I’m not sure which God former Arkansas Mike Huckabee worships. I used to think we believed in the same one, but I’m no longer sure of that. I know he is an ordained Southern Baptist pastor, and I grew up in the Southern Baptist Church.
But based on his recent comments, I’ve become more and more certain that we’re thinking of two different deities.
Huckabee, in speaking out about the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings said that the blame should be ours because we’ve ousted the Almighty from schools:
“We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability?”
I cringe every time I hear such statements, especially coming from people who should know better. The God I worship is the one who created everything. He is all-powerful, loving, patient, kind.
But I go back to the “all-powerful” part: do you honestly believe that the same God who created everything that existed could honestly be so powerless that by not mentioning His name in a classroom because of Constitutional concerns, we are somehow “chasing him away” as if we’re spiritual bouncers?
Anyone is capable of turning his back on God. That doesn’t mean God goes away. It doesn’t mean God stops loving that person. It doesn’t mean that in God’s eyes, they aren’t valued just as much as every other creation.
And “removing God” from public remarks in no way keeps believers from being able to call on Him in private, even in a public place. You know, in private, the way the Bible instructs one to pray to begin with. Just because our leaders take a public prayer off the table, our private thoughts can be (and should be) a place for prayer no matter where we are.
We mortals don’t have the power to “push God away.” We can turn our back on Him if we choose to, but He’s always there. He is always faithful.
There’s no changing that.
You can’t simultaneously believe in an all-powerful God who created all that there is and in a God so meek that the failure to pray publicly is enough to bar His entrance into an area He created to begin with. That’s a double standard.
I wish the uber-religious out there who seem more interested in making a political statement would remember that for a change.