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One of the perhaps most confusing sub-texts of the 2008 election has been the curious and in some cases surprising support that the candidates have and have not received from evangelical Christians. But if one looks at the record, and not merely the high rhetoric one thing for certain should be easily distinguishable - Barack Obama's record of votes, his view of government, and the ideas to which he aligns himself do not match the values, principles, and truths for biblical Christians.

Understanding this to be the case, and knowing that biblical Christians have a responsibility to act as wise stewards when casting their votes (render to Caesar, in our nation 'We the People' are Caesar etc.) it become imperative to speak with clarity on the issue.

For these few weeks my column will examine the most egregious examples of where Obama's record violates values, principles, and biblical truth.

Would you allow a racist, a terrorist, a convicted felon, or an organization that has taken the act of shake-down to such a new art form that they bankrupted the world in the process, to befriend your kids?

Put a different way, if a local personality--who was well known for believing that the color of his skin was superior, and in fact attempted to re-write the totality of scripture so that only people who looked like him were good, and everyone who looked differently were evil--would you let that man in your home? Would you allow him to dine and make conversation with those you love most? Would you pack your family up in the car and head to a meeting where this man could spew such vile hate from a pulpit... every week for twenty years? And would it never cause you once to blush from shame?

Or how 'bout this...

Would you allow someone who bombed three of our most precious landmarks in our nation's capital to come for a youth retreat held in your community? Would you allow someone who once bombed a judge's home help shape the thinking of the next generation? Would you feel comfortable allowing that person to have nearly unaccountable opportunity to put materials in front of public school students if you knew that on the very day that America would suffer its greatest loss of civilian life, in the most brutal fashion possible that this same person pined in the New York Times that he wished he could have carried out more bombings? Would it make sense to put such a person in charge of "educational" initiatives?

How do you feel about jailbait...

You like your kids hanging out with those who spend time in prison? Do you hope that they befriend the local drug dealer and accept favors from them? Is it your dream as a Dad to see little Susie come home one day and proclaim her love and allegiance to an ex-con?

And how's the pocket book friend...

I checked my 401k before writing this piece and yes I've lost something like 37% of my retirement in something like four days, and from the highs a year ago - I'm down something like 50%. The question is though, "Would I allow my children to associate with one of the characters that really helped usher it in?" See most of this collapse has happened because companies were made to write horrible mortgages and offer them to people who by rights should be living in public housing. And less you think that's racist - it has nothing to do with the color of your skin. What it has everything to do with is your ability to commit to a payment cycle that you by definition would be unable to do if you do not work, do not look for work, and feel fine with not working. In other words: scallywags got given homes that they could not pay for, and when the people involved defaulted on those promises to pay the death star blew up.

But let me back up a second. If you knew that somebody had coerced these banks into making these loans - how would you feel about such a person? Would you let your kids take an economics class from them? How about a class in law school?

See Barack Obama has lesser judgement than you, because while you would never associate with a racist - he let himself be mentored by one: Dr. Jeremiah Wright. While you love your country and grieved the loss of 9.11.2001, Barack Obama has had a close relationship with someone who told all of America on 9.11 that he wished he could have terrorized the nation more. In fact Obama let this terrorist raise money for him, he served with him on two different boards, and they even partnered together to help infect the educational system in Chicago. Obama believed he could keep it quiet, and has repeatedly lied about his ties to this terrorist: William Ayers. Obama entered into deals he knew were shady with the now convicted felon: Tony Rezko. And it is now being revealed that Barack Obama helped the organization ACORN shakedown the banks that eventually caused the markets to lose nearly 9 trillion dollars of savings, retirement, and investment just this week.

Perhaps you would allow your children to be influenced by someone who doesn't share your worldview on every bit of minutia. But it is doubtful you would allow them to mix and mingle with this sort of human form of pond scum.

And if that's the case, why would you want to elect someone for president who sees nothing wrong with what these types of people engage in?

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