Gingrich Represents Christianity Better Than Santorum?
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Gingrich Represents Christianity Better Than Santorum?

Charleston : SC : USA | Jan 22, 2012 at 11:57 AM PST
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It’s official! Newt Gingrich has won the South Carolina presidential candidate primary with an overwhelming majority of vote. More significantly, he won the majority of the evangelical vote. According to CBS, Newt Gingrich defeated Rick Santorum “44 percent to 21 percent” among evangelical voters in the state of South Carolina How in the world did that happened? Newt Gingrich represents Christian values better than Rick Santorum?

If you are confused by the outcome of the South Carolina primary I do not blame you. South Carolina is supposed to be God country. The people of South Carolina say that they are about good Christian family values such as school prayer, anti-abortion law, and especially the sanctity of marriage. So I was completely perplexed when they chose Gingrich over Santorum.

Why you may ask? Well, Rick Santorum has stood up during his entire campaign for Christian values. He has spoken about the sanctity of life, and he has spoken about the sanctity of marriage. In addition to having talked about these values that are crucial to the life of those who are devoted to Christ, Rick Santorum appears to be an example of what he is standing for by living his life accordingly.

When you compare that to Newt Gingrich and how he has taken those same principles and destroyed them several times, I have to ask, what were the evangelicals in South Carolina thinking about? I know, Newt Gingrich says that he has repented for what he did. So I guess we should forgive him. The problem I have is that a majority of the evangelicals in the Christian right are not well known for their emphasis on grace and forgiveness. Many of them will, from my experience, condemn homosexuals, condemn those who practice abortion, condemn Muslims, but having kind words towards those plagued by sinfulness is not their practice. A majority in the Christian right reject Mormons as they are rejecting Romney, and they tend to reject anyone who in their mind does not meet their purity standards; however, this whole notion of grace, mercy and compassion, from my experience is not part of the “God helps those who help themselves” brand of Christianity.

So what happened? Was there a change of heart amongst the Christian right evangelicals? Did they look at Newt Gingrich with a compassionate heart and decided that although he had repeatedly failed to live according to the law that they try to enforce so vigorously, he deserved forgiveness, or was there something else at work in here?

Some say that what attracts the Christian right to Newt Gingrich is the fact that “he can take it to Obama”. Many who consider themselves evangelicals appear to have an immense hate for Obama and they want to bring him to his knees. They feel that it is “time that someone put Obama in his place.” Newt Gingrich of course is the candidate that appears to be mean spirited enough to take Obama and do with him as he did with Juan Williams and Don King. He can take Obama and give him the whipping that he deserves once and for all. Go Newt! …NOT!

Of course this is not in keeping with Christian values. Christ tells us that we should not hold a grudge against our enemies. Christ does not want us to look down on other people, and we are not supposed to have disdain for others. So it is not acceptable to harbor ill feelings towards “that man Obama” and towards all those “illegal Mexicans”, and those “food stamp loving black people”. In fact, putting demeaning labels on other people is as offensive to God as abortion and homosexuality. After all, God created each and every one of us with love from the bottom of His heart. So to hate another person is to hate God as well.

So South Carolina, your decision to catapult Newt Gingrich to the top was as impulsive as Newt Gingrich himself appears to be. Your decision was not driven by good Christian values such as discipline, forbearance and discernment. You perhaps asked for guidance, but heard only the roar of Newt Gingrich’s rant. While Newt Gingrich’s roar sounds powerful and satisfies your lust for power, you need to understand that God will not be mocked. Consider this before the general election, and in every election from now on: Politicians manipulate people of faith, while God molds those who have faith. In whose hands do you want to be?

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Abad Perez is based in Elfers, Florida, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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