Friday, September 30, 2011

Rick Perry's Biblical Worldview

And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts. Luke 7:24.

For a man who claims to be of Jesus Christ, Rick Perry enjoys the millionaire lifestyle. According to this article in Politico, Perry loves to live lavishly. Wealthy campaign donors have jet Perry and his family around the world, to luxury hotels and vacation resorts, to concerts and sporting events, while gifting him 22 pairs of cowboy boots, Stetson hats, belt buckles and cuff links.

And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous. Exodus 23:8

One of his donors is a man named Bob Perry, a Texas homebuilder who gave 2.5 million dollars to Governor Perry’s gubernatorial campaigns. What did he get in return? Perry created a government agency for him, The Texas Residential Construction Commission, which exists to restrict lawsuits against builders over defective homes. That’s defective government, and crony capitalist diversion of taxpayer money to the governor’s coffers. And Bob Perry is only one of many cronies. Way to go with the smaller government, Rick! Way to protect the perp while screwing the victim! It’s nice to see that you love the residents of your state the way you want Jesus to love you.

A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips; and a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue. Proverbs 17:4

During last week’s debate Perry was busted telling a blatant lie. In explaining the executive order he issued mandating the HPV vaccine for young girls, he said: “I got lobbied on this issue. I got lobbied by a 31 year old young lady who had stage four cervical cancer. I spent a lot of time with her. She came by my office. She talked to me about this program.”

The woman’s name was Heather Burcham, and Perry lied. They didn’t meet until after he’d issued the executive order. Way to let the truth set you free, Rick!

Much has been written about Cameron Todd Willingham, the innocent man Perry allowed to be executed for arson and murder in 2004. Time Magazine recently published this excellent account of the story and subsequent coverup. If Perry were truly a merciful Christian, Willingham would be alive today. Perry’s supposed LORD Jesus was the most famous innocent ever executed, so one would suppose that Perry, when considering death penalty cases, would develop a sort of vicarious empathy for potential victims of the same fate. Pontius Pilate was the infamous governor of Judaea who sent Christ to his death. Beforehand Pilate's wife came to him and said: ‘Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.’ Just before Willingham’s execution, renowned arson analyst Gerald Hurst came forward and informed Governor Perry of his conclusion that the fire was not arson, and that Willingham therefore was innocent. If Perry held a truly biblical worldview, he would have regarded the innocence of Christ and not the ignorance of Pilate--in wilfully ignoring those who came to him with the truth--when sending Willingham’s soul to appeal to God for justice.

Ironically, Perry does hold to a biblical worldview on one issue that has him at odds and on the outs with many in his party. Perry is sympathetic to the plight of foreigners, particularly Mexicans, in Texas (which was once part of Mexico).

Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. Exodus 23:9

Some Republicans are livid with him for giving in state tuition rates to those who were brought into Texas as children and reared there. If America is all they know, then this is their home and nation too—certainly in God’s eyes—and Perry does right to afford them rights and respect. And yet his stance on undocumented immigrants has many of his fellow conservative 'Christians' worked into a foaming, crazed, hypocritical rage.

Still, Perry remains phony in his faith. Last week, before the debate, Perry gave a speech in Orlando, in which he said: "As a governor who has made a great deal of decisions of consequences over the years, I couldn't have done so without being driven to my knees on many occasions. As I campaign for president (his voice cracks there), I not only ask you for your vote and for your support, I ask you for your prayers. I ask you to pray for our country, I ask you to pray for our president, to give him wisdom, to open his eyes."

To open his eyes? To what? To Perry's interpretation of the scriptures that justifies being a false prophet who leads unprofitable public prayers, and a shedder of innocent blood, a liar and bribe receiver? Being such, it is clearly Perry's blind eyes that need prayers for opening, for it is about such as Perry that Jesus spoke when he said:

And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, by hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Matthew 13:14-15

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