When the Shepherds Become the Sheep
Where’s the Christian outrage over this? Why is this affront to God, to His Natural Law, acceptable to the 99 Pastors movement aggressively rounding up Christian voters, herding them like sheep, to go Caucus for Ted Cruz? Instead of challenging Cruz on this wholly unbiblical view of marriage, we have Christian leaders, columnists, talk hosts, and organizations doubling down on their support for him and fearmongering how devastating it would be if evangelicals do not turn out in droves to vote for him. He’s even been routinely introduced at his many church and faith based appearances as “God’s Chosen One” and “God’s Anointed One” and those who do not support him are chastised for going against God. Ted Cruz is “the one we’ve all been waiting for” and we can expect dozens and dozens of pastors throughout Iowa to passionately coerce their flocks this Sunday to follow their lead and round up every family member, every co-worker, every neighbor to vote for their American Savior or we are done for. An overly emotional Glenn Beck publicly said as much at his recent spectacle of a rally in Waterloo, Iowa where he dubbed Cruz as the new George Washington and performed a mock swearing into office with Cruz placing his hand upon a Bible. It’s getting pretty weird out there. Just check social media for this battle. It’s downright ugly at times.
Recall that several conservative Christian candidates in the 2012 presidential race were bypassed because their 10th Amendment defense of state defined marriage was deemed unacceptable, and nationally known Christian leaders and organizations roundly endorsed conservative culture warrior Rick Santorum instead. Santorum was the only candidate in the race who not only supported a federal definition of marriage but actually introduced and fought for such an amendment in 2003 before the issue grew into the huge legal debacle it is today. Santorum not only was proactive on preserving traditional marriage and leading on other critical moral and cultural issues during and after his tenure in Congress but he has taken the arrows and slings like no other for doing so.
Religious Liberty and Gay Marriage Don’t Mix
A self-proclaimed champion of religious liberty, Ted Cruz holds dozens of religious liberty rallies across the country and thunderously sermonizes in true televangelist style about the injustices of several featured individuals and businesses attending his rallies who have suffered legal persecution because of their opposition to gay marriage. The irony here is that under a Ted Cruz policy on marriage, those individuals and businesses would suffer the very same persecution had their states voted to legalize gay marriage. Aaron and Melissa Klein, the Oregon Cake Bakers sued by a gay couple and forced out of their business for refusing to bake a cake for their wedding would face legal and criminal charges if Oregon had actually voted to make gay marriage state law. Despite this, the Kleins have actually endorsed Ted Cruz for president. Unbelievable.
Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis would have lost her job had Kentucky voted to legalize gay marriage. Like oil and water, religious liberty and legal gay marriage cannot coexist. In any state that legalizes gay and alternative forms of marriage, the entire legal and cultural landscape of that state must be radically altered to accommodate the new law forcing reeducation in schools, at work, in businesses, etc. and altering adoption laws and more. Watch the video below for a look at the radical transformation of Massachusetts after gay marriage was legalized and you see how dangerous to individual liberty and religious freedom a Ted Cruz 10th Amendment policy on marriage truly would be.
A federal marriage amendment recognizing traditional marriage as the only definition of marriage would protect people like the Kleins and Kim Davis from the persecution they have suffered, and 31 states did in fact vote to ban gay marriage prior to the Supreme Court decision forcing all 50 states to institute gay marriage as the law. This fight is winnable with the right man in the White House who will indeed fight to overturn Obergefell v. Hodges and take that fight for a federal marriage amendment to all 50 states and get it passed as law.
Ted Cruz – Leading the Surrender Caucus on Marriage
Despite the distinct possibility we still can win this battle over marriage, Ted Cruz’s state defined view now is the sub-standard accepted by pro marriage stalwarts who themselves have long sought a federal definition of marriage. It’s a cataclysmic surrender on the issue like none before. Backing a candidate who would not be caught standing with them on the Capitol steps in a pro marriage amendment rally? Backing a candidate who has met with wealthy gay donors and assured them he will not pursue a federal definition of marriage and instead would fight to defend states’ rights to define marriage? Backing a candidate who supports an infinite variety of marriage definitions?
As Senator Rick Santorum warned back in 2003, where does one draw the line regarding how far marriage can legally be deconstructed? If a state decides to legalize polygamy, that’s okay with Ted Cruz. If a state votes to legalize incestuous marriage, that’s okay with him, too. Three women? Fine. A man wedding his mule? That’s fine too. And it is already happening, folks. Everything is acceptable just as long as the people and state legislatures decide and not the courts or the federal government. This, ladies and gentleman, is your social issues standard bearer of a candidate this election, selected for you by influential Christian leaders and talk show hosts who have chosen to throw a true and proven social issues warrior under the bus because Cruz is the one who has billionaire backers, a fat campaign warchest, major media attention, and organization. Ted Cruz can WIN! Is what we all are told, and for the sake of winning, we MUST all coalesce around him and get him across the GOP primary finish line. Forget principle and conviction, go with the guy who at least can say “Personally I’m for traditional marriage, but….” That is pretty much what we had with the social issues milquetoast Romney last election, but since this is Ted Cruz, it’s A-ok. We surrendered this societal shaking issue to the Left in 2012. A Cruz nomination would do the same.
To be sure, Ted Cruz is not the only candidate invoking the 10th Amendment argument on the marriage issue. He is joined by every candidate in the Republican field except two, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, both who vow to fight for a federal definition of marriage, Santorum being the only one who has actually led and fought on this issue on the federal level. It is quite shocking that the historically socially liberal Donald Trump, likewise, has garnered a goodly number of endorsements from pastors and Christian leaders who have put on spiritual blinders. Cruz, though, is the candidate being roundly touted as the Christian candidate we must all support to win. Christian Dominionist movers and shakers, like political operative David Lane and historian David Barton, who have infiltrated mainstream Christianity with their unbiblical end of times Seven Mountain Mandate theology, are putting the pedal to the medal leaving no church unvisited by Cruz’s fellow Dominionist father, Rafael Cruz in laying the groundwork since 2013 for Ted’s very ambitious and premature run for the presidency. Iowa talk jock Steve Deace has been a major facilitator promoting and organizing for Cruz since 2013 and uses his program as an extension of the Cruz campaign.
The fact that Ted Cruz has been bestowed the title of social issues hero and has scarfed up for himself prime endorsements despite the fact he has passed no legislation on faith and family values issues nor even led the fight on them during his thus brief stint in office is more than perplexing. To his credit he did make a very brief detour off the fulltime campaign trail back to DC in a hasty effort to defund Planned Parenthood. He enjoyed a good deal of press out of it, and his campaign circulated a mass solicitation for donations because Ted once again “stood up!” but he was soon back on the campaign trail with another battle surrendered to the Left with the spoils of yet another failed battle being a fatter campaign warchest and another brownie point added to his claim of being a social conservative.