Thursday, November 04, 2004

Election Perspective II.

Off the cuff and from the heart, so I hope I don't lose anyone out there.

A comment on our last post suggested that a great many Americans no longer vote with their pocketbooks. How true. For many of those people, it is a different book that they think they are voting with - the Bible.

I wish that I could say that that was a good thing, or even a Christian thing to do. But as we have said on this blog numerous times, worshipping the Bible - or more accurately, how certain biased ministers and preachers claim to interpret and teach it - does not necessarily mean that you are following in Jesus' footsteps. Sometimes, it can even mean just the opposite.

What saddens me the most isn't that "Christians" in America cannot grasp the fact that EVERYTHING is a moral issue (not just abortion and gay marriage, but war, taxes, poverty, criniminal justice, etc etc), nor that ingenius Republican strategists have convinced them that the only Christian vote is a Republican one. The part that saddens me the most is that the Democratic Party failed to get in touch with the America that DESPRETELY NEEDS THEM to stand up for their needs.

In many ways, poor American Christians don't have anyone to vote for. Told time and time against that abortion is the litmus test, in their minds they face the seemingly all-too-Christian choice of voting a Christian prinicple or voting with their own economic self-interest. Thinking that they are making a Christian sacrifice, they vote their religion. How can we blame these people? We cannot. We can only blame a 2 party system in which no one represents their interests.


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