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September 13, 2008

Q & A: Bishop Harry Jackson

Bishop Harry Jackson, pastor of a large, charismatic congregation in Maryland, is one of the leading voices in black religious conservatives. He spoke to me about how the McCain campaign can rally Christian conservatives to vote on November 4.

"I think the election so far has been like being on a roller coaster at a strange amusement park for the first time. You know you're going to have ups and downs but you don't know where the turns are. I was very concerned the McCain campaign was dead on arrival, meaning we stand for some good things but we might see him not incurring excitement in terms of winning. I was very concerned about his commitment to the pro-life community. He has a great record in terms of being anti-abortion, but his position on stem cell research is questionable. I don't think it's as major as abortion is but I do think it shows a little bit of inconstancy."

What do you think will get people mobilized enough to get out and vote?
If they can rally the base of the faith community who work through the largest potential grass-roots organization in the world, the church, he could really see the number of workers on the ground floor multiply amazingly.

If I were advising them ? and they didn't ask for it but I'll give it to them ? first of all I would say they need to make a huge media blitz of Sarah Palin going to all the radio and television networks and having her just interview. Tell her advice, offer anecdotes about her life.

But is Palin enough? She's not the one running for president. Are conservatives convinced she'll make a difference to the ticket in the future?

People who are Dr. Dobson's age these are the "I'm not voting" type. She becomes an important emissary to our community that can cross generational lines, the gender gap, and basically say to them we're all right, we're going to do right for you.

Comments

The so-called Christians in America reminds me of what Jesus said: Not every one who says to me, "Lord, Lord," shall enter the kingdom of heaven.
I am originally from Africa and I am proud of the born-again evangelical Christianity we have over there. It is a shame that the real Christianity is almost dead in America and the rest of western world, and to say that the Church in America needs a revival is an understatement. Real Christian testimonies are dying in America. Let your light shine amongst men..... What “light” is shining from the so-called American conservative Christians? Bigotry, hatred, hypocrisy, sins!
The ministry God gave true believers is a life that reflects God. A life that draws unbelievers to God, but since I arrived in this country, I have seen the faith of our fathers (Abraham, Peter, Paul etc) replaced by the love of money and hypocrisy. Where is your love? Where is sincere evangelism? Where is the spirit discernment? Where is holiness? Where is truthfulness? Where is TRUE WORSHIP? The present political climate has really shown that all is not well with Christianity in America. Where are the prophets that should be sounding the alarm bell?
American Christians have allowed conservative republican hypocrites that are no better than the Pharisees and Sadducees to hide behind pro-life and anti-homosexuality issues to deceive them. While I believe that abortion and homosexuality are not Godly, I also believe that racism, hatred, hypocrisy, drunkenness, adultery, fornication, lying, war mongering are also NOT of God. My Bible did not tell me that except a man is a conservative, he shall not enter the kingdom of God. The Bible says a man must be BORN-AGAIN. The last time I checked the fruits of the Spirit, I found out that the most vocal trumpeters of conservative values in America are not different from the worst democrat liberals in the eyes of God!
I AM A BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIAN; SARAH PALIN DOES NOT REPRESENT ME. JOHN MCCAIN DOES NOT SHARE MY CHRISTIAN VALUES AND TESTIMONIES. I KNOW ENOUGH TO SEPARATE THE WHEAT FROM THE CHAFF, AND WHEN IT COMES TO THIS ELECTION I WILL CHOOSE WHO IS MORE HONEST, AND WHO WILL BRING THE CHANGE THAT WILL NEED TO TURN THE COUNTRY AROUND FROM 8 YEARS OF GLOOM.

Tomorrow is Sunday and people will go to Church in drones. The question is: How many Church-goers are going to Heaven? WAKE UP FROM YOUR SLUMBER AMERICAN CHRISTIANS!!

God bless you sir
and pray for me

JUST WONDERING: IS BISHOP JACKSON A DEMOCRAT, A REPUBLICAN OR AN INDEPENDENT?
IN HIS NEWEST BOOK, Personal Faith, Public Policy, THE NOTES SAY THE BOOK IS WRITTEN BY A DEMOCRAT AND A REPUBLICAN.
SO. WHICH IS WHICH?

Jackson is a registered Democrat and Tony Perkins is the Republican

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