Today, we will conclude Catalina Lauf analysis of her opportunities as a candidate to the 14th congressional district Republican primary.
Help Voters Overcome Their Fears
Two individuals in particular have been making very public statements against Lauf here on McHenry County Blog. As I’ve said in previous articles, these are fears that are unjustified. And in one case, in my opinion, fears have bred hatred.
I must credit commenter “Correcting” who guided me to look at recent comments from Nevins and separate the valid concerns from the hateful accusations leveled at both Cal Skinner and me.
As pointed out in the October 24 article, Konkol did a report with follow up of Lauf and her campaign over a period of at least a month. It was the first thorough vetting of Lauf by any mainstream media outlet through the Pulitzer prize winning reporter.
Ms. Nevins, who was a Trump delegate in 2016 from the 14th district said the following in a comment in response to the article:
“How in the h@ll did that article ‘go a long way towards quelling fears?’
“In the article, Lauf ADMITS she would like to get a show on Fox News.
“In the article, Lauf’s mother’s sympathetic views and actions towards illegals are highlighted.
“Lauf mentions how she has been guided in life by her parents so the assumption could easily be that Lauf agrees [with] her mother in such issues.
“In the article, Lauf’s dearth of policy information from both her website and her interviews is described.
“In the article, Lauf’s status as essentially coming out of nowhere to run for high office is detailed.
“And from all of this, you deduce that we have nothing to fear?”Jennifer Nevins comment 10/24/19 ” IL-14: Key Takeaways from Mark Konkol’s Extended Interview with Catalina Lauf “
These bullets would best take respond to Nevins’ comments:
- Fox News job: the context I took from the potential Fox News gig was jovial and Lauf made it clear she is focused running for Congress
- Lauf’s mother’s views: Lauf is her own person, and while it was interesting to see what her mother said 2 years ago, Lauf has made her overall position on immigration clear.
- Dearth of policy information: Agreed, and that’s been pointed out about all of the Republican candidates including Lauf, but I must point out:
- Within a week after announcing her candidacy, in an interview by The Federalist, Lauf spoke out against H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, and chastised the expansion of the “boyfriend clause” restrictions on guns as an attack on the 2nd amendment and chastised the 33 Republican members who voted to support weakening the 2nd amendment
- On September 28, Lauf spoke out against the passage of H.R. 3525 the Underwood legislation that put illegal immigrants and asylum seekers ahead of veterans for medical care; Lauf specifically called out the rejection of the Motion to Recommit
- Coming out of nowhere to run for office: Isn’t that an example of living out the American dream, and Lauf’s candidacy is a product of it?
I must admit, I have followed the 14th congressional district campaign for months, and both candidates and campaigns know much of the activities is second nature to me and I can rattle off bill numbers and know what they are.
The average voter doesn’t.
So I would suggest the Lauf campaign should collect all of the summaries from all of the articles written about Lauf and place these articles in an easy to access repository on the campaign web site.
Searching McHenry County Blog is cludgy at best. Having this information encapsulated will help voters overcome their fears.
What Evangelical Christians Want to Know
Finally, I’m addressing what in my opinion is a make-or-break issue the Lauf campaign and Catalina Lauf herself must address:
- What is Catalina Lauf’s relationship with God?
- Does she have a relationship with God?
- Is she a Christian?
Lauf’s campaign is over two months old, yet I cannot answer those questions about her. I think I see Christian influence, but where is the candidate herself on this topic?
Her core message, her unapologetic love of our country, is solid.
But where is her love of God? We usually use the phrase “for God and country” with God properly in the first position.
The greatest commandment in Scripture is clear: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”
I am an evangelical Christian, and I am one of many who dominate Republican primaries and the general electorate.
President Trump’s most core supporters are people like me, and while I make no claim to represent anyone, I know what I am looking for in a candidate who wants to represent me in Washington.
God chooses the men and women He wants, in spite of their flaws including:
- President Trump to lead our nation
- Moses, a murderer, to lead His people out of Egypt
- Rahab, a prostitute, to help the spies and save her and her family when the walls of Jericho fell
- Jacob, a trickster, to be the father of the twelve tribes of Israel
- Mancow Muller, to remove a senior pastor from a Chicagoland megachurch who had lost his way and strayed from God
Most Christian candidates mention something about their faith in their campaign literature or website, like where the candidate attends church.
Neither Lauf’s campaign website or literature (at least the version I’ve seen) mention anything like this.
And nearly all of her competitors have already made themselves clear on this. Lauf has not.
Maybe, because Lauf has moved around and lived in different places in the past two years (Chicago, Woodstock, Washington, Woodstock), she does not have a home church, but attends church each week at different churches.
Then say so to be honest.
I rewatched her campaign’s “Heartland” introductory video for the first time in 2 months, and this is the only hint I see with God:
The off-to-the-side table cross I circled during this one scene of the video that’s blurred because it’s not the main focus of the scene is the only reference to God in the entire video.
Does that blurry out-of-focus cross represent where God, through the lordship of Christ, is in Lauf’s life?
Maybe Lauf is a believer but has bought into worldly lies like “it’s a personal and private matter” or “I don’t want to impose my will on anyone.”
Lies like that are not consistent with Scripture, but if she’s believed them, she needs to get right with God, and remember His Word including “perfect love casts out fear.”
All I know, and most evangelical Christians know, there are many ungodly laws that are being proposed or passed in Congress, including:
- LGBTQ+ Equality Act
- Abortion rights
- EACH Act
And we have enough people in Congress like Lauren Underwood, AOC and until recently Katie Hill, who sew unholy divisions in our country and support ungodly legislation.
During her campaign, Lauf has had the opportunities to advance God’s kingdom. Take the Mancow Muller interview and the Mark Konkol article.
Muller asked Lauf point-blank what she is looking for in a man.
She gave a worldly response.
What would have happened if she made this response:
I’m looking for a man who will love me as Christ loved the church.
Who, under the lordship of Christ, will lead our home.
And through God’s guidance I will be the Proverbs 31 wife to my future husband.
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised” Proverbs 31:30 (NIV)
That is an example of honoring God and that would have had positive impacts for His kingdom to hear Lauf say something like that, provided that is what she really believes.
And as pointed out earlier, the man doing the interview was used by God to root out the founding senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel who had strayed and brought about his termination by the church’s elders earlier this year.
And on that same show with Lauf in the studio, Muller was clear that he tithed. If Mancow Muller can bring up his faith and his loving obedience to God with tithing, Lauf can discuss her faith when appropriate during her campaign.
We evangelical Christians will be watching.