PENSACOLA (FBW)—The “stark” contrast between presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on key moral concerns means the 2012 election “may be the most important in the history of the Republic,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Sept. 29 in an interview with Florida Baptist Witness.
“It is because the contrast between the two candidates have never been more stark,” he said. While that’s often said of every presidential election, Huckabee said a range of positions advocated by Obama—gay marriage, abortion, Israel, wealth redistribution—amounts to “dangerous territory that we’ve never been in before.”
Huckabee was the main speaker on behalf of the Romney campaign at two events with faith leaders in the Panhandle. Between the Sept. 29 events at churches in Pensacola and Destin, Huckabee gave a 15-minute telephone interview to the Witness.
The events with faith leaders were to “rally people in the faith community to understand the significance of this election for them, for their convictions,” he said. Huckabee said he would be doing “quite a few” similar events for the Romney campaign in the final weeks before the Nov. 6 election.
Especially in light of the critical nature of the election, Huckabee said Christians who downplay the importance of the election—or even refuse to vote for either major party candidate—are being “very naïve” and unbiblical.
Because the United States is a constitutional republic “we bear responsibility for the government we have because we are the government,” Huckabee said. “And if we choose not to participate, then we deserve the government we get because we chose it. And not voting and not participating is making a choice. It’s making a choice that whatever happens is fine with me.
“Well, it’s not fine with me to redefine marriage. And it’s not fine with me to have a policy that allows unborn children to be killed… . And it’s not OK with me to take the money that I might want to give to my church and instead have the government confiscate it and provide abortion drugs,” he said.
Thoughtful Christians “with even a cursory understanding of the Scripture” cannot “come to the conclusion that it’s OK to just completely divorce themselves from the government that they themselves are responsible for,” he said.
Huckabee criticized Obama as the first president to advocate “changing the definition of marriage,” for his “radical view” of abortion—including partial-birth and gender-selection abortion, for failing to support Israel as a “unique and special ally,” and for being a “person who truly does believe by conviction in redistribution of wealth.”
Huckabee, who ran in 2008 for the Republican nomination for president against Romney, among others, said Romney’s Mormon faith should not be an issue for evangelicals.
“I don’t share his faith; I don’t even understand it. But that’s to me of far lesser importance than is he going to be a leader that will make decisions that are in the best interest of our country and our future. And I’m confident that he will,” he said.
“I’m less interested in where Mitt Romney goes to church than I am where he’s taking the country,” he said.
“There may be a small minority of evangelicals who let that become such a stumbling block” in their voting decision, he conceded.
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