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September 4, 2008

Surprised?

Sixty-six percent of white evangelicals are now backing McCain, up from 57 percent this weekend, according to a new CBS poll.

Cross-posted from Spiritual Politics.

Comments

Yes, evidently for most Christians it is of no consequence that McCain divorced his wife and only one month after married the present lady, my I ask? Was this lady not his mistress for some good adulterous time? What example is that of his for the young folks anyway, while wanting to lead this nation? How about, "until death do us part? And why is it that Cindy McCain's half sister and her family will not vote for McCain, may I also ask? Besides, will anybody outhere prove that America is not now full speed ahead, on the road called: IMPERIALISM? The Founding Fathers are shacking in their graves.

H D Schmidt,

I like how you post.....just like a list of talking points and a political hack with no biblical basis whatsoever! You seem to toss "IMPERIALISM' around like it is candy that we are gonna chew on and swallow! You are pathetic. I suppose EVERYONE in your family would support you? I don't believe that for a second!

And I am sure they "are shacking in their graves" too! Looking at the freedoms that are taken away and the increase in gov't.

The word Poverty is not even mentioned on John McCains issues page....

http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/Issues/

2000+ verses in scripture confront us on poverty and yet McCain gets the evangelical vote, without even mentioning the word.... RACA!

I'm saddened and very ashamed of my fellow evangelicals. Watching CNN the other night during a profile of how evangilicals in the US view Sarah Palin and her "baraccuda/attack dog" attitude in her convention speech almost made me cry. Every person there admitted to feeling "gleeful" and not appalled at her smug and jeering tone, sneering at Senator Obama's post-college community organizing work, for example.

Who ARE we, anymore? Does this kind of self-serving attitude on our parts really honor our commitment to Christ's love for ALL made in the image of the Holy Father? Do we care only for our own pocketbooks and wallow in our victim menatality so much that we actually rally around outright manipulative, un-Christian Hate Speech?

Having strong beliefs and values is a good thing, but not when we lose sight of what Christ wants us to be and accept and even glorify the unacceptable.

To H.D.Schmidt:

To Christians it is of consequence that McCain divorced his first wife and neither you nor I know the circumstances yet you have read into it what you think in a very pious and judgemental way. I do believe McCain has learned some very hard lessons and it has humbled him. If you have ever read the Bible you will note that great leaders like Abraham, Jacob, Moses and King David are deeply blemished characters but not a bit less impressive. God loved them and their flaws moved them toward God and he forgave them and used them mightily! David really blew it and not only committed adultery but had the husband killed. Repentance and forgiveness from a God of love is fantastic - beyond understanding but still very real and the only antidote for peace for us sinners. Give the man a chance!

I have posted on several forums in Christianity Today that the McCain campaign maked no mention of a plan to address Poverty on their website. Matter of fact the word "poverty" is not even on their issues page at all. With 2000+ verses in scriptures confronting us with the call to take care of the needy without condition I find it appalling that McCain/Palin are winning the evangelical vote.

So far not a single McCain supporter has responded to this?

I am not one for brimstone but Jesus says in Matthew 25:41-46

41"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'

44"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'

45"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

46"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

I appreciated your comments, Leah (in case you come back and see this)! It IS very hard to reconcile the values Palin apparently espouses, with many Evangelicals, and the harsh rhetoric and TONE of derision. Some might think that properly "prophetic," but it's hard to see what was unrighteous, or even lacking "responsibility" in Obama's community work. It sure seems to me right in line with Jesus' Kingdom values. I understand the difference in accountability that an elected official has, but the "responsibilities" he voluntarily took on are just as profound as those of a mayor of a small town, or even a governor.

And in addition, he's had about 12 years of accountability as an elected official, in state and national legislatures--his focus has always been the law-making side, which many of our presidents have come from. If he had NO executive perspectives or skills, that would be a problem, but his great job managing a massive campaign and out-organizing the "party machinery" of Hillary, who had massive resourse advantages at the beginning, was no small feat. That success was quite like creating/running a large company (CEO--executive experience).