In times of national tragedy we look to faith leaders to provide comfort to the grieving, but in light of the Sandy Hill massacre I have noticed a very strange response from men of the cloth. Mike Huckabee a Baptist minister and a Fox news contributor said “tied the supposed removal of God from society to the increased instances of violence. Huckabee said “We’ve escorted [God] right out of our culture and marched him off the public square.” he went on to say “And then we express our surprise that a culture without him actually reflects what it has become.” I take issue with this statement because although prayer has been taken out of the school Christianity has not left the school. having a relationship with god is a personal thing and there are believers still taking active roles within the school system. Focus on the Family James Dobson said the following in reference to the tragedy. “Our country really does seem in complete disarray. I’m not talking politically, I’m not talking about the result of the November sixth election; I am saying that something has gone wrong in America and that we have turned our back on God. I mean millions of people have decided that God doesn’t exist, or he’s irrelevant to me and we have killed fifty-four million babies and the institution of marriage is right on the verge of a complete redefinition. Believe me, that is going to have consequences too. And a lot of these things are happening around us, and somebody is going to get mad at me for saying what I am about to say right now, but I am going to give you my honest opinion: I think we have turned our back on the Scripture and on God Almighty and I think he has allowed judgment to fall upon us. I think that’s what’s going on.” Today Franklin Graham whose claim to fame is being the son of Billy Graham said he is surprised that we are surprised. He asks why the “shock and awe”. he says we live in a violent and vulgar culture and what doe we expect. So wahat’s the takeaway from this trio of wise men? It’s our fault…no it is not. Evil does exist and bad things do actually happen to good people. Even children and this is a heartbreaking time for our nation, but there is no place for the blame game.
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Franklin Graham, Mike Huckabee and James Dobson have an unusual perspective on the Sandy Hill massacre
I am a little surprised that Barack Obama is giving Rick Warren such a prominent role in the upcoming inauguration. As one activist put it Warren probably didn’t even vote for Obama, but this pick symbolizes Obama’s dramatic move to the center. What makes me uneasy is the fact that Warren lied to the American public during the campaign. Back in the summer both Obama and John McCain participated in a Faith Forum at Saddleback Church. Obama was the first one questioned and he really did not do well nor was he well received by the pro-McCain crowd. At the beginning of the forum Warren said that McCain was safely in a “cone of silence” and could not hear the questions being posed to Obama, but what we subsequently learned is that McCain was not even in the building when the forum started. He was actually on his way to the forum and it was a real possibility that he could have heard some of the questions. When McCain appeared he seemed ready for any question and in some cases he was actually answering questions prior to them being asked. It just bothered me that Warren lied when there was no reason to do so. Warren wrote the brilliant book The Purpose Driven Life. It eloquently poses the question Why are We Here? I have read it a couple of times, but I still recognize the fact that Warren is a social conservative. The real difference between him and James Dobson is Warren prefers Hawaiian shirts to three-piece suits. His verbiage might not be a visceral but make no mistake Warren has a very conservative agenda. Generally to the victor go the spoils. I am surprised that this invitation was not extended to one of the ministers that supported Obama. Why not Kirbyjohn Caldwell of Texas? There is an old saying “dance with the one that brought you” , Obama is seemingly courting new dance partners and ignoring the one’s that worked for him when Warren and the crew campaigned against him. I learned in Girls Scouts “make new friend and keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold”. This simple premise seems lost on the president-elect and that is very sad.
Yesterday influential conservative, evangelical James Dobson said he might vote for john McCain. it was not a rousing endorsement it was more like choosing between the worse of two evils. Pundits were asking what can the McCain camp do with this statement? The answer is nothing. What would an ad say? Powerful Evangelical Finally Decides to Back McCain Because He Dislikes Him the Least . It seems more like the sentiment is anybody but Obama. The Republicans are just not enamored with their candidate, but one wonders if he is this unpopular with his base why are the polls so close? When I watch McCain make gaffe after gaffe on the campaign trail I say I can not believe that this man has a real shot at being the president. It is almost like the Republicans are collectively holding their nose and saying this is our guy. Nancy Reagan had another tepid endorsement of McCain. She said “well he’s the nominee.” It was more of a statement than an endorsement. This fall American voters need to vote for someone who inspires them, not someone who is not even his own party’s first choice.
This is the first election in recent years where the Democrats have not ceded the religious vote to the Republicans. Since the Moral Majority founded in the 1980s by Jerry Falwell the Democrats have acted as if people of faith could not be attracted to the party platform. Yesterday we saw James Dobson’s strong rebuke of Barack Obama, and we are left with the question “what would Jesus say?” The Bible teaches us that you can rebuke someone, but you can still do it in love. Dobson has shown us there is no love between the two of them. The Obama team gets credit for simply making the overture to the evangelical community. Traditionally Democrats have a more liberal platform that has turned off some people of faith, but people are moving away from the one issue voting. This an important election and I believe people of faith will continue to pray for the country, but I also believe they are more open to looking in a new direction. The Obama team must keep reaching out to people who might not have supported Democrats of the past, because this year they might be willing to step out on faith and go in a new direction.
The Obama campaign continues to reach out to evangelicals, but the fact is they have no intention of reaching back. The evangelicals might not love John McCain, but judging from James Dobson’s harsh assessment of Barack Obama it is safe to say he hates him. Dobson said “I think he’s deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology,” He went on to say . “… He is dragging biblical understanding through the gutter.” Focus on the Family is a conservative group and they are not going to support Barack Obama under any set of circumstances, and by courting them it only gives them an opportunity to direct their unbridled criticism at the Senator. James Dobson has even said he might sit this presidential election out so the Obama team need to spend their time on fertile ground not on futile efforts.