Are you a Christian? I need to know. I might want to vote for you for president. I don’t mean a self-professing Christian. I mean a Franklin Graham-approved Christian. Are you severely Christian or just mostly Morman with a kinda-Christian vibe? This is an abysmal political discussion, and we really need to stop.
Are you a Christian?
I need to know. I might want to vote for you for president.
I don’t mean a self-professing Christian. I mean a Franklin Graham-approved Christian.
Are you severely Christian or just mostly Morman with a kinda-Christian vibe?
This is an abysmal political discussion, and we really need to stop.
In words I never thought I would type, Ron Paul said it best: “My religious beliefs affect my character in the way I treat people and the way I live.”
Not many people value their faith more than I do. It affects my decisions on a daily basis. But I don’t base my votes on a candidate’s claim to religious affiliation.
Like most of their positions, candidates sanitize and tweak their religious beliefs into some focus-group approved form.
I support a lot of Christian candidates. But it isn’t because they wear an “I (heart) Jesus” button or have a Sunday School Perfect Attendance pin.
It is because their belief system affects how they live, how they work and how they vote.
I don’t need to hear them debate each other’s religious heritage to know which candidate aligns with my beliefs.
Actions speak louder.
So debating whether President Barack Obama is a Christian or Muslim is inconsequential. Whatever he is, a dozen top al-Qaida leaders are dead and Osama bin Laden is resting at the bottom of the ocean somewhere.
That’s good enough for me.
If Obama’s a Muslim, a Christian or a Unitarian Universalist, that is how I wanted things to turn out.
As for Mitt Romney being God-tested and Jesus-approved, who cares? You aren’t electing a Sunday school teacher. Isn’t it better if the president wants to stay out of the church’s way – no matter whose church it is?
I don’t need a candidate who holds rallies in mega-churches. That should be equally offensive.
If we elect a person to give Christians favorable treatment, we are giving the right to the next president to treat them unfairly.
A person’s beliefs affect their character and their actions. We should be judging actions, not beliefs. We can argue about who believes what and how religious they are.
I know people that go to church every Sunday as a business proposition. I know other people who go less frequently but may very well be spiritual giants.
I don’t base that judgment on what they say they are. I base it on what I see them do.
Let’s not begin the practice of requiring a doctorate in theology to become president. Let’s chose the person whose actions reveal the affect of their true beliefs.
Kent Bush is publisher of the Augusta (Kan.) Gazette.