Hugh Hewitt has an excerpt from Article6′s discussion about theological differences when it comes to politics.
The greater issue has become where someone stands on the values; and if he stands on the right values, Republicans can overlook much else. Perhaps Clinton had a lot to do with this change in the sense that he had every appearance of being an evangelical Baptist; in fact, I’ve personally seen him preach on Bible verses much better than a lot of Baptist preachers I’ve heard; yet his policy positions were dead wrong on so many issues that the rest of the Baptists held dear (e.g., homosexuals in the military, abortion, homosexuality, etc.). I think that Clinton cured a lot of voters from having theological disputes because he was right in his theology but wrong in his policies and behaviors. So, since the time of Clinton, I have not seen religious theology be an issue in many Republican primaries; in the few instances where it has been raised, it has not been a substantive issue; and I see it even less today than I did six years ago.
On a side note, I went swimming at the YMCA this afternoon, before realizing I needed to pick up some things from Wal-Mart. My hair was soaking wet, even though it wasn’t raining outside, and my clothes looked like I’d grabbed them from the washer without letting them dry.
It was there, in the camera section, that I saw the two young men dressed in short sleeved button downs, dark pants, and brass nametags.
They looked so crisp compared to my disheveled, dripping self–but I swallowed my pride and approached them anyway. I told them that Gov. Romney might be running for President and that we had an evangelical organization of support. This caused them to look perplexed and then gratified.
“Wait, you mean you’re supporting him?” they asked.
They didn’t try to convert me, and I didn’t try to convert them. We left with a damp handshake and mutual enthusiasm for ’08.
But, I bet they left thinking that evangelicals are a pretty weird bunch.