Mayor Pete: Lecturing America, one Christian at a time

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September 7, 2019

Pete Buttigieg, presidential candidate and occasional mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has reportedly done a campaign “reset.” In recent weeks, his campaign has seemed to be stuck in neutral, generating little momentum. And speaking of stuck, one thing “Mayor Pete” still seems to be stuck on is lecturing Christians on their faith like some sort of anointed prophet of God. Here’s what Pete 2.0 said Thursday during his televised sermon on MSNBC, sounding a lot like Pete 1.0:

“[For] the party and the movement known for beating other people on the head with their faith, or their interpretation of their faith...” [he’s talking about religious conservatives]…“it makes no sense to literally vote to take food away from the hungry, to essentially be practicing the very thing that not just the Scriptural tradition but so many others tell us we’re not supposed to do in terms of harming other people. And I do think there’s going to be a reckoning over that.”


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In a Thursday appearance on FOX News’ THE INGRAHAM ANGLE, I addressed this latest incarnation of the Rev. Buttigieg. To be clear, I don’t think God aligns with either political party. It’s not up to God to align with us; it’s up to us to align with Him as well as we can.

Buttigieg has this idea that Christians are out there beating people over the head. This observation seems to be something that formed by itself in his OWN head, because I don’t know what he’s talking about. Ironically, if anyone is guilty of beating people over the head with his faith right now, it’s Pete Buttigieg. (Heck, I used to be a pastor, and I think Pete is talking more about God on the campaign trail than I did.)  But that’s what Democrats generally do: accuse others of something they are doing themselves.

Buttigieg thinks government needs to spend more money to take care of poor people. I have a suggestion for him and anyone who wants better care for the poor –- as most of us of both political parties do, including myself –- and that is to ask himself what his own personal contribution is. If you are a person of faith, there is this thing called the tithe: a dime out of every dollar going to the church, to help meet others’ needs. That’s a good place to start.


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Would you choose to do that, or would you rather pay fifty cents out of every dollar in taxes under the assumption that THE GOVERNMENT will meet people’s needs? The government was not intended to do charity work; that’s for us to do. Government came up with huge programs decades ago designed to care for the poor, with the federal bureaucracy spending over a trillion dollars in the “War on Poverty.” Does “Mayor Pete” think God is pleased with the result? It’s what WE do, personally and out of love, not what a bunch of tax-funded politicians, poverty pimps and paper-pushers do, that is going to help raise people up and make a difference in their lives.

So, to Pete Buttigieg and others who want to tell everybody else how to be a Christian, please tell me: what does your own personal giving look like?  Are you practicing what you preach?

This is essentially what I told Laura, who also brought up Buttigieg’s suggestion that you’re not really a Christian if you don’t support the climate change agenda. If you’re going to stand by and watch the Earth, God’s creation, being damaged, and His people being hurt, the argument goes, “...what do you suppose God thinks of that? I’ll bet he thinks it’s messed up.”

“At least one way of talking about this,” he said, “is that it’s a kind of sin.”


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You know, he does make a good point when he says we should be good stewards of the Earth, which is, after all, God’s creation “on loan” to us. As I explained to Laura, I consider myself to be a conservationist, as opposed to an environmentalist. As I think of it, an “environmentalist” is someone who worships the environment itself, the Creation as opposed to the Creator. A “conservationist,” the way I understand the term, is someone who worships the Creator. I’m grateful for the Creation, but I believe God has given it to us for our use and benefit. We honor God by following the “Boy Scout” policy: leaving our campsite in as good or better condition than it was before we came.

This way of thinking may explain why a Tea Party rally tends to leave not one speck of trash behind; indeed, the area often looks better kept than it did before. Contrast that with your typical “progressive” march or antifa demonstration; these are the people who supposedly care so much about the environment, yet judging from the mess they leave behind for someone else to clean up, they don’t. Likewise, major cities run by leftists are being buried in filth and trash.

And why is Mayor Pete lecturing Christians on the environment when godless Communist China, the worst offender, spews a constant cloud of horrible yellow-brown yuck into the air? Does he really expect America to deliberately wreck its economy and destroy individual freedom to “save the planet,” when it’s other nations doing most of the environmental damage? And is it sinful for us to use a plastic straw or eat a hamburger when so-called environmentalists pushing the “climate” agenda are buying huge ocean-front homes and jetting to symposiums around the world? Who gets to cast the first stone?

