Friday, November 05, 2004

The National Council of Churches says, "The 2004 election proves we are a divided nation, not only politically, but in terms of our interpretations of God's will."

"Regardless of who leads our country, the agenda of the church must always respond faithfully to the Bible's timeless mandate to minister to the poor, the marginalized and the outcast; and to be seekers and makers of peace. In this quest for the common good, we will contribute to the healing of the nation, and of the family of nations."

The Council pledges to pray for President Bush. This is all very nice, but take a look at the attendees at their final, pre-election "Let Justice Roll" event in Miami.

Nov.1, 2004, MIAMI, Fla. - In what turned out to be a star-studded event, the grand finale of the "Let Justice Roll: Faith and Community Voices Against Poverty" campaign attracted such notables as filmmaker Michael Moore, actress Roseanne Barr, Senator Bob Graham and artists from The Hip Hop Summit GOTV Bus Tour.

Is it any wonder that so many find the National Council of Churches to be just another arm of the Democrat party? Perhaps it's unChristian of me, but I have difficulty imagining Michael Moore and Rosanne Barr down on their knees praying for President Bush.

On another note, and once again: There seems to be a constant shrilling, like the buzz of a great swarm of cicadas, that the exit polls show strong morality and belief in God bought George Bush another four years. At the same time, the same swarm of cicadas complain that the exit polls were flawed and didn't give a true picture of the election. It can't be both ways. We can't believe the exit polls that show Christians put Bush in the White House over Kerry and disbelieve the same exit polls that show it was Kerry who should have won.

I'm sure morality and faith had a role in this election, but it seems everyone is focusing on that and forgetting that 9/11 ever happened, forgetting that Bush does have a domestic policy, forgetting that John Kerry was not a very good candidate. There were far more reasons to vote Bush than there were to vote Kerry. The commentators who make morality the prime reason for a Bush vote are pushing the Republican party off into the weeds. By discounting the security reasons, the domestic policy reasons and the fact the Kerry carried so much baggage from his past, political pundits let the Democrat party off the hook and hook, instead, the Republicans. The Republican party is not the Christian party and it is a dangerous idea for America to have a major party perceived as the Christian party. Christian allegiance is higher than party allegiance and there is no reason to believe the Republican party will become to Christians what the Democrat Party has become to African Americans. But watch out, because you can count on that being the square hole into which we round Christians are going to be pounded.

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