This is a follow-up to my previous post about an interview with Richard Land published in the Brody File.
In that interview, Land is defending Fred Thompson (earlier interviews also have him throwing some support to Mitt Romney). He also makes an inference that southern baptists should learn to “deal” with the things they don’t agree with from Thompson (and apparently Romney), so that they can win.
In his job as the director of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, he also supports the “I Vote Values” movement. This is interesting. Here are some quotes from the website (details HERE):
“Imagine the impact Americans of faith could have on our nation if we applied biblical principles to our participation in the democratic process. iVoteValues is at the forefront of the values voter movement and exists to help you register to vote and vote your values—because how you vote today impacts tomorrow.”
“Look for candidates who promote decency, accountability, and responsibility framed within biblical standards.” Richard Land, President, ERLC
“Every candidate has his or her own set of values and positions on key issues. Shouldn’t you vote for the candidates who believe like you do when it comes to your values and the important issues of our day?”
“Think about it. Where a candidate stands on the issues is far more important than the party he or she belongs to and all the promises and slogans of the campaign. So here’s the question: Does the candidate you plan to vote for share your values?”
“Remember, you will vote someone’s values. Whose values will you vote? Your’s or someone else’s? How you vote really does matter. In fact, how you vote today will impact tomorrow.” (Mr. Land, is that what you are doing when you seem to be promoting Mr. Thompson and Mr. Romney … do they represent your values? And yet, Mike Huckabee – a pastor in your own denomination can’t even get a crumb from your table. What are your values Mr. Land?)
(Richard Land quoting the Bible) –
Select capable men from all the people — men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain — and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. Jethro to Moses (Exodus 18:21 NIV)
(Richard Land quoting founding fathers and other historical leaders) –
“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote… that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” Samuel Adams, Founding Father
“The only thing needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke, British Statesman
“The church must take right ground in regards to politics. … The time has come for Christians to vote for honest men. … God cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the Church will take right ground.” Charles Finney, Evangelist (Mr. Land, you posted this quote on the website … you encourage Christians to vote for honest men, and yet the one truly honest man in the race goes ignored by you … and that is Mike Huckabee).
What’s most important Mr. Land … money? Power? Or standing firm on our convictions – especially when there is a horse in this race that is a TRUE CONSERVATIVE, and not one who just came by those beliefs recently to achieve a political goal. You encourage Christians to vote their values in one breath, and then in the next you encourage us to make compromises in areas of conviction just to support candidates that you see as rich and powerful.
You have said that you think Mike Huckabee best represents the conservative Christian base, but that you won’t support him because you don’t think he can win. Well, Mr. Land – he can and will win, but it would be a whole lot easier if you followed your own instructions and voted your values. If you would pick up the banner for Mike Huckabee, the burden would be lighter.