Laura referred to this new approach by Buttigieg as a sort of “hail Mary” (ha) to breathe some life into his stagnant campaign. But his focus on Christians’ perceived failings is nothings new; recall what seemed to be his obsession with evangelical Christian Vice President Mike Pence.

Finally, there’s something I just can’t wrap my head around. Buttigieg professes to be a Christian and likes to talk about what God does and does not want us to do. He would have a little more credibility if he would come out and say he’s AGAINST taking the life of a perfectly innocent unborn child at the moment it’s coming into the world. I just don’t know how anybody can say “I’m for abortion on demand, and I think that’s exactly what God wants.”

You know, Pete, at least one way of talking about abortion on demand is that it’s a kind of sin.  And I do think there's going to be a reckoning over that.

 

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  • JOHN MCGAY

    09/10/2019 05:08 PM

    Loving creation more than the Creator...Mr Huckabee, you hit the liberal agenda right between the eyes, and the liberal folks that are trying to make us ingest their spew. JM

  • Karen C.

    09/09/2019 09:04 PM

    Randy Pittman - Thank you! Someone very recently reminded me of that "COMING ICE AGE" scare, that I had completely forgotten about, most likely because it came to NOTHING and eventually faded into history, and was quickly replaced with other things to obsess over. Now I know I'm not the only one to remember this and I'm not making it up.

    Of course, this ice age scare came with the implications that when it happened it would be entirely the human race's fault and therefore we COULD and MUST DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE to prevent it. All really just to add drama to our lives and keep us in a constant state of angst and guilt and all stirred up that WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!!!!. Perhaps to keep us distracted from focusing on the real issues facing us, perhaps because people who are constantly anxious and upset are more likely to fall for hidden agendas foisted on them, and to act out in extreme ways that suit the purposes of the ones stirring up all the anxiety. Kind of reminds me of the young quail in the Disney movie, "Bambi", who, in a panic and feeling the need to DO SOMETHING! flew out from under its mother's protecting wings and was shot out of the sky. Or, like, how the leadership in many Moslem countries, when the populace starts getting upset about oppression and corruption, renews their accusations that the troubles of their people are all the fault of the U.S. and the Jews, and gets people all worked up in directing their hatred toward America and Israel instead of their own oppressive governments.

    It's funny how it went from new ice age- Let's all get upset about the coming ice age!....hmmmm, that's not happening.....to - I know! it's global warming! yeah, that's it! Let's all get upset about global warming! ......hmmmmmm, that's not right......to - I know! it's climate change! Yeah, that's it! Everybody! Let's all get upset about climate change! I wonder what they will come up with when climate change falls apart - because, you know, it's always got to be something!

    There was a year, I think during early American colonial days, that became known as "the year without a summer". It pretty much stayed winter all year long and devastated the farming industry for a time. Turns out, that was the year when there was a cataclysmic massive explosion of a volcano somewhere on the other side of the world, not Krakatoa but even bigger, that sent so much ash and debris into the upper atmosphere that it temporarily changed the climate all over the world. (I'm probably butchering the details here, but you get the idea). No human agency caused it and no human agency could have done anything about it. I'm sure if the radicals had been around at that time they would have stirred up all kinds of hysteria: "The human race caused this somehow, and we have to DO SOMETHING! to fix it, or we're DOOMED!!"

    I have heard of experts that have different interpretations of the data, and even have different, more complete data and other factors to consider, but they are barred from the discussion in forums and conferences and their voices discounted, therefore the proponents of climate change can claim that "all the experts agree" with the radical environmentalists' claims.

    Now, I'm reading about this teenage girl who people are paying attention to, who is calling for a day this month for people all over the world to walk out of classes and strike from their workplace in support of the radical environmentalists' agenda. Does anyone have any suggestions for positive actions we could take to counter this? (please, no counter protests, those just seem to incite violence on the other side which we then get blamed for!)

