Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Preaching Politics

If anyone out there is actually reading my blog, you may notice that I have not written in a few days. After doing this for several years, my well is running dry. So I have decided that for this year, I am simply going to write when I have something to write about.

Today my mind is on politics. Without tipping my hand as to who I am for in the presidential race (I'm not even sure yet), I want to make two observations:
1. I don't know if an endorsement is a blessing or a curse. For instance, Barbara Streisand has endorsed Hillary Clinton. Does that help Clinton or hurt her? Streisand is not far from being openly communistic in her politics. And her "I'm above the common people" attitude is such a turnoff. And did Chuck Norris help Mike Huckabee at all?

Then there is the announcement yesterday that Ted Kennedy is endorsing Barack Obama. Obama has been running on the platform of change. Yet, Ted Kennedy defines "politics as usual." He has been a notorious partisan divider through the years. Is he the guy you want endorsing you? On the other hand, having Oprah's endorsement may mean a shoe-in. It seems that all she has to do is speak, and America falls ga-ga at her feet.

2. I appeal to all my readers who are Christians: Let's practice Christlikeness in this election process. I have gotten a number of emails that propagate rumors about the candidates. One suggests that Hillary Clinton is a lesbian. There is nothing to substantiate this claim. Though I am not tipping my hand as to who I am for, I will say that I am not voting for Hillary. In fact, Streisand's endorsement confirms that she is NOT the candidate for me. But I also refuse to be a part of spreading gossip about her.

Perhaps more disturbing are the emails that attempt to assassinate the character of Barack Obama. They claim that he is a Muslim who wants to take over the US and make it an Islamic state. They further suggest that he is anti-American and will not salute the flag. And get this: If he wins, he will take the oath of office on the Koran.

Please, when you get such emails -- take a minute to check them out on www.snopes.com. Obama is not a Muslim. This is fear-mongering at its worst. And the whole story of taking the oath of office on the Koran is made up. There is an elected official who took the oath with his hand on the Koran, and that story grew into a legend about Obama.

I am pleading with you: DO NOT BE LIKE THEM! (the words of Jesus from Matthew 6: 8) We are Christ-followers. Scripture warns over and over again about the sin of gossip and rumor-mongering. That is the way the world that is subject to Satan behaves. If we do not know for a fact the way a candidate believes on an issue-- then let's not take part in spreading lies. Character assassination is SO ungodly.


Josh Ross said...

How about that "State of DIVISION Address" last evening? I can't stand how the republicans are on one side and the democrats are on the other. One side stands, the other sits. How about some unity?

Jeff said...

Politics have their place but you taking a few days off from blogging is unacceptable. :)

I'm guessing you are casting a write-in vote for either Ross Perot or Denzel Washington.

I get emails everyday that condemns the Mexicans, the Democrats or someone (since most of my friends are Republicans, I don't see much bad email about that group). What if every email was about having compassion for people who have nothing or praying for understanding between ourselves and those we may disagree with?

Most chain emails hit my delete folder pretty quickly. Now I need to add a prayer for those the emails reference.

Mark and Melissa Taylor said...

I'm just glad we aren't getting hit with commercials yet. I hate that time just before the election when you can't watch tv without being reminded how "bad" each candidate is. I agree with you on Clinton - not for me. Is it November yet...no, only January. We still have several more months of this junk.