Saturday, November 01, 2008

My, How Times Do Change

One minute it's fun, frivolity and a Bud, eight years later the same actors have another story to tell.

We have difficult times ahead. We need a government that can move quickly, not held up by partisan politics. We need a super-majority in the House and the Senate. We need to give Barack Obama the tools and the team to deal with the issues as they are, to deal with reality in a calm and decisive manner.

Will he be the perfect president? No. There ain't no such thing. But we do need to give him the opportunity to show just how good he can be.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Real Christians can't support the democrat party. In the first few sentences I read here was speaking of "all faiths". There is not but one faith. Through Christ is the "only" way to heaven. Entertaining or considering any other faiths suggest unbelief in "The Faith". Must be a lost (unsaved) person writing this blog.

11/01/2008 11:05 AM  
Blogger Christian Democrat said...

anonymous -

I suggest you read Jim Wallis' book "God's Politics" and more of the red letters in the Bible.

As an evangelical Christian, and I am an evangelical actively sharing the good news, I find it much more productive to find common ground with people of other faiths first, rather than berate them for being wrong right off the bat.

Most people I come in contact with that are firmly in another faith, and I'll admit there are more Buddhists and lapsed Catholics but no Muslims among them, have considered Christ from their own experience and perspective. Within that context they have chosen to go the way they have. I make the case for Christ succinctly and, hearing them disavow interest, let it go. Their choice.

You write hateful words, denying me my faith. Who is to say what a "real" Christian is? Are not Catholics, Baptists, Protestants, Lutherans, Foursquare, Pentacostal, etc., all Christians?

If you answered "no" to any one of those denominations as Christian, you speak of divisive hate and are against the teachings of Christ.

11/01/2008 4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't mean to come off as "hate filled". I am probably a little harsh when I respond to the tolerance or acceptance of other faiths. Alot of the "everybody love everybody" speak is just a blinding tatic of satan. I'm sure there are people with good intentions but I think true christians need to keep a clear uncompromising stance in "the faith".

11/01/2008 11:14 PM  
Blogger Dragonfly said...

"God's Politics" is a fantastic book.

Am not American (my mother was but she gave up her passport before she had me) but after weighing both parties (not getting caught up in ObamaMania) I would vote Obama/Biden.
Have really appreciated reading your blog with its balanced views. Too many people think that one president can fix everything, which can unintentionally veer dangerously close to idolatry, but there is no such thing as the "perfect" candidate, just the best of the lot (of a bad bunch, if I am being cynical) :-)

Anyways, love the blog, good to read as I am a current/world affairs nut.

11/02/2008 3:31 AM  
Blogger Christian Democrat said...

Thanks, Dragonfly!

Anonymous -
It is that exact "everybody love everybody" that I adhere to. "Loving your neighbor as yourself" says much the same thing. The question then becomes how to best show that love.

Agape love, the relational, caring and compassionate love, needs to be in place to share the Word. Realizing that another person's faith is to them as strong and complete as yours is may require you to overlook the shortcomings of that faith as you see it. For a time anyway.

I have no doubt as to my relationship with God. I accept the responsibility that comes from that gift for me, not for others. I see those outside of Christianity as the Gentiles of today and all of Paul's writings apply.

Are we called to share the Word? Yes. In a desire to be heard I put on a face of fairness, sometimes a true one, others not. If one can't get into a conversation with both people smiling one probably will not be successful in altering their thinking.

I almost forgot I wrote a (thankfully short) piece on "Interfaith Respect" a while back. Here it is:

11/02/2008 5:13 AM  

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