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September 3, 2008

Steve Strang's Charisma Endorses McCain

"Obama's presidency would be a disaster in many ways," Charisma magazine's Steve Strang writes in an endorsement editorial published today. "McCain's would move our country in the right direction."

It's not really a big surprise, since Strang already told his readers, "I am opposed to the leftist political stands of the Democratic Party and of Obama specifically." He told them he "didn't really want to attend" June's meeting between Obama and several Christian leaders. "But I was curious what the junior Senator from Illinois would say to Christian leaders when it's well known that he supports abortion and the gay rights agenda. In addition, he has ties to Islam as a child through both his father and stepfather."

That message continued, and it's clear that meeting Obama personally didn't change his mind. In today's editorial, Strang said he can't support the Illinois senator.

"One reason is his lack of experience. He does not have one major accomplishment to his name in his life as a public servant. Another reason is his view on the sanctity of life. ... The third reason we cannot support Obama is his sympathy toward those who are attempting to legitimize homosexuality."

But there's a difference between opposing Obama and supporting McCain, and Strang had earlier made clear that McCain was not his first choice. (Mike Huckabee was.) "The fact he divorced the wife who stuck by him and raised his children while he was in a prisoner of war camp to marry a much younger woman, doesn't sit well with those of us who believe marriage is for life," Strang said.

Strang's positive remarks on McCain started with lauding McCain's views on limited government, then continued, "When asked [at the Saddleback Civil Forum] about evil, Obama mentioned Darfur and child abuse - both standard liberal answers. But McCain didn't hedge about evil in the world. He said he'd stop at nothing to get Osama bin Laden."

Help me out here, comment box user types. Are Darfur and child abuse really just liberal issues? And wouldn't you expect an orthodox charismatic Christian like Strang to have a view of evil that didn't quite localize it all in one guy?

Anyway, what struck me most about Strang's endorsement of McCain, though, was how highly Strang ranked "McCain would allow offshore drilling to solve the dependence on Middle Eastern oil. Obama would oppose it." He lists this even before noting that McCain and Obama "would each support very different candidates for the Supreme Court." The Family Research Council just sent out an Action Alert on the issue, too. I understand people are concerned about energy, but I'm surprised that it's becoming such a talking point for religious conservatives.

Strang, whose son Cameron had been scheduled to give the first night's benediction at the Democratic National Convention (but withdrew), calls Sarah Palin "an extra reason to vote for John McCain." But Strang says he wants a chance to interview her personally and to research her background" before he says much more about her.

Comments

What a relief that yet another Christian spokesman has NOT gone around the bend regarding the abortion issue.
It is unfathomable to me that there are Christian leaders out there today who have figured out ways to justify something as heinous as abortion which has to be the most atrocious abomination to the heart of God than anything else in modern times. To condone abortion and, even, certain extreme abortion procedures like partial birth abortion smacks of sheer deception....of God's very elect.
The condoning of abortion by Christians leaves me speechless.
So this is how the Church now beckons the little ones.

You've got to be kidding me. Darfur and child abuse are "standard liberal answers" to the question of evil in the world? Yeah, I know as a moderate conservative that abuse and rape and murder aren't a concern to me. Why? Because those aren't my problems. Give me a break

As Christians, we should be pained by suffering in the world and, in spreading the gospel of Christ, strive to right these wrongs. Is genocide in Darfur evil, is child abuse awful? Is the pope Catholic?

Just because these aren't national security issues -- because they're not filled with red meat -- doesn't mean they aren't be bipartisan concerns.

With regard to some of Strang's claims.

Obama's father grew up in a Muslim home but became an atheist before moving to the U.S. He left his son at the age of 2 and only saw him once more before passing away.
It's been reported that he attended a madrassa ("radical Islamic school") in Indonesia, but these claims have been refuted and discredited by CNN and other news organizations. He attended a public school which is legally restricted from teaching what a madrassa would.

Obama's stepfather was from Indonesia, where Muslims are the majority. If you want to think of a parallel, Catholics in Spain might be a good example. He was "Muslim" but not a devout follower.

Obama's been a Christian for over 20 years. I would say he is more closely related to Christianity than Islam. I resent that "ties to Islam as a child" is used to infer some sort of strong influence of Islam on Obama. Also, some of my closest friends are Buddhists or come from Buddhist families. I guess I have "ties to Buddhism."

