So, I just saw an Associated Press article that really encouraged me. I have always considered myself to be a member of the “Religious Right” or the “Conservative Evangelicals” or whatever you want to label that group of people like James Dobson (president of Focus on the Family).
But then came Mitt Romney, and a lot of Christians said they wouldn’t vote for a Mormon, and I said that if Romney lost because the RR wouldn’t vote for him, I would disassociated myself from them. Well, Romney lost because the media fell in love with John Sydney McCain III. But, the RR didn’t exactly put up a fight for McCain’s love, in fact, RR leaders such as Dobson have said that they may not vote for McCain. I did a post a couple months ago about why pro-lifers should vote for McCain, so I won’t go into details about why I think conservative evangelicals should vote for him. If you want to read more, see the link above.
I’ll highlight some points from the AP article:
90 RR leaders (Phyllis Schlafly, head of the Eagle Forum; Tim LaHaye, co-author of the Left Behind series; Beverly LaHaye [Tim’s wife], founder of Concerned Women for America; David Barton, founder of WallBuilders; Rick Scarborough, from Vision America; and Don Hodel, a former interior secretary and the former president of Focus on the Family; Dr. Dobson was not there – he was at a book signing in California) met in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday night, at a meeting hosted by Mathew Staver, head of Florida’s Liberty Counsel legal advocacy group.
Staver told reporters, “Our shared core values compel us to unite and choose the presidential candidate that best advances those values. That obvious choice is Sen. John McCain. I think people left the meeting in unity the likes of which have not been evident through the primaries. Obama is a considerable threat to our values. At the same time, Senator McCain recently has been reaching out to evangelicals and conservative voters that we represent.”
The leaders signed a letter to McCain that asked McCain to pick Mike Huckabee as his VP candidate. Staver, one of the signers, had endorsed Huckabee earlier in the year.
Phil Burress, the leader of an Ohio group that was involved in an anti-gay marriage ban in 2004 described the letter as more of a “suggestion, not a demand. This is a man you don’t threaten. His principles are his principles. The last thing you want to do is try to force him to do something he doesn’t want to do because he’d probably do the opposite.” I think that Burress is overreacting, but McCain does have somewhat of a firey personality, and a list of demands probably wouldn’t come across too well.
Burress went on to say that choosing Huckabee is not the main goal, but that McCain should choose a “pro-life and pro-family” candidate, whether that is Huckabee or not. He then went on to say that some RR leaders don’t like Huckabee, because of his populist stances (social conservativism mixed with economic liberalism). And that’s one reason that I disliked Huckabee. Christians often use a populist message claiming that “Jesus wanted us to help the poor, so let’s have the government help the poor with welfare.” Well, Jesus wanted US to help the poor, but the “us” wasn’t the government, but the church. The reason that Christians turn to the government to help the poor is because the church has failed in its duty to the poor and elderly. If the church did it’s job, we wouldn’t need Medicare and Medicaid. And who do I mean when I say “the church”? I mean every Christian, including myself. We should at least be giving a tenth of our income, and that would provide a huge resource to churches all over. A lot of people give to the church, but it’s often just a bare minimum. OK, back on topic…
Burress told reporters, “People are not saying, ‘Let’s all go out and support John McCain.’ It’s more like, ‘We have to do what we have to do for our country.’ Basically, that boiled down to John McCain. The only evangelicals that will support Obama are the ones who haven’t read their Bible. The more and more we learn about Obama, the closer and closer we get to McCain. We have agreed that we’ll be working hard the next few months.”
“The only evangelicals that will support Obama are the ones who haven’t read their Bible” – THAT’S AN AWESOME QUOTE! I’ve never heard of that guy, but I like him! I will say that that shouldn’t be taken to mean that anybody who votes for Obama isn’t a Christian, but anybody who can support somebody who CLEARLY violates basic Biblical principles (anybody who isn’t pro-life) has some issues with their Christianity (not that mine, or anybody’s spiritual life is anywhere NEAR perfect).
I would like to see McCain stop supporting embryonic stem cell research, but I’d be willing to take the lesser of 2 evils on this one, and I’d like to see Dr. Dobson support McCain.
I’m glad to see the Religious Right coming around and trying to do the right thing here.
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