God just came out and endorsed Ron Paul.
Well, sort of.
Pastor Steven Andrew, president of USA Christian Ministries, wrote that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are non-Christians, and that the only true Christian in the bunch — Ron Paul — would beat the incumbent president Obama.
He alludes to the fact that God wants Ron Paul to win to build a stronger, more conservative America. Get ready for a heavy dose of religious Kool-Aid.
Andrew is "calling denominations, pastors and Christians throughout July to speak up for Christians to be elected, and to publicly repent of sinning against God with non-Christians Barack Obama and Mitt Romney."
Romney is a Mormon, which some contend is a religion that is opposite to or even anti-Christian. Obama is a devote Christian, but scores of conspiracy theories have surrounded the president claiming he is a Muslim, atheist, or that he is the anti-Christ.
Andrew weaves a confusing web that couples patriotism, Christianity, and the health of the United States, claiming that "God commands the USA to have a Christian government so Americans can be blessed with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
He claims that the Republican Party should name Ron Paul as its nominee; otherwise, Christians need to leave the Republican and Democrat parties and rally behind the Constitution Party's candidate, Virgil Goode.
Andrew doesn’t pick Ron Paul for his libertarian ideology, but rather because he is the “strongest” Christian that is running for president. Andrew cites an April Rasmussen poll which shows that Ron Paul would beat Barack Obama if they were to go head-to-head for president at the time the poll took place.
Ron Paul has quit actively spending in the presidential race but is, technically, still in the running. He is a libertarian candidate who ultimately seeks to influence the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., in August.
Andrew doesn’t seem to have any sort of libertarian bent, and his message is convoluted, an extended evangelical rant.
"You are throwing your vote away by voting for God's enemies-because helping those who hate the LORD gets God angry (2Chronicles 19:2)," he warns. He seems to ignore basic syntax in his argument — most students of democracy fundamentally believe that it is impossible to “throw away” a vote.
On Romney, Andrew says: "God warns that Obama and Romney are 'accursed' (Galatians 1:9). Christians believe that Jesus is the Second Person of the Godhead. As a Mormon, Romney thinks Jesus is a created being, the spirit brother of Lucifer. Mormons also think men become a God," he alleges.
On Obama, Andrew says: "Obama covered the name and cross of Jesus at Georgetown, believes in leaving living babies to die who survive botched abortions and is trying to remove the Bible from government."
Pretty damning stuff.
"God says turn away from Obama and Romney," Anderson concludes, apparently because he has God’s direct home phone number and talked to him last Saturday night.
I would venture to say that this really isn't the type of endorsement Ron Paul is looking for.
He ends with a crusade, almost a call to arms: “Pastor Steven Andrew seeks 30,000 faithful Christian partners to join God's army to save the USA. Sign up here.”
In April, Andrew said Christians should vote for the most “God-fearing” person in the presidential election. That would have been far-right (aka so-far-right-he’s-wrong) Rick Santorum. But because Santorum dropped out of the race that month, Andrew said the next best choice was Ron Paul. At that time, Andrew also said Romney and Obama were not Christians. He called Newt Gingrich “lukewarm to the lord.”
In full disclaimer mode, I consider myself a strong Christian. But I ... and I feel like I can speak for a majority of Christians here ... don't agree one bit with Andrew's assertions.
I would be able to make a strong case (I think I just did) that Pastor Steven Andrew himself is “lukewarm to the lord” and Christian principles in general.