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Pastor Rafael Cruz is the reason I want Ted Cruz as POTUS

Pator cCuz at Chapel in the Pines, Twain Harte, Ca.
Pator cCuz at Chapel in the Pines, Twain Harte, Ca.
Gar Swaffar

Rafael Cruz is the reason I want Ted Cruz as our next POTUS.

Pastor Rafael Cruz spoke at the church I attend on March 23rd, 2014, and that is a day I can point to and say “This is the day my decision was made” . For those not aware of it, Pastor Rafael Cruz is the father of Rep. Ted Cruz (Tex.) Bear with me for a bit, while I lay out the foundation of why I believe Ted Cruz is the right man, at the right time, for the job.

Pastor Cruz has all the qualifications for being a man to listen to and to heed what he has to say. From his beginnings in Cuba in the fight against Batista, to being thrown into prison and tortured by Fidel Castro and his ilk, Pastor Cruz has been taught the hard way what it is to live in a dictatorship.

As Pastor Cruz spoke on the failures (yes, failings!) of the Christian church in the United States for the last fifty + plus years, the points he made were direct and to the point. Pastor Cruz minced no words, he didn’t try to sugar coat it, he accepted his part in it and he made it plain that the Christian church in this nation has been weak in its response to an overbearing federal government.

Pastor Cruz made the case for Pastors and churches to not be afraid of being directly and intimately involved in the political process in this nation. Pastor Cruz also outlined the results of the churches failure to engage the government on every front on which we’re under assault. Those results have been disastrous for this nation, far more disastrous than the average person takes the time to realize.

From the period of time when Lyndon B. Johnson was a Senator from Texas, and wrote the “Johnson Amendment” into the tax code, the progressive socialists have made inroads one right after another into weakening the influence of Christians in this nation.

Lest you be prompted to give up on this before getting into the meat of it, let it be known, this is not a purely Anti-Democrat rant. It is true that much of the harm has been done to the nation from the Socialist side of the aisle, however it still take's two to tango, and it still takes enough votes from both sides of the political spectrum to get a bill signed into law.

Pastor Cruz spoke carefully with a great deal of biblical perspective, all of it backed up by scriptural references to point out what the Bible has to say about Christians being engaged in politics.

What does the Bible say about us, as Christians, being involved in politics? Ez. 3: 17

17-19 “Son of man, I’ve made you a watchman for the family of Israel. Whenever you hear me say something, warn them for me. (The Message)

So just what’s being said there? It seems clear enough, Ezekiel is being told to speak up when the nation of Israel is behaving badly, and they were doing plenty of poor behavior.

What have we as Christians done in response to prayer and Bibles being taken out of the schools? We stood back and merely said: It’s a political choice, not a religious choice.

That is a patently false premise, the choice to do anything in relationship to religion is a religious choice by definition!

When did teen pregnancy become an issue? When prayer and the bible were removed from schools in 1963 is when the problem became prevalent!

The fallacy of separation of church and state came from a single letter written by Thomas Jefferson tp the Danbury Baptist Association.

The text of Jefferson’s letter below shows the true objective of the separation of church and state to be only a wall holding the state at bay from influencing the church. Not as a bulwark to maintain an absence of all religious thought and action from being incorporated in the state.

From US Constitution.net

Mr. President

To messers Nehemiah Dodge, Ephraim Robbins, & Stephen S. Nelson, a committee of the Danbury Baptist association in the state of Connecticut.

Gentlemen

The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist association, give me the highest satisfaction. my duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, & in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. [Congress thus inhibited from acts respecting religion, and the Executive authorised only to execute their acts, I have refrained from prescribing even those occasional performances of devotion, practiced indeed by the Executive of another nation as the legal head of its church, but subject here, as religious exercises only to the voluntary regulations and discipline of each respective sect.] Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association assurances of my high respect & esteem.

(signed) Thomas Jefferson
Jan.1.1802.

Why are we given the task of establishing this principle in society? 1 Cor. 3:11 (The Message)

11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.(

So now the argument will be, we are a nation ruled by law and the law is “Separation of church and State” Where in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence do you find that statement? I’ve read both of the documents and it isn’t in either of them.

Not so strangely, that was the premise which Lyndon B. Johnson as a Senator used to get the amendment vetted and passed in to law. Not that a little thing like a law or the lack of law would have stopped LBJ, he happened to be having trouble at his election leading up to 1954 and the folks giving him grief were church goers who didn’t like his shenanigans in getting out the vote, that is, only those who would vote for him.

Pastor Cruz spoke for nearly an hour and a half on the subject of why we as American Christians are called to be involved in politics. Touching on the fact that church services were held at the Capitol building for almost 65 years, with as many as 2,000 people in attendance every Sunday.

Pastor Cruz noted that the first book printed in this country was one which was commissioned by Congress to be printed, and it was – The Bible!.

In 1973 The Supreme Court made abortion legal, and we as Christians simply shrugged it off as a “political choice” As if infanticide is a choice any sane or rational human being would choose.

With all of the scriptural references given by Pastor Cruz to confirm his premise that we as Christians are called to be involved in our government and having now taken the time to review them all. I can only agree.

And therein is the basis of why I want Ted Cruz as our next President of the United States. Ted Cruz grew up under the training and tutelage of a man who understands two very important issues.

Rafael Cruz understands the abhorrent nature of a Socialist/Marxist dictatorship such as the one he fought against in Cuba. That is the reason Rafael Cruz was willing to put his life on the line, fighting the dictatorship of Batista, and spend time in prison and wound up being tortured by Fidel Castro’s Communist regime.
Rafael Cruz understands and lives a Christian lifestyle. Pastor Cruz is not a perfect man, he stated as much on Sunday evening. He is however, willing to acknowledge his failings and move on through the power of the Grace offered by God.

And that is the foundation on which I sincerely wish for my nation be reestablished. A foundation for the President to be able to look himself in the mirror, admit he was wrong and adjust his focus for the nation accordingly. I am no longer interested in the narcissistic single minded socialism we now have as leadership in Washington D.C.

I want a man (or a woman) as President who is committed to doing the right thing, even when it isn’t Politically Correct. Moreover, especially when the PC choice is available, I want a man or woman who is so committed to this nation that their personal political future is of no concern to them.

Politics was never meant to be a career choice. All of the framers of the Constitution who served in office were farmer/statesmen, business owners and statesmen, pastors and statesmen, they were always ‘something’ before becoming a statesman, and after they served in office they went back to their chosen occupation.

Ted Cruz has shown himself to be the type of man who is more concerned with getting the job done in the House of Representatives, than he is concerned about what the Establishment Politicians think of him.

Isn’t it about time we as a nation had a President who could do more than play golf, go on vacation every month or two, make his March Madness bracket public and send his wife and family to China for a vacation on the taxpayers dime?

Wouldn’t it be different if we had a President who actually worked at putting American’s back to work, instead of trying to fundamentally transform the most prosperous nation on the planet, into a Third World hell hole?

What would it be like to have a President who understands what is written in the Constitution, and who adheres to the principals as laid out in that document?

I'm not sure what it would be like either, but I would really like to have a chance to try it for a change.