gutted the message of Biblical content so as not to offend and so as to yield immediate outward results. Likewise, compromised legislation in political assemblies may seem to yield fruit (or at least re-election to office), but really it only expands the socialist's agenda, abortion, crime, promiscuity, homosexuality, and other fruits of unrighteousness.

b. Oppose evil as Elijah did in the time of King Ahab when the king confiscated Naboth's vineyard, or as Christ did to moneychangers in the temple, or as the major prophets did in the time of Israel's rebellion. We oppose evil primarily through verbal resistance (from the pulpit, on the streets, on the job, by the abortion clinics, and through the written word) and sometimes through legislation.

c. Avoid casting our pearls before swine (Mt. 7:6). There is a point at which it becomes useless to say anything more. This usually occurs after we've said something at least once. This decision is subject to the better part of discretion and certainly should not be considered without prayer. There was a point at which Jesus told His disciples to "shake the dust off of their shoes" and leave town. If they were persecuted in one city, Jesus commanded them to "flee to the next." Applied to this age, if they set up Gulags near your hometown, its time to get out of Dodge!

d. Be persistent in our battles. George Washington was known for his persistence in the battlefield. If defeated in a battle, he would get up and attack again and again and again. His strategy was a constant offensive force. The Christian must be relentless in his efforts to further God's kingdom.

e. Be faithful to use the methods God has approved. We cannot use ungodly methods of advancing the kingdom of God. We cannot use revolutionary and imperialistic forces around the world. This was a fatal error made by Christians (and some non-Christians) at the time of the crusades. God's kingdom is primarily advanced through the preaching of the Gospel (which includes testimony of God's laws to convict sinners of their sins). Also, we should not depend on emotional contrivances, sinful attitudes, and carnal means to convey the Gospel. These mistakes are made often in our age. For instance, we should not use irreverent words, phrases, intonations, and gestures when we talk about God and our relationship to Him. We only compromise the Gospel when we do this, and it will ultimately dilute our effect.

In the end, God will not ask you how many times you won. The only issue of essence will be "Did you bring forth fruits worthy of repentance? Did you fear God and keep His commandments?"

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