I am amazed that Christian people get involved in spreading lies about a candidate they disagree with -- and even convince themselves that it is their Christian duty! Some of the emails I have received about Barack Obama are things the National Enquirer would not even print. It's fine if you want to disagree with one's political views. It is a SIN to spread gossip and slander.
But last night I was watching some of the Democratic convention, and I became equally disgusted with what I heard. Many of the Democratic party have decided to paint John McCain as someone who cannot relate to the average American because he has seven houses. They are beating this to pieces.
As I was watching this, I was thinking: Every one of you are millionaires. You have, for the most part, become millionaires through family money or by taking PAC contributions. I don't know of a national politician who does not leave office as less than a millionaire. And you are going to point the finger at John McCain? He is known to be less accepting of PAC money than most any politician. He is rich, yes. His wife inherited multi-millions of dollars. Why he has seven houses, I don't know. But I doubt those pointing the fingers live in the projects and drive 12 year old cars. Bill and Hillary Clinton have become extremely wealthy. How? By being "public servants." (How ironic is that statement?) It is the height of hypocrisy.
Here are some more words from Countdown to Sunday, in a chapter on preaching during an election season:
Preaching should help us place our hope in Jesus Christ amid all the vain promises and endless words of campaign ads and convention hoopla . . . the best way to be involved, the best way to serve America (or any nation) is by being the church. Disciples first. Americans and Democrats and Republicans and whatever else, a distant second.
It is terribly easy for preachers to unwittingly allow the Word of God to be domesticated and nationalized . . . it's a sin against Jesus Christ and his church; it puts the church in danger, and if the church is in danger, then so is the nation. For what the nation most needs is the church, God's new nation among the nations, herald of hope for the world.