My wife says my obsession with Election 2008 is revolting.
I hope so.
It's only the most important election for the empire since, uh, revolutionary days.
Pulpiteers and pewsitters who suggest politics are not the Church's province have spent so much time in the church that they can't tell the difference anymore.
Parenthetically, the trick - Who's the clever trickster? - in the mainline church is to say nothing about anything eloquently for the sake of job security at the expense of eternal security.
While I know mainline clergy must have already memorized Holy Scripture because they're rarely seen carrying Him around, only the Biblically illiterate say stupid things intimated in the first sentence of this section. God's people have always been the conscience of the state with Jesus as the model and the Bible as the manual.
I've never endorsed a candidate for any office; though somebody in Pennsylvania once listed my name on his propaganda as such.
Some people got mad at me for doing what I hadn't done.
Same old same old...
Except for my favorite mayor, I'll probably never do that; but anyone who loves God as revealed in Jesus and the Bible has a responsibility to tell candidates and incumbents to measure up.
Apostle Don Lyon, a braveheart who understands the call to advance the Kingdom even if it inhibits personal kingdom-building, likes to talk about casting a "righteous" vote. He says, 'I don't tell people who to vote for; but I tell them how to vote: righteously.
Simply, when a Christian votes, she or he casts support for the candidate most likely to honor the Lord as revealed in Jesus and Holy Scripture.
Then we pray.
Yeah, I know we pray before, during,...
Considering the preceding, Election 2008 can be really, uh, revolting.
Manny, Moe, or Jack?
Moe, Larry, or Curly?
Trinities of the Apocalypse?
Help us, Jesus!
Of course, we've got to vote for somebody.
What's the mantra of situation ethics?
The lesser of...?
But isn't the lesser still...?
50 Cent (sic) and Jane Fonda have thrown their support to BHO.
That should help...HRC and JM.
Let's see now.
One of the candidates is a Yankees fan from Chicago, New York Senator from Arkansas, Marine wannabe, totally aware of what's going down in global affairs except, uh, for what's going, uh, on down the hall with the intern, a big fan of MJ and the Stones who are great role models for our next President, just like Rocky which means we can throw out "Hail to the Chief" for, uh, her theme song, expert on ducking sniper fire, and expert on, uh, glory, alleluia, everything.
I just don't understand the context, nuance, and misspokenness of it all.
Yeah, it's revolting.
If you're still reading, it's all a metaphor; and some have already figured that out.
You want revolting.
Two sister mainline franchises in an increasingly uncivil war - PCUSA and EPC - keep accusing each other of sheep-and-property stealing and other nasty things.
And to prove their corporate righteousness for their jingoistic lemmings, they're going to secular courts to work out their differences.
Great witness fellahs!
I'll bet folks are just lining up at your doors to get in.
Yeah, in a world of such chaos, I want to come to your churches for some more.
Did you hear that?
Not so distant thunder.
It's kinda like the marriage of Hosea and Gomer.
Hosea (God) and Gomer (people) have this marriage.
Hosea wants Gomer to stop whoring around.
Everything goes to...
But things can get better if...
And that's why God's people are involved in...
Hans Kung said the agenda for contemporary Christianity is to discover what was originally meant before it was covered with the dust and debris of two thousand years of ecclesiastical history.
If you'd like to learn more about more and more and more of God's people who are trying to figure that out for today, get a copy of George Barna's Revolution.
Or, better yet, you can just read the Bible.
Blessings and Love!