Mike Huckabee Sour Grapes and the sin of Pride

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Mike Huckabee Sour Grapes and the sin of Pride

Pride goes before dis­as­ter, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:18

An inter­est­ing line from Mike Huck­abee con­cern­ing Evan­gel­i­cals in Iowa:

“A lot of these orga­ni­za­tions wouldn’t have the abil­ity to do urgent fundrais­ing because if we slay the dragon, what dragon do they con­tinue to fight? And so, for many of them, it could be a real detri­ment to their organization’s abil­i­ties to gin up their sup­port­ers and raise the con­tri­bu­tions, and I know that sounds cyn­i­cal but, Todd, it’s just, it is what it is,” Huck­abee said.

Now there are sev­eral ways to take this:

  1. Mike Huck­abee thinks and/​or knows that evan­gel­i­cal lead­ers in Iowa are just out for the money
  2. MIke Huck­abee is so pride­ful that he believes he has a divine right to the evan­gel­i­cal vote
  3. Mike Huck­abee is upset and said some­thing he thinks but really shouldn’t have said

At least one of these state­ment but pos­si­bly all of these state­ments are true

I can’t com­ment on the sin­cer­ity of the peo­ple Mr. Huck­abee is talk­ing about. He knows them, I don’t how­ever I can say that this was a very bad idea to attack the hands that have fed you over the years as Allah­pun­dit put it:

I’m try­ing to think of another case where a mem­ber of a move­ment as promi­nent as Huck­abee is among polit­i­cally active evan­gel­i­cals has turned around and basi­cally accused the rest of the move­ment of being money-​grubbing frauds. Because that’s what he’s doing here,

and looks a lot like the sin of pride.

The deci­sion by these lead­ers do not mean they dis­like or dis­agree with you, they just like a dif­fer­ent can­di­date more.

For exam­ple, I like Rick San­to­rum a lot, he’s my 2nd choice in the field, but my endorse­ment of Ted Cruz isn’t a con­dem­na­tion of Rick San­to­rum, it’s an acknowl­edge that I think Ted Cruz is a bet­ter choice at this time.

Now I’m not an evan­gel­i­cal although I’m sup­port­ing one (Ted Cruz) for pres­i­dent but if any evan­gel­i­cal is skep­ti­cal of a pas­tor in gen­eral or the move­ment in par­tic­u­lar (and even if they’re not) I’d of course rec­om­mend Catholi­cism over any Protes­tant denom­i­na­tion not only because of the sacra­ments, but because it’s true.

If I was Huck­abee I’d really rethink this not just in terms of polit­i­cal wis­dom but of chris­tian­ity because that might be con­sid­ered calumny.

Either way Mike Huck­abee has one advan­tage in this sit­u­a­tion. The peo­ple he is say­ing this about are required to for­give him, it’s a non-​optional Chris­t­ian doctrine.

Pride goes before disaster, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:18

An interesting line from Mike Huckabee concerning Evangelicals in Iowa:

“A lot of these organizations wouldn’t have the ability to do urgent fundraising because if we slay the dragon, what dragon do they continue to fight? And so, for many of them, it could be a real detriment to their organization’s abilities to gin up their supporters and raise the contributions, and I know that sounds cynical but, Todd, it’s just, it is what it is,” Huckabee said.

Now there are several ways to take this:

  1. Mike Huckabee thinks and/or knows that evangelical leaders in Iowa are just out for the money
  2. MIke Huckabee is so prideful that he believes he has a divine right to the evangelical vote
  3. Mike Huckabee is upset and said something he thinks but really shouldn’t have said

At least one of these statement but possibly all of these statements are true

I can’t comment on the sincerity of the people Mr. Huckabee is talking about.  He knows them, I don’t however I can say that this was a very bad idea to attack the hands that have fed you over the years as Allahpundit put it:

I’m trying to think of another case where a member of a movement as prominent as Huckabee is among politically active evangelicals has turned around and basically accused the rest of the movement of being money-grubbing frauds. Because that’s what he’s doing here,

and looks a lot like the sin of pride.

The decision by these leaders do not mean they dislike or disagree with you, they just like a different candidate more.

For example, I like Rick Santorum a lot, he’s my 2nd choice in the field, but my endorsement of Ted Cruz isn’t a condemnation of Rick Santorum, it’s an acknowledge that I think Ted Cruz is a better choice at this time.

Now I’m not an evangelical although I’m supporting one (Ted Cruz) for president but if any evangelical is skeptical of a pastor in general or the movement in particular (and even if they’re not)  I’d of course recommend Catholicism over any Protestant denomination not only because of the sacraments, but because it’s true.

If I was Huckabee I’d really rethink this not just in terms of political wisdom but of christianity because that might be considered calumny.

Either way Mike Huckabee has one advantage in this situation.  The people he is saying this about are required to forgive him, it’s a non-optional Christian doctrine.