An Open Letter to Conservative Christians

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Besides
wanting to support a candidate who reflects their positions on moral
issues, many conservative Christians are looking for one who will
take an uncompromising stance on our national defense and will do
everything to guarantee our personal safety. In fact, many conservative
Christians consider this to be the paramount issue in this
election. Reflecting this general view, in a stunning move last
year, Pat Robertson himself went so far as to endorse the openly
pro-choice candidate Rudy Giuliani. Robertson obviously felt that
conservative Christians should be willing to overlook the abortion
issue in favor of a more important concern — the issue of security.

But
is it possible that conservative Christians are missing an issue
that should be of even greater concern?

Most
Christians are familiar with the general outlines of biblical eschatology
(relating to future prophecies), and many have probably read more
than one book on the subject. Briefly put, the Bible (especially
the book of Revelation) depicts a scenario in which the entire population
of the world is unified under a brutal and repressive one-world
government which controls all commerce through means of a "mark,"
without which one is unable to buy or sell. Those who study biblical
prophecy generally agree that the ruler of this government appears
to be a religious dictator who will come to power during a time
of great political and economic upheaval.

In
our post 9-11 society we have seen our government, in the name of
public safety, form the Department of Homeland Security as well
as legislate and implement the Patriot Act. What we must all realize
is that legislation
such as the Patriot Act
, which on the surface is intended to
protect the United States from terrorism, simultaneously strips
American citizens of many of our most basic civil liberties. Additionally,
a law has recently been enacted that mandates a national
ID card
, which will eventually be required for airline travel,
entering a courthouse, and receiving government benefits (and that's
just the beginning). Plans to embed a microchip within the ID card
have been postponed but not eliminated. In a few years, it is entirely
conceivable that the whole population of the United States could
be required to be chipped in the interests of "national security."

Furthermore,
trade agreements such as NAFTA and CAFTA could be logically viewed
as a key part of an overall movement toward a unified global government
and a unified currency. To quote from Dr.
Paul's website
: "NAFTA's superhighway is just one part
of a plan to erase the borders between the U.S. and Mexico, called
the North American Union. This spawn of powerful special interests,
would create a single nation out of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico,
with a new unelected bureaucracy and money system."

Many
conservative Christians are so focused on the terrorist threat that
they have not even given thought to the implications of the gradual
loss of our civil liberties and our national sovereignty. I believe
that this is a grave mistake; in fact, I would even go so far as
to say that the erosion of our civil liberties and our national
sovereignty is a far greater threat to Americans than any
threats from militant Islamists.

While
some conservative Christians recognize that these trends resemble
the futuristic circumstances found in the Bible, many of them have
adopted a helpless and fatalistic viewpoint — believing that it
is pointless to fight the inevitable tide of prophetic events. Others
take the perspective that they won't be around when it all happens,
so what's to worry? To these people I would suggest that biblical
prophecy is never easy to interpret and that many current perspectives
could be completely wrong. In fact, many past interpretations and
predictions have proven to be wrong, and conservative Christians
are not at all unified in their interpretations of most of the book
of Revelation. Their viewpoints range from preterist to historicist
to futurist, pre/a/post-millennial, pre/mid/post-tribulation, and
all points in between.

Here's
my point. Because we cannot know with certainty all the details
of what the future may hold, I believe that we as conservative Christians
have a responsibility to zealously (even religiously) defend our
precious civil liberties, our national sovereignty, and the economic
stability of our country — not only for ourselves, but for all future
generations. If we do nothing, our children will likely be living
in a world that bears an astonishing resemblance to that described
in the book of Revelation.

Wake
up Christians! Ron Paul doesn't quote scripture and wear his religious
beliefs like a fluorescent button on his shirt. His quiet faith
is expressed in his firm, moral public behavior, and in his private
life. Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate who has directly
stood up against the encroaching threat of the Globalists as they
push toward world government and Armageddon. He has tirelessly opposed
all threats to our national sovereignty and our individual civil
liberties. He has a clear intellectual grasp of the issues that
currently affect our nation that no other candidate has articulated.
And unlike the other candidates, the solutions he proposes to our
economic and foreign policy challenges are comprehensive.

For
these reasons, I believe that Ron Paul is the candidate who deserves
our fervent support.

January
17, 2008

Georgia
Clifton [send her mail]
lives in Nevada. She is a mother of two home-schooled children,
a small business owner and musician, and is also active in leadership
in her local church.

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