Oops. What I meant about Catholics from Spain was that the great majority of Spain identifies as Catholic, but there are regular mass-attending, devout Catholics and there are Catholics who come from Catholic families but do not necessarily adhere to the sacraments or beliefs, seeing Catholicism as an important cultural identification as well as a religious one. Did not mean that Catholics in Spain weren't true Catholics or any nonsense like that.

Also...I have never affiliated myself exclusively with any political party, neither am I a die-hard Obama supporter. However, I do like to discover some truth when deciding who I will vote for. I agree that Obama's political experience is lacking, and the length of time he's spent in office pales in comparison to McCain and Biden's tenures. However, he has sponsored or co-sponsored 570 bills during his few years in the U.S. Senate (not including Illinois Senate), 15 of which became law, and introduced 50 amendments.

Significant passed legislation include an ethics bill seeking greater transparency in government and once regarding weapons proliferation.

Again, not a lot compared to the senior Senators...but not lacking in "one major accomplishment to his name in his life as a public servant." But I know, saying "he's only worked on 15 bills that became law and only 2 major ones" does not have the same ring to it as the convenient soundbyte, "he has no experience."

Steve Strang, people like you scare me. you use religion to sway the uninformed and the illiterate (I am shocked at the number of such people considering that we are supposed to be the most developed nation on this planet) and I am pretty certain this also greatly promotes your economic interest. Don't practise this holier than thou attitude.....how many more examples do you need of conservatives messing up their personal lives and leading double lives. Remember faith is important but when the heart is pure you do not need to engage in the kind of drama people like you indulge in. I believe people like you over use religion to your self fish end. Other wise no body would care about people like you. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. No wonder the country is getting more and more polarized.

I AM A CHRISTIAN AND I AM APPAULED BY WHAT I HEARD YOU AND YOUR GROUP ARE PAINTING OBAMA AS. YOU SHOULD OPEN YOUR BIBLE AND READ
HOW JESUS TAUGHT US THAT WE ARE ALL HIS CHILDREN. THE DEFINITION OF CHRISTIAN IS TO BE "CHRIST LIKE" JESUS DID NOT PASS JUDGEMENT
ON ANYONE. TO WRITE TOTAL LIES ABOUT SOMEONE, AND TO SCARE PEOPLE
INTO NOT VOTING FOR THEM IS NOT CHRIST LIKE. GHANDI WAS ASKED WHY
HE STUDIED THE SCRIPTURE OF JESUS, WHY DIDNT HE BECOME A CHRISTIAN.
HIS RESPONSE WAS "I NEVER MET A TRUE CHRISTIAN". ITS PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT HE WAS REFERRING TO. JUST KEEP TELLING YOUR LIES AND SCARING PEOPLE, YOU WILL HAVE TO MEET YOUR MAKER ONE DAY.

I AM A CHRISTIAN AND I AM APPAULED BY WHAT I HEARD YOU AND YOUR GROUP ARE PAINTING OBAMA AS. YOU SHOULD OPEN YOUR BIBLE AND READ
HOW JESUS TAUGHT US THAT WE ARE ALL HIS CHILDREN. THE DEFINITION OF CHRISTIAN IS TO BE "CHRIST LIKE" JESUS DID NOT PASS JUDGEMENT
ON ANYONE. TO WRITE TOTAL LIES ABOUT SOMEONE, AND TO SCARE PEOPLE
INTO NOT VOTING FOR THEM IS NOT CHRIST LIKE. GHANDI WAS ASKED WHY
HE STUDIED THE SCRIPTURE OF JESUS, WHY DIDNT HE BECOME A CHRISTIAN.
HIS RESPONSE WAS "I NEVER MET A TRUE CHRISTIAN". ITS PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT HE WAS REFERRING TO. JUST KEEP TELLING YOUR LIES AND SCARING PEOPLE, YOU WILL HAVE TO MEET YOUR MAKER ONE DAY.

I have lived for 60 years and never seen abortion stop, wether is legal or illegal.We have this problems in the world because christian preachers have failed to teach as Christ did.
They are political, judgemental and have a corrosive influence on people. A teacher, preacher is here to speak God's word and live by not to get involved in politics.
Keep the state and religion seperate or we will have another George Bush who will cause the deaths of living people let alone the unborn.Warmongering preachers are not needed in this world.
Let God judge each person who has an abortion and stay away from my privacy rights and the constitution.