  • David Colonna

    09/09/2019 03:12 PM

    God tells us in plain black and white we are to take care of Widows and Children and states in the Bible we will always have the poor. The community or the church is supposed to take care of the poor and the poor people's families . Charity work is for us to help with. Pete is definitely no Christian at all because God clearly destroyed 2 towns due to his support of same sex marriage and the Bible clearly states lying with same sex like a man and woman is an abomination which is a major sin. Does Pete not have faith in God that he will provide for us and maintain our earth until his coming. This too is a clearly lack of faith on his part, all his lecturing is pure guilt for the major sins he is committing and no Jesus will not accept Gay marriage plain and simple, it is an abomination worse sin you can commit. These liberals make us all sick to our stomachs and all I can say is MACA - MAKE AMERICA CHRISTIAN AGAIN and keep it that way

  • Larry Good

    09/09/2019 02:59 PM

    Governor, I think there will be a reckoning for his stand on abortion, and other things he stands
    for.

  • Somerset Frisby

    09/09/2019 12:53 AM

    Like Satan, Buttgigger quotes only so much scripture, leaving out essential parts. Paul told us that if someone does not work, he shouldn't eat. He also forgets that not harming people is not having them aborted. Satan's boy for sure.

  • Timothy Hedrick

    09/08/2019 09:42 PM

    Wow...

  • kenneth madden

    09/08/2019 09:33 PM

    This from someone who doesn't know if he is male or female!! ( Buttigieg )

  • Tom Johns

    09/08/2019 09:29 PM

    Hi Mike,

    The next time someone who has embraced an abominable lifestyle, according to the word of God, tries to force Christians to believe what he or she believes about everything else, he or she needs to be reminded that we follow the word of God and we reject the ways of the world.

    When Pete or anyone else says that life only starts when a baby breathes, that's only what the worldly US Supreme Court said. That's not what God says. God says, "Life is in the blood." A baby in the womb has blood at only 18 days after conception. and the baby's beating heart starts pumping that blood through the baby's body some where between 21 days and 6 weeks after conception (depending on which article you read). That baby in the womb is alive by God's standard: LIFE IS IN THE BLOOD. The bible never says, Life is in the breath.

    Lev. 17:11, 14
    Deut: 12:23

    Please spread this good news with Mayor Pete

  • Bonnie Parvino

    09/08/2019 09:24 PM

    Dear Mike---I have come to a certain point in a circle that my doctors are telling me not to engage in political activities.>>> They seem to bring me to a point where I get (squshed) (a new or old word). in the middle. >>> I noticed this some years ago, however, I never put the idea of denying myself an opinion.>>> I am a writer. I use to take Gregg Shorthand at l20 WPM. Now I often take notes of preaching in poetry form. Poetry is my means of expression & a genuine method of memory of God's Ideas. >>> I believe that the Truth has many sides but that it is our place (each of us that are Christian) to bring repentance to the House of the Lord. We cannot truly deal with the sins of the political until we deal with our own sins as a church. >>> In Christ Name I repent of my portion of a collective situation. God bless. Bonnie Parvino

  • Danny browning

    09/08/2019 05:56 PM

    I can tell Mr. Pete what the word says:
    “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
    ??2 Thessalonians? ?3:10? ?KJV??
    https://www.bible.com/1/2th.3.10.kjv
    It’s about time kick some of these lazy bums off welfare and make them work. At best we might supplement them if they working and responsible and trying to make a living. If I were a dishonest man, I could buy EBT cards for one fourth their worth and use them to buy groceries. They will I’m turn take my money and buy liquor and drugs. I see it everyday.

  • Susan Furman Miller

    09/08/2019 04:54 PM

    Well said.

  • Wanda Rodgers

    09/08/2019 03:14 PM

    Mike, I believe and support every word you said. If the so called leftist Christians followed what is God's precepts then they would be preaching and practicing in the same way. Seems like it is the old saying, "do as I say, not as I do".

  • Joe Broadway

    09/08/2019 01:59 PM

    I doubt Buttigieg has read the cover of a Bible much less anything in between them but allow me to teach him. The Bible says, "If you don't work you don't eat." Bible 101. I will help those in time of need for sure but if you desire luxuries like socks and underwear? I suggest you get a job.

  • JanC

    09/08/2019 12:55 PM

    Great article!!! Thank you!

  • Mike Wilson

    09/08/2019 09:07 AM

    As always, Governor, you are spot on with your remarks. Any person of faith can see through this clown.

