Congratulations, You Done Sold Out!
If there is one thing that I think every single Christian can agree on, it’s that the church is no place for politics. Tell that to Rick Warren…
Yep, the ineffable pastor of Saddleback Church out in California had something of a townhall meeting with our two potential Presidents. Of course, even though they were in church, the two wouldn’t agree to being seen on-stage together… but they were both in church! Sometimes, the fact that they actually shared breathing space is astonishing. Other times, they sound so much alike you wonder if one is just a clone of the other.
There were a couple of expected buttocks-smooching moments for the formerly “Conservative Evangelical” front. Both said some things that made most of the political world go “uuuuuummmmmmm….” I found the idea of asking the two what their greatest moral failings were was a very nice touch. However, I think that there was one very big question that draws a line between the two that is symptomatic of their larger political structure. The question that addressed abortion.
Obama stood up… on stage in a church… and declared that the decision about when someone is actually a “life”, whether doctrinally or theologically, was “above his pay grade”. This statement is a forgoing of all responsibility regarding current policy, a largely non-inflammatory statement that takes no stance of any kind, and means that he can vote any way he feels like it on “pro-life” legislation. Consider it a ginormous, glowing “I don’t know” from the candidate in the left corner. McCain, on the other hand stood tall and proud, and declared to the world that he has a 25-year track record of voting pro-life. To be noted, this statement is direct, to the point, and verefiable through old-fashioned journalistic cynicism.
What this says to me? If you are pro-choice and planning to vote for Obama, you have to do so knowing that you might get thrown under the bus if someone puts up the right incentive package to pass a law protecting life. If you are looking for someone with opinions about what the right thing to do is and isn’t going to let advisors with an agenda make policy for them, McCain might actually be the smarter choice. I’m no fan of McCain… I disagree with him on plenty. But as I continually tell people, I will vote for someone who I know I honestly disagree with before voting for someone who tries to sound like they might agree with me someday……… every time I have the opportunity to.