Posted by: alliehope | November 1, 2008

This Made Me Sick!

I have to say, I threw up (a lot) in my mouth when I read this document: the so-called “Letter From 2012 in Obama’s America”. Warning: It’s not for the faint of heart, and it’s not exactly light, pleasant reading. (Hence the title of this entry).

Where to start in tearing this thing down? First, on the issue of Christian character. This fictitious piece of nastiness is associated with Focus on the Family, a supposedly Evangelical Christian organization. I will say that I have long appreciated their work in strengthening Christian families. I respect that. However, I would say to them right out front: stay out of politics!

They are clearly overstepping their bounds with this fictitious piece, and it’s bordering on slander. Surely Christ would never have slandered anyone! It goes back to Proverbs 11:13, and other texts like it, which contrast wisdom (holding confidences) and foolishness (gossip and slander). It wasn’t enough, then, for Focus to advocate their positions honestly, they went one step farther and spread a bald-faced lie about Obama and what he would do as President.

This obviously calls their integrity into question. (And yes, by providing the link, I realize I’m complicit in passing on that flaming douchebag. Nothing I don’t know there). What would they possibly hope to gain by this, other than manipulating people’s emotions, and by doing, insulting their reason? Sure, they gain the notoriety, but that only lasts a few minutes. The wounds created by these kinds of lies will last for quite some time, though.

Second, this calls into question the nature of their commitments. How aligned are they with the world, with seeking political power instead of righteousness and justice? What will they stop at (it looks like next to nothing) to see that their kingdom comes on earth (even if it’s not their way in Heaven)? The fact of the matter is that God does not bless political agendas, regardless of where they are on the conservative-to-liberal spectrum.

I could go on, but I won’t. It would be too easy for me to sit around and bitch about this, but that makes me, on some level, no better than those who wrote the document in question. So, what’s the antidote?

First, a little more reading. This has got to be one of the most cogent cases I’ve seen of someone who’s a conservative Christian, who is also voting for Obama. Even though my politics are solidly liberal blue, I find so much in common with the author of this piece. It’s awesome.

Second, engage your brain. Read the positions of both candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain. Engage your spirit, and prayerfully read the statements, then vote! For heaven’s sake, vote! Regardless of who you vote for, the important thing is that you vote–not just for Presidents, but for Congresspeople, Senators, and local officials.

Second, don’t be afraid to deal with the issues at hand, without resorting to manipulative character attacks, appealing to fear, or any other diversionary tactic. Those don’t help anyone; in fact, they make an already sharply polarized political climate worse. We don’t need that.

Third, pray. Pray about how you can become part of the healing of our wounded country and world. Engage in, to use Gary Haugen’s phrase, the “more demanding climb” of seeking justice and righteousness, both in this nation, and in the world. Then, as the Lord leads you, move in Him to share His hope and His love. That’s how this sick fiction will be stopped, regardless of who takes the oath of office on January 20, 2009.

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