How to Fight a Political Opponent

Some 9C Guidelines

Do the Ten Commandments have any applications to political campaigns? Yes, let's just mention the Ninth Commandment for now.

There are many great references from every branch of Christianity that are helpful toward the application of the Ninth Commandment.  My favorite at the moment is the Westminster Standards due to the quick reference to the scripture for each phrase in the summary. It acts like an index to the case law applications from both Old and New Testaments. 

So, here are the Ninth Commandant tips on conducting political campaigns and legislative battles. They apply to both campaigns and to civil servants that get elected.  Of course, they also apply to everyone else too!

What would happen if these, or similar, were taught in the public schools "across the curriculum" as a part of the morals required by the ND Constitution?  This is exactly what was taught in American schools for at least 100 years!

Q143: Which is the ninth commandment?

A143: The ninth commandment is, Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. [1]

1. Exod. 20:16

Q144: What are the duties required in the ninth commandment?

A144: The duties required in the ninth commandment are, the preserving and promoting of truth between man and man,[1] and the good name of our neighbor, as well as our own;[12] appearing and standing for the truth;[3] and from the heart,[4] sincerely,[5] freely,[6] clearly,[7] and fully,[8] speaking the truth, and only the truth, in matters of judgment and justice,[9] and in all other things whatsoever;[10] a charitable esteem of our neighbors;[11] loving, desiring, and rejoicing in their good name;[12] sorrowing for,[13] and covering of their infirmities;[14] freely acknowledging of their gifts and graces,[15] defending their innocency; [16] a ready receiving of a good report,[17] and unwillingness to admit of an evil report,[18] concerning them; discouraging talebearers,[19] flatterers,[20] and slanderers;[21] love and care of our own good name, and defending it when need requireth; [22] keeping of lawful promises;[23] studying and practicing of whatsoever things are true, honest, lovely, and of good report.[24]

1. Zech. 8:16

2. III John 1:12

3. Prov. 31:8-9

4. Psa. 15:2

5. II Chr. 19:9

6. I Sam. 19:4-5

7. Josh. 7:19

8. II Sam. 14:18-20

9. Lev. 19:15Prov. 14:525

10. II Cor. 1:17-18Eph. 4:25

11. Heb. 6:9I Cor. 13:7

12. Rom. 1:8II John 1:4III John 1:3-4

13. II Cor. 2:412:21

14. Prov. 17:9I Peter 4:8

15. I Cor. 1:4-57II Tim. 1:4-5

16. I Sam. 22:14

17. I Cor. 13:6-7

18. Psa. 15:3

19. Prov. 25:23

20. Prov. 26:24-25

21. Psa. 101:5

22. Prov. 22:1John 8:49

23. Psa. 15:4

24. Phil. 4:8

Q145: What are the sins forbidden in the ninth commandment?

A145: The sins forbidden in the ninth commandment are, all prejudicing the truth, and the good name of our neighbors, as well as our own,[1] especially in public judicature;[2] giving false evidence,[3] suborning false witnesses,[4] wittingly appearing and pleading for an evil cause, outfacing and overbearing the truth;[5] passing unjust sentence,[6] calling evil good, and good evil; rewarding the wicked according to the work of the righteous, and the righteous according to the work of the wicked;[7] forgery,[8] concealing the truth, undue silence in a just cause,[9] and holding our peace when iniquity calleth for either a reproof from ourselves,[10] or complaint to others;[11] speaking the truth unseasonably,[12] or maliciously to a wrong end,[13] or perverting it to a wrong meaning,[14] or in doubtful and equivocal expressions, to the prejudice of truth or justice;[15] speaking untruth,[16] lying,[17] slandering,[18] backbiting,[19] detracting,[20] tale bearing,[21] whispering,[22] scoffing,[23] reviling,[24] rash,[25] harsh,[26] and partial censuring;[27] misconstructing intentions, words, and actions;[28] flattering,[29] vainglorious boasting,[30] thinking or speaking too highly or too meanly of ourselves or others;[31] denying the gifts and graces of God;[32] aggravating smaller faults;[33] hiding, excusing, or extenuating of sins, when called to a free confession;[34] unnecessary discovering of infirmities;[35] raising false rumors,[36] receiving and countenancing evil reports,[37] and stopping our ears against just defense;[38] evil suspicion;[39] envying or grieving at the deserved credit of any,[40] endeavoring or desiring to impair it,[41] rejoicing in their disgrace and infamy;[42] scornful contempt,[43] fond admiration;[44] breach of lawful promises;[45] neglecting such things as are of good report,[46] and practicing, or not avoiding ourselves, or not hindering: What we can in others, such things as procure an ill name.[47]

1. I Sam. 17:28II Sam. 1:9-1015-1616:3

2. Lev. 19:15Hab. 1:4

3. Prov. 6:161919:5

4. Acts 6:13

5. Jer. 9:35Acts 24:25Psa. 3:1-412:3-4

6. Prov. 17:15I Kings 21:9-14

7. Isa. 5:23

8. Psa. 119:69Luke 16:5-719:8

9. Lev. 5:1Acts 5:38-9II Tim. 4:6

10. I Kings 1:6Lev. 19:17

11. Isa. 59:4

12. Prov. 29:11

13. I Sam. 22:9-10Psa. 52:1

14. Psa. 56:5John 2:19Matt. 26:60-61

15. Gen. 3:526:79

16. Isa. 59:13

17. Lev. 19:11Col. 3:9

18. Psa. 50:20

19. Psa. 15:3

20. James 4:11Jer. 38:4

21. Lev. 19:16

22. Rom. 1:29-30

23. Gen. 21:9Gal. 4:29

24. I Cor. 6:10

25. Matt. 7:1

26. Acts 28:4

27. Gen. 38:24Rom. 2:1

28. Neh. 6:6-8Rom. 3:8Psa. 69:10I Sam. 1:13-15II Sam. 10:3

29. Psa. 12:2-3

30. II Tim. 3:2

31. Luke 18:911Rom. 12:16I Cor. 4:6Acts 12:22Exod. 4:10-14

32. Job 4:627:5-6

33. Matt. 7:3-5

34. Prov. 28:1330:20Gen. 3:12-134:9Jer. 2:35II Kings 5:25

35. Gen. 9:22Prov. 25:9-10

36. Exod. 23:1

37. Prov. 29:12

38. Acts 7:56-57Job 31:13-14

39. I Cor. 13:5I Tim. 6:4

40. Num. 11:29Matt. 21:15

41. Ezra 4:12-13

42. Jer. 48:27

43. Psa. 35:15-1621Matt. 27:28-29

44. Jude 1:16Acts 12:22

45. Rom. 1:31II Tim. 3:3

46. I Sam. 2:24

47. II Sam. 13:12-13Prov. 5:8-96:33

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How to Fight a Political Opponent
James Bartlett May 25, 2024
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