Thursday, September 6, 2007

I Doff My Hat

I doff my hat to men of "timbre and caliber," men of substance like Gov. Mike Huckabee (the former governor of Arkansas). In case you have been living under a stone the last few weeks, he is one of the GOP candidates running for the party nomination to be President of these United States. In this years woefully thin crop of viable candidates who can give the Democratic Party nominee a run for their money (and believe me they have lots of money), it was incredibly refreshing to hear his stand on a question about evolution or creation as posed by the moderator of a recent debate. Like the Gov., I am at a loss to understand why such a question would be posed to a candidate for President, among the myriad relevant issues at stake, but I am grateful for the wisdom that he displayed in answering the question.

People have a lot of impolite things to say about President George W. Bush, but say what you might, you cannot take away the fact that he has restored a measure of dignity to the office of the President, regardless of your political leanings. A sex scandal that made the USA the laughing stock of the world, and which cost tax payers multi-millions of dollars, necessarily needed a man with class and integrity to step into the office of President subsequent to the end of Bill Clinton's term. Integrity is in such short supply in this day and age, and it certainly appears to take a back seat to charisma, charm and oratory prowess. However, when you realize that partisan politics is only a micro-narrative in God's big picture, you recognize the need to live with as much committment to your convictions as possible, in every area of your life.

Mike Huckabee did that in his response to the moderator's question regarding evolution or creation, and in fact responded with more straightforward honesty than many pastors I know. I must admit that a small part of me felt great delight at the way the moderator was made to look like a blithering idiot, as he tried to salvage whatever dignity he may have thought he had left, by reiterating the question as if it hadn't been answered correctly, whereupon Gov. Huckabee proceeded to give him a lecture on his disingenuous strategy employed in his line of questioning. It is of vital importance that you never compromise what you believe in as a Christian. Jesus says that if you confess your belief in, and committment to Him before men, He will confess His belief in, and committment to you before God in heaven. We need more people like Gov. Mike Huckabee on the political landscape of this nation, for it is men like him that will ensure the sustaining of the values and principles upon which this nation was built and governed for so long. All I know is, I wanna be like Mike!

If you are thoroughly lost by now, wondering what the heck I'm going on about, you're in for a real treat as you watch this youtube video of the debate. Enjoy! Please click on the link below to go there directly or copy and paste it in your search bar.


Hope Clark said...

Wow. I LOVE the fact that they asked that question. (Tho I'm surprised.) They just put a masterful answer like that in front of hundreds of thousands of people--if not more!