Sunday, September 2, 2012

Meeting Governor Romney- 

(the other one who also ran for president)

I met George Romney one day in Marlette when he was governor of Michigan during my high school years. He had been a successful president of American Motors (think Rambler, Gremlin and Pacer). 

Born to a Mormon family in Mexico, Romney had gone through the Great Depression and worked his way up in the auto industry.

Forceful, energetic and popular, George Romney won re-election and ultimately ran for the Republican nomination for president in 1968 against Richard Nixon. 

At one time he was ahead in the polls against both Nixon and Lyndon Johnson. An unfortunate comment about being 'brainwashed' over Vietnam led to the end of his candidacy.

So we see his son Mitt, successfully accomplishing what his father did not. Ironically,  had his dad won the nomination, he would have had a huge 'birther' issue due to being born in Mexico.
Lots of evangelicals are struggling with the premise of voting for a Mormon president.  I face no such dilemma. We are not voting for 
Pastor-in-Charge, but Commander and Chief Executive.  Would it be ideal to have a fully vetted Christian at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.? Maybe.  You may recall that Bill Clinton recently lived there, and he was a Bible quoting Baptist who never missed Sunday school in Hope, Arkansas. How did his morality work out for you?
And don't forget, God often used leaders who were not believers to execute His plan for the people of Israel, such as Darius, Joseph's Pharaoh, etc. 

America needs a turnaround, plain and simple, and a skilled executive to manage it. 

Here is an interesting twist, Mark DeMoss, whom I have crossed paths with for years, is a high ranking advis0r to Mitt Romney. In fact, this article claims that Mark was the one to approach Romney about pursuing the presidency:

DeMoss has tremendous street cred in my world. He advises Franklin Graham, Samaritan's Purse and many other respected leaders and organizations.

Bottom line, America is on the verge of implosion, fiscally, spiritually and socially.  The choice between leadership paths could not be more stark. 

A financial renewal is not our greatest need, but it would be helpful if we could avoid a catastrophic meltdown.

What America Really Needs

What happened last weekend with Greg Laurie and Harvest America was fantastic, but this level of evangelism needs to be the norm, not the exception.  We have the tech, the time and more than three hundred thousand churches in America.

Heads change when hearts change. Want a pro-life country? Converted people (generally) think straight and want to stop killing babies.  

If Dinesh D'souza is correct, (and I think he is) should President Obama be re-elected, we face a planned dimming of American influence as penance for our colonialism. 
Whomever is in the Oval Office, we will need to seize the day through either depression or revival and, as Steve Jobs said, 'make a dent in the universe.' 

I suggest we hire a qualified executive to occupy the White House and superintend  our complicated economic system. Then, if believers will be about His Business in God's House, I believe the Lord will take care of the rest.

1 comment:

Kristopher J Turner said...

Chip, very good blog on Romney! Thanks!