“O God, we are in a battle that is raging for the soul of this nation. You, O God, have raised up Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin for such a time as this … Help them, O God, to strengthen our economy, to keep our taxes and spending low … and grant them the privilege of being elected the next president and vice president.”
–Minister leading the “opening prayer” for a McCain/Palin rally in Bethlehem, PA on 10/8/08
Are you serious? I mean, really? Okay, now I see a little more clearly why Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the Founding Fathers wanted to keep some distance between religion and politics. O little town of Bethlehem, please, for the love of God and humanity, take a Xanax.
So, if you had a nearly 20-year-old son voting for the first time and a newspaper column assignment, what would you write “for such a time as this?”
Check back Sunday and find out the way I decided to handle it. No more “Mr. Chicken Soup For The Soul.” No siree. If this one doesn’t earn me at least one angry “He’s a Yankee Communist Infidel Terrorist” letter to the editor, I don’t know what will.
By the way, I wonder how many of the folks who carelessly tossed these verbal Molotov cocktails bowed their heads when it came time to pray?
Finally, I’d like to offer up a shout out to 19th Century Church of Christ ministers James Harding and David Lipscomb, who both felt that politics was such a soul-compromising affair that brought out our worst angels, that Christians should just avoid civil participation altogether.
I think you guys may have been on to something.