Nashville, TN — Governor Mike Huckabee told a gathering of Christian media and ministry professionals in Nashville that he had recently been standing on the Golan Heights in Israel, just 250 yards from the Syrian border, where he could hear the explosions from that nation’s ongoing civil war.
“Our world is on fire,” he said during the February 26 closing session of the NRB15 International Christian Media Convention. “Our world is in trouble.”
The former governor of Arkansas said too many Americans — especially Christians — are on the sidelines watching “with the world on fire.”
“We can’t afford to be anything less than firefighters,” he said, noting there are many “pyromaniacs” on the loose.
“We are at war. It’s not that we are facing one; we are in one right now,” he insisted. “It is a battle first for our existential existence.”
After more than six years as host of his own program on Fox News, Huckabee recently stepped down to test the waters for another run for the White House.
Huckabee said the forces of “Islamic jihadism” are not interested in negotiating for some piece of property. “We are not dealing with a traditional geo-political foe,” he explained.
Their hate is so intense, he said, that they are willing to behead journalists and relief workers and then boast about it.
“We are dealing with leadership in this country that not only refuses to acknowledge who the enemy is, but what they represent, which is a religious jihad against Christians and Jews and even other Muslims who do not accept their radical version of it,” Huckabee declared.
“You cannot defeat an enemy if you don’t know who the enemy is,” he insisted.
At a press conference before his NRB address, Huckabee suggested the decision last week by the U.S. State Department to issue a travel warning for Israel is reflective of the Obama administration’s feelings toward the Jewish state.
Huckabee said the only other countries put on that list in 2015 were Yemen, Libya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Chad, and South Sudan.
He noted that not even Iraq is on the list.
“I believe it was a politically calculated move to hurt the Israeli economy and to hurt Israel,” Huckabee said.
The former governor said he wasn’t sure the current administration is able to distinguish between America’s friends and its enemies.
“We have a Chamberlain approach when we need a Churchill approach,” he said, recalling the historic contrast between the appeasement policies of Neville Chamberlain and those of the man who followed him as prime minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill, in confronting the growing Nazi threat in the run-up to World War II.
Addressing NRB15 attendees, Huckabee said, “I do not think that we can continue as a nation to act in a detached and disinterested way when it comes to the situation that we are facing with the genuine global threat to our existence.”
Yet he doesn’t hold out much hope that anyone in Washington, DC, can effect the change that must occur in this area or any other area.
Policies don’t seem to change a whole lot despite who is in the White House or which party has a majority in Congress, he said, suggesting it is the “donor class that pays the piper and the political class is more than willing to dance to the tune.”
“As long as the Washington-to-Wall Street axis of power continues to exist, where the donor class feeds the political class, who does the favor for the donor class, this country is going to be in serious trouble,” Huckabee insisted. “We have to unshackle ourselves from people who treat Washington like it is the Roach Motel, where they go in but they never go out,” he continued.
Huckabee called for term limits, to ensure that those who are making the laws have the opportunity to go back home and live under the laws they created.
He said the erosion of Americans’ religious freedom can be traced to this entrenchment of power in the nation’s capital.
“Religious liberty is under attack like never before,” declared Huckabee. “Christians are in the crosshairs of the government.” The government, he continued, is bold enough to tell people of faith what the limits of their beliefs must be when they get close to conflicting with the government’s views.
“It’s not the fault of the unbelievers that we are in the mess we are,” Huckabee said. “It is the fault of believers who are called to be salt and light and who haven’t got the light out of the well-lit room and the salt out of the bag and onto that which is putrefying,” he continued, referencing Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:13-16.
Huckabee said far too many people who “claim to love America and to love God have watched the battle and listened to the sound of the cannons,” but steadfastly avoided getting involved.
If pastors don’t speak clearly to the issue of religious liberty they are going to lose those liberties, Huckabee warned.
Religious liberty is at the heart of all liberty, he said, tracing the liberties of speech, assembly and the press back to “the freedom of one’s belief.”
By Dwayne Hastings
Published: March 2, 2015