  • Ron Bangert

    09/08/2019 08:47 AM

    So....the Dems have over 20 candidates that have swarmed the news cycle most of this year, obviously legends in thier own minds, never heard of by most Americans, let alone taken seriously. Yet, they are given a voice. Why are so many wannabes allowed to swarm and distract? I believe it is another ploy of the DNC and the Progressive Left to confuse citizens and keep them in the dark concerning thier true identity and purpose. Keep us off balance.

    So this wannabe mayor uses scriptures to underpin his Nationalist Democratic Socialist views. If the scriptures were not God breathed, and just ink on paper, well, pick and choose, become a God yourself! Oops! We aren't to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? Jesus, the Word did not and became the true picture of the Fathers Nature.
    There is a way that seems right to man, but the end is death. That's how we get the Readers Digest Version Bible. Unfortunately the mayor overlooked or has chosen to ignore sections, the e true council of God (the Logos), a common error for those who wish to have dominion over others.

    But I digress. Your expose is spot on. There is nothing new under the sun, the Long War against the God of Creation continues by those who suppress the Truth in unrighteousness. The Democrats have no room for God front and center in the public forum. Remove God, twist Him, replace Him and you have gained nothing. You get what you want, 20+ candidates/talking heads and control.

  • Gretta Samuels

    09/08/2019 12:33 AM

    He has a colossal nerve to be preaching on the Bible, the man is married to another man. What is he trying to do, convince people that he is better and more powerful than God, his Creator? For anyone to even listen to anything he says is beyond comprehension.

  • Susan Hanes

    09/08/2019 12:04 AM

    Thanks Mike. Keep the messages coming. I try to read every one of them! You are a gifted speaker. Thanks for obeying the Lord and allowing him to lead you in the direction of leading others. I hope some day to make one of your cruises!

  • SUSIE J JOHNSON

    09/07/2019 11:54 PM

    Mayor Pete,
    When quoting Scripture, how about Genesis when God created man & woman as a couple?
    If you should become POTUS (God forbid) would we call you Madame President? Just askin'.

  • Jim Jeffers

    09/07/2019 11:48 PM

    Mayor Pete is barking up the wrong tree. 2013 Gallup Poll shows Republicans out-give Democrats in every category. Republicans give 74% to Democrats 48% in religious giving. Maybe he would find a more sympathetic audience if he were running as a Republican--well... maybe not.??

  • Christopher P Kelley

    09/07/2019 10:08 PM

    Dear Governor,
    As you know, the "form of godliness" that the Rev. Dr. Buttigieg has adopted for himself is that comfortable Leftist shell-game known as The Episcopal Church. (I'm sure there are a few faithful Christians still locked away in its nether corners.) But it has at least one professor in one of its cemeteries {er- seminaries} who teaches that abortion is actually a "sacrament."
    There's no way for me to know how many adherents of this diabolical notion there are in said conventicle, or whether Dr Buttigieg is even aware of it; but the potential of this potient poisoning the pews is real. Wise Christians remaining in said pews, if they have any strength left, should leave before the pot boils over. It ain't safe for sane souls to stay!

  • Jennifer Zaccagni

    09/07/2019 09:39 PM

    You are gifted in rebuttal and response! Thank you...

  • Randy Pittman

    09/07/2019 08:51 PM

    All those climate change idiots claiming Global Warming is going to destroy the Earth in 10-12 years, are the same bunch back in the late seventies & early eighties when we were having cold winters and record amounts of snow, that we were heading into another Ice Age because of all the carbon dioxide contamination. It’s just not rational thinking at all. You can’t use the exact same criteria and formulas to support 2 totally opposite viewpoints. There is going to be a global warming in the future, but God will bring it about, not us humans. The Leftist numbskulls aren’t going to like it if they don’t change their whole order of thinking and believing in God’s plan.

  • Gary Stilwell

    09/07/2019 08:51 PM

    Mr. Huckabee---I believe your assessment here is right on target--
    I also believe Mr. butitigieg"s rants are nothing more than political rhetoric--if he truly thought what he claims, his actions would have been completely opposite of his statements---the man is a liar, he is to be pitied for his transgressions, and should really get some help for his condition--

    The really sad truth is there are many who will swallow this manure--like the stuff coming from the other nut cases

  • Norman F. Fournier PA,MS, USNA 1977

    09/07/2019 08:38 PM

    The mayor is an idiot.I am willing to bet the Great University in South Bend are not pleased with him or any of the candidate for the dems. He will get his in the end(not karma) because being a Christian not much on Hinduism .