By Doug Newman

January 21, 2010

Posted at Freedom4um and Facebook.

This is not about whether Senator Elect Scott Brown from Massachusetts is a Christian. This is between him and his Maker. These are just a few thoughts about the fruit on his tree that Jesus tells us to inspect. (Matthew 7:15-20)     

But wasn’t Brown the “lesser of two evils”? The Bible tells us to “hate what is evil.” (Romans 12:9) Millions of Christians have been so conned and manipulated that they have disregarded all Christian morality in the name of temporal political gain. “What shall it profit a man…?” (Matthew 16:26) Either vote for a candidate from a non-privileged party or don’t vote at all. Better this than to put one’s blessing on evil. Get out of Babylon! (Revelation 18:4)

We need to fear God’s Judgment more than we fear Democrats.

I have been told not to “judge” Scott Brown. I am not doing that at all. However, based on his history, he is no one that a Christian should trust with political power.

Paul called it right in II Timothy 4:3-4: “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”

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CMB in New Jersey writes:

Wanted to share a favorite verse which is applicable in any sphere or any relationship - even politics:
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 (King James Version)
21Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22Abstain from all appearance of evil

As a mother of 7, grandmother of 4, and now foster mom to a 4-1/2 year old, some of the character qualities I hope to teach my children are honesty and unquestionable conduct. My little Texas granny had a saying, "Live your life with honor and integrity in everything you do so that when bad things are said about you, no one will believe it."

Washington DC and probably all of our state houses are notorious for backroom meetings, compromises, pay-offs, and deals made out of the eye of uncompromising representatives as well as the public. Observant (and quickly becoming untrusting) American citizens are fed-up with the
 slight-of-hand, corruption, and arrogant disregard of what is good for our country and the folks they represent and offer us self-serving legislation. 

It is important that even as Constitution-loving patriots "fight the good fight" in a variety of arenas across each state, we must not mirror the destructfive and deceitful behavior we see in politics. Instead, our actions should be transparent and above reproach.

Simply put, we must "abstain from all appearance of evil".
That's the bench mark set by our Creator and the older I get, the more I appreciate the concept and the application. As Christians, we must "hold fast that which is good" and watch how we conduct ourselves and with whom lest we be identified with the compromisers and lose our effectiveness.

MG in Tennessee writes:

Great article on Scott Brown. I used many of your quotes in my heated debates with tea party members here who call themselves Christians yet supported him despite his belief that it is okay to murder our unborn, simply because he is a Republican. I made sure to attribute the quotes to your article.

JM in Reno writes:

Good points in your column about Scott Brown. He is just another neocon; try telling that to the mainstream conservative media, though. You would think Jesus himself was elected. Didn't Scott Brown pose nearly nude for Cosmo some time ago, causing women to lust in their hearts after him? I imagine the Sermon On The Mount was meant for females, too. I'd love to hear Sean Hannity's take on that-but not after eating lunch.

To which I replied:

I had Limbaugh on for about 10 minutes last Wednesday, the day after Brown was elected. If I did not know better, I would have thought Scott Brown just walked across Boston Harbor.

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