Two hundred years ago, Napoleon was expanding his empire, Thomas Jefferson was president, and Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth Symphonies had not yet been performed. Also, here in rural Tennessee, in the middle of a Revolutionary War soldier’s land given to him by the government, a church was established. In the cemetery is a monument to “Daddy Ben,” a slave who survived three hanging attempts by the British for refusing to reveal the hiding place of his master. Sam R. Watkins is also buried there–the Confederate private who wrote one of the most revealing and poignant accounts of the Civil War in existence. Plus, future President James K. Polk went to school, right there in a little brick building, which still sits there today.
Of course, this isn’t related to the “for Mitt” part of the website, except that I fear I missed some good Romney articles while hostessing at the Tennessee Historical Society Tours. How much fun I had pointing out my church’s Tiffany stained glass windows, the handpumped pipe organ, and the hole in a chair that the first pastor created because of a nervous habit he had–tapping his knife on the wooden arm rest. Now, that’s how to get a congregation’s attention. Knives and nervous tics.
While I was telling people stories of 1807, things were happening concerning 2008. Most notably, the fantastic John J. Miller article in National Review, titled “Evangelicals for Romney?”
“Our discussion was open and frank,” says Land, who heads the policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. “Evangelicals know that they’re not electing a theologian-in-chief, but a commander-in-chief. If they agree with Romney on social issues, his Mormonism won’t be a hindrance, especially if he’s the only viable social conservative in the mix.” Frank Page, the president of the Southern Baptists and the pastor of a large church in Taylors, S.C., did not attend the Belmont meeting but echoes Land’s sentiments: “I have a deep disagreement with Romney’s theology, but I won’t rule him out. Among the presidential candidates who have surfaced, he’s the closest to the Southern Baptists in his social and moral beliefs.”
To my knowledge, this is the first time Dr. Page has gone on record with this kind of statement… and I didn’t want my obsession with my cool church to obfuscate this development.