Disgusting sentiment from Huckabee

I was perusing through election-related news when I came upon this clip of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee answering a question:

[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSQNSlUUoOc]

You can see a full transcript after the break.

This video disturbed me.  Basically, Huckabee gets a question about why he’s surging in the polls, and answers that it’s because of the power of God, emphasizing that he was serious when he said it.  Now, if you don’t find this disturbing, let me explain why I did.

This is not merely a function of me being an atheist.  I know that every one of the candidates in this race professes to believe in God and that Jesus is the Messiah.  That doesn’t bother me.  What bothers me is the sheer hubris of believing that God is manipulating an election on your behalf.

Now, it does take an egomaniac to run for President…that’s true, but when you lay claim to God’s endorsement, you are on another plain entirely.  I do not want another President who has convictions and arrogance that preclude him from changing his mind in the face of new evidence, and I also don’t want a President who believes that he is enacting God’s divine will, as that will likely influence policy in a negative way.

Of course, drawing negative reactions from people like me doesn’t hurt Huckabee much, as I wasn’t going to vote for him anyway, but I would at least hope that others that were paying attention would realize the sheer hubris of thinking that not only are you most fit to be President, but that God thinks so too and that He is actively working to ensure that you win and be deterred.

Because, surely as a minister, Huckabee knows that Christians believe that no human can truly know or understand the will of God.  To attribute his recent poll numbers to supernatural meddling as opposed to a surge in positive stories about him in combination with the withdrawal of Senator Brownback from the race and the realization among evangelicals that none of the top-tier candidates are ideal, suggests that not only does he has great arrogance, but also that he is out of touch with reality.  And that is not what I want in a President.

DW: Hi

MH: Yes, sir.

DW: I’m Daniel Webb, and I’m not a government student.  But, Mr. President, I mean Governor Huckabee um…

MH: I like the sound of that.  Go ahead.

DW: Yeah, Freudian slip.  Recent polls show you surging in many states, including Iowa, where you’re statistically tied with Mitt Romney as well as Florida, where you’re second place, and Texas.  What do you attribute this surge to?

MH: There’s only one explanation for it and it’s not a human one.  It’s the same power that helped a little boy with two fish and five loaves feed a crowd of five thousand people, [cheers] and that’s the only way that our campaign could be doing what it’s doing.  And I’m not being facetious nor am I trying to be trite.  There are literally thousands of people around this country that are praying that a little will become much, and it has.
And it’s defied all explanation.  It’s confounded the pundits, and I’m enjoying every minute of their trying to figure it out, and until they look at it from a, just, experience beyond human, they’ll never figure it out, and that’s probably just as well.
That’s honestly why it’s happening.

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About Meng Bomin

Real name Benjamin Main, I am a graduate of Grinnell College with a degree in Biological Chemistry.
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One Response to Disgusting sentiment from Huckabee

  1. Ben Maulis says:

    In a recent debate, a number of Republican candidates all claimed they believed the bible to be the very word of God. In the bible, it is written, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” In this place and in a number of other places in the scripture, it is made very clear that God rules the kingdom of men by his delegated authorities in government. He has, according to the scriptures, given kingdoms and dominion to unrighteous rulers including Pharaoh (of Egypt) and Nebuchadnezzar (King of Babylon). For biblical reference, see Daniel 4 and Romans 9. In the scriptures, a man is considered prideful not if he acknowledges God, but if he instead acknowledges his own power or ability apart from God. Nebuchadnezzar fell after he declared, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?” Another king was smitten by the angel of the Lord and dropped dead because he gave not God the glory, and he was eaten by worms (Acts 12:23).

    A bible believer would want to give credit or glory and acknowledge God for anything good that befalls him. Should not a bible believer want to acknowledge God upon recovering from even a common cold? “Thank you God for healing me.” Someone might scoff and think that person is ridiculously proud to assume that Almighty God even took any notice of his common cold, but the bible says that even the hairs on our head are numbered.

    In times before these days when to governments are appointed committeemen and bureaucrats, there were monarchs. The demise of monarchies in western civilizations concludes particularly with the English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution in England, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Spanish Revolution, and World War I whereabouts the Austro-Hungarian, Russian and Ottoman monarchies breathed their last. Unmistakably the absolute power of the monarch had been gradually eroding over time with contention from the aristocracy, parliaments, merchantmen and the changing economy especially as a result of the Industrial Revolution. Nevertheless, there had been a great many who once advocated the “Divine Right of Kings,” or the concept that the monarch derived his right to rule from God and was also therefore only accountable to God.

    The assertion of the “Divine Right of Kings” concept was of issue in a particularly relevant way to the founding of the United States of America, as it was in England under the House of Stuart when the American colonies were first being settled. King James I (who authorized the King James Bible) was an advocate of the Divine Right of Kings. He was the target of the Gunpowder Plot (an assassination conspiracy), and many believe that his conflicts with Parliament laid the foundation for the English Civil War. His successor Charles I also famously advocated the Divine Right of Kings and was executed by the ensuing Commonwealth under Oliver Cromwell. The monarchy was later re-established but the government under the House of Hanover and later was controlled by Parliament and the Prime Minister even as it is today. It was under such a weakened monarchy that the colonies in America gained their sovereignty. Nevertheless, there were Loyalists who at that time believed that it was unprofitable and even ungodly to rebel against the King, who, the scriptures told them, was appointed by God.

