Thursday, September 02, 2004

The Election and Christian Values

I've watched with dismay as the Republicans try to claim the mantle of Christ wrapped in the cloak of some of the purest hatred I've ever seen, especially the hate-filled figure of Zell Miller. If you think that one party represents Christian values, you are sadly mistaken. Jesus himself said that his kingdom is not of this world. (John 18: 36). First John noted that one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4: 8) It was hard to see any love in the vicious attacks in this campaign. Now, it is popular to say that both sides do it, but let's be honest. The overwhelming weight of bile and mean-spiritedness comes from the Republicans and the Religous Right. God is not honored. Jesus is not Lord when we hate in His name. Do I expect these people to show Christian love? No. History is filled with vicious hatred in the name of Christ. We are in for a rough patch as the Hate for Jesus crowd arrogantly struts across the stage of our culture. We have no need to fear them, beause love casts out fear. Let us stand up for Christ's good name against those pretenders willing to sell out Christian values for a vote, particularly the Republican Christian pretenders. I call upon all true Christians, who are Republicans, to stand up for Christ and against the self-worshipping idolaters misusing Christ's name for right-wing values.

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