Some Thoughts on Huckabee
December 7, 2009
So, the blogosphere went a little nuts about Huckabee and his clemency motions right after I bought his book. Here is an example.
Well, I have some thoughts on the matter:
I always considered Huckabee about as liberal as one should be. By the time the Texas primary rolled around, he was the most palatable candidate left (since Ron Paul shot himself in the foot with his “We caused 9-11” rant during the debates, Alan Keyes did not bother to play nice enough with the media to even get a mention, and McCain has yet to start a RINO & Lieberman Party). I still do not regret that vote. His liberalism is apparent when one actually reads his books (and I have read both Do the Right Thing and From Hope to Higher Ground). But I would argue that he is liberal for the right reasons. His liberalism is not based on smugness or a naive view that man is innately good, but rather as an imperfect response to God’s grace. God showed mercy on him, and he responds by showing mercy to others. He was looser with his clemency pen than he should have been because of God’s clemency towards him. For:
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth [to be] a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” – Romans 3:23-26
Hopefully, we have seen all the evil that will come of Huckabee’s erroneous actions already (actions he does deeply regret, if his books get to the heart of the matter). Should he be granted that power again? No; nor should anyone uncomfortable with enforcing justice:
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.” – Romans 13:1-4
But, I can see why he did what he did. And we all have our tendencies to mess up God’s story of redemption.
All in all, I would much rather have a Godly man as a leader than a heathen. They may make mistakes, but they are not actively trying to destroy what God has made. We are seeing what happens when the ungodly rule right now. Hopefully, someone on the side of righteousness wins come ’12 (and, hopefully, that means I have someone better to vote for than Huckabee). He’s a nice guy and all, but a little too much of a squish.