Who are Politicians? Who are Patriots? by Kelly Gneiting

May 18, 2015 Posted by: Kelly Gneiting

IAP Chairman Kelly Gneiting (right) with first vice-chair Carl Pappalardo (left) and a sumo fan at the 2005 World Sumo Championships in Japan.

Ever since I was young I’ve been part of a team.  In elementary school my parents signed me up for the wrestling team, which broadened to football, wrestling and track as I got older.  Fundamental to these experiences, there was always a coach or leader giving us pep talks and encouraging our teamwork spirit.  Coaches would always say that the rest of the team was counting on each one of us.

As a football athlete, if I missed a block, the defender would immediately be in our running-back’s face.  In wrestling, if I lost my match, points would be awarded to my opponent’s team.

When my football and wrestling career extended to college, more seemed on the line.  In football even if I was on the sidelines I felt that encouraging my team-members was part of my responsibility.  As a varsity collegiate wrestler at 190 pounds, I remember one duel with a college from Nebraska when our opponent’s heavyweight was injured, giving us automatic points.  This made my match the last dual of the competition.  If I won, my team won, but if I lost, my team lost.  The entire team relied on me for victory or failure.  (Thank heavens I won).

Yet, with time my team’s purposes became more important, and the stake’s got even higher.  I joined the Marine Corps and was taught that in wartime or peacetime disobeying orders would cost lives, falling asleep at my post would cost lives, and NOT showing courage would cost lives.

Yet the stakes got even higher than that.  I married and had children, and the physical and spiritual nourishment of people I held the deepest love for was on the line.  The lives and salvation of my new and sacred “team” was up to my individual effort.

I didn’t think the stakes could get any higher until I began to be a patriot, and learned that God had a family too, and that He needs responsible team-members to preserve and nourish His children.  The new “team” I was choosing to be a part of extended to every living person on planet earth!  That’s a big team!

Yet if this new team of mine involved everyone on planet Earth, who then would we be competing against?

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  (Ephesians 6:12)

How will we win this competition we are having against pure darkness?  There is only one answer, through the power of light; through God.

The difference between politicians and patriots is this:  politicians rule God’s family and leave out God—patriots serve God’s family and involve God.

Intuitively, it’s baffling to me why we the created, all 6.5 billion of us, repeatedly attempt to find solutions to world problems through the wisdom of the created instead of the creator.  The created offers nothing, the creator offers everything!  Moreover, as mere clay in His hands, the created waits (or should wait) upon the creator to mold that person into anything of value.

After all:

Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it?… Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?…  (Isaiah 10:15, 29:16)

Politicians would have you believe America’s greatness is in and through their wisdom and understanding—their programs, their policies, and their unconstitutional mandates.  But each politician is a broken axe, or dull saw.  By and large, they know not the Lord, nor rejoice in His formula for prosperity.

As one small example, Jesus Christ’s Sermon on the Mount is completely ignored.  National debates are embarrassing evidences to this.  Yet these sacred words in scripture are what Thomas Jefferson marked in red and carried around with him.

In stark contrast, the Founding Fathers DID become useful to the Lord, and created what William Ewart Gladstone declared as “the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.”

I was talking with the chairman of another 3rd party this last week.  He mentioned, “Yea, we believe the same things as the IAP… our beliefs are just prioritized differently.  We put God as 4th on our list behind the economy, foreign policy, and fiscal responsibility.

Does putting God in back of anything make any sense?

The reason why the Independent American Party will succeed is because we put God first, and recognize Him as the Creator—the swinger of the axe, the shaker of the saw.

Anything less is foolishness.  Member of the Independent American Party are patriots, and as patriots we recognize that greatness isn’t in us, it’s through us.

As chairman of this Party I pray every day to gather the elect from within America’s ranks.  I want to affiliate with other godly patriotic individuals and groups.  To all such individuals, I call you brothers and sisters, and am honored to be a drop of water within the river of patriots that will save America.

God is our creator.  We are the created.  As we reverence Him, as we study His word, including the words revealed through other great patriots such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Ezra Taft Benson, we will begin to see ourselves as part of the “team” God is putting together to fight the forces of darkness.  These forces intend to take away your freedom, and enslave the very conscious of your children and grandchildren.

Politics finds wisdom in dead clay.  Patriotism finds wisdom in a living God.  For who can boast too much in the Lord?



Join the Discussion

  • RalphG

    Wow! Powerful article, Kelly!  Thanks!

  • Rvarga8

    Powerful writing Kelley. Three statements had special meaning for me:

    The difference between politicians and patriots is this:
    politicians rule God’s family and leave out God—patriots serve God’s family and involve God.

    The reason why the Independent American Party will succeed
    is because we put God first, and recognize Him as the Creator—the swinger of
    the axe, the shaker of the saw.

    Members of the Independent American Party are patriots, and
    as patriots we recognize that greatness isn’t in us, it’s through us.

    God bless

  • Joe

    We have greater and more powerful abilities that are still a little dormant.
    How do we fully awaken everything we need to win our nation back?