The Perfect Candidate

The Perfect Candidate
Vol: 115 Issue: 20 Wednesday, April 20, 2011

One of the most famous quotes that Henry Kissinger never said concerned the unification of Europe.  The quote was misattributed, but it still has legs today because it was so profound.

“Europe?” Kissinger never said. “If I wanted to call Europe, who do I call?”

The comment, whether he actually said it or not, uniquely summarized the contrasts between the European view of what constitutes federal unification and the American version.   

If you wanted to call America, the White House phone number is in the book.

Unfortunately, if you were to call the White House between now and Election Day  2012, chances are that you’d discover that nobody’s at home.

Having given governing his best shot for two years and finding it boring,  not to mention unpopular, difficult and unrewarding, Obama has turned governing over to Joe Biden so that he can spend the next two years campaigning for re-election in 2012.

Obama is an astute politician but he has an almost insurmountable task before him. And if we are as far along the Bible’s timeline for the last days as I believe that we are, he’ll probably pull it off.  We’ll return to that a little later.

Meanwhile, I don’t believe that it is an oversight that the Bible makes no mention of America as a significant player in the political scene of the last days.

America is there – after a fashion.  The Bible makes several references to the professing Church — as it will exist in the last days.  In his first Letter to his disciple, Timothy, the Apostle Paul wrote:

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats. . . “  (1 Timothy 4:1-3)

According to the CIA Factbook, Seventy-nine percent of Americans profess some form of Christian faith.  Twelve percent claim no affiliation.  Four percent are atheist, 1.7% are Jews, 0.7% are Buddhist and 0.6% Muslim. The remaining 2 percent or so are ‘other’ or ‘unspecified’.

According to the CIA World Fact Book then, the United States is, by reputation and statistic, not only mostly Christian in population, it is also the world’s most Christian nation.  

The Founders were overwhelmingly Christian, as was America’s national character — until recently. 

(Skeptics and revisionist historians can bray contrary nonsense all they want — I can remember praying in school during assembly and before class, and pledging allegiance to one nation under God at PS #66 in Buffalo NY in 1965.)

Later, in his second letter to Timothy, Paul expands on his vision of professing Christianity in the last days, starting with a cryptic warning: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”

He follows up with a description of social conditions as they will exist during the last days of the Church Age.   Is it logical that Paul is describing the underground, persecuted churches under Islamic rule?

Or those in Communist China? 

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. . .” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

Which of those does not describe America as it exists today?   It is not just a perfect fit for America politically; it is a perfect fit for America spiritually.

Compare Paul’s description of the perilous times for the Church of the last days with the Lord’s description of the Church as it will exist during final epoch of the Church Age:

“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.”

“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” (Revelation 3:14-17)

There is a difference between the professing Church and the born-again, Blood-bought believing Church. The Lord makes that plain enough in His letters to the Seven Churches. He contrasts the professing church with the believing remnant in every instance but one – the Church of Laodicea.

The Laodicean Church is divided into those that He will spue from His mouth and those to whom He offers counsel:

“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Revelation 3:17-19)

But He has no word of commendation for this church.  It is out of this Church epoch that the Lord will Rapture His saints.  

Assessment:

I said we would get back to Obama’s insurmountable task and how if these are the times I think they are, it means he’ll probably pull it off.

Despite having two wars on his plate and having started a third, Obama has all but taken a powder from governing, leaving it up to Joe Biden and his various czars and military commanders to mind the store while he hits the  full-time campaign trail.

The first time around, it was a lot easier.  He had no record to either run on or defend.  He represented a whole bunch of ‘firsts’ in American history – the first black to be nominated, the first black to win the White House, the first illegal alien . . . as Joe Biden said of then-candidate-Obama at the time;

“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

That’s the thing about Obama.  America loved him as a candidate.  As a president, however, he leaves a lot to be desired.  So instead of being president, he is going back to doing what he does best – campaigning.  

But the last time around, he had a convenient boogey-man that he could deflect all his mistakes on.  Just yesterday, he invoked his name again – evidently the Bush magic is still there, although it doesn’t have as much mojo as it did two years ago.

Obama’s insurmountable problem is that in order to win, he’ll have to run against his own record.  That would usually doom an ordinary politician, particularly a politician that is as spectacularly bad at governing as this one.

It takes a special kind of electorate to buy the same empty suit twice in a row.  One devoid of discernment. One to whom “a form of godliness” is sufficient.  One that is unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, false accusers, despisers of those that are good . . .

It seems impossible, unthinkable . . . almost unimaginable that Obama could possibly be re-elected in 2012, given his obvious intention to drive the United States over the cliff it is now speeding toward.

The economy is in the tank, unemployment is a record levels, America’s southern border is a literal war zone with American casualties on American soil, the dollar is collapsing like a lawn chair, the military is engaged in three wars and a prime target for financial cuts, we’re out of oil, won’t drill for more, and his investment of our money into Government Motors is about to cost us eleven billion dollars.

China is warning America not to default on its debt, we’re still fumbling around in Libya without any sense of direction and gasoline just hit five dollars a gallon in the nation’s capital.  (When Obama was elected, it was $1.78).

This is the record that Obama is taking on the campaign trail, which is why he really can’t afford to be seen governing – that’s why he passed it off to Joe Biden.  Let Biden take the blame and then dump him and get a new running mate if necessary.

We’re in so much trouble and Obama is such a terrible leader that it is impossible to imagine how the United States could possibly survive an Obama second term.   If he gets one, it probably won’t. 

If we are as far along as I think we might be, then he just might pull it off.  Especially if there aren’t any believing Christians around to vote against him. 

That is, if we are as far along the timeline as I think we are . . . 

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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