Thursday, August 5, 2010

Angle vs. Reid, Is God Alive in Sin City?

Many, including your host, have criticized Nevada Republican voters for designating Sharon Angle as their choice to unseat Harry Reid in the Senate. I cannot speak for the others but Tarkanian seemed the better choice if for no other reason than name recognition. The son of an extremely successful basketball coach who brought national significance to UNLV, the city of Las Vegas, and Nevada as a whole came on the scene with no political baggage and an identification which was all positive. The voters disagreed and chose Sharon Angle instead.

Back in April she had an interview with Rick Wiles of TruNews Christian Radio in which she claimed her race with Reid was “a calling from God.” That comment went largely unnoticed until more recent remarks surfaced which enlarged the topic. She said:

"And these programs that you mentioned -- that Obama has going with Reid and Pelosi pushing them forward -- are all entitlement programs built to make government our God. And that’s really what’s happening in this country is a violation of the First Commandment. We have become a country entrenched in idolatry, and that idolatry is the dependency upon our government. We’re supposed to depend upon God for our protection and our provision and for our daily bread, not for our government."

Much of that complete interview with Wiles is reprinted from an article by Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun (read that: Las Vegas “Daily Worker”) which is linked here.

For those not intimate with the goings on in Las Vegas, the Review-Journal Publishing Co. offers the “Las Vegas Sun” as a supplement to their daily and Sunday editions. Their respective editorial positions are diametrically opposed and thus give an impression of “fair and balanced” to both entities. It is assumed that it is a business decision which benefits both at the expense of watering down the effectiveness of both.

What screams through in the article and also in the comments is the disconnect between those of belief and those who choose to ignore God in their daily lives. The otherwise unknown factor to most readers is the position which the Almighty holds in the individual lives of the citizens of Sin City. Anchored by a huge Mormon population, Las Vegas is also home to an immense Catholic presence with protestant faith represented in enormous numbers. Any attempt to explain this presence of spirituality among the population shall remain for analysis on another day. It is there; it is obvious; and, it is undeniable.

The article which provoked my response was initiated by a post and its comments on Ace of Spades.  One of the most arresting comments was posted at #54 and is reprinted here:

“The main problem I see here is that the Press (and we here) give a pass to leftists on such statements (Pelosi's 'Word made Flesh' comes to mind) that we don't allow our own.

Biden, Pelosi, Kerry et al pull out the Catholic card when it's most convenient, and the slavering LSM doesn't bat an eye. Nor do the squishy middlers, it appears. When JFK ran for president, there was a fear across the land that the Pope would be pulling his strings. If Angle's comments are scary to some squishes, they should be reminded of the anti-Catholic bigotry against the 20c Democrat icon.

Now if Angle had iterated that Allah was calling her to the U.S. Senate, she'd be golden. “

As a Christian believer, I am thrilled to find a candidate who unashamedly acknowledges that God is, and should be, the Director of our lives. All too often quite the opposite attitude prevails and those in high office appear all too ready to assume the mantle of “director of the universe.” The general tendency has been to urge Christians and Jews to sublimate their understanding of the Almighty while at the same time celebrating Islam, and other less familiar “religions” and begging for “understanding and tolerance.”

For those familiar with houses of worship of the dominant faiths, her words echo the text which is most often heard from those pulpits. It is more than apparent that her faith is not a “Sunday-only” matter but rather a constant in her life. Does she take a political risk in voicing her devotion to God? Yes! Would it be worth sacrificing the future of her soul to deny Him? Absolutely not! For those who lack understanding of the preceding remarks, a bit of inquiry might serve you well for your future.

Win or lose, Sharon Angle’s decision to intimately involve her Creator in her campaign is at the least, important to many of the electorate in Nevada. An old friend used to constantly remind anyone who would listen: “one plus God is a majority.” He was right. I trust that her decision will resonate with far more Nevadans than any might suspect.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

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