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Sitting in the Counsel of the Ungodly 08/28/2009

Obama's early advisor, William Ayers, proudly treading on an American flag.

The death of Senator Ted Kennedy reminds all Americans of the influence of a highly-visible and powerful political family. I pray God will comfort the family and friends in their loss. The journey of the Kennedy family is not only profound, but tragic. From the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, to the plane crash of John, Jr., to Ted Kennedy's predicament at Chappaquiddick, to the many other tragedies within the family, their legacy is not only one of public activism, but personal anguish. Although I disagree with most of the positions he held, he was at least honest about his liberal positions and diligently sought to put his beliefs into policy. Unlike many of today's politicians, one never had to wonder where Senator Ted Kennedy stood on an issue.

Senator Kennedy called me out in public many years ago. In 1983, he spoke at Liberty University and delivered a speech he called, "Faith, Truth and Tolerance in America." In it, he said, "After the last election, the Reverend James Robison warned President Reagan not to surround himself, as the president before him had, 'with the counsel of the ungodly.' I utterly reject any such standard for any position anywhere in public service."

A few years prior, I had boldly expressed my deep concern about President Carter's circle of advisors. He had campaigned not only with a bright smile, but also with the bold proclamation that he was a "born again Christian". This attracted many evangelical Christian votes, but the influence of believers seemed to disappear a few months into his presidency.

Later in his term, a group of evangelical leaders directly questioned President Carter's circle of influence. "After running a 'born again' campaign, where are your Christian advisors?" they asked. "Where are those who profess a relationship with a God that our founders so forcefully believed to be important -- this all-provident, almighty Creator? We see the big Bible nearby, but where are the Biblical principles and counselors in your presidency?"

President Carter hesitated, stumbled and finally suggested that his wife, Rosalyn, was a Christian influence. Over the years, it became obvious that he was very liberal and the advisors he had set around himself were anything but sound.

The Carter administration supported the dangerous SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) Treaty, which the Soviet Union was blatantly disregarding while continually building up their arsenal of nuclear weapons, and left us extremely vulnerable to a dangerous threat. Carter's disastrous response to the Iranian hostage crisis further illustrated the bad advice he was getting. As our national security declined, the intrusiveness of our government here at home accelerated. Runaway inflation, high taxes and an expanding federal government further eroded our nation's foundation.

Sound familiar?

I am presently more deeply concerned than I was during Carter's administration. The circle of counsel around our current President is not just disappointing, it's absolutely shocking. Most voters dismissed candidate Obama's connections to the convicted Pentagon bomber William Ayers, but we now discover that Ayers' partner in the Weather Underground works with the Apollo Group, which claims it wrote the stimulus package. President Obama has also appointed Van Jones, an avowed communist, to one of the powerful "czar" positions. Another advisor, Science Czar John Holdren, endorsed "compulsory abortion," a two-child limit per family, and "involuntary fertility control" in his book Ecoscience.

The number of trained behavioral scientists close to the president is very disturbing. Manipulation has progressed from an art form to a means of power. They are using tax dollars to fund social unrest through groups like Acorn. Just this week, the windows of the Colorado Democratic Party headquarters in Denver were smashed and Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Waak reported to the Denver Post that the Republican Party had done it "to stir up hate." Later, police apprehended Maurice Schwenkler, a "transgendered activist" and Democrat volunteer. There's no way to untangle the true motives in this incident, but this type of Reichstag fire incident comes out of the far left handbook, which appears to be mandatory reading within the Obama administration. His current circle of advisors makes Reverend Jeremiah Wright's incendiary sermons appear insignificant compared to their influence.

Regardless of party, every president needs wise, godly counsel. By this, I don't necessarily mean someone who is a part of a certain religious group; I mean people who recognize the fact that there are unshakable principles and solid moral absolutes which are in harmony with biblical truth.

This is true for everyone. The influences in our lives will always be very important. I have godly counselors, discerning staff members and people who will truthfully inform me, provide solutions and constructively challenge me in my ideas and decisions. I don't have "yes men," I have people who seek to follow eternal truth and unshakable principles. All of us need this, but it is urgent for our president to have this. We all sometimes do miss the mark, but at least we know there is a mark and a reliable standard to pursue.

Every believer and every person who understands the foundation upon which this great nation was built upon should become deeply concerned, better informed and more actively involved, not in partisan ways, but committed to principled beliefs that are founded on godly ideals and, like it or not, biblical truth. May God help us and may we forever understand the importance of His help and His guidance.


Author: James Robison

Editor: Randy Robison

Word Count: 740

About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Soul of a Nation, The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.

Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net . Photo available upon request. Reprint rights granted with attribution for complete, unedited article. Revisions allowed only with approval.