Republican candidate for president, Ted Cruz, courted Evangelical Christians in Iowa, heavily.
As reported by ReligionNews.com, Cruz regularly touts his faith on the campaign trail. “Cruz told the congregation at his friend Robert Jeffress’ congregation, First Baptist Dallas.” ‘Believing is putting everything you have, your heart, soul, life, putting everything (into) standing for what’s right.’
Apparently, Cruz’s belief in standing up for “what’s right,” is suspended, if one is running for president. Just before the Iowa caucus, Cruz’s campaign began emailing supporters to tell caucus goers to drop Carson, and vote for Cruz, as it was “rumored” that Carson was dropping out. The funny thing is, Carson wasn’t dropping out.
Carson responded with this Tweet:
— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) February 2, 2016
Ted Cruz admitted on Tuesday that his presidential campaign spread a false rumor, just hours before Monday’s Iowa caucuses began, that conservative rival Ben Carson was dropping pout of the presidential race.
Carson finished a distant fourth in the nation’s first nominating contest, and observers at two caucus precincts told DailyMail.com that he lost supporters to the Cruz camp when Republicans speaking on behalf of Cruz said Carson was suspending his campaign.
It turned out not to be true, however, and Carson himself complained Tuesday about ‘shameless tactics and dirty political plays’ that pushed Cruz to victory on the strength of political sabotage.
It seems to me, if a candidate is going to promote his or her “Christian” beliefs, that those beliefs should extend to their campaign. I mean, honestly, if you’re a Christian, and you believe God is with you, you have nothing to worry about. If you’re God’s “candidate,” then, there’s no need worrying about whether you’ll win or not. God will make it happen. Am I right?
At any rate, not to dump on Cruz (who follows me on Twitter, btw), but, I found a funny video about him by the “Young Turks.” While I’d never endorse the “Young Turks” politically, (as they’re known to be extremely liberal), their humorous commentary on politicians is always fun to watch. Here’s a segment that goes after Cruz’ $5 million income over several years, and why he only “tithed” 1% as opposed to the Bible’s directive to Christians that they give 10%. No matter what you believe, the commentator nailed it in hilarious fashion.
Finally, Ted, if you’re going to run a campaign as a Christian, follow the rules. As a Christian myself, I’m pretty sure God would remind you of a few of his dictates that he’s given to the faithful.
Exodus 20:16: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Proverbs 12:22: The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth.
Still love ya, though. May the best man or woman win, and truly… Make America Great Again.