    Many people attribute the demise of monarchies and the rise of constitutional and parliamentary republics to the ideas of the Enlightenment, which are attributed to the likes of Immanuel Kant, John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, and so on, and which favor human reason as a basis for progress rather than religion, tradition or superstition.

    The Pope also claims to rule not only divinely, but also infallibly by the authority of God. Historically, there has been a great deal of conflict and power struggle between western monarchs and the papacy. The Pope rules the Catholic church today with no lesser claim to authority than ever, and exercises dominion over nations who no longer have any monarch to challenge his authority. The office of the President of the United States of America, is a subordinate office created by the Constitution under the Republic formed by Masons including Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.

    Nevertheless, anyone who claims they believe the bible is the word of God would have to acknowledge that God does not give up control, for “his dominion is an everlasting dominion.” It stands to reason then that a representative elected by the people is still serving at the will of God. Yeah, “for in him we live, and move, and have our being.” (Acts 17:28) The words of one epistle exhort us, “Who maketh thee to differ [from another]? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive [it], why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received [it]?” The bible also tells us that all things are upheld by the word of his power. (Hebrews 1:3) So while the bible tells us that God sets up a King, it also tells us that he takes Kings down.

    Indeed despite the colonies defying the word of God that commands them to submit to rulers when they revolted against the King whom God has said he appointed, and the founding fathers being members of the cult of Masonry which nearly every Evangelical organization condemns as heresy, many Evangelicals continue to assert the US was founded as a Christian nation or on Christian principles, or by Christians. The only rational explanation for this is that they believe God exercises dominion over every thing, even his enemies.

    In your commentary, you appealed to others in hope that some kind of populist force initiated by your revelation of a man’s arrogance would evict him from his standing in politics.

    I say unto you, “Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one [that is] proud, and abase him. Look on every one [that is] proud, [and] bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place. Hide them in the dust together; [and] bind their faces in secret. Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.”

    You see, these are the words with which God challenged Job. Then he described two creatures: the first Behemoth, and the second Leviathan.

    Leviathan is described in Job 41 as a fierce beast whom no one dare provoke his wrath. “Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth [are] terrible round about…. By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes [are] like the eyelids of the morning. Out of his mouth go burning lamps, [and] sparks of fire leap out. Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as [out] of a seething pot or caldron. His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.” He is also described as, “a king over all the children of pride.” He is the monarch.

    But in Job 40, another beast called Behemoth is described. He eats grass like an ox, he moves his tail like a cedar, and his bones are as strong pieces of brass. He is a huge, lethargic beast that lies in the shade of trees in apathy because he trusts in himself.

    When the fear of Leviathan began to wane, a new era of Modernity was ushered in that would feature a capital economy, individualism, and socialist nations. Behemoth was brought to power. In this era there is a great sense of responsibility among men that they should be the moral center and conscience of Behemoth. Many issues which would have no political significance where the moral judgment of the monarch would be decisive, are now subject to the control of the community and the political influence of its leaders. But for the individual, the task of moving Behemoth is an insurmountable challenge.

    In the book of Job where we find this, God is reproving Job for contending with the Almighty. In this way, God relates to Job personally. In his word, he tells us that he has control of Behemoth and if Leviathan is fierce, how much more the Lord that made him? While he is demonstrating Behemoth and Leviathan, he is also telling Job, “Talk to me.” You see many people try to relate to God through some part of his creation. For some it’s nature and science, others it’s their philosophies and doctrines, and for some it’s politics and power, but here God is saying, “Talk to me.”

    If you were to meet God and he were to relate to you in this personal way, would you declare as Job did? He said to him, “I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”

    You see, no matter what happens in politics and government, or what happens among the religious establishment, and no matter what happens in nature and with the climate, you will give an account of yourself to God. Are you right to say that your righteousness is greater than God’s? What is it to him if you sin? What harm can you possibly afflict upon the Almighty by the multitude of your transgressions? Or what good do you do him if you are righteous?

    But you have said in your heart, “There is no God.” Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it. Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him.

    I want to tell you that God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. You have two choices now: You can continue to contend with the Almighty in justifying yourself and your evil pride or you can repent. If you continue in justifying yourself, you are indeed proud, arrogant, knowing nothing and God will resist you to the bitter end, because everyone who is proud of heart is an abomination to the Lord. If you humble yourself and repent, you may hear some good news.

    If you can truly come to the Lord with a poor and contrite spirit, he will look upon you and show you mercy because:

    God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

    He [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:5-6

    He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. Isaiah 53:8

    For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

    For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

    Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. John 5:24

    But if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, “But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?”

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