Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My good friend Todd forwarded an email to me this morning that I would like to share. Think about it as you read it. Peace!

-Okay, let me preface this e-mail with this.......for a long time I just jumped into the "politically conservative" camp of Christianity.......well, because that's what I thought I was supposed to do......if someone said, "they're pro-this or anti-this" and it fit with what we, as "good bible believing Christians" believed then I was like, "sign me up."

didn't ask too many questions........somewhere along the way, I started asking questions and realized that it's not always as clear as some folks want to make it......the issues get blurry....this bill or that bill that may seem like a "conservative" or "liberal" bill a lot of times have other issues attached to them that make decision making far from easy........and regarding the men and women themselves running for office.....if I am a sinner that has made many mistakes in my life.......then what's going to make them any different (meaning we're all human), but for heaven's sake, let's not let the media, or church people who happen to have the media spotlight, or anybody else (left-wing nut or right wing nut) spin one group over another to make them the messianic answer to our country's problems.

for me, it has come down to the fact that on many issues I have much more in common with the more "democratic" side of the fence, save a couple of issues that in my conscience I disagree with and I'd tell them that to their faces.....

how bout you?........the best we can do is pray, look into the issues, ask for the grace to make the most Christ-like decision and then "vote your conscience" if that is what you feel led to do.......a little thought provoking tid bit below........

I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight*..

* If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're"exotic, different."
* Grow up in Alaska, eating moose burgers, you're the quintessential American story.
* If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
* Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.
*Graduate from Harvard law School, you are unstable.
* Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.
* If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.
* If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive
* If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.
* If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.
* If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.
* If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed 17-year-old daughter ends up pregnant , you're very responsible.
* If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's.
* If your husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

OK, much clearer now.

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