For a long time, Ron Paul has been promoting himself as a conservative evangelical Christian. Many of the followers of Christ have come to his side and supported his campaign against all odds. Even after only gaining .05% of La and 2.5% of Montana in his last bid, his Christian support remained intact.
Now a recording of Ron Paul regarding his homosexual dilemma has loving followers of Christ abandoning his campaign. While Anthony Weiner can send out x-rated pornographic photographs of himself to girls of all ages via his twitter mobile and still keep 53% of his democratic party voters still in his camp, Ron Paul does not have such a luxury, since he touts himself as a “conservative Christian”.
Here is Ron Paul in his own words:
Many Christians who have fallen for Ron Paul’s carefully crafted words, often continue to support him because he loves to quote scripture and founders of our nation. For those with discernment, it is clear that he is constantly selectively quoting The Word of God out of context to try to persuade those who cannot see through his games. When called on his views, he will change the subject to try to make it sound like he is for State’s rights and the constitution and carefully avoids where his radical immoral views lead him.
In the past, Ron Paul has carefully manipulated his audience to even have Christians believe that homosexual marriage is a State’s rights issue. But as reported in that outstanding scholarly work in Salvo magazine, “what’s in contention is whether the government should force everyone to recognize such “marriages.” Far from being a liberating thing, the forced recognition of same-sex “marriage” is a governmental intrusion of monumental proportions.” Ron Paul will say he agrees with this statement, then contradicts it by confusing his support for homosexuality as an inborn right with State’s right.
What Ron Paul fails to expound upon, is that there are no laws preventing private organizations from conducting marriage ceremonies even for those caught in the awful addiction of homosexuality.
Same-sex couples, or any other combination of people, animals, and inanimate objects, can and do “marry” in this way. What the law in most states currently does not do, however, is force third parties—individuals, businesses, institutions, and so on—to recognize these “marriages” and treat them as if they were exactly the same as traditional marriages.
Freedom of choice is precisely what the advocates of same-sex “marriage” want to destroy; they want to use the government’s power to force everyone to recognize same-sex unions as marriages whether they want to or not.
The effects of such coercion have already been felt in some places. Adoption agencies, for example, like any other organization, ought to be able to choose whether to give children to same-sex couples, or not. But in Massachusetts, where same-sex “marriage” has been declared legal, these agencies have been forced to accept applications from same-sex couples or go out of business (of helping the poor orphans).
But Ron Paul’s arguments in this area have duped his followers as the have in other areas. Ron Paul will claim to be prolife while trying to defend the rights of State government to promote murder of little children. His followers will attack Abraham Lincoln for defending freedom from slavery for all Americans by attacking President Lincoln for not holding to Ron Paul’s “State’s rights” views. He will quote Thomas Jefferson but carefully run away from the historical fact that Thomas Jefferson ordered sending our troops to foreign lands to attack muslims even without congressional approval. Ron Paul will defend muslim rights to hide osama bin laden and condemn our troops for attacking osama bin laden because he was on foreign soil. Even with all these contradictions to his propaganda, some continued to call Ron Paul a “conservative” of some kind.
However, in this interview, he has gone too far for even his most devoted followers. Here he challenges even God’s right to view homosexuality as sin. As the word is getting out on this Ron Paul interview attacking God’s view on homosexuality in favor of Ron Paul’s own “complex” perverted view, faithful followers of Christ are showing that they have had enough of his contradictions as they walk away from supporting his campaign. As with all cult followers, once they stop following him, they begin to see all the flaws and contradictions in Ron Paul’s other dogmatic arguments. Some might continue to follow him no matter what, but for faithful Christians, the choice has been made clearer than ever, since Ron Paul believes his own views trump even God’s law of Royal Love.
As for God’s views , which do not need “defending” from Ron Paul’s attacks; when He commanded us to stay pure in love, He does not do this to condemn us, but rather for us to know what is True Love. For when I love my neighbor, I do not seek to commit sexual sins with his son or daughter, or his wife or husband or his Mom or Dad. Structures in society are not meant to stifle freedom but rather to promote true freedom of the heart to fulfill what we are made to become, more like Christ. The more we become like Christ, the more loving we become resulting in less and less desire for sins, of course including even the most perverted of sins of pedophilia and homosexuality.
While Ron Paul assumes his medical background somehow gives him an edge over God, the truth is that God made us in His Image and He knows our bodies better than all Doctors. By entering into sexual sins, we are entering into relationship with the one who wants us to run away from the blessings of God’s Love. God has called Christians to obey two commandments:
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets…He who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law…Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness” (Matthew 22:37-40; Romans 13:8-10; 1:22-28)
One of the great principles in rightly understanding the word of Truth in the Scriptures, is for the Christian is to study how The Holy Spirit has revealed that understanding across various geographical and time boundaries. Otherwise, every man makes up his own definition of what is right and wrong and will even try to abuse the Word of God to try to justify his own values against God’s Love and Truth. A great loving sermon on this passage was taught over 1600 years ago by the Golden mouth preacher John Chrysostom. Thanks to the great work at Calvin College, anyone can read it online.
Ron Paul would do well to stop making himself equal to God and humbly accept what The Church has revealed for the last 2000 years, for The Scriptures he quotes tells us that “The Church is the pillar and foundation of Truth” (1 Tim 3:15). That Church is not based upon a modern man’s view of what is right and wrong, even if that wolf tries to hide himself as a sheep or a shepherd, but That Mysterion Church stands true to the unchanging Orthodox Faith, which declares with God’s Love that homosexuality misses the mark. Even if every clergy member in America and Europe was to wrongly try to redefine sexual sins as “good”, The Holy Spirit’s revelation to that Mysterion Church would not change.
While our government officials are called to be ministers of righteousness who punish evil and reward good (Romans 13:4) through our laws, they cannot do the work of The Body of Christ, which would lead us to fellowship with God in the Spirit of Love, and by His Grace have our hearts transformed so we would obey God not just out of fear of government authorities fulfilling their divine call, but out of a heart purified by God to want to love our neighbors.
Sexual sins are not “liberating” but enslaving. We do not need to follow Ron Paul’s European model even when it’s disguised as an American one, for where homosexual marriages have become state or federal rights, soon faithful Christians are losing their unalienable rights to life and liberty. Followers of Christ should be free to live and teach the the truth of God’s Love without fearing Ron Paul’s form of government, even when at State level.
Government has its part to play as ministers of righteousness and so does the Church. Historically, the two can work in great synergistic form, when the Government does not interfere with what Church teaches. That’s why it is given to us in our constitution that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. The Constitution does not say that we do not have rights to believe and practice moral laws and to have those moral laws as part of our governing laws, but rather that the government is not allowed to interfere with the morality taught among the faithful. In practice, this is why our constitution is not made after the failed European models whose governments are now forbidding the free practice of religion among the faithful.
As followers of Christ, we must no longer follow persons who want to slowly lead us away from our constitutional rights to finally have us live in debauchery where immorality reigns as the government structure followed arguments like those proposed by Ron Paul. Rather follow the truth of God’s Love which transcends all political and cultural changing values.