Good Choices Followed the Bad Choice that Was Made in CO


After the horrible choice made by one man in Denver, CO, Mike Huckabee made a good choice.He announced on his program that he would not use the shooters name. This morning I learned that Barack Obama and Jay Carney have followed suit and made the same choice. Good for them. 

Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, speak...

Former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, speaking to a gathering at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mike Huckabee went a step further. He reminded us of a word that went out of vogue in the media sometime between 1960 and the present. That word is “sin”. Mike is being criticized for saying that we have a ‘sin’ problem. I do not criticize him for this. I agree.

The talking heads can debate gun control and wearing costumes to theaters. We can all question whether the man who ended the life of twelve people and altered the lives of many others is insane or whether he is just evil. Those who knew him can describe his behavior, but the bottom line is quite simple. He was deceived by Satan and committed a horrible sin. America needs to recognize and deal with this reality.

Huckabee also reminded us that we need to mourn for others who are affected by sin; the unborn who are killed in the womb, those who are killed on foreign battlefields, and those who are killed by suicide.

Perhaps Mike’s leadership will start a new precedent. No mass murderer or terrorist name should ever be spoken aloud on the news or in the media. I think we should go a step further and their picture should not be shown unless it is for the purpose of apprehension. Also, we should not be afraid to call sin what it is.

Perhaps Huckabee’s words will remind more parents to teach children what the half-brother of Jesus knew:

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.. James 1:15

SEE AND HEAR MIKE, HERE

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About jlue

I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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10 Responses to Good Choices Followed the Bad Choice that Was Made in CO

  1. smijer says:

    I was unpleasantly surprised to find the following comments attributed to Mike Huckabee:

    “Ultimately,” Huckabee concluded, “We don’t have a crime problem or a gun problem – or even a violence problem. What we have is a sin problem. And since we ordered God out of our schools and communities, the military and public conversations, you know, we really shouldn’t act so surprised when all hell breaks loose.”

    It seems very out of character for him. Maybe it’s that he normally presents a very affable and likable persona… Of course he’s wrong to link events like the recent shooting to his political opponents…. but it’s a particular kind of snotty and childish wrong that says when fundamentalism doesn’t enjoy special legal privilege that is tantamount to society “ordering God out” of its schools and communities. His public persona radiates pleasant humility – it leads me not to expect this type of proud cluelessness from him.

    I hope maybe he was just having a bad day.

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    • jlue says:

      Maybe you feel that rather than considering that when the mention of God is not allowed in public places it is a political party that is responsible rather than a society or nation of people. I don’t think Mike Huckabee was referring to a political group at all, but rather a mind set of the American people in general. People, of course, do look for political groups through which they can get their will accomplished and that leads to fracturing our society as a whole into opposing groups. I think Mike was looking at the broader picture of a nation which has become so indifferent to God that we allowed this to happen. Were we a nation of people who fear God and keep His commandments, all political groups would be in agreement that His name is to be reverenced. When our forefathers wrote:

      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…

      they meant just that. They were stating that we should not have a state religion to which everyone is forced to belong.I believe they would be appalled at what has been done do that simple directive.

      We have, in the past, allowed all religious groups to worship freely in this country. Only since the “separation of church and state” ruling has free exercise thereof been denied. Mike, however, was simply stating that as a people, we have erred. I do not think he was making a political statement.

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      • smijer says:

        I hope you’re right. “Ordered God out of our schools and communities” is an odd way to express the viewpoint that people are too selfish and prone to hurting others. It does mirror the language that the fundamentalist right uses to decry the separation of church and state… I think the political interpretation is more likely correct.

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      • smijer says:

        Were we a nation of people who fear God and keep His commandments, all political groups would be in agreement that His name is to be reverenced.

        Maybe so… But as it stands, it is uniquely the fundamentalist Christian movement and their allies that want school-children to be taught to pray as the hypocrites do.

        Mature people can agree or disagree with the Supreme Court decision that outlawed this practice in public schools as a violation of the first amendment. Even if you disagree with it, it requires a special kind of snottiness to claim that this decision means that we have “ordered God out”, and that therefore He’s going to obey our collective bidding and stay away while the crazies of the world shoot up our theatres.

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    • jlue says:

      BTW

      His public persona radiates pleasant humility – it leads me not to expect this type of proud cluelessness from him.

      When we admit sin, we are being humble, not proud. 2 Chronicles 7:14

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      • smijer says:

        I almost certainly didn’t read the same quote you did. It was Jimmy Carter who said “I lusted in my heart.” I didn’t hear anything like that from Huckabee (and certainly didn’t hear “I lusted in my heart, therefore God allowed a violent tragedy”).

        I quoted above the statement from Huckabee that I was talking about… He may have poorly communicated some other point that isn’t obvious to the reader… if it means what it sounds like it means, the childishness, pride, and cluelessness are pretty obvious.

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      • jlue says:

        I think you misunderstood what Mike Huckabee was saying completely.

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      • smijer says:

        In case I wasn’t clear there, condemning the “sins” of others does not constitute and admission of sin. Even if you disingenuously use “we” in your syntactic formulation of the condemnation.

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      • jlue says:

        In the Christian church today there is a realization that we, the church, meaning we who are a part of the body of Christ, have sinned by not being as faithful as we should. I think when Mike spoke of “all hell breaking loose” he was thinking of this scripture:

        For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

        It is no wonder that horrific things happen when we, those who should be standing strong, have not stood as we should have. I cannot read his mind, but as one Christian to another, this is what I heard him saying.

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      • smijer says:

        Again, I hope you are right. But reading his quote, and reading what you hear from it, all I can think of are the lines from the Simon & Garfunkle song:

        “I have squandered my resistance
        For a pocket full of mumbles such are promises
        All lies and jests
        Still a man hears what he wants to hear
        And disregards the rest”

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