Carl Gallups: December, 2012

Senior Pastor of Hickory Hammock Baptist Church in Milton, Florida, 10-year law enforcement office and author, Carl Gallups picks up where we left off last week talking about the true meaning of Christmas and the qualifications of a U.S. President as defined by our U.S. Constitution.

Regardless of the wars on Christmas and how much culture warriors want to discredit this special holiday, the truth once again proves to trump a lie.  Embedded into the DNA of our nation is the heart felt desire for peace on earth and goodwill toward all men.  As in any culture, are there exceptions?  Without a doubt.  

However, once a year we are reminded of what it could be like if only we could carry the Christmas message with us, all 365 days of the year.  For a day, perhaps a week or two, we connect with our spiritual selves and are lifted up by the music of the season, a Merry Christmas wish and smile, surrendering a parking spot at the mall, or just pausing for an unselfish moment.  

Suddenly, we are reminded and even encouraged that Christmas is indeed one special holiday.  A season that begins with Thanksgiving that leads me to believe that in order to better appreciate the blessings of the season, we must begin with a heart of thanksgiving.  

The reason more than anything why the culture warriors will not win the battle over Christmas this year is because there are too many around who are first of all “thankful” and secondly, understand it to be God’s greatest gift to the world.  Peace on earth and goodwill toward all men.  The best gift ever, absolutely priceless and not available at a mall near you.

As for the qualifications for a U.S. president, here’s what our U.S. Constitution says, ” “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”  
It was the framers who made this distinction between a citizen, naturalized citizen and natural born citizen, and the Court rendered unanimously the definition that children born of parents (note the plural) who are citizens are natural born citizens, and they alone are eligible for the Presidency.

So you ask, how can President Barrack Obama be certified as our president when he doesn’t meet the first requirement?  It has been established that his mother was a U.S. citizen married to Obama’s father a Kenyan who was under British rule.  This is not a mere technicality.

Does the Electoral College, our Legislative Branch of Government and various state supreme court justices have the courage to defend our constitution, or does truth and justice get tossed aside at the altar of political correctness?

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